Remember, no judging when it comes to a buyers taste! I’m still trying to wrap my head around this flip.
Conair Hot Sticks are apparently hot….
Now, I know I’m a little behind on the times, but whoever bought this sucker is just living straight up in the past. The date on the box is 1997!
When I picked the item up off the shelf, I didn’t actually think it would make me any money. I just saw something in a box that was taped shut. Looked it up on my eBay app and saw some recent sales so I figured what the hell!
When I did bring my haul home, I showed my wife, asking her, “what are these for?!?!”
Here’s your answer.
Confession: I was trying to find one of those Toddlers and Tiaras pictures where the girl has crazy curly hair. This came up instead. Close enough!
But yes, these hot curlers are very popular for pageants. They wrap the hair around the stick and then bend it so it looks like a little O so it all stays in place. “Pageant” was actually one of my keywords that I added in the title, specifically because other sellers used it successfully.
Something important I learned on this flip was to bring in an expert when you’re out of your element. Even those pros on Pawn Stars are calling some collector friend of theirs who’s into some wacky doodad.
I was lucky enough to have the expert right in my house! My wife sure is great when it comes to putting up with my crazy questions/items. She opened up the box, plugged it in, and let me know that it was working perfectly and was definitely never used!
The fact that it was not used when we took it out of the already opened box qualifies the item as New Old Stock (NOS). I clarified my item as “New in Box,” and noted that it was opened so we could do the testing just to be safe.
NOS can be very collectible, but it’s also a finicky area. Make sure you disclose the item as NOS. Otherwise, someone can open the box, the item won’t work, and they’ll be clamoring for a refund. You’ll most likely come out of the situation with some negative feedback, so it’s best to be as clear as possible about the item!
Here are the details on my flip:
- Purchase price – $2.00
- End Selling Price – $34.99
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $9.05
Total Profit: $23.94
I barely had this set listed for a week, and they sold. On top of that, it went for full price even though I had it as a best offer! If it had gone to California, I’d probably have lost another $3-4 on shipping, but I lucked out!
Weird to you = Awesome to others
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb; if you’ve done your research using the eBay app, it can’t hurt to take a $2 shot. At least this was an educated guess vs someone using a slot machine in a casino (I refer to the slots as reverse ATMs. I put money in and never see it again).
New Conair items seem to be a pretty safe bet. Check out some of these completed listings!
There’s a lot of ladies out there who put a ton of work/effort into the way they look, and these completed listings show that they’re willing to pay for items that make the process easier! Give them a friendly hand by selling them some good Conair equipment!
And on the “expert” note, if you ever have questions about an item, drop me a comment on a post or use the contact page up above! I’ll try to be quick about a response to help you make some $$$ on a flip.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Pope<
Edit: I updated the Conair completed listings picture. A friendly reader Ronda pointed out that all three were the same seller and were all selling for the same exact price (over $300). These items aren’t normally that high, so I’ve shown items that actually sell above $100. Still something you want to keep an eye out for!