I’m a car trunk expert, here are 10 tips to help you get a good deal
A FINANCE expert has shared her top tips for snagging a bargain at a car boot sale — and making hundreds of your own, too.
To help you turn your pennies into pounds, Andrea Knowles, personal finance expert at vouchers.co.uk, has shared her top tips for getting a flight – either for your own profit or reselling for a profit online.
Here are 10 ways to get the best deals and make money with your items…
1. Always browse eBay before buying an item to improve your haggling technique
Before buying an item that could create a net profit, always run a quick search for a similar item in the eBay app.
This will help you determine if it’s a real steal, as you might find it cheaper online, which you can then use to haggle.
Or if you find that the item is being sold online for much more and therefore likely to make you a huge profit, keep that information to yourself while you purchase the item or even haggle further.
Also, if you’re worried about someone grabbing the item while you’re browsing eBay with your phone, ask your friend or family member to hold it for you while you search. in line.
You might even use the excuse of having to respond to an important text so that the salesperson doesn’t know what you’re really up to.
2. Try to sit next to other attractive stalls
If you can choose where you can plant, try to find yourself a spot next to an attractive booth, as they will attract more customers.
To make your stand attractive, you should always put your clothes on a clothes rail to make it easier for potential buyers to browse.
If you’re selling clothes, accessories, or jewelry, be sure to also bring a mirror so the person can see themselves before buying. And, of course, bring a tablecloth for your table to make your display stand out.
3. Order your items from cheapest to most expensive
Although you should never label the price of your items because it indicates that you are new to selling car trunks, there is a secret strategy that can help you haggle better with car trunk buyers.
Display your items in sections based on value with your 50p items at one end and your more expensive items at the other.
4. Never buy Lego or electronics from a car trunk
Never buy anything that can’t be tested in the trunk of the car, like an electronic product that needs to be plugged in or a Lego set.
While the seller will naturally tell you that the electronic item is working, or that the full Lego set is there, you won’t know the real answer until you get home and by then it’s too late to do anything.
Cash is king when it comes to a car trunk, but even more so when it comes to coins.
Although you should bring cash for potential big purchases, coins are more advantageous for two reasons.
First, they allow you to get a better deal.
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While a seller might offer you something for £10, if you have “only” £6 in coins you’re more likely to get it at that price as it seems like a fair compromise.
Second, if you are selling, you may run out of change because customers bring larger bills and therefore require change.
6. Always arrive before opening time
Although the entry fee to a garage sale gets cheaper as the day progresses, you still need to arrive and queue before the “doors” are opened if you want to get the best bargains and also if you want to get the best location.
Although it may cost you £2 or £3 more than if you had entered three hours later, the best earning items will have been purchased by then, which will cost you more if your priority is to buy items for profit.
7. Consider coming back later today for a second round of bargains
If you’re browsing, another peak time to visit a car boot sale for a profit is nearing the end.
As sellers’ sales momentum will have slowed, they may be more open to lower offers than they were earlier in the morning, especially if they are not regular troubleshooters and want to get rid of everything. before returning home.
8. Always take a tape measure
Unfortunately, once you purchase an item from a car trunk, it’s a done deal and cannot be refunded.
With this in mind, you should always carry a tape measure with you, especially if you are planning to buy furniture.
If you are looking for a specific item, be sure to measure the dimensions of the space you would place furniture in before you go.
9. Bring a backpack to search hands-free
Now that stores charge for carrier bags, it’s understandable that car trunk sellers don’t provide free carrier bags for purchased items because it might cost them.
For example, if they had 20 shoppers in one day and gave each of them a 20p carrier bag for free, that’s a loss of £4.
Bringing your own, or even a backpack, will not only save them money, but it will also save you from having to do the awkward thing of carrying items in your hands and then those items being confused by another seller with one of their items.
10. Place your toys in prime position
If you sell soft animals and toys, always place them in a prominent position that allows young children to spot them easily.
By being in their sights, they’re more likely to ask their parent to buy the item, and of course the parent may consider it since it’s a good deal.