I’ve been thinking a lot lately about sourcing. There are 4 main websites I look at for sourcing.
- REI Garage
Staples and eBay were my go to websites during the good old days reselling iPads. Since those days appear to be gone I’ve focused a lot more on sports and outdoor categories. You can find some real hidden gems in Dick’s clearance and at REI.
However, I am such a cautious guy when it comes to these things that when I find a good deal I sometimes struggle to get myself to pull the trigger to make a large bulk purchase. Instead I will by a half dozen and see how it goes. With what I’ve seen at REI and Dicks you really need to buy a large bulk amount to make real money.
Staples is still my favorite thanks to my favorite reselling combo of uPromise 5%, Ink 5%, and Staples Rewards 5%. Although ever since iPads dried up I have struggled to find killer deals. Done ok with external hard drives, but the downside to that is you are typically competing with Amazon. No bueno.
eBay can be great when they are offering bonus on eBay Bucks. It is funny though, I seem to have this mental block with eBay that makes it hard for me to trust I’m buying something that isn’t stolen. So I don’t source there as much as a I probably should. Need to get better at that.
I want to expand where I source from. Thinking about Walmart. I’ve literally never spent a penny at Walmart. This is something that started for me in college as a protest over their business practices. I still don’t like their business practices but they are so friendly with MS that I am thinking about ending that protest.
I also need to take a good look at uPromise and see other stores where they offer 5% cash back.