Sourcing With Coupons

Couponing can be another useful tool when sourcing items to sell online.

Each week I check the local sale ads for cosmetics and skin care items on sale. Then I look the items up on eBay to see what they are selling, or have sold for. If the item could be a profitable sale for me, I then look through my coupon organizer for coupons to correspond with the sale items.

I obtain coupons from newspaper inserts and online sites such as coupons.com. I print out 4 copies of each of the coupons I want.

I recently printed out some coupons for $2.00 off any Covergirl eye product. A local store was advertising Covergirl Perfect Point eye liner for $3.00. Using the coupon made them cost $1.00 each. I then listed them for $8.99. It’s not a bundle of profit, but if you can buy and sell several, it adds up. Also, they’re easy to store and don’t take up much space if your inventory is starting to take over your house like mine is!

Makeup brushes and sponges are also sometimes a profitable item to list if found at a good sale price. I found some Ecotools brushes on sale and listed them on eBay. Within one day I had sold two of them which paid for all 10 brushes that I’d purchased.

Clearance aisles in stores are another good place to look for these and other items. Most of the time, these items are being clearanced just because the store is no longer going to carry that product, or there is new packaging and they want to sell out of the old packaging. If stores no longer carry that product, it will be harder for customers who like it to find it, and therefore make it in higher demand online.

The only cosmetic items I usually stay away from are ones with an expiration date, or liquid makeup that can become clumpy or hardened before they sell.

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