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Best ways to make easy money offline.

Updated on March 1, 2011

Some fast ways to get money.

Second hand goods.

This might look too easy and that's because it is very simple.

I have had lots of experience selling used or second-hand goods, and it is a lucrative way to earn money if you have specialised knowledge in almost any field.

  • Consider what you know now about any product, then see if you know enough terminology to work the rest out by doing some research.

A quick example. Buying and selling bicycles. I worked in a bicycle shop as a kid, and certainly am not a bicycle expert, although I do remember some brand names of bicycles like Repco Peugeot, Rally Apollo to name a few bikes and quality components such as shimano and campagnolo.

  • So I go online and look at some bikes or if I am offline I go to a couple of bike shops and look around.

I soon see that not much has changed, quality costs a lot more than cheap stuff as always.

  • If I don't yet know how much to pay for a product I go to a shop and look at current prices of good quality items I want to sell. Quality men's and some ladies bikes are good as they cost thousands of dollars each!

Now an old top quality anything has value in relation to new price, the reason is that the quality end of the market has a better perceived value when you go to sell it.

  • There is no better way to get value than to buy only the best quality you can find, as your buyer wants the best too, and if a new one costs thousands and your buyer can't afford or does not wish to spend that much he is a perfect buyer for your high quality used product.
  • When buying any used product I choose the top brand names in near perfect condition. I buy from photo's if they are very detailed. I do not drive anywhere to look unless I am pretty sure I can buy it at a very good price. Luckily I have discovered that you can, and usually by email or on the telephone.

Best Profits

Ways to get the best product to sell for the biggest profit.

Read the Reason for sale if it is in the ad.

  • Reason for sale: "No further use" or "upgrading to new model" or "moving to smaller apartment" although clues, become good clues if the product is for sale in a well to do area and there is a time limit.
  • Buy from one market and sell to another. Find the sellers who do not value their used products as much because they can afford to buy the latest and greatest.
  • Your looking for quality, so go where the money is. The most likely seller is buying a new one, or is finished with the product you want to buy. His ad will give him away. Look for ads that have reason for sale first, but the main thing is to find the right sellers by looking at ads in suburbs where the money lives.

If you use Google it is easier still.I can research the products, and then use the keywords found in my ad searches.

After I have the "keywords" to buy with I am ready to find my seller online.

Think outside the square. Here is an example:

Buying a bicycle.This one is easy.

The right seller in this case will be an expert bicycle rider/racer.

Surprisingly with used items it is often the expert who undervalues high quality.

I understand this because these pros often set a very high standard for equipment and because they can buy top quality at near wholesale prices and know where to get the best deal, often within a club or other obscure sources that I will not be able to access.This becomes like any other habitual thinking to them and a bit of a mindset.

Because someone is an expert rider does not mean he is an expert seller.

Look in newspaper ads, at Uni, in the corner drug store window, or milk bar and keep your eyes open for bikes or other items for sale.

Again if you have access to a computer and the Internet it is easier and quicker.

EBay has a lot of used items like bikes for sale, and is without question a good place to look. If you know a bit you can profit from the sale of many things like lawnmowers, cars, motorcycles, models, antiques, furniture, household items, guitars and other musical instruments, the list is exhaustive.

We all know something about something, and with an Internet connection we can easily find out more by searching online for information.

Here is a typical scenario taken from my recent experience of buying and selling.

My 19 year old with my help just purchased a bicycle from EBay very cheap. It will sell for twice what he paid for it even after he keeps it and uses it for some years.

He needs it to ride to University for 3 more years, so he will keep it, and has sold his old bicycle which was worth what he got for it, thus upgrading to a very expensive one in perfect condition for the same sort of money.

My daughter bought 2 couches for her home recently also from EBay. One for $300 with 4 chairs, the other for $12.00 with 2 more recliner chairs in even better condition than the $300 one. She sold the $12.00 one for $450.00

I purchased some heavy machinery with 200% margin left in it just last week.

It is not hard to spot a bargain on EBay, you just need to know why it was so cheap before you buy it and don't make that mistake when you sell.

People sell things all the time on ebay without even finding out the value. With the correct reading of ads, it is easy enough to locate the bargains.

An Example

Here is what we do.

Bikes. I know a bit about bicycles as many people do. I look through the adds for auctions that have say 6-10 days to run.

I select just one broad niche market like men's road bikes, or ladies bikes or kids bikes.

I read the adds and do not even look at the ones that have a single picture Unless I can see every detail and get all the information I need from the ad I do not bother with it.

I then make an offer by email long before the auction is due to complete.

Next time you read an eBay ad, read carefully between the lines for any hints of the price he will take and look for lists of technical and manufacturer data. If I do not know a product well, I learn a bit from each add so it can save time doing research

I will also put a very low maximum bid on any items that have poor ads and may be overlooked then if they sell for my price I know I can sell them again for more with a better ad. I hope this enables you to get cash fast if you need it.

To make more money, just put as much of your profit back in to more products as you can

Providing you can remain unemotional about your buying and selling, you can grow your income like a rocket if you work hard and smart for even a few weeks.

Good luck!   ............  and may you prosper!


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      6 years ago

      hello erny, my name is martin and will like some help to even start small.. Im an artist,, canvas on paint. Im known as an artist by plenty of my friends family also associates. But im havin problems to sale my art.. I maniged to swap a painting for good valiew and give for a gift. Im also homeless have no fixed address unless its a garrantee for profits becouse of paying my way. Also im 28 years of age, counsil give me one chance only. So prvate is only option. I have a passion to pant but ho to sell easy. Also i use a mobile phone, even for this message.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I buy online from badly worded adds from one market, and sell with a well worded add sometimes in the local newspaper or a site that specialises in a product.

      If you need a better explanation of the methods I suggest above, or need to brainstorm ideas feel free to send me an email, or we can skype.

      I hate to see people in a hole if I can find a solution.

      Seed capital is only a problem because you have to start small, wash and repeat until you get some size on and that is a problem. I started a business with $51 I borrowed off my brother inlaw. I just made damn sure I was going to turn it in to more than a hundred so I could re-invest.

      I'm here to help a fellow hubber if I can.

    • brimancandy profile image


      7 years ago from Northern Michigan

      I thought about doing this. However, as a seller, I also think like a buyer. A lot of people who shop on Ebay are not only looking at the price of the item, they are also set off by how much it costs to ship the item, and where it is coming from.

      I was actually at a goodwill store, and I came across this lady who had a over-loaded cart of clothes, and a large amount of paintings. I asked her what she was doing with all of the stuff, and she said, Oh, I sell it on Ebay, including the biggest surprise...several wedding dresses. That, and she is also a seamstress.

      The other group I see trolling around the thrift stores are antique collectors. They are usually the ones that buy the old lamps, plates, and dinner ware, that the average worker at a goodwill has no clue of it's value.

      But, as much as all this reselling sounds good, you also have to have starter money to get these things. You can't buy and sell, if you have no money to buy. I have heard that some people over-buy, and then get stuck with a house full of stuff they can't get rid of. So, if you are going to do it, start out small, until you get the hang of it, and then go after more murchandise, but don't bite off more than you can chew.

      My dad used to Flea Market, which is pretty much the same as Ebay, and he always spent more money on stuff then he made. His best products were homemade wooden toys, and wooden name tags. He was quite a craftsman, and also made elaborate grandfather clocks, which he sold for $200 to $300 dollars back in the 1970's. But, like I said, dad never broke even.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I agree, most human endeavour is best with knowledge and interest. Paramount to getting the best results.

    • CASE1WORKER profile image


      7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      i think it works if you have an interest and skill in the items to be sold

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Kim, I am so happy you like my writng style as well! I think it is very comforting to believe we are all talented and gifted! Thank you for the supportive and appreciated comment.

      and thank you to those I missed above! I know you will forgive me for not replying individually, I still haven't worked out a good way to do it.

      Pearldiver, I loved Steptoe $ Son!

      I am glad you thought it was good Neil.

      Thanks for the positive comment quicksand.

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      7 years ago

      Very well thought out and written hub with lots of helpful information. Nice writing style too! Can tell you are talented and gifted!

    • Neil Ashworth profile image

      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very good article. You write well and provide some valuable information..

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you eflego, I wish the best for you too.

      What a very nice comment!

    • Neil Ashworth profile image

      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's really good info, thanks for sharing.

    • efeglo profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      You are very good person i must confess, i see it on your face. Good money and may you live to enjoy these labour of yours.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You are more than welcome Rob! I have learnt a bit since this hub, I may just ad to it, as I do review and change my hubs a fair bit.

      Thanks heaps for the input mate!

    • Pearldiver profile image

      Rob Welsh 

      8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Earnest.. I have been conspicuous by my adsence in reading your works. I guess I'm just used to saving some of the best till last.

      This market hasn't really changed that much at all since it was glorified by the father & son Steptoe team lol. Though the old boy was far better at loosing his pickled onions while taking a bath!

      Good on you mate; this is a good hub and clearly you are good at this potentially very profitable business. Keeps you sharp as a pin as well.. Thank you for the good oil mate.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi Jyoti Thank you for your very kind comment. I certainly will look at your hub. It sounds fascinating.

      I must agree, hubpages is a fine place to exchange information, and to meet good people like yourself.

      My very best wishes to you and those you love. Ern

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur

      hi Earnest,

      wonderful hub as usual by you. That is why i am your fan. You have got an idea. Idea of selling second hand (used) goods.

      i have written a hub how an idea can earn you billions. If you feel so, please read the same. Hubpages are good place of exchanging idea and knowledge.

      Thanks! i rated it up.

      Jyoti Kothari

    • quicksand profile image


      9 years ago

      You've got some good ideas, Earnest, and you've got some great hubs too. :)

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for the kind comment, it really works well for me, as I do not get emotionally involved in the sale, I can usually buy pretty well, and often make a few 100% on a single sale.

    • sevon77 profile image


      9 years ago from Chesapeake Va

      Man I never thought of this... BRILLIANT! I am learning so much this is exciting.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I worked in my dad's bike shop when the Apollo were first imported to Australia in the nineteen fifty's. They were pretty good and quite expensive. They have always made ok bikes.

    • riotgrrrl profile image


      9 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      very informative, i think my brother used to have a rally apollo! :p


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