Sure, you can choose bonds, stocks, etc. I choose card stock.
By that, I mean I picked up some expensive cards on eBay that are about to go up in price. Currently, they retail for $75 and are about to rise to $89-90 each. (!!!) For a piece of card stock. Admittedly, with very pretty pictures on it, but it’s still a little sickening to contemplate for long.
The upshot of all this is that I was able to nab some of that particular card for “only” $60. Gulp. Actually, it was about $62 when you average out shipping costs. But still significantly cheaper than these things will be soon.
There a couple of ways that this could benefit us financially.
A fellow Magic player is considering picking up a four-set of these cards, assuming I could find them for under $250. Our mutual friends suggested he get me to find the deal and give me some sort of commission. He came back inside and asked me to see what I could find.
Unfortunately, we didn’t actually discuss commission, so I’m not sure what, exactly, I’ll be making on the deal. But I was already looking for the cards for Tim, meaning there wasn’t a ton of extra work involved. I’m also getting 3% back on eBay purchases through Mr. Rebates, so I’m already up $7 on the deal. Even a $10-15 “thank you” would make the whole shebang well worth my time.
And, if he does decide he can’t part with the $240 — honestly, I can’t say I blame him — we’ll wait about two weeks until all the stores are asking $90. Then I should be able to find a buyer for $75 pretty easily — a $60 commission for not much effort.
Of course, the initial card cost would need to go back into the bank. But whatever profit we do make could help defray the costs of Magic cards. Since I’m often looking on eBay for some card or another anyway, it’s not a big deal to check around for an extra name or two. And anything to help cushion the impact of this hobby on our budget is much appreciated.
Mostly, though, I just love the moniker Tim has bestowed: Web Ninja. (And to describe the actual activity? Web Ninjery — trademark pending.) I think I need to get some business cards with that title. Really, what job wouldn’t hire someone who is a Web Ninja?
At the very least, I’m hoping to convert some Magic players to Mr. Rebates customers. The ones who already use eBay may as well save 3% — and then I get a nice little batch of referral credits. Win-win, right? But they can also use the site to save money when they travel to out-of-state tournaments, which is more common than I would have thought.
Do you have something you buy on eBay to make a little extra money? Or is there another hobby you buy/sell/trade to help afford?