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Estate Sale Prospecting Paperback – October 29, 2006
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What Landahl has writtten is a short, but very useful how-to that guides the absolute beginner through both finding goods to resale, and the best way to sell them on eBay, Craigslist and other outlets. He's got a lot of great tips and specifics that go beyond the mchanics of posting and selling. Lendahl gives you strategies for setting prices, posting photos, writing titles, and making your sales look as attrative as possible. He even covers details like the best source for inexpensive scales to determine shipping costs.
There are chapters on how to find good estate sales, how to identify good merchandise, examples of good and bad finds, maintaining a good rating, and what kinds of books to buy- and what kinds of books not to buy.
This book alone won't make you a successful estate sale prospector- you still need the drive to shop those sales and maintain your eBay sales. Not everyone can do that. But if you're motivated, and looking for a good source of additional income, Lendahl's book is a very good place to start.
"Estate Sale Prospecting for Fun and Profit with craigslist and eBay" is a nice, easy-to-read book about how to get started selling obscure but valuable items bought at estate sales.
The idea behind the book is that two key tools have made it easier than ever to be a successful estate sale "prospector." First, craigslist, a free online classified service, allows you to quickly find all the upcoming sales in your region. And, of course, eBay enables you to put your items up for auction before a worldwide pool of buyers. The advice in this book helps you develop a system for buying a few inexpensive items at each estate sale for reselling profitably on eBay. And in that sense, it's just like bookselling -- you get better with experience. And you're not going to get rich, but you'll probably have some fun.
The author, John Landahl, got into online selling when he was cleaning out a closet and found a box of old marbles, which he nearly threw in the garbage. Instead he listed the marbles on eBay, where they sold for $94, and a new hobby was born. Landahl gives many more examples of successes and mistakes he's made along the way.
If you're interested in estate sale prospecting as a hobby or a business, I recommend this book.
John Landahl shares what he has learned from his own experience about how to get started in this. He tells you how to use craigslist to find likely sale events (and to dump items that didn't sell on e-Bay) and how to conduct yourself while looking for good things to resell. Probably the best part of the book is when he shares examples of what worked for him and what did NOT work. He even includes some photographs of those items. The cautions, if heeded, can save you lots of time and money.
He shares with the reader how to get into this hobby / business without too much upfront cost, what you will need to do it right, and what is overkill. One of the things most people find when they get into business is that what they thought would work usually doesn't. Landahl tries to save you some time without having to learn these for yourself.
Towards the end he explains the business in terms of baseball. It is a terrific metaphor and helped me to understand what the experience is likely to be.Read more ›
One thing that may be confusing is the meaning of `Estate Sales'. It does not mean, and this book does not deal with the buying and selling of Real Estate! Estate Sales are a very special kind of tag sale where the entire contents of a person's estate are put up for sale, generally on the premises of the probably deceased individual's property. The big difference between Estate Sales and `yard sales' is that while at the latter, people are largely selling off their white elephants and at the former, an agent is selling EVERYTHING which a person owned. This means that Estate Sales are far more likely to include things of real value. But, that doesn't mean the advice in this book is not relevant to things acquired at garage sales, flea markets, church bazaars, or second hand shops. I only know from long experience with a very large annual `white elephant' sale that the chance of finding good stuff at such sales is small, and it is much more to expect to have fun than to acquire lucre from these venues.
In rating Mr. Landahl's book, I am being generous with four stars because the author is quite realistic about the pitfalls and the fact that success is not guaranteed. Coming out with more money you invest requires a lot of work and attention to detail.Read more ›
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I hate it when I buy a book and realize it was a rip-off.No new info here really.Very thin book. Oh yea... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by J.
A disappointing purchase at 9.99 with much of the information outdated or pedestrian. A very quick read with tips like, "bring a shopping bag to hold your estate sale items"Published on December 23, 2010 by Shauna Lee Lange