How to Make a Resale Profit by Purchasing Pokémon Cards

In today’s experiment, we’re going to be taking on the challenge of purchasing $1,200 worth of Pokémon cards and flipping them on eBay to see what sort of return we can get on our investment. These hidden gems are something of a childhood memory for many of us. That’s what makes them perfect for the exploding market surrounding today’s home-niche sales. Pokémon cards are no longer a fad of the past; they’re a money-making deal. Learn how to make a resale profit by turning these collector’s items into a cash-making opportunity

Know Your Market, Do Your Research

In any industry, the first thing you want to do is learn the angles of the market. With most categories, you’ll find a consistently changing field that experiences highs and lows. However, if you spend a little time exploring and learning about the product, you can use it to determine the best strategy for how to make a resale profit.

One of the strategies I’m using with our Pokémon challenge is utilizing my research time to:

  • Learn about the hottest cards
  • Find the best deals on cards
  • Turn around and flip that purchase to make more money than I originally spent

This strategy helps you gain insight into what potential buyers are looking for and what items are profitable. 

To start things off, I quickly turned towards my research to better learn about the current market for Pokémon cards. This included learning how to distinguish between rare and everyday cards. I also discovered the difference between shadow and shadowless cards. During this period, I learned that collectors and sellers of Pokémon cards, as well as many card retailers, often use a PSA grading system to help determine the worth of each card. It operates on a 1-10 scale. This helped me conclude that, rather than aiming for the best of the best, I would drop to a PSA 9 rating. Then I’d try to upcharge from there once I had my collection together. This decision left me hunting PSA 9 graded cards, base sets, and 1st edition shadowless cards.

How to Make a Resale Profit by Looking for Deals

Screen grab of Peter Pru explaining eBay filters

Throughout the process of hunting down additional cards I could flip and get a return on, I utilized sorting capabilities on eBay’s platform to give my buying strategy an extra boost. I discovered that on the left-hand panel of the platform, I could do more than sort for the most recent posts. Using the website’s ‘sold’ filter, I was able to see which PSA 9 cards had recently sold and how much they sold for. This was helpful when it came time to hunt for the best deals. This also helped craft my strategy of sorting for the most recently posted cards and making a bid. 

My basic endgame strategy for finding cards I could get a return investment on looked a little something like this:

  1. Research recently sold PSA 9 cards to determine the best price range for purchase.
  2. Filter my search to the most recently posted cards.
  3. Make a bid.

What I Learned About Finding Deals

During this time, I learned that most people who’d just listed wanted to get their card out and get it sold. This strategic focus helped me score the best deal, and I even found a pack of 6 PSA 9 graded, 1st edition cards that were shadowless for $260. Each of these cards was selling individually for $100 or more on average when I did my research. 

Another lesson that humbled me throughout my shopping experience is that mistakes are learning points. We all make them, and we all learn from them. I got a little overly excited about a Machamp 1st edition, PSA 9 graded card and possibly overpaid for it when it popped up. What I thought was a really good deal at a low price for a high-quality card may have been overkill and could have put my ROI at risk. I thought the card was shadowless, but after looking at my purchase, I realized it was not. 

How to Make a Resale Profit by Controlling the Perception

Once my newly purchased Pokémon cards arrived, it was time to get them back on the market to see if I could flip a return. One tip for listing your items for resale is to see what identical products have recently sold for. This can help you price items to make sure you’re not overcharging. It can also help ensure you don’t undercharge and lose out on profit. 

One way you can control the perception of your cards is by taking high-quality photos. Place them in front of an LED light if you have one, and use a camera that can focus on the distinguishable features to help show off how well taken care of the product is. This is another great way to bring in serious buyers from the marketplace.

Testing the Waters of How to Make a Resale Profit

Peter Pru going over the resale value of his purchased cards

After doing my research, hunting for the best deals, and preparing for resale, it was time to test the waters with this challenge. The cards were placed back on eBay with the highest rate they’d recently sold for, and bids began rolling in. Each card was available for auction and had an instant purchase option at a set rate.

The same night I posted my listings, influencer and well-known Youtuber Logan Paul posted a video stating that he’d be buying a $200,000 box of Pokémon cards and unboxing it. This led to a surge in buyers scanning the market for the best deals. I decided to take my listings down for about a week to see if the market increased.

This threw an unexpected curve in the challenge. But it helped when it came to putting the cards back on the market and seeing a return. The 1st edition Machamp card I thought would potentially cost more than I’d get a return on sold for a little over what I’d paid. A buyer asked to bundle it with a second card. Between the two, I gained $400+ back on what I’d originally spent. That left six cards to see even more of a return on. 

Shortly after shipping the sold cards out, I found another great deal on three additional cards and quickly flipped them for another profit. This addition put us over the edge to complete the challenge. It also left me with a few more cards to keep up on the market. 

Learn More About This Business Model

Woman celebrating a successful resale online

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Try These AliExpress Alternatives to Speed Up Your Dropshipping Delivery Times

Empire builders, you already know that shipping and delivery times have significantly slowed down with the current state of the world. If you’ve been dropshipping through AliExpress, you may have found yourself in quite the dilemma over the last few months because of the slow delivery speed. Everything is still in a state of limbo, so it might be time to find a new source that can get products into your customer’s hands as quickly as possible. If you’ve been searching for a faster or more reliable dropshipping supplier, check out some of the top AliExpress alternatives below.

AliExpress 

If you’ve already been using AliExpress to source your funnel products and have been successful with this method, that’s great. I’m not going to be the person to sit here and tell you to stop altogether. However, if you choose to utilize AliExpress as your front-end supplier, you should try to work with AliExpress stores that ship from the United States

Being able to dropship your products from the United States will significantly cut down on delivery wait times. AliExpress makes it easy to filter out suppliers that ship from the United States from those who don’t. 

However, there is a catch. Not all stores on AliExpress that list themselves as U.S. based stores actually ship from the United States. 

To find out if a store is shipping from the United States, reach out to the supplier. Once you get in contact with the supplier through email or Skype, ask them for tracking numbers. This will tell you the origin of the packages that they send, letting you know if they are shipping from the U.S. or not. This will require some digging and research, but providing your customers with faster shipping times and excellent customer service will always pay off in the end.    

SaleHoo

woman reaching out to manufacturers directly through SalesHoo to find AliExpress alternatives

The first alternative to AliExpress I suggest looking into is SaleHoo. For $120, SaleHoo gives you lifetime access to a massive directory of manufacturers and dropshippers. Having this directory gives you a considerable advantage in the dropshipping industry. 

Why?

You have access to a wide variety of suppliers and manufacturers at your fingertips, and you can find your own preferred AliExpress alternatives. This will also allow you to piece together amazing offers on your funnels that customers will not be able to turn down. 

My suggestion for those already making 10K a month would be to get in touch with manufacturers on SaleHoo, who also provide dropshipping services. This is what I did to create my supplement company, Untapped Focus. It’s incredible when you find manufacturers that will create your product, house it, and then handle the dropshipping for you. It creates an awesome business opportunity for you and allows you to worry a lot less about the logistics of storing and shipping products.  

CJDropshipping 

screen grab of CJDropshipping's shipping times

Another one of my preferred AliExpress alternatives is CJDropshipping. If you’re already dropshipping from China, then CJDropshipping is an AliExpress alternative that you need to look into. A lot of the products are sourced from China on CJDropshipping. However, CJDropshipping is a faster and more reliable drop shipping source compared to AliExpress.  

The biggest suggestion I have for you with CJDropshipping is to research how the individual product is being shipped. When I use CJDropshipping, I like to use the CJ packet method of shipping. If a product is eligible for the CJ packet shipping, your product will be in the hands of the customer much faster than AliExpress sourced products. 

Ultimately, if you’re already using AliExpress, I recommend searching for your products on CJDropshipping. By sourcing through CJDropshipping, rather than through AliExpress, your delivery times will be more bearable for the customer to deal with. However, always keep in mind that dropshipping products from China will never give the customer that 2-3 day shipping experience they have become accustomed to when buying on Amazon. To compensate for these longer shipping times of 7 to 20 days, your customer service must be top-notch.   

eBay 

The final dropshipping alternative I have for you is eBay. Yes, it may not be the first supplier that comes to mind when you think of a dropshipping source. But eBay actually has a ton of suppliers willing to ship products for you. 

Before you try to source products from eBay, you must do your research

The first step you should take to find out if an eBay store is a good dropshipping supplier is to check out the number of units they have sold on their products. If they have sold a large number of units on a single product, that’s a very good sign. After determining that the store has sold enough units, check out their customer feedback reviews and the different products they sell.  

When working with an eBay store as a dropshipping source, you want to make sure of two things:

  1. They have an excellent customer feedback rating. 
  2. They specialize in one area, whether it be fitness equipment, pets, clothes, or fishing. 

You never want to work with a supplier that has their hand in a little bit of everything. You want to work with stores that are specialized in one area. If you can find the right supplier, eBay is one of the easiest AliExpress alternatives for sourcing your products.  

Always Be Resourceful  When Looking for AliExpress Alternatives

customer happily opening their delivered package

No matter how you decide to source your front-end products, you’re going to need to be resourceful to generate the most success you can. With the state of the world as it currently is, shipping and delivery times are messed up for everyone. To create amazing offers on your funnels and get products to customers quickly, you’re going to have to piece together products and services from different sources. Being successful in the ecommerce industry will always come down to your willingness and ability to be resourceful in providing the best offers and services to your customers. But if you do it right, you can even capitalize on in-demand products and trendy items.

Consult With the Pros 

I hope you will take this information and implement it into your own funnels today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we know that more can be achieved together than alone. If you’re interested in becoming a part of a growing ecommerce community, take the time to consult with us today. At Ecommerce Empire Builders, we can help you build, launch, and scale your own profitable dropshipping business. Sign up for access to our exclusive free webinar today. Also, be sure to check our YouTube channel for even more free resources and insights into the dropshipping industry. Remember, your empire starts now.  Tagged : / / / / /