Need that extra dollar? Yes, as incredible as it sounds, you can make a profit selling items from dollars stores. Dollar stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree all carry items of great resale value if you know when to buy, where to look, and how to stack coupons and rebates. Here are 5 items you can resell from dollar stores.
Pro Secret: Stack Multiple Coupons and Multiple Cash Back Rebates
Remember that dollar stores operate just like any other grocery or retail store; they take coupons and gives back rebates. Best of all you can stack multiple coupons and multiple cash back rebates! WHAT??? Yup that’s right, here is how.
For coupons first look for in-store store or digital coupons from the dollar store’s website and weekly ads. Many times you’ll find special saving or digital coupons listed right on their website. Second, join in on their email listing. Periodically you get email coupons on special occasions. Now onto manufacture’s coupons which you can stack on top of store coupons for crazier savings! That’s right, manufacture coupons are also accepted at dollar stores.
Coupons.com is pretty simple to use, simply log in and clip the coupon that you want to use. Then print out and scan at the register at time of purchase. Of course, local coupons you get in the snail mail also works. I’ve included their widget for your viewing. They’ve made it as easy as possible for you to clip coupons.
Ibotta works a little bit different and hovers between a coupon and cash rebate company. Ibotta is all mobile app based and it does not require you to present any coupon at time of purchase. Simply load up the app and unlock cash back rewards on any items you want. Then to get the cash back, simply buy the items and upload the receipt and UPC up into the app. You can choose to unlock the cash back rewards before or after you make the purchases! Right now they are offering new members $10 dollars free just for signing up and unlocking a single cash back reward! Sounds like a win-win situation. Sign up here.
Lastly, another site that offers cash back rebates would be EBates. Ebates is the largest cash back rebate website in the world and it is primarily used for online purchases. As you can see from the picture, both Dollar General and Dollar Trees have cash back rebate offers. They periodically change from time and time.
So you might be thinking how to take advantage of this online cash rebate when you make your purchases in store? Here’s how. Click through the Dollar Tree “show now” link, then you’ll be redirected to Dollar Tree’s website. Next, browse and add all the stuff you want to buy to your cart and check out. Make sure you select store pickup at the checkout screen. Then when you go pick up your items at the store, present any coupons you may have! And remember the receipt can also be used with Ibotta.
Did I amaze you yet?
So to recap:
- Find store coupons from (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar)’s website.
- Sign up to their email listing for more coupons.
- Find coupons from Coupons.com
- Find coupons and cash back rewards from Ibotta
- If possible, start the purchase by clicking through the cash back link provided from Ebates and selecting store pickup.
As a added bonus, if you sign up with EBates and make any $25 dollar purchase through any of their links, you get $10 dollars free! So your $25 dollar purchase now becomes $10 and that’s not including any coupons you might have. 🙂 Click here to sign up or check out my EBates page for more info. Check out Coupon Stacking For More Profit for more information on coupon stacking.
Now onto the 5 Items You Can Resell From Dollar Stores!
During the off-season, you can buy bottles of aloe gel and sunscreen from some major brands for a buck each. These normally sell anywhere from $5-10 dollars. As long as the expiration dates aren’t expired by next summer, you’re good to stock up for yourself or to sell when spring rolls around.
Other off-season items such as decorations and costumes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are vastly discounted as well. This is especially so after the holidays have passed. Stock up and sell for huge profit when next year’s holidays rolls around.
**Bonus** If you live near beaches or vacation hot spots, you can sell locally to tourists.
Watch for discontinued items. You might find soap, shampoo or body wash in a scent that has been discontinued. Chances are, someone out there loves that scent and will buy it from you because it is their favorite and they can’t find it anymore.
Also look out for cosmetics. Dollar stores usually carry brands like Maybelline, Milani, Soft Lips, and Wet ‘n Wild. Some of them are closeout products that had packaging changes or have simply been discontinued. Loyal people who can’t find them from drugstore shelves or retail stores might be trying to stock up. Cosmetics are a huge money make on eBay and Amazon.
**Bonus** Sometimes you can find manufacture coupons that you can use on shampoo or cosmetics. If so sometimes you can get the item for free!
**Example** I linked Maybelline, Milani, Soft Lips, and Wet ‘n Wild to Amazon to demonstrate the potential profit of each product. As you can see, they range anywhere from a few dollars up to $15 dollars. They can be found at dollar stores for $1 dollar!
There are a lot of great bestseller books in both hardback and paperback at dollar stores. You won’t make much trying to resell them individualy but if you piece together to form a complete set (ie. Divergent, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc…) you can net a good profit. If you can get them signed even better! You can also put sets of books together that are from the same genre or author. Be creative.
**Bonus** I highly recommend using BookScouter.com to check prices of books. They check out almost 20 different sites for bids. They are to used books as Truvago is for checking hotel prices.
For people who can’t let go of the past, they are always looking for movies or music from their childhood. Many of those movies or dvd still sells for $10-20 dollars from Amazon or Best Buy. Luckily for you, you can find some of those classic DVDs and CDs from dollar stores. They usually sell for $2-3 bucks each.
There are some video games from older systems that are worth a lot. Games for Nintendo GameCube/Wii, PS2/PS3, Xbox can be found from dollar stores that can be sold for $10-50 dollars online. This is a huge profit considering they are being sold between $1.00-$3 dollars.
Cards, balloons, gift bags, tableware, cups, candles can all be found from dollar stores. They aren’t worth much separate but if you piece them together for certain occasions or themes, they can be sold for much more. For example, you can piece together a Marvel/Disney birthday theme or boy/girl theme for baby showers. It might take some time to gather everything you need but you can sell the set for a decent profit. Take a look at these high-quality Disney and Marvel cups sold in bulk at DollarTree. Each cup is only for a dollar.
**Bonus** Different stores carries different designs, logos, colors, etc… Shop around if you want to complete sets faster.
**Example 1** Take a look at this Amazon seller selling a Marvel Avengers birthday set. You can easily place together the same thing with different plates, cups and napkins that you piece together from different dollar stores at a fraction of the cost.
**Example 2** Another Amazon seller selling a girl themed baby shower set. You can literally piece something together for a lot less cost and have more pieces.
DollarTree sell’s dollar products in bulk on their website (Remember there is a cash back rebate waiting for you on EBates). Bulk pricing are calculated based on how many items are in a case. Bulk purchases are awesome for home decor or party items. Here is an example of clearance vases that would be great if your selling craft items or home decor items that you can sell on Etsy. Examples above with the birthday sets are much easier when you can buy cups and plates in bulk. Be creative and check eBay and Amazon often for items you can sell invidiously or in bundles.
As insane as it may sound, even dollar stores can be profited off of. A big part of margins comes from multiple coupon and cash rebate stacking, so don’t be lazy about using them. Make sure you do your homework ahead of time by scoping out the stores and plan accordingly how you want to profit. Without much effort, you can quickly start reselling or flipping items consistently from Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
Check out my post How to Make $100 Dollars of Flipping Profit in a Day if you’re interested in seeing some real word examples I recently did.