Do you want more money? Kind of seems like a silly question, right? Of course you do! What I am going to share with you today is so simple, anyone can do it. Although there may be slight changes from store to store these are all a pretty safe bet to put more money in your pocket. Next time you’re looking to get some money for your items follow this simple check list to maximize your next payday.
- Know what kind of items are in demand! It should go without saying that you will always get more money for the most desirable items. When a store doesn’t have to worry about an item sitting on the shelf, it is much easier to work an a smaller margin ie: pay more for your stuff! Check to see if there are any items in particular that the store is interested in. They may have a list posted somewhere like ours HERE. If not, try contacting them by phone or email. If you’re unable to do that, just use your head. For example: July is a poor time to sell a snowblower. This is especially true of large or bulky items that will take up a lot of space in the store.
- Bring all of the pieces! It is much harder to sell something incomplete. Most commonly forgotten items include remote controls, battery chargers, electronics cables, boxes/cases, and firearm magazines. Double check to be sure you have these before heading into your local store. Best case scenario you miss out on some potential money as they factor in the cost of replacing that piece, worst case they may have to pass on the item all together. Then you will have wasted your time (and precious gas money) to go back and retrieve it.
- Put your best foot forward and clean it! It is amazing what a couple minutes of elbow grease can do! It is much easier to convince the store to give you top dollar when your item looks like new. Even a light dusting can go a long way. Remember “Time is money” and the longer the store anticipates having to pay an employee to clean your item, the less they can allocate to you.
- Be ready to make a deal. In most stores the clerk you’re going to be dealing with is being paid hourly and possibly commission. Take up unnecessary time, and it might cost you. So, when its your turn up at the counter give your full attention, put down the cellphone and end other conversations. A deal will go much smoother if you both can focus on the merchandise you’re trying to get money for.
- Know what you want. Have a price in mind when you show up at the counter. It will speed things up tremendously. This is especially true if you are planning to pawn (get a short term loan). Making it easy to give a simple “yes” will make things go much smoother. It is much harder to shop without price tags. Even if the store can’t give you exactly what you want for your item, at least they have a starting place. Most stores will be able to educate you regarding the market value of an item, but if you already know speak up! On the off chance that you have a “hidden gem” any reputable dealer will correct you and offer a fair price.
- Be friendly! Don’t forget that you are dealing with a human being. Yes, the “Golden Rule” applies to clerks, sales people, and customer service workers too! The employees of the store are there to help you. If you go in looking for a battle you will be far less successful. This may be the most important item on this list. It doesn’t matter how nice your item may be, No one wants to give money to a jerk.
Remember you’re dealing with a business offering a service. Just like any other business they must make a profit to continue offering that service. By following these easy steps you’ll be able to offer them what they want and in return you’ll get what you need, more cash! Prepared Pleasant People Produce Pleasing Payouts!