Looking back, I should have done a nerd month. I hit D&D books, Japanese Manga, a video game from my collection, and this awesome chemistry T-Shirt image. Now I’m talking about vintage electronics branded clothing!
“I bought the coolest shirt on eBay this weekend!” – Some Engineer
I’ll get to what put me in the mood to talk about this topic with a flip at the end, but I’ll start by looking at some of the popular brands that I would grab if I saw them in the thrift store. IBM, Mac, and Microsoft.
IBM is over 100 years now! How crazy is that? They started off by selling a dial recorder, big adding machines, and a machine to track worker’s punching in and out (not too surprised about this one). Even though super computers didn’t really become a thing until the 1960s, they actually had one of their machines called that in the 1930s.
None of these shirts are selling for big money, but they’d definitely be a solid buy for a few bucks. The 90s colors totally jump out at you too.
We all know Microsoft. Started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in the 70’s, got ‘kind of’ popular in the 90s, and now Bill is the world’s richest person (Paul Allen is *only* worth 17 billion). He and Warren Buffett (and a lot of other really rich people) are going to be donating almost all of their fortunes to philanthropy.
I’m still working on my fortune, though, so here are some Microsoft shirts that sold!
I saved the best for last. With the prices that people are willing to pay for Apple products, it’s not surprising that there are people out there shelling out a lot of money for vintage Apple/Macintosh products.
Notice that the rainbow logo items are selling for a lot more! This makes sense because of the nostalgia factor and the date (they left the rainbow logo in the dust in 1998 after Steve Jobs returned).
Like, I said, I had a sale that put me down this rabbit hole, and it wasn’t from any of these three electronics companies.
It was FujiFilm!
Electronics Shirt Flip Details
- Purchase price – $2
- End Selling Price – $29.99
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $8.68
Total Profit: $19.31
Now, this isn’t an amazing sale. I’m OK with that. The $29.99 price point is basically a bread and butter one for me.
When I bought this shirt, I knew that I could fit it in a Padded Flat Rate Mailer – the best thing ever that the Post Office has put out! Anywhere in the U.S. for $5.35 ($5.70 if you aren’t TRS)!
Even though this purchase isn’t making me a billionaire, I think the lesson here is that even an “out there” electronics company could be a good buy!