Discovering a hard to find, rare, or discontinued item use to be a large task. Most would say that you would have to stumble upon it, and they may be right, but I have another technique that will utilize the leg work of others.
I have had my fair share of “luck” when stumbling upon a discontinued item. When I first found Red Bull Cola at Big Lots it took me by surprise on how well it sold. That is an example of me just finding it on accident, but there is another technique I use to find such items. That is by utilizing the power of … eBay. Thousands of items are already on eBay that have the title of rare, hard to find, or discontinued. That makes it easy for me!
Go to eBay’s advanced search
Type in one of the three key words (rare, hard to find, and discontinued)
Click the completed listings button
You now will have a list of thousands of completed listings. For me, I like to filter through those because a lot of them are collectables, and it may be harder to find in a store. I use the categories on the left hand side, and break it down to two different categories. The first one is Home and Garden. I like to look at the food items, because they seem to be easier to find. I only look at items that have sold, and if I find one that is worth some money, then I go to google and find where to buy it. For example:
If we do a search for Hard To Find in the food category, you will see a lot of listings for Coconut M&M’s. This item has kind of lost its luster, but back in the day you were more than doubling your money. They now can be found at a lot of places, but lets look at a completed listing:
A quick search online, you will find that you can buy these at Walgreens.com 2/$1 with the option of free shipping as seen HERE. Thats not a huge profit but after fee’s it’s about $4 – $5. Even if you sold one every other day, you would profit $75 for the month or $900 for the year on just one item. This is just one example! I found HeadOn, multiple candies, cereal, and much more this way.
I do the same thing for items that are discontinued, and I know I would not be able to find them new in a store.
Type in Discontinued into eBays completed listings and you will find many listings for Pacquin Plus hand cream. After a little bit of research, I discovered that this item has been discontinued for years, and there is a really low chance of me finding this in a normal store. Thats when I put it on my radar, and it paid off. A few months back I did this same search, and found a sealed bottle at a Goodwill!
There are thousands of items that will meet your criteria when you do your eBay search, so make sure you are breaking it down into categories to make it easier to find. This technique has brought me a lot of money, and I’m sure it will do the same for you!