Pimsleur Gold Edition eBay

Pimsleur Gold Edition

Dollar Flipper Ebay Flip 20 Comments

I was dreaming about this post since I bought these items to re-sell. Maybe I dream of eBay too much?

This flip is something you definitely want to look out for. I knew what I was buying, so I didn’t mind shelling out some extra dough. I think this has been one of my highest flips yet!

In 2013, I found the Pimsleur Greek Gold Edition at my local thrift store. I bought it for $5 and re-sold it for $99! It was a great flip.

Towards the end of 2014, I was walking by the pricing area at my local Goodwill. I happened to notice an employee with a Pimsleur box in her hand. I asked if it was for sale yet, and she said “Sure! Do you want these other 4 too?”

They were $10 each.

I saw dollar signs.

Pimsleur Gold Edition eBay

The word Gold is definitely apt!

I ended up getting the complete 1-4 set (16 CDs in each level) plus an additional quick learning set. It turns out that the last one isn’t as great, but the point is that I was willing to drop $50 for these because I knew what I was buying.

Normally, I’m shelling out $1, not $50! There’s only been a few other purchases where I spent a lot of money. On those occasions, it’s usually for a large amount of inventory.

Flip Details

  • Purchase price – $53.00
  • End Selling Price – $350.00
  • Fees and Shipping/Handling – $52.19 (Shipping was 16.54 with insurance)

Total Profit:  $244.81

I’m OK with this. I only had to ship it to Tennessee so the cost wasn’t that much (even with signature confirmation and insurance from Ship Cover).

On top of that, I worked him up from his initial offer of $100! Normally, someone who offers $100 on a $599 item will not be buying the item.

The worst part about all of this is that I had an offer of $375 very early on but countered. Maybe I got bit by some karma for being a bit greedy? Well, I’m not sure. I just looked at completed listings for this set and there were some closer to my best offer.

No whining though. I think I should just be happy that I made this big of a profit, just like my Surf Rock Record.

I also might have been able to eek out a bit more if I have sold these pieces individually. If I had sold each set for $100 (ignoring the quick set), I would end up with similar numbers since the shipping would have been more expensive. I don’t know if this would have been true though because Spanish seems to be a bit more popular than some of the other languages that are available.

That being said, I’m going to do my dance to the bank. If I want to spend time whining over $25 that I missed out on, I can go list one of the 50 items that I have in one of my piles that are worth $25!

Would you spend $50 for $244 profit even if it took 9 months to sell? Should I have tried to listen to all of the CDs during the time I had the set listed?

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  1. I’ve never heard of Pimsleur. Thanks for blogging about it. I do know that you can’t sell Rosetta Stone items on ebay because of copyright infringement (same as Beach Body stuff). It will get pulled. Congrats on your sale. I probably would have been second guessing myself if it didn’t sell in the first 30 days.

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      Yep. I remember your post about the Insanity workout. I think it’d be a good Craigslist item. I generally don’t second guess my prices. I put a lot of effort up front in the research. I pad out the price (I build shipping into the cost) and then I add best offer. After that, I just let it sit. I have a ton of other things to list so I don’t worry about my current listings too much. It also gets easier as my store grows.

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  2. Woohoo! That’s a great flip. I would totally pay $50 for a $244 profit. That’s awesome!

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  3. I will definitely buy these if I see them. Thanks for the tip. I don’t test many of my VHS DVD or CDs anymore. I used to and then I got lazy….I really should though. I haven’t had any complaints.

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      I don’t test them either. Well, for these, I tested one or two cds (there were 64!). I figure that someone will return worst case.

  4. i used Pimsleur when I learned Russian…the phrases are still burned into my brain! lol. But we borrowed from the library and from friends…because we knew they were expensive! So yes! I would have picked them up…i think i’ve only ever found the quick and simples at the thrifts…it would be awesome to find a gold!

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      That happens a lot! You know something’s worth a lot because of personal experiences outside of eBay.

  5. That was definitely a great flip. I will be looking for Pimsleur products next time I’m thrifting.

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  6. Great flip. Thanks for sharing it. I’m always on the lookout for these types of things. Although I have been ignoring that section at the thrifts for a long time. I’m all about the glass, about the glass…these days. LOL

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          Hah! I love goofy humor like that. My daughters are going to LOVE it when I drop the Dad jokes.

  7. Just started going through your blog…and looking into learning more. I’ve mainly sold stuff on Amazon…usually used books. Once I found Bar prep books (current edition in mint condition) in the trash compactor. I sold them for $200. I definitely need to learn what items sell the best and I’ll have to check out and learn how to sell on ebay.

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      That’s awesome! Trash finds are the best. I sell books on Amazon too, but eBay is where it’s at for all of your odds and ends!

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