The recovery of the economy in the United States has been slow. Unemployment figures are still around 9% and gas prices seem to go up every day. Many people are looking for ways to generate additional income. One of the most common ways they are attempting to do this is by selling off items from their households at places like Ebay, fleamarkets, and yard sales. This could mean some really good bargains for you, the cosumer.
Ebay has become the most well known place for discounts, probably, in the world. The website has become popular for it’s many bargains from not only individuals looking to sell off no longer wanted items, but for companies looking to clear out excess merchandise. The poor economy has increased these opportunities as more and more people and companies alike look for ways to improve their financial standing.
The almost anonymous way in which Ebay allows one to sell their unwanted items opens a yard sale mindset to even those who would never want to deal with strangers coming to their home. The simplicity of posting one’s items and then mailing them off after they are sold, along with the money being in your bank account shortly thereafter especially appeals to anyone with access to the internet and a need for some extra cash. The more popular this method becomes, the more bargains that become available. It has not become uncommon to find 10 or more of a particular item listed on Ebay at one time under it’s auction type format. The more items available helps keep them at lower prices giving the bidders even better deals.
Fleamarkets are like the grandparent of Ebay. Long before the arrival of the internet auction site, fleamarkets are where many people chose to sell off their unwanted items. Usually held on weekends where people rent tables for a small fee to display their items for sale. The fleamarket like Ebay allows an individual to sell without having people come to their home. It also gives them a larger amount of people as potential customers. The biggest advantage a fleamarket gives a buyer over Ebay is the ability to take your purchase home with you rather than waiting for it to arrive and hoping it is truly what you thought you purchased.
Something not known to many is many times you can find new items for sale at fleamarkets. Store owners who have been unable to sell items in their retail location will often rent a table and try to clear out their merchandise often at prices below wholesale. The same goes for store owners who, due to many reasons including the economy, may have recently closed down their stores and are just looking to get the merchandise off their hands. You may also encounter people who make their living buying excess stock from manufacturers and reselling it for profit. The fleamarket can sometimes present better deals than even a website like Overstock.com which sells new items heavily discounted.
If it seems like there is a sign for a yard sale on every corner you might be right. More and more people are filling their driveways with their unwanted items on weekends to generate a little more cash flow. The best things about being a buyer at yard sales is often sellers don’t know what things are truly worth and you have the ability to negotiate an even lower price. Yard sales are a great place to find antiques, jewelry, and even rare books. You may even occasionally find new items that homeowners have never used at prices way below their original cost.
Whether it be by the way of Ebay, flea markets, or yard sales, there may never be a better time to find bargains. The poor economy has led to individuals almost desperate to sell off items to help with their household or personal expenses. It has also led to more and more stores and companies looking to dump excess merchandise often at cost or below. Either way it has very much become a buyer’s market, so log on, or head out to the flea market or yard sale and grab up those bargains before someone else does.