Buy & Selll

What sells on eBay?

This guy gives a clue:



Here's his list:

1.  CHRISTMAX LIGHTS.  Buy them throughout the year at cheap prices, then sell them in the months leading up to Christmas.

2.  PLUSH TOYS/DOLLS, like teddy bears.  Oh, boy.

3.  ROTATRY DIAL PHONES.  I'll be these sell well.  But I don't know about the season--do they sell at Christmas as campy gifts or not?  What is the market for these?  Black and white ones go for $35. Red ones go for $50.  A pink one goes for over $100.

4.  OLD LUGGAGE.  Train cases do the best on eBay.  Said he got the red bag for $3 at a thrift store and expected to sell it for $40 or $50 on eBay.

5.  OLD MASON JARS.  Completed listings on Ebay.  The number on the bottom is important.  The #13 is valuable.  The embossing on the front is different from jar to jar, which also influences it value.

6.  OLD YEARBOOKS, '67, '73', '69.  Second or third day of an estate sale.  They go for $20, $40, up to $150 to $200 with famous people in them.  When they sell, they'll sell for full price.

7.  ELECGRONIC HANDHELD GAMES FROM THE '60s, '70s, '80s.  Digitial Diamond Baseball from Sears, Kaleko Maze-A-tron.

8.  HALLMARK MERRY MINIATURES.  They come out every Christmas, and there's a big following for these.  These go back to the early 80s.  The older, the more valuable.  He's sold a few for $20 or $30, and you can literally pick these up for a quarter or two.  They're all dated on the bottom, easy to research, easy to figure out what you've got.  

9.  OLD TENNIS SHOES.  1970s Adidas, blue with white stripes.  He picked a pair up from a thrift store for $5, and he expects to get anywhere from around $100 to $150 for those shoes.  Now that I find incredible.  

10.  OLD PAIR OF TEX RUNNING SHOES for $1 at a thrift store.  He expects to sell them for $40.  He sold an old dusty pair of Nikes for $279.  Amazing what people will buy.  Trex is a Saucony brand.   

11.  OLD PAINTING INSTRUCTION BOOKS.  He says he does well with them.  He buys them for $0.25 and sells them for upwards of $30.  I found one by an author he recommended, Susan Scheewe, and her book sells for only $9. Not much of a profit for the trouble.  He also recommended Walter Foster.  Again, I see ones that go for only $9. Not a big attaction in my book.  Okay, he says at the end that he "bunches" these up into packages of 5 and gets upward of $40. That is more in line with the prices that I see.  




This guy focuses on items that sold for millions of dollars.  Okay, that's a good category. 

15.  ATTIC OWL PAINTING.  Art teacher from Hampshire, England discovered a painting in his attic as he was cleaning the attic to get ready for a plumber.  It sold at Christie's Auction House for $951, 050.  Not bad for work for cleaning one's attic.

14.  JOHN CONSTABLE PAINTING  
A lost painting sold for $3,500 pounds.  As the work of a John Constable copycat has been swooped up for a whopping $3.5 million after it was revealed to be painted by this celebrated artist [John Constable] himself.  


13.  MILLION DOLLAR CABINET.  A $1.6 million long lost painting which features the Pope blessing a crowd in Rome was found outside the pizza parlor near the toilets in Yorkshire, England.  Sold for $1.84 pounds, including the buyer's premium. 

12.  ANDY WARHOL ORIGINAL SKETCH.  In 2010, British businessman purchased a collection of paintings from a Las Vegas garage sale for $5.  When he decided to have one of the sketches framed, he discovered an early Andy Warhol sketch hidden behind it.  The signed drawing/sketch is believed to be of the 1930s singer, Rudy Valee.  And was created when Warhol was just 10 years old.  Warhol paintings fetch absurd prices on the auction block.  The artist is considered to be the bellweather of the art market.  That sketch is estimated to be worth a $2 million.

11.  ANSEL ADAMS NEGATIVES.  Rick Norsegian paid $45 for 2 boxes of glass plates in 2000.  Attracted to the plates because of the depiction of Yosemite National Park, a place where he'd worked as a young man.  He tucked the boxes away for the next two years.  After searching the plates, which turned out to be photographic negatives, Norsegian had been convinced that they had been captured by the father of American photography himself, Ansel Adams. Once authenticated, Norsegian was shocked to learn that the negatives could be worth up to $200 million.  

10.  PABLO PICASSO PAINTING found in a trailer park of Shreveport, Louisiana.  For Tiasha McNeil, however, that improbability became real.  In 2009, she paid Edith Parker $2 for a Picasso painting purpotedly to be a fake that was signed by "the master."  Painting was worth $2 million.

9.  MAGNOLIAS ON GOLD VELVET CLOTH.  The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has paid $1.25 million for a still-life painting that for years has covered a hole in a wall in an Indiana home.  It's value unknowned to the owner, and its existence unknown to the experts.  The painting, Magnolias on a Gold Velvet Cloth by Martin Johnson Heade was sold by a man in his 30s who works at a tool and die company.  He started to realize the value of his work in January when he played the Parker Bros. Game "Masterpiece."  

8.  DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.  In 1989, an unassuming analyst of Philadelphia discovered a folded print of the Constitution, stowed away beneath a fated oil painting.  Incredible. Purchased for $4 at a Pennsylvania flea market.  A shrewd friend of the buyer encouraged the man to have the document appraised.  As luck would have it the tattered copy turned out to be only 1 of 500 official copies.  Of those 500 copies, only 23 were known to have survived the passing of the years.  Sold for an astounding $2.42 million in 1991.  

7.  THE OLD VASE.  A brother and sister were cleaning out the house in Pinner, United Kingdom belonging to their recently deceased parents.  They figured this old vase that they found was worth a few bucks.  They decided to have it appraised and took it to the local auctioneers, Bainbridge's in nearby Ruislip who were in turn excited by the find and appraised it between $800,000 and $1.2million pounds.  Frenzied Chinese buyers bidded the price up over a 30-minute span to a $43 million pounds.  Total price was $53 million.

6.  COCA-COLA STOCK CERTIFICATE.  California man, named Tony Marone, bought a box of documents for $5.  When he got home he examined his take and noticed that one of the documents was a 1917 stock certificate for 1,625 shares of the Palmer Union Oil Company.  After a little investigating, Marone learned that Palmer Oil merged with a company, and that company merged again with Coca-Cola.  According to the lawsuit, his twice merged shares entitled him to 1.8 million shares worth an estimated $130 million.  

5.  MAZARIN CHEST.  17th Century Japanese laquer box was a masterpiece in its time.  And in our time, it is stout enough to support a heavy television set.  For several years, the largest of the Mazarin Golden Chests was considered lost.  In 1970, the chest was sold for $160 to a French engineer who worked for a Shell Petroleum.  The engineer used for a TV stand in his South Kenningston apartment for 16 years.  Philippe Reaque found Mazarin's lost chest in a house in Touraine, France propping up spirited beverages.  So it was used as a stand?  Crazy.  It sold at auction for $7.3 million euros.

4.  JACKSON POLLOCK PAINTING.  Terry Horton is a long-haul truck drier and a bit of a tough negotiator.  In the mid 1990s, Horton purchased an ugly painting from a local yard sale.  With no real use for the painting, Horton thought of selling it.  But reconsidered after a friend suggested it may have been created by world renown abstract painter, Jackson Pollock.  Horton called a forensic art expert, called Bero to match a fingerprint on Horton's painting on one that appeared on an old paint can from Pollock studio.  It's estimated to be worth about $50 million.  
  
3.  BASEBALL CARDS.  While cleaning out the attic of their late grandfather's Defiance, Ohio house.  Carl Kissner and Carla Hench unknowingly made the dream of baseball card collect's everywhere come to life.  The two were cleaning out the attic when they stumbled across a soote-covered cardboard box underneath a wooden doll house.  That box contained 700 cards from 1910 that were valued up to $3 million.  Experts called this the most incredible find of rare baseball cards in history.

2.  IMPERIAL FABERGE EGG.  In 2004, a man purchased a golden egg at a flea market.  Intending to sell it for scrap value until learning that the egg was one of the 8 missing Impeial Faberge Eggs.  When he contacted Kieran McCarthy, an expert in Russian artefacts, who recounted that his spine was shivering as he estimated the egg's value at $30 million.  

1.  THE BOWL.  A New York family picked up a Chinese bowl at a garage sale for $3.  Turned out the bowl was a 1000 year old treasure worth $2.2 million.  The Bowl, made of ceramic, 5 inches in diameter, with a sawtooth pattern along the outside was eventually sold to a London dealer, Guiseppi Eskenazi at Southeby's Auction house in New York in March of 2013. Southeby's said the bowl was from the Northern Song Dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1127 which is known for its cultural and artistic advances.  


At least this guy posts other resources like his website. But still he doesn't identify where he's from or what stores carry the items that he's featuring.  He has an eBay page and a blog.  

Here are a few more links from another page.  

Consumer Reports.
Angie's List.
Cost Helper.
Win eBay bids with BidNapper.
WalMart Liquidation.


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