Something From Nothing Log

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by C40 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:07 am

@bryan - to some extent. Though I think much of what caught people's eyes was the appearance. The larger tires. The ladder on the body. The extra window that's not normally in the van (maybe it was the windows that he sends them off for, not a pop top). People love the idea and look of a 4x4 - even when often they don't actually know whether they need 4x4 or not. They just assume they do, or think it's the 'better' one.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:33 pm

Before leaving last year we sold our beach chairs. Today a tenant moved out and left two brand new chairs leaning against the trash. The one on the left has a price tag of $49.95 still attached. It was a perfect beach day today at 87°.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by 1taskaday » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:40 am

So jealous...I'd do it a lot cheaper.

I'd sit on that beach all day every day on the sand.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:05 pm

Mrs. Ego sold one of the storage boxes for $20....

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and found a brand new bike rack in the trash which she has listed on offerup and craigslist.
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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by cheese » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:27 am

My girlfriend and I moved into a new apartment at the end of August which resulted in the usual bombardment of advertisements, discounts, coupons, etc. x2 after we both submitted our USPS change of address forms. Most of these are worthless but people will actually pay a couple bucks for certain coupons (e.g. Lowe's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock, Wayfair).

Over the course of the past few months I've sold a couple dozen coupons for a net profit of $50+ after Ebay and Paypal took their respective cuts and accounting for postage (I send pictures of most coupons digitally but some are in-store only so I've also used a few envelopes/stamps). Most of this I managed in just a few minutes a day from my desk at work.

Certainly not a fortune (and not really scalable) but something from essentially nothing nonetheless!

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:59 pm

Ego wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:16 pm
Found an Excalibur 5-tray food dehydrator for $7 this morning. Listed it for $85.

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Sold the dehydrator for $85 to a young woman who was experimenting with raw foods and a pair of La Sportiva rock climbing shoes for $90 to a kid who was tired of borrowing shoes at the gym. Paid $5 for the shoes.

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Last weekend I sold some hiking gear to a nice girl who was packed and ready to go camping. She didn't even get out of her car. She bought a warm Sea to Summit sleeping bag and a set of Leki hiking poles. I forget what I paid for 'em.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:26 pm

After almost two months the house is coming together. I found the chair at the swap meet for $30. It was absolutely filthy but made of industrial strength plastic so I literally took a hose to it and scrubbed it with bleach. The marble table was only $15. The table top was so friggin heavy I had to roll it part of the way to the car. Mrs. Ego made the cushions on the bench from scrap upholstery fabric we bought at an outlet near the border and stuffed them with the fluff from two giant $1 swap meet pillows. Out the window is our semi-obscured view of the bay.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:04 am

Very nice. Will you sell most of these items before you are off on your next journey?

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:30 am

@7W, thank you. Yes, we generally try to buy things second-hand that are suited to our current place and can sell for considerably more. Everything will be sold before we leave next time.

I fully expect the marble table I bought from trash-pickers for $15 to fetch a 20x profit.

After Thanksgiving we plan to begin working on our living-showrooming concept where everything is listed for sale at absurdly high prices. We are listing it on Mrs. Ego's account as both men and women are more comfortable buying from women and - maybe I am wrong - but it seems as if women are more willing to pay astronomical prices for a piece that is exactly what they want. We shall see.

Gotta get going to the swap meet as Mrs. Ego realized last night that we have only enough flatware for four and we are hosting many more than that tomorrow. We must have sold it last time...hah!

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:15 pm

I was digging through a box full of miscellaneous 3 for $1 flatware and saw the little Zwilling J.A. Henckels man on some pieces.

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I got so distracted searching for the valuable stuff I forgot to get spoons. We are one spoon short so Mrs. Ego said I'll be using my Thanksgiving spork. Seems appropriate.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:16 pm

Found a framed painting this morning at the swap meet for $5.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Cheepnis » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:25 am

I always like coming in here and seeing the magic you're working, @ego! I don't have enough knowledge of such things as evidenced by barely breaking even every time I've tried to flip something. Perhaps if I follow this thread long enough I'll absorb some of your expertise.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:06 pm

Hey Cheepnis, I'm glad you are enjoying my adventures in trash. I have yet to sell one of my absurdly-high-priced items so we shall see if it works out.

Yesterday I bought four chairs for $75. They match our table but Mrs. Ego isn't thrilled with them so away they go.

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I also got around to Craigslisting the Arc'teryx jacket I used on the last trip. I think of this kind of stuff as overpriced hot-potatoes. I don't want to get caught holding it when it gets stained or some other mishap causes it to lose significant value. I prefer to buy my stuff post-hot-potato at a significant discount then see if I can fix the damage. Trouble is, after fixing it I find myself with a potential hot-potato once again and have to sell it. So it goes.

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Speaking of Craigslist, they finally released an official app. Some are unhappy about it because you have to have a google account to use it. I find it much easier to use it than the mobile friendly web version. I suspect they will add an in-app contact function sooner or later which will completely eliminating phone and/or email contact.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:54 pm

....also one of my friendly sellers often shows up with a lot of interesting shelf-pull groceries. Sometimes I buy things from him to re-sell. Other times I buy things we use. He knows I buy healthy stuff and he usually sets it aside for me as most of the shoppers want things like chocolate, beef jerky and cookies.

Yesterday he pulled out a box full of this Ito En Japanese Matcha powder for me. I drink a lot of green tea and prefer matcha if I can find it cheap, which almost never happens. They expired last week. He has a grocery seller permit and is not supposed to sell expired stuff but will often unload it very early (before 8am) knowing that the city inspectors will not be out until later.

They sell on Amazon for $20.65 each. I bought what I hope to be a three year supply of six packages for $3 each.

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Tonight there is a free Christmas concert in the park across the street. The Village People are playing. At a Christmas concert. Go figure. We're going.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by enigmaT120 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:55 pm

The real Village People? Do they even have tribute bands?

I would go. But I hope they've all been working out.

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Post by Ego » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:39 pm

The real Village People, though I believe a few of the members are new. It was a great show. We arrived 20 minutes early and got seats in the seventh row, center. They were promoting a Christmas album so they did the show for free.

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Re: Something From Nothing Log

Post by Ego » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:37 pm

Continuing to shed my old climbing gear. Sold my ice axe for $30 today to a Brazilian who is planning on climbing Mr. Whitney in a few weeks.

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