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01/11/2021 at 6:06 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 496: Can Your Business Run Without You? #85109
I always enjoy the show, thanks for continuing to put them out on a regular basis, truly inspiring.
Just a note, around 17 minutes and change you mention the guy who wanted to buy a pallet of nickles and sort them, and Ryan was like “what, that’s crazy”, and Jay in his odd voice” Yeah, I’ll get a sorter and sell the copperrrrr” with Ryan laughing in the background again.
Look, I was the one who made that comment about sorting pennies with a machine, perfectly legal, and fairly straight forward way to make a buck or three on every dollar invested. Someone else had brought up the subject and I chimed in with the idea.
I understand this is obviously not for you two, but no reason to literally make fun of someone else’s idea.
90 bucks is not bad, definitely not an old piece, probably from the last decade or two.
Antique Frog, you can use a coin sorting machine. There is a slot where you put an example coin, say a newer zinc based penny , load up the hopper on top with pennies and the machine will separate the newer from the older copper based coins by spitting them out two different shoots. It does that incredibly quickly. A few videos out there on youtube for “Ryedale penny sorting”11/28/2020 at 9:05 pm in reply to: Merry Christmas To Me! Look what I found in this vintage Christmas stocking! #83782
Dirty trick, very dirty trick!
I have not been posting but still browse and saw this come up…
An ambitious individual could buy a couple of Ryedale coin sorters, order pennies in bulk from banks, they come in $50 boxes, run them through the machines and sell as “unsearched copper pennies” by the pound on ebay. Any non coppers could be redeposited at another bank. Rinse and repeat.
Would you go crazy with the sound of plink plink plink plink for hours on end, absolutely! Could you make a nice return on your money invested with basically zero risk, yup….
Here’s a guy doing some volume, 30 bucks of pennies selling for $84 plus shipping…
Happy holidays all!
I just shake my head when I hear these things, a $1000 mystery box? Who in their right mind would buy something like that?
I guess it’s just a continuation of the consumer insanity and getting people used to spending more and more on things they do not need. Seems like everyday there are articles like “best headphones under $300” etc. It really does seem like a push to get people to buy useless garbage for inflated prices.
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Jay, Yes, I speak fluent Spanish and I have gotten really good at reading Spanish legaleeze to figure out some of the auctions happening here.
Living here has it’s pluses for sure but also drawbacks. Sourcing is spotty here, nothing like the US. I would like to start spending more time in the US over the next few years, get up there for prime thrifting and garage sale season…
Had a VERY wet week here last week with tropical storm Cristobal dumping close to 4 feet of rain at our house! Fortunately we didn’t have any flooding but some parts of the state are still underwater.
Sales, probably $250 total, usual mix of cycling gear, cigarette cases with built in lighters (we have a lot of these), and some Reebok workout gear.
You’re comment about it’s all about numbers, totally agree. Everyone’s numbers are very different based on what they spend. For me the overall “freedom number” is about $9000 a year, pretty easy to hit that target…
I guess I am in a unique position, I own my house outright, property taxes are a joke at $35 a year, own my car outright, insurance is about $450 a year. Health insurance is $1000 a year. Electric is a joke because i have solar panels, pay about $3 a month. Water is equally cheap, say $3 a month. Internet with a home phone with unlimited calls is $28 a month. Cell phone is $10 a month, again unlimited calls. If I am driving alot I spend $25 a week on gas. Groceries are my biggest expense, spend about $50 twice a week including beer.
Happy Hunting to all!
I really like the filing cabinet idea, those are like a dime a dozen used and great point about not loosing space between them!05/28/2020 at 9:34 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 464: In the wake of the pandemic- Facebook Shops #77903
Always nice to hear a regular weekly podcast, you guys did really well this week!
I have sold a few things on facebook marketplace and a few other small selling groups, but it seems really strict and limiting as far as what I could sell. Posted a paintball gun and the reactions of “Oh my god, that’s a gun!” started almost immediately and it was taken down, no matter how any times I tried explaining what it was…
Sales here on mercadolibre are supporting our food habit. Sold another lot of cigarette cases with gas lighters for $125, $50 worth of random toys, another rifle scope (wish I always had those to sell) for $75, 2 womens reebok sports bras for $35, and another little disney toy for $25. Not a bad week actually.
Some more stores are slowly opening here, but all beaches still closed and dry law is set to end on June 1st, but by delivery only, no alcohol sales in store to avoid massive lines. Strange way to do it but I guess it makes sense…
Hi CraigNH, I grew up in NH, near Keene, and do occasionally get back that way. Good niche you have there, I used to do books and ran all around from NH to CT for stock. Do you deal with all older books?05/19/2020 at 12:41 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 463: The Painful Gaze Of A Boss vs The Freedom To Do What I Want #77577
Jay, I am from NH, lived in different parts of the US during my time there. I studied Spanish in high school and lived in Colorado so i spoke Spanish almost daily while I lived there. Later living in CT the fact that I was fluent in Spanish, and had a valid drivers license, when I went to work for a concrete company I was almost immediately made the foreman. All the other employees were Mexican and Guatemalan…
I decided to leave the US about 15 years ago for a change of scenery and looking for new opportunities. I had heard about this city I live in now and real estate opportunities were easily had when I got here. There were no lack of $30,000 dollar houses that with maybe another 20k put in to them for remodeling became 150k houses. I am a hands on guy, doing a fair bit of the work myself and have guys for the work I would rather not do. Keep in mind that probably 95% of deals here are done with cash on the table, that’s buying and selling… The market has tightened up here quite a bit since I have been here but there are still plenty of things to do if you have the cash.
05/18/2020 at 4:15 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 463: The Painful Gaze Of A Boss vs The Freedom To Do What I Want #77540
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Seems like everyone here posts amazing numbers, wow!
As far as the painful gaze of a boss, great title btw, the last boss i had, like 15 years ago, was a real nut. It was for a concrete company in CT, we did mostly pool surrounds and decorative work with grout to make blue stone looking finishes. Money was good but the work, his aptitude, and hours were total hell. As it is seasonal work he expected us to work a minimum of 60 hours a week and usually ended up over 70 hours per week all summer long. Didn’t matter how fast you worked, he would always be working faster than you, but then again he was was usually high on some uplifting substance. Not quite sure how he managed to keep a business together…
Anyway, sales here were pretty slow this week. Sold another cycling uniform for $40, a crossbow scope for $190 and another lot of ten cigarette cases with built in lighter for $80.
Situation here is still serious, not a mandatory lock down, but people are encouraged to stay home. Most nonessential stores still closed, limit one person per car if you go to out, have to wear masks even when inside your car, many towns still blocked off including all beaches, and dry law was extended another 15 days!!!
Happy hunting all!05/11/2020 at 6:01 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77329
I liked hearing about what your long term goals are, the imagine of Jay just hanging around a coffee shop and watching the town go by was great.
I think it’s really important to always keep the long term goals in the front of your mind, time goes by so quick that it seems like in the blink of an eye age will become a factor for doing some of mine. My main goal is to be more diversified, some property buying and selling which I have done well at over the years here, some property holding like a storage place, and some passive banking investments, and of course buying and selling online to keep the lunch money coming in. All of these have to be self sustaining and kick off money to get the next thing going.
Decent week here, on mercadolibre I sold a barbie gymnastics doll for $50, a pocket knife for about $30, a set of ten cigarette cases for $85.
On ebay I sold a decent lot of 11 corded barcode scanners for $159 plus shipping.
Overall decent week, nothing crazy but seeing as we are basically stuck home we aren’t spending much either…
Try asking at some stores, I get most of my boxes for free from the candy store across the street from me. I think the guy is honestly happy to give them away, he doesn’t have to break them down this way…