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So one day walking through my local Goodwill looking for treasure, I wondered if they sold cell phones. I asked the lady behind the counter and she said they did not, but I could check their online auction site and see if any were listed. I said what? She explained that there is a huge online auction site that pulls inventory from every Goodwill in the country. So after my in store treasure hunt that day I pulled up the website www.shopgoodwill.com and what I found was life changing. You name it they have it and not only do they most likely have what you are looking for they have it by the lot. So I signed up for my account which took a couple of minutes and I was ready. I was so over whelmed at first I was searching anything and everything I could think of, but I had to focus and think what should I buy that is going to make money. So I decided to stick with my original idea which was phones, one of my first sales on ebay was my personal old broken cell phone, I made close to $50 off of it, so I felt this was a good start. I thought even if the phones were broken they still would hold value. So I bid on my first auction and won 2 Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phones for $37.99 including shipping.

TIP: There is always a shipping fee so check the fee before you bid.

The only thing I knew about the phones Is that they powered on. The phones arrived a week and a half later, both powered on which was cool. I checked both esn/imei numbers and they were clear, but then I noticed one of them was getting hot. I took out the battery and saw that the white tab was pink which tells you the phone has water damage. You can still sell a phone with water damage as long as you list what is damaged so the buyer knows what they are getting. So I listed both phones separately in 2 different auctions each 7 days long. The following phone did not have water damage, I started the auction at $29.99, after 1 day I received a message from an ebay member and he asked if he could buy the phone for $57, I accepted his offer, I revised the listing added the buy it now price and he bought it.

The second phone pictured below was the water damaged phone, I started the auction at $19.99 including free shipping, it had 80 views, 6 bids and sold for $32.00 including free shipping.

My total cost for both phones was $37.99
$5.20 usps first class shipping for both phones, I shipped them separately to different buyers
$8.90 ebay fee (10% fee for both phones)
$2.67 paypal fee (3% fee for both phones)
.62 box cost (.31 per box 6x4x4)

6x4x4 inch boxes perfect for sunglasses and small cell phones

6 double rolls of packing tape

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Both phones sold for a total of $89, my total cost to buy and sell these phones was $55.38, so my profit was $33.62. Not bad for my first www.shopgoodwill.com auction purchase. The profit from these phones paid for half of our gym membership that month. If you are a mom and you do not belong to a gym, join one. At the time I belonged to LA Fitness, the membership fee was $57 per month which included childcare for 2 kids. It is the best $57 you will ever spend you get to take an hour for yourself everyday and the kids get to play.

TIP: The LA Fitness by me waives the registration fee on Mother’s Day, maybe the one in your area does too, it will save you hard earned mommy money!

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