For some reason, my wife Amy gets really excited whenever a catalog comes in the mail. She likes to look through them again and again, pointing out items that she wants. Some items we end up getting, but most get put aside for future dreams. Amy has a mind that can remember everything, so I think its funny when she asks if I remember an item in the 2009 pottery barn catalog. When I say “No”, she looks at me like I’m crazy. She’ll say, “Remember, the one with…”. Nope, I don’t remember, but she’s smart, so she will keep some of her favorite catalogs to reference later.
Amy is not alone in this catalog craze. There are many of other people who fill their homes with catalog inspired dreams, and this can be beneficial to us eBayers. Just like back issues of magazines, catalogs are also highly sought after. I’m not sure what the reason for this is, but I can imagine that its for the same purpose my wife likes to keep them. We actually only have a few catalogs laying around, but instead of just throwing them away, I now see dollar signs.
Like everything else, not all catalogs are treated the same. Some are worth more than others, but its really interesting what will sell. The catalogs have a good sell through rate, and sell pretty fast. Lets take a look at some of the more popular ones now:
Pottery Barn / Kids
These are just a few that make it to our house, and they are worth saving. Some catalogs only come out once a year, or even twice a year, but in most cases you will be able to sell them on eBay. If you are not already getting these delivered to your house, you can sign up to receive them on each companies website. In most cases, you can go to the actual store and ask for a catalog or two. One of my favorite places to find these for FREE is on Freecycle.org. I have been able to get a few gems from this website for FREE! So when you receive a catalog in the mail, don’t immediately look at it and then recycle it, you now can turn that trash into cash.