$2,500 Chewing Gum?
edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2001
By Sydney S Johnston
Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001
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From $2500 chewing gum, to digital information products, thousands (perhaps, millions) of products and services are sold on web auctions. While you're selling products, why not recruit new customers for your business?
$2500 Chewing Gum?
Imagine selling ...
- A package of Coca-Cola chewing gum for $2500!
- What about buying a skateboard for $2 and selling
it for $385?
- Would you pay $22,600 for a picture of Elvis?
- How about $660,000 for Dorothy's red shoes from
the Wizard of Oz movie?
- What about Mao Tse Tung's limousine?
- The robot from the old TV show, Lost in Space?
- The presidential yacht Sequoia, with pictures of
president Kennedy entertaining visitors in the
- Or the 72 foot swordboat from The Perfect Storm
movie ... along with George Clooney's costume,
assorted props and a trip to Hamburg, Germany,
for the premier of the movie?
All of these goodies, and thousands more like them, are
sold every day on the internet auctions ... quite simply the
easiest way on the planet to earn money!
"But, what do I sell?"
1. The first major way to make money is selling
merchandise you already own. Most people start their
auction businesses by cleaning out their attics and
garages, selling the accumulation of “stuff” that we all
Once all that is gone, however, and you now have a bad
case of auction fever ... what do you sell? The easiest
way to find goods is to start haunting garage sales, flea
markets and the like. These are just the most obvious
ways to find products, though. There are dozens more.
2. And, what about selling merchandise that isn't in
your possession, that you have never seen and you
definitely don't have to ship? The coolest thing about
this is that there is absolutely no risk! After the
merchandise is bought, then you order it with the money
you receive from your buyer.
3. There are all kinds of reasons why people shop on the
internet, but one of the strongest is because the net offers
unique items. In our white bread culture it is so often
difficult to find something worth buying.
There are so many talented and creative people who
want to express themselves by creating beautiful and
unique items. The trend towards a home business is
beginning to include large numbers of craftspeople, those
who take pride in their work, who do what they do
because they can't help it, who see themselves as more
than an inter-changeable part in a corporate machine,
who simply must express themselves or live lives of
Do you have something you would like to do, something
you want to create? Or, do you know people who feel this
way, but know nothing about marketing or how to sell their
4. Perhaps you would prefer to sell only a few very
high-profit items - such as cars, industrial equipment,
airplanes and the like. What's even better, is that you
don't have to own these products, or even put any of your
own money into them!
I can guarantee that there are people very near you who
can't dispose of some large ticket items and don't know
what to do. They are frustrated and discouraged. You
have an opportunity to be their white knight. After all,
someone sold an $8,000,000 hotel on an auction site -
so the possibilities are as vast as your imagination.
5. Perhaps you already have your own business - or want
to. Don't be alarmed by this. We're not talking about the
owner of an office building with 200 employees.
We're talking about ... you.
If your office is in your basement or spare bedroom, and
you are the CEO, receptionist, marketing director,
accountant, sales staff and janitorial service, you have
come to the right place! Auctions can be used as jet
fuel for your business.
6. The last method is the crown jewel. It is for the really
ambitious who want to join the new club of internet
You can use your auction site to promote your web
page, and your web page to promote your site, in a
perfect circle, continuously cycling back and forth. (For all
the details, get our complimentary ebook, How To Suck
Up Hungry Customers Faster Than a Vacuum
Cleaner on Steroids!)
Throw in great products, great content and perhaps some
affiliate programs, and it's hard to miss making huge
sums of money.
The amount of money you make depends totally on your
goals. Many auction sellers just want a few hundred extra
dollars a month so that they can indulge their hobbies.
Others want to be super-rich. Millions of people are
buying and selling as you read these words, and you can
play whenever you're ready.