Goodwill outlet stores are not the same as you Goodwill Retail stores because at the outlets you will dig through bins and pay a flat rate per pound. For instance here in Denver, CO when I go to the outlet store I will pay .99/per pound.
Below is a video by Casey the Rockstar Flipper and he is going to go over the basics you need to know in order to make thousands of dollars shopping at Goodwill Outlet to resale on eBay. I have personally used his techniques and they work amazing. I always believe that if you want to learn how to do something then learn it from someone who is really successful at it. Rockstar Flipper does over 6 figures a year in sales, and drives an i8 BMW, all from his eBay business.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #1 – Know the hours and get there early
You want to get to the Goodwill Outlet store as soon as the open the doors for 2 reasons:
1. The shopping carts go fast, and you want a shopping cart because your goal should be to fill it to the top.
- In most cases they start rotating bins as soon as they open. The more bins that get rotated the more potential money you have to make. Also, the first bins typically have some of the best stuff in them.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #2 – Be aggressive
Shopping in the bins is a lot like Black Friday because you have a lot of people there looking for those diamonds in the rough. You need to be prepared to dig fast, stand your ground and don’t let people push you around.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #3 – Make sure you dig to the bottom of every bin
So many people in the bin store skim the top and miss out on amazing items that are buried under a ton of crap. Treat this like and job and work hard, and that includes digging all the way through the bin.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #4 – Make sure you wear gloves
This is so important because a lot of the stuff is nasty, sometimes you will have broken glass, or sharp pieces of metal and you want to protect yourself from getting cut. You don’t have to have gloves for clothes, but for sure if you are going to dig in the regular houseware bins and electronics.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #5 – If you see something you want grab it immediately
If you see something that you think might have value but you’re not sure grab it, put it in your cart and go back to it later to check its value. If you don’t someone else will grab it and you will be SOL.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #6 – Make Friends
Build relationships with the employees and the other people that shop regularly. The employees are a great source because they can let you know when the next set of bins are coming out, and give you a discounted price on heavy items. Regulars are great because many of them will tell you and show the items that are making them money and give you tips.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #7 – Make Friends with the Managers
These guys can give you deals on buying in bulk and discount pricing on those heavy items like blueray players and stereos. Also, they can give you updates on the things that are coming up like specials or discount days.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #8 – Stay to the end
If possible plan to stay to the very end and go through as many bins as possible because you can find good items all the way to the end. Also, a lot of people leave early, so you have less competition toward the end of the day.
Goodwill Outlet Tip #9 – Learn how to weigh an item without a scale
You need to be able to tell how much something weighs for 2 reasons:
1. You need to know how much it’s going to cost you
2. You need to be able to calculate how shipping cost will be when you sell the item
Goodwill Outlet Tip #10 – Research every item on eBay before you pay for it.
Basically you want to research each item and make sure it is going to bring in a profit. Wait till your ready to go, then go over each item to make sure that your are going to make money.