Recently I moved out of my parents house, thanks to the money that I’m making on eBay, and moved up to Northampton, Massachusetts.
Being an entrepreneur I’m always looking for extra ways to make side cash, and one of my favorite activities to do so is dumpster diving. So on my way up to Northampton I stopped at a nearby town to look at some dumpsters in back of a shopping mall. It was probably 11 pm, so no one was around. I don’t like going into dumpsters when people are around, as it makes me feel like a crazy person.
So I peer into the dumpster and find a bunch of old shelving units that the store had used to display DVDs and video games. Being made of metal, I knew that I could scrap it for some money.
I loaded the metal into my car, being careful not to rip the upholstery, and continued my journey to my apartment. Yesterday we had a huge snow storm that dumped ~8″ of snow on us, so I couldn’t make it to a scrap yard, so today I went to a metal recycling plant in a nearby city. I’ve been to several scrap yards and always feel intimidated: the machinery is huge and looks like it’s out of a Stanley the Steam Engine book, the men seem really masculine and gruff, and the noise can be deafening.
So anyway I pull my sedan up to the scrap piles and unload my light iron. There ended up being ~100 pounds of it.
When I went inside to receive my money I was a dissapointed when the man handed me $5.75. I knew that iron prices were low, but this price almost made the trip not worth it (financially wise). Determined to use my creativity I began to scheme about how I could make an interesting experiement out of this scenario.
“Let’s see. I turned metal that I found inside a dumpster into $5.75, so let’s see how much I can multiply this money.”
Recently I’ve promised myself that I wouldn’t go into any more Goodwills. I have about 150 pieces of clothing that I need to list and my room looks like a war-zone (pictures to come soon). I’ve realized that I’ve been spreading myself too thin- one week I wanted to focus on Amazon FBA, the next week I wanted to exclusively do eBay, the next day I wanted to get into Kindle Publishing, the next hour I wanted to start a bunch of side hustles like Amazon Merch and affiliate links, and the next minute I want to start a Youtube Channel. I think this is a surefire way to failure. I have yet to decide how I’m going to progress, but my next post will be an update.
So I decide to go to a Goodwill and see what I can spend this $5.75 on to make the biggest ROI. I pass by some clothing, video games, and old opened board games, when I came across this game:
Unfortunately it has a rip on the box as you can see, but it is still new in plastic. If there wasn’t a rip it would be going for about $90 on Amazon! But with the rip I should still be able to get about $30 on eBay. And it only cost me $4.75.
Who knows what I’ll be able to do with that profit? Considering that a guy managed to trade a paperclip for a house, there is no limit except the one’s that we impose on ourselves. Part 2 coming soon…