There are some pretty cool resources out there to verify the age/era of your products: garments, toys, accessories, etc. This video delves a little deeper into what you can do to make sure you are a subject matter expert of whatever you’re selling.

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Hustla to Hustler… Amazon FBA Talk

It’s a very simple equation that they taught in chemistry 101, but who was paying attention?

you + catalyst = results of equal or greater power

Check out the new video posted last night, and don’t forget to Like/Comment/Subscribe!

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If It Fits Your Agenda, It’s Good Advice

Has your plan been serving you well? If not, then the problem is probably not with the advice you’ve been following, but with your current agenda. Everyone has a plan that works for them, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you.

For example, if a reseller advised me starting out to disregard Polo because it’s an unworthy investment with low returns, I might be out of business. While that may be an exaggeration, RL Polo has been one of my best-selling brands with the highest returns, since I know how to pick the styles that my customers are interested in. There are other resellers who give advice on brands that sell very well for them, but when I’ve experimented with them, I didn’t receive the returns that they receive on similar-styled items.

The real hustler knows what works for them based on their own strengths and weaknesses. If you are a self-proclaimed nerd and you know books, maybe reselling books on Amazon is your calling. Clothes may not be your cash cow. If you are into vintage threads and know what to look for, you may find more success there instead of electronics or collectibles. In so many words, gather a solid agenda based on what you enjoy and make sure any advice you take fits your plan.


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On this eBay journey, we’ve learned some really important lessons to impart to the interested. Aside from making necessary repairs/upgrades to purchased items and making sure the product is clean before it’s even photographed, there are jewels you pick up along the way from experience. Here are some lessons we’ve learned:

1.  If you come across a pair of designer shoes, DO YOUR HOMEWORK TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY. These Versace sneakers were found & purchased for $20. Here’s the breakdown:

List Price: $90 + $10 ship
Accepted Offer: $82
Total Profit: $54



2. Have all your vintage items checked by a field specialist if it sells for in the hundreds. These Ray Bans were beautiful, but our buyer let us know the screw for one of the stems was stripped. Prior to that, we took them to an eyeglass specialist for tightening & advertised the looseness. Here’s how it shook out:

Bought for: $1
Listed for: $266
Accepted: $190


3. The customer sets the price, & by checking completed listings you can find out what they are comfortable paying for any given item. This is what real profit looks like:

Bought: $1
Sold: $46
Total Profit: $43 (that’s minus cost of item & shipping)


I hope this helps in your eBay sales journeys. Check completed listings, have a professional check your big ticket items, and verify authenticity of EVERYTHING!

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Happy New Fiscal Year!

While the masses were being hyped during the resting season to ensure profits through the waking season, there were several young entrepreneurs refining their plans for the upcoming business quarters of 2014.

While the masses were resolving to become a new version of themselves in 2014 over glasses of champagne and black eyed peas, several young entrepreneurs were rejoicing the fact that on January 2nd they don’t have to clock in to another man’s dream popularly known as the workplace.

Think about what that means. If I go into the workplace, I am clocking into someone else’s dream. While many of us have dreams that are these intangible things that exist in imagination, we work hard giving our minds, hands, and energy to build someone else’s dream. Why don’t more put that kind of work and effort into their own dreams?

Out of necessity, live your dreams. Out of right, live your dreams. The trend of joblessness and lack of future security in old paradigms is not decreasing. There is no future except the one we create in our own lives and leave our dreams for our children to work and build on as a foundation.

Find out what your passion is. If you don’t know what it is, start with building financial security somewhere outside of the workplace. Let that move you in the direction of discovering your passion. It will help you in the increasingly trying times that are manifesting as nightmares in the workplace.

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Beads Belong on Vintage Bracelets, Not Vintage Shirts!

Here’s a simple trick that will remove the beads from your cotton garments. I’m not sure if it works on softer, more delicate material. So far it’s worked on all the sweaters, polo shirts, and any cotton material items that have standard vintage napping/beading of the material. Get to de-beading!

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A Vinyl Affair

We were in a tiny town on the outskirts of the city and so many residents were out there with their glassware, appliances, vinyl albums, and whatnot. I skimmed across the tables half expecting to find something I thought was interesting and came across a stack of old vinyl records. I picked up the one that had this jolly old man on the cover feeling more like he was high, actively imagining rock candy mountains and magic dragons.

The old man behind the table charged me .25 for it. We sold it on Amazon yesterday for 32.98.

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Thank You, From PK Retail

Thank You, From PK Retail

Thank You, From PK Retail

The Man Who Lives Without Money

Friday, November 15, 2013

The man who lives without money

Irishman Mark Boyle tried to live life with no income, no bank balance and no spending. Here’s how he finds it.

If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal. The plan back then was to get a ‘good’ job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.

For a while I did it – I had a fantastic job managing a big organic food company; had myself a yacht on the harbour. If it hadn’t been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi, I’d still be doing it today. Instead, for the last fifteen months, I haven’t spent or received a single penny. Zilch.
The change in life path came one evening on the yacht whilst philosophising with a friend over a glass of merlot. Whilst I had been significantly influenced by the Mahatma’s quote “be the change you want to see in the world”, I had no idea what that change was up until then. We began talking about all major issues in the world – environmental destruction, resource wars, factory farms, sweatshop labour – and wondering which of these we would be best devoting our time to. Not that we felt we could make any difference, being two small drops in a highly polluted ocean.
But that evening I had a realisation. These issues weren’t as unrelated as I had previously thought – they had a common root cause. I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems.
The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now means we’re completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the ‘stuff’ we buy.
Very few people actually want to cause suffering to others; most just don’t have any idea that they directly are. The tool that has enabled this separation is money, especially in its globalised format.
Take this for an example: if we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.
If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor.
If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t shit in it.
So to be the change I wanted to see in the world, it unfortunately meant I was going to have to give up money, which I decided to do for a year initially. So I made a list of the basics I’d need to survive. I adore food, so it was at the top. There are four legs to the food-for-free table: foraging wild food, growing your own, bartering and using waste grub, of which there far too much.
On my first day I fed 150 people a three course meal with waste and foraged food. Most of the year I ate my own crops though and waste only made up about five per cent my diet. I cooked outside – rain or shine – on a rocket stove.
Next up was shelter. So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid. I’d use wood I either coppiced or scavenged to heat my humble abode in a wood burner made from an old gas bottle, and I had a compost loo to make ‘humanure’ for my veggies.
I bathed in a river, and for toothpaste I used washed up cuttlefish bone with wild fennel seeds, an oddity for a vegan. For loo roll I’d relieve the local newsagents of its papers (I once wiped my arse with a story about myself); it wasn’t double quilted but it quickly became normal. To get around I had a bike and trailer, and the 55 km commute to the city doubled up as my gym subscription. For lighting I’d use beeswax candles.
Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that’s the thing I don’t get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.
Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I’ve more friends in my community than ever, I haven’t been ill since I began, and I’ve never been fitter. I’ve found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.
Could we all live like this tomorrow? No. It would be a catastrophe, we are too addicted to both it and cheap energy, and have managed to build an entire global infrastructure around the abundance of both. But if we devolved decision making and re-localised down to communities of no larger than 150 people, then why not? For over 90 per cent of our time on this planet, a period when we lived much more ecologically, we lived without money. Now we are the only species to use it, probably because we are the species most out of touch with nature.
People now often ask me what is missing compared to my old world of lucre and business. Stress. Traffic-jams. Bank statements. Utility bills. Oh yeah, and the odd pint of organic ale with my mates down the local.
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