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5 Brands of Jeans You Can Resell For Awesome Profits

I have about 6 months of clothing flipping under my belt. That level of experience definitely makes me more than a novice, but I haven’t quite earned “expert” status yet (though I do as much reading and research as I can, which has greatly accelerated my development). From my experience (and research!), I’ve learned the best jean brands to resell for a profit.

And I really love reselling jeans.

Because I’ve bought and sold so many different items, I’ve learned a lot about what sells well and what doesn’t. I’ve also settled into particular niches that I like, generally because they both make money and there’s consistent supply. One such niche of mine is jeans, both men’s and women’s.

Here are 5 of my favorite brands of jeans to flip.

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Sourcing Beyond the Thrift Store: Meet TJ, Ross & Gift Card Granny

Sometimes the thrift stores just don’t cut it. From what my sources tell me, depending on where you live, they may be pretty expensive as well.

Don’t want to pay $15 for that unbranded t-shirt with a hole in the armpit? I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t either.

So what do you do? Do you give up? Hell no! You have other options and other sources of inexpensive inventory (and they’re usually located right in your local strip mall).

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Weekend Haul: My First Lacoste and a NWT Nike Polo

One of the things we want to do on Debt Free Dawn is share with you the items we find. Our hope is this will help you identify some great brands to flip while showing you the types of items we buy and the prices we look for.

This past weekend Dawn and I took a drive up to a Salvation Army we go to less frequently, about 30 minutes away from home (but down the street from a clinic Dawn works occasionally). As usual, the first thing we did was check the half-off date, which is how the Salvation Army moves their merchandise that’s been there for awhile. Luckily for me, some of the deals I found below were only made possible by the 50% off discount I was able to score!

Note: “Purchase Price” below includes HI state 4.7% sales tax. “Estimated Revenue After Fees” subtracts my expected shipping cost and site fees / commissions.

Lacoste Men’s Short Sleeve Orange Polo

  • Purchase Price: $7.32
  • Estimated Sale Price: $23.00
  • Estimated Revenue After Fees: $16.46
  • Estimated Profit: $9.14
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Lacoste Men’s Orange Short Sleeve Polo

Update: Sold it for $22.95, profited $9.05 after shipping and fees

I’ve never owned a Lacoste item before (not even as a kid) but Dawn has some experience and told me that anything with a big, bold, or standout piece of Lacoste insignia sells fairly easily. Seeing as we almost exclusively buy items in very good condition with very obvious branding, this made sense to me! This item sold in an eBay auction for $21.50 on August 1, and the big Lacoste croc fits the “standout” criteria, so I’ll ask for $26.95 and settle for something over $20.00.

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How to Create Powerful Listings, Part 4: 9 Ways to Seal the Deal with Effective Description

So far in this four-part series you’ve learned why it’s important to spend time creating great listings, how to write IRRESISTIBLE titles, and how to create eye-catching cover photos. The fourth and final installment answers the following question: How do I write a great listing description?

Descriptions matter, but how much?

This is an interesting question. In the next thousand words I’m going to suggest you take some extra time to write a really good description of your item, but does it really make a difference?

Yes, it does.

I have an eBay store. One of the benefits of having a store is that eBay gives me a whole suite of metrics that aren’t available to sellers without a store subscription. One of those metrics is “Sales Conversion Rate.” This is a crucial metric that tells me how often people who click on my listings actually buy my items.

Sales Conversion Rate is calculated by counting the number of people that buy an item divided by the number of people that clicked on an item. See below:

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When I first opened my eBay store, I had your typical, bad descriptions. As a result, my Sales Conversion Rate was poor — about 0.7%. This means that for every 1,000 people who clicked on one of my listings, I generated 7 sales. To get one sale, I needed to get 150 people to click!

Now, after using the tips below, I’ve nearly tripled my Sales Conversion Rate, which routinely sits around 2.0%. For every 1,000 people who click on my listings, I’m getting 20 sales, and on average I need just 50 people to click on a listing before someone buys it.

What does this mean?

Without changing either my pricing or the items I’m selling, I have TRIPLED my Sales Conversion Rate.

That’s sales three times faster, which means more items getting sold, more new inventory getting posted online, and more rapid growth.

And all I did was use these simple strategies.

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Milk Is for Cookies & Hairspray Is for Curls…WRONG: Stain Removal Part 1, Ink

Stains.

My worst nightmare. That euphoric feeling of finding Michael Kors Jet Set Kempton Monogram Tote on a 50% off day has turned into a lot of loud curse words when you realize that you never actually looked inside the bag. When you do, this is what you discover:

The previous owner did not give as much TLC to the inside of the tote as they did to the outside, and that becomes very obvious when you see the ball point ink stains on the inside. I bet you’re now wondering how to get ink out of fabric.

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How to Create Powerful Listings, Part 3: Eye-Catching Cover Photos in 5 Easy Steps

You’ve already learned why optimized listings are important and how to write irresistible listings titles, so let’s now dive into Part 3: perfecting eBay cover photos (or Poshmark, Mercari, or [insert marketplace here]).

When creating a listing, what you’re really creating is an advertisement for your product. Just like Coke and Pepsi battle in the advertising landscape, creating memorable commercials with catchy slogans and vivid imagery, so too are you! You’re not the only one selling second-hand jeans, so how do you advertise your jeans as being a better purchase than someone else’s?

You need to do the same thing Coke and Pepsi are doing!

Advertise your product with catchy slogans (we covered title writing in Part 2) and vivid imagery (we’ll do this today).

What do buyers want to see?

Put most simply, your cover photo needs to elicit the following reaction from your potential buyer:

“I want that.”

With that in mind, do some role reversal and think about the kinds of things buyers might want to buy, such as these:

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“Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?”: Where to Start

Motivation has taken over! Dreams of swimming in that large pile of money that you have made are flooding your mind. Admit it, you are already driving that 2016 Tesla Model S on the way to your brand new lake house.

Pump the breaks.

Remember, start out small. Let’s make the first trip to the Goodwill before we start getting together the down payment for your new vacation spot.

You walk through the doors of the thrift shop feeling like Macklemore — “I’m gonna pop some tags” — and you stop. Beaming florescent lights overhead, shelves crowded with trinkets and knick knacks, piles of dusty books, rows and rows and ROWS of clothing. The clock has stuck midnight and your beautiful Tesla has turned back into a pumpkin.

Typically, going into a thrift store is not an anxiety provoking task. That all may change though when your purpose for being there changes.

1. Get to Know the Policies of Each Thrift Store

Each thrift store is a little bit different. For example, while the Goodwill’s corporate policies apply at all Goodwill’s each Goodwill might be slightly different. Here are some things you should get to know about your local thrift store.

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How to Create Powerful Listings, Part 2: 11 Tips for Writing IRRESISTIBLE Titles

In Part 1 of this four-part series, I discussed how selling items is just a numbers game. To borrow from that first post, this is the blueprint successful sellers follow:

  • They ATTRACT more people to their listings with clickable titles and eye-catching cover images.
  • They INTERACT better with those potential customers through accurate photos and complete descriptions that aren’t just a wall of text.
  • They CONVERT more of those potential customers into actual customers.

Today I want to discuss the first part of the first bullet point: attracting people to your listings with clear, effective, and irresistible titles.

Why do buyers click on particular listings?

You have items you want to sell. So do a lot of other people. And other people probably have items like yours. They may even have the same items as you. How do you make sure potential buyers click on your items and not other people’s?

You need to make buyers think your item will solve their problem better than someone else’s item. And yes, when you sell someone a sweatshirt you are solving their problem.

Before clicking on an item, buyers ask themselves these questions (whether they consciously realize it or not):

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Gucci or Granny: Wants, Needs & Finding Motivation

If I haven’t made it abundantly clear yet, I’m in a lot of student loan debt. While I still have a 5-figure balance, it used to be a 6-figure balance. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’ve come a long way.

How did I do it? I did what Ben Stein said: I realized what was important to me and what I wanted out of life.

The first step to getting things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. – Ben Stein

Now it’s your turn.

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7 Things You Need to Take Your Flipping Business to the Next Level

When Dawn and I started reselling we did things very informally:

  1. Go to the store
  2. Buy a few items
  3. Take some pictures and create some listings
  4. Put the items away
  5. Pull the items out to answer any questions about measurements or condition
  6. Package and print a shipping label once an item sells

It definitely wasn’t the most efficient process, but we didn’t have a ton of inventory. With maybe 20-40 items in stock and listed at any given time, we didn’t need to invest in infrastructure or look for better processes.

But as our respective inventories grew, so did the amount of work. It wasn’t long before the flaws in our process started to become apparent.

We were spending too much time trying to answer product questions that we could have just addressed when first creating our listings. Once items sold, we were spending more time trying to locate them. And with higher sales volumes, finding packaging materials on the fly was proving to be both challenging and expensive. The new stresses made doing the work less enjoyable. All of that compounded, and before we knew it we were building a backlog of inventory that hadn’t even been listed.

We had two choices:

  1. Stop acquiring new inventory and keep things small
  2. Scale up with better processes and improved efficiency

The first choice wasn’t an option. We had lofty goals, and the only way we were going to achieve them was to re-evaluate our processes and invest in our businesses.

These are the 7 things that have taken our flipping businesses to the next level:

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