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I found these Adidas climalite golf pants at Goodwill for $4.55 including tax.  I listed them in an auction for 7 days, my starting price was .99 plus $4.99 shipping, they had 53 views, 7 bids, and sold for $15.49 including shipping.

The reason why I started this auction at .99 was because when I was taking pictures of these pants I noticed that they had faint spots throughout, I did not see the imperfections while I was at the store, if I did I probably would not have bought them.  I thought they were going to be worthless so I started the listing at .99 plus $4.99 because I didn’t think anyone was going to be interested, I was wrong.  Not only did people not mind, and of course I showed and explained the spots, there were multiple bids and they sold for a good price, crazy.  I am very torn between starting an auction at .99 or trying to protect the price and start the item at a price I am okay with selling it at.  I beginning to feel like starting the auction at .99 is the way to go.  I will have to test this a little more and I will let you know.

TIP:  What I learned here is don’t be afraid of an imperfection,  almost everything that I sell is in like new or in great condition, but if the brand and type of clothing is right and it has an imperfection I will buy it.  As long as you clearly describe and picture the flaw(s) your item still will hold value to someone.

$4.55 item cost including tax

$2.60 USPS first class shipping

$1.55 ebay fee

$.46 paypal fee

$.08 poly mailer

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My total cost to buy and sell this item was $9.24, my item sold for $15.49 so I made $6.25.

TIP:  Obviously it is not worth going to a thrift/consignment store to buy just one item it would not be worth your time and gas, so when I go I try to find 10-20 items and I usually do.  When I first started I know I passed by a lot of items that were worth money, but I just didn’t know.  Now that I know what sells it is easy to find enough items to make the trip worth it.

One of our parks has a merry go round, the park is so popular that a Sabrett hot dog guy sets up on the weekends.  So the $6.25 profit from these pants will buy our hot dogs while we play at the park.

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