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  1. ar·bi·trage
noun /ˈärbiˌträZH/

  1. The simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset

I have sold on eBay on and off for a long time now.  I don’t consider myself an expert but I have learned quite a bit over the past 9 years. One of the things I have heard about over and over again, while researching what I should sell on eBay, is arbitrage.

As the definition above suggests….arbitrage is the simultaneous buying of one item at a low price and then turning around and selling that same item somewhere else for a profit.

I have been very interested in trying this out for awhile now and I have decided that now might just be a good time to try it.  There are several ways that you can use this technique and I will list them below…..but basically ANYWHERE you can find a bargain on something that others want….you can have the perfect opportunity for arbitrage.

If you Google eBay arbitrage you will find a slew of articles on how to find bargains on eBay itself and then turn around and sell them back on eBay for a profit.

One way to do this is to look for misprinted key words in the title of listings.  If someone has listed an item with a misspelled key word it will not show up when a buyer puts that key word into the search box.  If it doesn’t show up it can’t be bought.  This can be an opportunity for you to swoop in and pick it up for a song.  A really great website that can help you with this technique is called Fat Fingers http://fatfingers.com/ .  With this site you can enter the name of what you are looking for and it will bring up the actual listings in eBay that are misspelled.

Another way to find items to buy and sell for a profit is to look for auctions that are ending in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning.  What a lot of sellers on eBay don’t think about when they are listing their items is when their auctions will end.  They will get on their computers late at night and start listing items that will end at the same time in 3, 7 or 10 days.  The numbers of sellers listing at night far outweigh the number of buyers buying at those hours.

You can also look for auctions of items, that you know would sell for a great profit on eBay, that are not getting any bids because of something wrong with their listing.  Either they took a horrible picture, or they didn’t take enough pictures to really show it off well enough, or maybe they could have done something to the item such as clean it up a little.  If you know you can do a better job at listing this item and getting it sold for a profit it might just be worth the risk.

One last way of finding bargains for arbitrage is looking for items that are selling as a lot (a “lot” is when several items are sold all together in a bunch) but would sell for much more money if they were broken up and sold individually.  One great example of this is from one of my favorite eBay/Amazon gurus Skip McGrath.  I get his email newsletter bimonthly and I keep everyone of them to reread over and over again.  If you are interested in subscribing to the newsletter here is the link http://skipmcgrath.com/newsletters/  In his email newsletters Skip will sometimes have a “Niche of the Month” article.  One of these articles was about selling Starbucks mugs.  He spoke about how you could find a lot of Starbucks mugs for a bargain, break them up and then resell them individually for a profit.  Here is the link to that article if you want to read it for yourself.  http://skipmcgrath.com/newsletters/current.shtml#four

There are other ways, besides finding deals on eBay, to use the arbitrage technique.  You can find bargains everywhere you go!

Yesterday I was at Big Lots and found Nutristystem food items on sale 3 for a $1 or .33 cents each.  I happen to know that nutrition and weight loss products are big sellers on eBay so I looked it up…..those same Nutrisystem food items were selling for $1-2/piece on eBay!!

How about your local pharmacy, CVS or Walgreens?  I read a story one time (it might have been in Skip’s newsletter again I can’t remember) about a guy who was at his local Walgreens and found that a big name men’s razors were on sale for $7.  Now everyone who shaves knows how ridiculously expensive razors can be.  He quickly looked it up on Amazon to see how much they were selling for…..$30 bucks each!!!  You can bet he snatched those up!

It doesn’t have to be big ticket items and it doesn’t have to be electronics or expensive toys.  The littlest thing can bring you big profits!  While I was doing research for the Nutrisystem items I decided to look into beauty products, since they carry a lot of that at Big Lots, and I stumbled upon hair dye.  What I found there surprised me and I will be making another trip to Big Lots soon.

Use your imagination.  What do you buy that is horrifically expensive that you would buy up in a heartbeat at a cheaper price on eBay??  Chances are someone else is looking for that same item.

Or how about those fun outlet stores???  There are a lot of women out there who are making a killing buying designer clothing and accessories at outlet stores and reselling on eBay.  This too is considered arbitrage.

What about you crazy extreme coupon people out there???  And Seasonal Sales…..the list can go on and on and on.

These are just a few ideas to get you started on your way to arbitraging your little heart out.  Keep your eyes open and the next time you see something that you just know is a killer deal……look it up on eBay and see how well it is selling…..you might just have a great arbitrage item!

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Leg Splint….Have to keep off of leg for 3 days 😦

Well I guess I must have worked a little tooooo hard at the yardsale this weekend.  I spent 4 hours at the ER last night making sure that I didn’t have blood clots (which thankfully I did not!!)…..turns out I have tendonitis in my right leg.

I’ve had problems with my legs for a long time.  They would ache and ache and ache for seemingly no reason.  I would walk around the house doing different NONstrenuous activities and after about 20 min they would start to ache like I had been hiking for hours.  Finally I went to the Dr and it was discovered that I was low in Vitamin D.  So for the past few years I have been taking a Vit D supplement…..most days (I suck at remembering to take medications).  And for the most part this seemed to fix things.

And the shoes……I know I shouldn’t wear flip flops or high heels or shoes that have little to no support……but I’m just not ready for sensible shoes damnit!  I don’t like tennis shoes….they make me feel clunky and frumpy.  And sensible shoes that are actually cute and stylish cost a freakin’ mint!  But I guess my hospital bill is going to cost me more than some sensible shoes will  😦

Ughhh…..Clunky = Frumpy!!!

So this weekend at the yardsale I spent most of Wednesday and Thursday lugging things up the stairs from the basement and from the garage.  Then Friday from 6am to 4pm standing and lugging things around and then Saturday from 7am to 4pm standing around and then lugging stuff to Goodwill.  ALL IN MY FLIP FLOPS!  They were my comfortable ones though 😀

Sooooo cute!!!

I know, I know, I know……bad, bad, bad!  I’m vain and lazy what can I tell you?

Needless to say by the end of the weekend I could barely walk.  But by Monday I was feeling fine.  Tuesday….little bit of pain in my right leg….nothing too serious, didn’t really pay much attention to it.  Wednesday….no worries.  But Wednesday night I was walking down a flight of steps and all of a sudden I had this horrendous ripping feeling in my calf.  It hurt like hell all night….I couldn’t flex my foot without hanging from the chandeliers, I couldn’t put any weight on it…..not good.  Thursday surprisingly it started feeling really pretty ok…..I was really surprised!  I just assumed it was a pulled muscle and I treated it as so….ice, elevation etc.

But then people started in with the worrying……maybe I had a blood clot?  I was a nurse once upon a time….I know all about calf pain and blood clots…..so the seed was planted.  And then I started to wonder…..if I have a pulled muscle or a torn tendon…..WHY does it feel so much better???  Maybe I did have a clot and it moved on…..Ahhhhh crap I don’t want to die in my sleep of a freaking stroke.  So off to the ER I went.  Annoyed the entire way cuz I just knew that I was going to end up with some astronomical bill just to be told that I had a pulled muscle and to stay off of it.

4 hours later……no blood clots and a diagnosis of tendonitis.  I’m pretty sure these crutches alone are gonna cost me $300 at the least 😦  So color me annoyed to the nth degree.  BUT I am glad it wasn’t something more serious.

And I guess I am getting old because I need sensible shoes and I just wrote an entire post on my health issues……..ahhhhh crud!!!

Sensible Shoes……Yuck!!!

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