Selling items online is a tried and true way to make some quick cash. But what if you don't have anything around the house worth selling? We found a way to make something from nothing, by turning freebies into easy money on eBay.
Keep your eyes open for freebies that you can turn around and sell to make some quick cash.
Stacey Ross, of SanDiegoBargainMama.com, says stores often need to clear out their inventory of samples, so don't be afraid to ask. Then, post the samples for sale online as one big lot.
Stacey's friend tried this tactic after she spotted a box of free makeup samples at a local store, and asked the clerk if she could have a few.
"They basically had to make room for more free samples. She said, ‘Why don't you just take the whole lot?'" Stacey says her friend resold the samples on eBay and was able to earn about $60 in profit.
There may also be treasures hiding right in your home if go through your closets. It's the perfect time for spring cleaning.
Gently used kids' clothing are sometimes the best eBay sellers. Try selling your items all together as a huge lot, instead of one at a time.
In one listing we found for girls clothes – including stores like Gap, Justice, Old Navy and Target – the seller was advertising 58 items for nearly $150, with 34 bidders. The final bid ended up being a whopping $224 and the buyer paid for shipping too.
It does take time, because the seller took photos of every outfit set and included a description for each. But if you have the time, this could be a good way to put some extra cash in your wallet.
You can follow all of Marcella's reports from her series "Ways to Make Quick Cash" at cbs8.com/yourmoney.
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A man who opened fire on vehicles on State Route 163 during the morning commute more than two years ago, was convicted Thursday of four counts.
A man who opened fire on vehicles on State Route 163 during the morning commute more than two years ago, wounding a college student and damaging the car of another motorist, was convicted Thursday of four counts.