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How to Have Big Money Garage Sales Paperback – 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Winning Edge Publications, Inc.; Third edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FJE0SE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,020,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book online for $8.95 and it was a huge waste of money. I got a pdf file that was only 25 pages long. And a lot of that 25 pages was wasted on promoting the e-book I had already bought.

The "book" is full of really generic borderline useless advice like overprice everything and ignore people who complain. Buy things really cheaply at other people's garage sales and resell them at a "huge" profit at your own sale. Pick up things to sell off the curb on trash day. Sell stuff you'd never buy for yourself at a yard sale (like partially used up toiletries and makeup), write your ads in all caps, have a 6 day garage sale (wow! no wonder she brags about making $1200 at this sale - that's only $200 a day in revenue (not "profit" as she claims) and requires full days with at least two people working, plus the 1-12 months in advance she recommends you prepare for the sale).

For a book that claims so much for itself - "BIG MONEY" and all that, it delivers very little. I think the author is making her "big money" by scamming folks into buying her useless pamphlet.

Oh, the writing and editing leaves a lot to be desired too.

UPDATE - the co-author of this pamphlet has been following me around on Amazon commenting on my reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Bryant on August 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to assist me during my first yardsale. It did have some great ideas that may seem like common sense, but were several things I did not think about. I had many family members, etc. telling me to price things low because "it's a yard sale, not a store." I read this book and decided to price my items a little higher than the three other people having the sell with me...and I ended up making over $400 and each of them barely made $150 on a one day sale. I was not interested in doing a two or three day sale, but made enough profit from one day. Her suggestions for ads were great...mine stood out in our local paper. I would definitely say that the book helped me in many areas. I, of course, did not follow all of her suggestions, but they were beneficial for the most part.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Tantum on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is more of a pamphlet than a book at just 40 pages long. It is stapled together at the spine, I mean, come on. The shipping was worth more than the book.

It does have good advice, but, not any advice that you couldn't find for free online or stated in these reviews. I found myself wanting more and thinking of ways this pamphlet could be improved to make it more of an actual book. For the next edition, would love to see some real pictures of her yard sales, signs, and her newspaper ad. Everything was well said, but visuals make so much more of an impact.

I don't think how much money I make at my next yard sale is indicative of the quality of this book.

Here's the "book" in a nutshell: (It's only 40 pages, so it pretty much is its own nutshell...but I digress.)
1. Have a multi-day yard sale for maximum profits.
2. Have a really long newspaper ad. Also, advertise at various online sites.
3. Be sure to have easily readable signs posted all the way up to your house so people can easily find you.
4. Organize and price everything. Pricing is up to you, but don't be afraid to use prices like $12.95.
5. Play music.
6. Never leave cash unattended, duh.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Our one-day-only Amazing Garage Sale netted over $1,700! People loved my advertisements and my signs. We had two big-ticket items of $90 and $75 -- the rest was small stuff. We were literally swamped with people and created traffic jams on our street several times. My wife, mother-in-law, and I still laugh at some of the things that people actually paid money for! It was a blast! Thanks for your common sense advice on having a yard sale or garage sale!" (H. Wayne McCallum, Rockwall, Texas)
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