I recently was in a Thrift Store looking for eBay inventory, and I was bummed out since I wasn’t finding anything worth selling. This happens every once and a while, but I always tell myself that there has to be something in here that could make me at least $100. That doesn’t always happen, but I like to tell myself that so I don’t give up. I was in my last aisle, and it happened to be the “Junk aisle”. Not that it is filled with junk, but it’s like the drawer that you through everything in that you don’t have a place for. There was no organization and it was piled pretty high. I was surprised that almost instantly, I found around 10 boxes of this Xerox 8500/8550 Solid Ink. Usually when I find an item that are available in the multiples I don’t get my hopes up. It’s rare that you find a home run item, and there are more than one. This time it was different. There were several of each color, and they were marked at $1 each. When I looked them up on eBay, I saw that they were selling for $35 a piece, and you could get even more if you were selling a “lot” of each color! I’m not sure what happened, but I became laser focused and as I made one last lap around the store, I found a few more spread out in places I’ve already looked.
I typically don’t find ink that sells this well, and in that type of quantity, but I ALWAYS check eBay’s completed listings when I spot any type of ink. As we probably all already know, ink can be really expensive to buy, even if you have the least expensive printer. For my personal printer, I can spend $60 on filling up a couple of times a month (we print a lot). This is why eBay buyers turn to eBay and see if they can get a deal. Also, think about all of the printers out there that are discontinued, and ink is nearly impossible to find. I once bought a dot matrix printer ink cartridge for $.10 and sold it for $15. This is the supply and demand at it’s best.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when selling ink. First of all, ink expires. You need to check the expiration date and fully disclose this in your listing. I have used ink that was a year past it’s date and it worked fine, but you don’t want an angry customer stating that you never disclosed this. Second of all, you want to make sure that you are buying genuine ink. In some cases the ink box will say the word genuine or have some type of hologram sticker to prove that it came directly from the manufacturer. Again, you wouldn’t want an customer leaving you a negitive feedback because you sold them phony ink.
So when you are out shopping for eBay inventory, keep your eyes peeled for ink cartridges, you would be surprised at how well they sell!