This set of striptease glasses were the kind of item that jumps right out at you. As my wife will attest, I’m a typical dude…
And ladies? Don’t turn away! There’s something special a little later for you!
Just be careful though, sets of glasses are a PITA to ship. You really need to buy low to profit on an item like this!
Adults only from here on! Some of the photos are NSFW-ish. Don’t want anyone to get in trouble!
Vintage Striptease Highball Glasses
The premise behind these glasses is that as the glass gets cold, the water condenses, and the white lingerie that the girls are wearing disappears! Instead of curing diseases, there were men in laboratories trying to figure out how to mimic a girl undressing. Can’t say I’m surprised.
This set that I had was from 1977, so the fact that the box is a little distressed isn’t that big of a worry. The key to collectible glasses with this white, disappearing material is that the white is still there.
Over time and use, the white lingerie/bikinis will begin to wear off. Then you’re just stuck with a set of glasses with naked ladies on them. Who would want those? Seriously though, collectors wouldn’t. They want the glasses to be in good shape.
My set wasn’t perfect. 1 of the girls in the set had some wear. Notice the glass on the right.
The paper insert gives instructions on how to wash the glasses, but again, even if you follow them to a T, they’re going to start to wear. The ones that are in mint condition can go for almost double what I got.
I did have a hard time letting go of this set, and I may have used them a few times with friends… It makes it easier to rationalize a “less than ideal profit” when you get to use it for a while before you sell it for a profit!
And now for any female readers…
Don’t think I forgot about you. If you want a good bachelorette party item, then look no further!
Now, you may think you’re set, but sorry ladies, you’re going to have to pay more for these! The set that sold on eBay that I borrowed the picture from went for $50 more than mine! I guess the male glasses are just a little more difficult to find.
Now to the numbers:
- Purchase price – $2
- End Selling Price – $29.50
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $18.18
Total Profit: $9.32
Well that’s a bummer. Still made a profit but no one’s knocking down my door over < $10! Especially when the item sold for $30! Shipping costs killed me here.
eBay shipping costs when starting out
First, I didn’t have a box that I could put the glasses in so I had to buy one. This is a common problem when you are starting out in the online re-selling business. When you get a little bigger, you can buy boxes or mailers in bulk. In the beginning though, if you’re trying to limit your $ input, then you’re going to have to buy the boxes and mailers at Walmart or Staples. The box I bought for these glasses was about $3.
Next, there’s the shipping itself. You can’t really do anything there. The set was ~ 1-2 pounds. I’m not sure where it went, but it cost over $10 to ship. Ugh!
When you’re buying, you want to not only make sure that it’s going to sell high enough for a profit, but you also want to make sure that you can ship it easily too. Here’s my 3-step tried and true method:
1. Weigh the item. Add on a bit for a box/packing material (if necessary).
Beverley Hills, 90210!
For any of you west coasters, just use an easy NY zip code – 10001. These two zip codes will give you a really good estimate of your shipping costs. If you live in the middle of the country, pick one and don’t complain. You save a ton of money on shipping!
3. That’s it.
As I sell more and more on eBay, I’ve definitely stayed away from large items unless I know that I can sell it for a HUGE profit. If I’m only making $10 on an item, I want it to be quick and easy to ship, like a video game. I don’t want to have to go to a store, buy a box, spend a lot of time wrapping the item, and then pay a lot for shipping! On top of all that, the heavier items mostly go UPS or FedEx, so that means I’ll have to stop by a different store.
We’ll finish up with a deep quote from Beverly Hills 90210:
”It’s no trip around the world, but I think we could take quite a journey together.” – Brandon to Kelly Taylor
Personally, I like to say this to my wife early Saturday morning before hitting up some yard sales. So much for my romantic side…
Photo Credit: Inf-Lite Teacher