How I Made A Guaranteed $20.94 In Less Than 10 Minutes




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:

  1. 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)
  2. I had to get gas for my car since the gas light decided to come on during my drive to work.
  3. 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:


And 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:

  1. I find an item that has a great return
  2. Said item is damaged
  3. Said item is a newer electronic item
  4. I scan it with the Amazon app
  5. I see $$$$ and go to the front of the store
  6. 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:

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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:


Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 2.41.21 PM


Well. That was easy. Time to confirm.


Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 2.42.09 PM

And then the shipping label was sent right to my inbox.

So. 10 minutes turned into $20.94. Boom baby.


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