So each day, I have an one hour lunch break (technically 65 minutes). During today’s lunch break, I had three errands that had to be completed:
- Drop off 4 boxes at the FedEx store to be shipped to Swap.com (more on that can be found in this article on ScannerMonkey)
- I had to get gas for my car since the gas light decided to come on during my drive to work.
- I had to go to Lowe’s to pick up some more boxes for shipping.
I left the office around 1 PM and started my errands. I finally finished at Lowe’s around 1:30PM, so I decided to run over to the Walmart next door to kill a little time.
As I am wondering around Walmart, I end up back in the electronics section. Like any good Amazon seller, I pull out my phone and start scanning the clearance section.
And I found a good one. I found this for $20.
But then I quickly realized this:
So typically, I would place this back on the shelf and continue to look and scan other items; however, today I had a bright idea.
I pulled up the Amazon app (the one normal people use to buy things) and scanned the barcode again. I scrolled down and saw this:
I promptly picked up the box and walked to the front of the store to check out (with the one other item I was purchasing):
I’m hoping you are following along. If not, let’s recap:
- I find an item that has a great return
- Said item is damaged
- Said item is a newer electronic item
- I scan it with the Amazon app
- I see $$$$ and go to the front of the store
- I make my purchase and leave
No. I’m not selling it as used.
No. I’m not selling it on eBay.
I’m trading that sucker into Amazon.
I can trade it in for $42.34 in the form of an Amazon gift card (which is as good as gold in my book).
So we take the $20 plus the 7% tax (I was lazy and didn’t want to mess with tax exempt) and I paid $21.40 for the item.
So I’m going to make $20.94 for buying it and sending it in to Amazon (and Amazon pays for shipping).
I went back to the office and started the trade-in process:
So that was the first screen. I went ahead and also opened up the box to confirm it really was like new and I found this:
Everything was there and everything was still in the original packaging.
So then we moved on to the next screen:
Well. That was easy. Time to confirm.
And then the shipping label was sent right to my inbox.
So. 10 minutes turned into $20.94. Boom baby.