Amazon and eBay sellers:
If you're on a really strict budget for sourcing inventory and/or packaging supplies, this post is for you.
Mega-resellers are always on the lookout for shortcut and hacks (like these that I wrote about earlier ) to do it better. The whole idea is to lower expenses and increase your profit margin.
There are many ways to boost your reselling income such as buying inventory in bulk, buying at a lower price, or getting freebies with the products that you are buying. And then there are times when you can get valuable inventory for free and/or free rebates/cash etc.
All you need to do is keep your eyes and ears open and grab these offers when they crop up:
Tactic #1: FREE: Swagbucks Website and/or Phone app
Earn cash by doing small tasks when you're online, like searching for products, deals, or online shopping. While clicking on ads can get you some cash, you can really make a killing for free gift cards when you shop online via the Swagbucks website. You earn Swagbucks for every dollar spent and once you've collected enough of those, you can redeem them for gift cards! Also, you can use the Swagbucks app on your phone (Android or Apple) and the website to earn Swagbucks.
Tactic #2 – FREE: RetailMeNot Website
Finding coupons is easy, but RetailMeNot helps you to find the most reliable coupon codes that have worked for their users. You can bookmark the website and also download the app on your phone to make sure you do not miss out of any of the coupons. The best part is that you can enjoy saving on online deals as well as in-store deals. This is a win-win scenario for users of this app. My tip to 'stack' your RetailMeNot finds with additional cash back and discounts: If you see a special deal on RetailMeNot, write down the coupon code for the deal (if there is one). Then, log into eBates (get an account free, it's free to use) to see if the store selling the product (that you saw on RetailMeNot) is offering 'cash back' via eBates. If it is, click through the store link provided on eBates. When you find the product on the specific store, do NOT go back to the RetailMeNot link. Instead, go through the eBates link and use the coupon code that you wrote down. That way, your web browser 'eBates cookie' takes precedence (your browser knows you found the product through eBates, not RetailMeNot), and thus you will be eligible to get eBates cash back (if applicable). Then, get even more savings: after you've added the item you want to buy to your cart, head over to Raise.com to see if there are any discounted gift cards for the online store you are buying from. Ensure you buy the card that says "eGift" so you can use it online. Usually a gift card purchase from Raise takes just a few minutes to be delivered to you by email.
Tactic #3: FREE: Chameleon app (currently for Apple only)
What if you could get paid every time you walked into a retail-store? Chameleon app does just that as you earn points that you can later redeem for gift cards. You can use these gift cards in the store or online! For every 20 points earned through the app, you can get a $5 Target gift card. Alsom, Chamelon gives you access to a range of discount coupons for popular retail stores along with store and shelf location for popular products in the store, availability of products, and you can even earn money for referring your friends and family members to this app. New stores are added to this app every week so that you can shop at popular stores like Target, Best Buy, Sears, Office Depot, Petco, Staples, and Walgreens.
Tactic #4: FREE Freecycle website
Now there's no reason to say “I can't find anything to sell!”. This is a great way to get free products to sell on Amazon, eBay, or Craigslist. After all, you were going to use that money for buying products, right? With FreeCycle, you can skip the money and get straight to the goods! Just join the group of users on FreeCycle in your area and keep an eye out for any products they're giving away for free. This way you can build your inventory and if you're looking for a specific product, you can even post an advertisement on FreeCycle. This is the perfect service when you're looking for collectibles or small items to procure and sell, or even get supplies. For instance, lots of you FBA Sellers are always inquiring about getting free boxes, well here you go (real listing local to me): http://screencast.com/t/ilomRu1flW
Tactic #5: FREE Craigslist 'Free stuff' postings
The principle with Craigslist's free stuff is like Freecycle, but a little looser on the rules (translation: they're not as uptight). My local Craigslist's 'free section' had this lot of board games (check it, yep, free: http://screencast.com/t/twryKTOQkh ) A safety note if you use Craigslist for anything: Bring a friend and do the transaction in broad daylight, preferably in a well-lighted, well-trafficked area. Do not enter someone's home unless you have someone with you, and even if you do, let a relative/friend know that you're there.
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While each of these resources when used on their own might not show you impressive results, the trick is to combine/"stack" these strategies and you will see your efforts bring you great savings. This is retail, folks, every penny counts.
I TRULY hope this post helps you. Have you tried any of the above mentioned methods? Do you have any other tips or tricks to make free money? Please feel free to share your views in the comments.