I found this vintage GE flip roll alarm clock at an estate sale. It was easy to test and easy to ship. I’ll keep a lookout for any of these I can get on the cheap in the future!
Condition – Vintage!
You’ll notice the scuffs. That’s expected. It’s old – from 1970s. I sold mine towards the high end of the spectrum of used flip clocks. The ones that sell for a bit more are either new in the box (not a surprise) or ones that have a built in radio.
Pro Tip – Quick way to judge if electronics are vintage or not is by the plug – the head is smaller than ones that we’re used to. I’m not positive when they phased out the 2 prong plug, but it shows that it’s at least 25+ years old.
Testing The Alarm Clock
The testing on this alarm clock was significant. I brought out my lab coat, put on the goggles and gloves, and then I took them all off because this was so easy. (Slight exaggeration. I don’t have a lab coat anymore.)
All I had to do was plug it in. I set a timer once it flipped to a new minute to make sure it was accurate. I also tested the lights and set an alarm, and all worked well. Even though there were scuffs, the alarm clock worked. So the extra marks could add to the “vintage” style, or they could be touched up.
I’m gonna be a star!
I got contacted by a buyer who wanted to pick up the clock in my town. They were making a movie in Baltimore and were willing to drive out to my city. I let them know that I would totally do it (the story alone is worth it) and that I would put the clock in my car so I could meet up with them.
And then there was radio silence. Nothing! Whomp whomp. Maybe next time I guess.
In the end, someone from the next state up bought the clock, making shipping a breeze.
Vintage Alarm Clock Flip Details
- Purchase price – $2
- End Selling Price – $34.99
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $9.66
Total Profit: $23.33
Perfectly “bread and butter.” Finding something that will sell for a $20 profit is really easy, and even though I’m trying to increase my average selling price all the time, these items are just hard to pass up!
I like to imagine that some hipster/artist college student is using this in their dorm room. Or maybe they used it in a vintage style photo shoot?