In this Thrifting For Profit Podcast we discuss … Selling Coffee Mugs On Amazon and Ebay
Today Charlene Anderson of Purveyor Of All Things Creative is helping me answer questions on the air and in the chat room…. Charlene and I have not sold a ton of coffee mugs – other than Starbucks mugs, we researched and found out what sells for good profits and should be easy to find.
Coffee mugs are a great product to source – because we see so many of them while thrifting and once you know what to look for, it should only take a few minutes to pick up the right mugs. AND – they are usually priced very cheap. We love that!
1 – What’s up this past week:
I thrifted in Phoenix, AZ this weekend. Not the best thrifting and we saw a lot of competition with phones and scanners. I came home with a few goodies, but not highly satisfactory.
I am off my game this week, which is never a good thing. I haven’t listed anything on Amazon or Ebay… of course I did go out to the thrifties twice. I was down to the last 14 items to get listed (from my stash of inventory), so I am staying fairly caught up. It can’t sell if it’s not listed.
My first return where I am asking the customer to send the product back happened this week. I love “Nice” customers.
Also – had my first APO/FPO shipment this week, not as smooth to ship through eBay as all other international sales have been.
Plus – My first non paying buyer was in this weeks list of new learning experiences. It is very painless, and I would rather have a non-paying sale than a return any day.
2 – Thrifty Flip I Sold This Week on Amazon:
Zoom 3090-00-00 V92/V44 USB External Controllerless Fax Modem
Paid $2- New – Sold $25
11 Months to sell… No other FBA sellers. Happy with profits.
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3 – Thrifty Flip I Sold This Week on Ebay:
Conair Chrome Hot Lather Shaving Cream Dispenser Machine
Paid $3 – New (Very Damaged Box) Sold $48.99 (Free Shipping) – Less than a week to sell.
4 – Main Topic – Selling Coffee Mugs on Ebay and Amazon
This is a hot topic on several Face Book groups and we thought we would research and see what mugs we should have on our BOLO (Be On The Lookout) list. Of course, we all should know Starbucks mugs are good to look for… some of them sell for Mega Bucks!
When we hit the thrift stores and yard sales – we all see stacks of mugs and need to know what to reach for and what to pass on… right? Even though these mugs are usually priced very cheap, not all of them are worth selling.
First – let’s think about the “Why” of selling mugs.
- Easy to find.
- Easy to store.
- Easy to list.
- Easy to research.
- Easy to ship.
- Usually cheap prices.
- High sell through rate on good mugs.
All of these are good reasons to add mugs to your list of profitable products for sourcing. (Very low hassle factor)
So… what makes a mug worth selling?
Make sure when you are selling any product, that it is worth your time/effort.
A mug that sells for $25 (inc. shipping) and up is worth my time and effort.
Coffee Mugs With Huge Profits
I found some surprising sales in my research!
I entered coffee mugs, used and highest sold price into eBay search:
Starbucks and Fire King are at the top of the list to be looking for:
This Snoopy Fire King Mug sold for $500!
This Starbucks Mug sold for over $300:
Let’s Find The Low Hanging Fruit In Coffee Mugs
I searched on Ebay for coffee mugs that looked most like the ones I might easily find.
Mugs From Locations
This mug sold for $24.99 (Free Shipping)
French Market Roast Coffee New Orleans Mug Collector’s Edition
Brands and Graphics That Seem To Sell Well
- Star Wars
- Lord Of The Rings
- Tazmanian Devil
- Look for Movie Characters
Square shape stacked on a holder – usually with a drip glaze
Older Brands of mugs (vintage)
- Castle Hamburger
- Dairy Queen
- Dunkin Donuts
Old (Vintage) Mugs related to World War II – Law Enforcement (FBI)
Stoneware – sometimes signed by artist.
Figural is the word to also use in your titles
Great for gifts. Highest prices are in the $40 range.
I have found some very good Disney Mugs, sadly they all had chips.
Kliban Mug – Black and White Graphics with signature B. Kliban – Cat
Coffee Mug Sets Do Well (Still in Box is Best)
I sold a set on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TRPNUG
I sold a set with fruit graphics on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CFUNL
Shipping Coffee Mugs (Ebay Sales)
Google “FOMO Shipping” and you will find out how to ship coffee mugs “CHEAP”!
Shipping Mugs To Amazon
Use a 6 x 6 x 6 box purchased at Walmart
Okay… Have A Great Weekend and Profitable Sourcing!
That’s my story… and I’m sticking to it…
Next week’s show…. Sourcing And Selling Stitchery Kits
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