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I have had some recent positive results with essentially flipping clubs/gear on facebook mrktplc.

So kinda thinking of hunting clubs full time and flipping them.  

So far not much luck at thrift stores (two days in) so I was hoping one or more of you would be able to share some insights on the viability of such an endeavor. 

And where/how you've successfully found clubs.

Thanks 

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I have never done it for the purposes of making money. However, I have bought things at cheap prices and then traded them in at a higher value when I was buying new clubs.

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Might make for a nice hobby, but I honestly don't see being able to make any amount of money doing it. But I could be wrong. For the best success I'd have to think you would need to be fairly good at restoring old, beat up clubs. Especially older, persimmon woods. Might be something there.

Anyhow, my 2 cents... 

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Hopefully you have a full time job! Probably some money to be made, but I find the shipping cost is what kills the profit margin.

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1 hour ago, LeftyHawk said:

Might make for a nice hobby, but I honestly don't see being able to make any amount of money doing it. But I could be wrong. For the best success I'd have to think you would need to be fairly good at restoring old, beat up clubs. Especially older, persimmon woods. Might be something there.

Anyhow, my 2 cents... 

Chris

Thanks for the feedback. I too imagine being able to restore/revitalize clubs would help such an endeavor. 

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12 minutes ago, GaDawg said:

Hopefully you have a full time job! Probably some money to be made, but I find the shipping cost is what kills the profit margin.

Yeah that is getting worse all the time. Was really hoping to dump things locally as much as possible.

These replies don't give me tons of hope of becoming the next

2nd Rock 3balls Bottom Swing Golf 😜

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I have never tried to make money, the margins are too low.

I have bought and sold plenty of clubs, usually I buy them, and try, I end up selling if it is a club that I ultimately don't like.

But as a sidle hustle, it is not for me.

on the past I have been very fortunate cruising thru garage sales, I have found some great clubs that were in my bag for a few seasons.

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It's one of those where you'll flip a dozen clubs and one will make you a good chunk of money, a couple will get you a few bucks and then you're lucky to break even on the rest. You really do have to find great deals, ensure there's still demand for that club, and then find the buyer who is willing to pay your price for it. That can get maddening at times. Tack on shipping and selling fees if you use big platforms to get more eyes on your products and it will eat into your profits. 

I have a feedback of 236 on eBay and most of that is from club flipping. The addition of children to the household has really slowed down the flipping business. It can be done, but you really need to find deals at flea markets, estate/garage sales, and online BST sites. 

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Another thing to consider is that because of all of the COVID-related restrictions in place, golf is currently experiencing a huge uptick in number of rounds, and, presumably, players. Lot of people had nothing better to do so they went out and bought clubs - I'm sure that's made flipping clubs on Facebook marketplace easier than six or eight months ago.

Whether that uptick and demand continues is the big question.

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Yeah that is getting worse all the time. Was really hoping to dump things locally as much as possible.
These replies don't give me tons of hope of becoming the next
2nd Rock 3balls Bottom Swing Golf 

The key for them is getting last years driver from you on “trade” for $150 and being able to sell it on the used market for $250.

Also, they get a decent margin on some of the new items they sell. I don’t think it would be profitable long term to just hunt and sell used clubs, but could be a good secondary source of income to add to the golf budget.


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4 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

for those looking for eBay "bargains" this can be fun - http://www.fatfingers.com/default.aspx

people will misspell things like Callaway, Titleist, etc. and sometimes you can find cheap deals this way; either that or it's just a fun experiment. 😉

 

Here I go down the rabbit hole, (eBay) again.

Thank you for sharing.

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1 minute ago, xOldBenKenobiX said:

Here I go down the rabbit hole, (eBay) again.

Thank you for sharing.

OH yeah... I've wasted my fair share of time with this.  Scooped up a couple deals along the way too!  🙂

 

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Just now, GolfSpy Stroker said:

OH yeah... I've wasted my fair share of time with this.  Scooped up a couple deals along the way too!  🙂

 

I just cant let the wife see me on eBay, she know I have an online shopping problem.

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13 hours ago, Badams69 said:

I have had some recent positive results with essentially flipping clubs/gear on facebook mrktplc.

So kinda thinking of hunting clubs full time and flipping them.  

So far not much luck at thrift stores (two days in) so I was hoping one or more of you would be able to share some insights on the viability of such an endeavor. 

And where/how you've successfully found clubs.

Thanks 

I do not buy them to resell, I usually keep them.

In stores like Burlington, Marshals and TJ Maxx, I find crazy good deals in golf shoes, polos, shorts and pants.

I pay between 19.99 and 29.99

This adidas, were 29.99, I still game them
For this nike's I paid 24.99, I got 4 pairs in different colors, I gifted 3 and kept 1.

I got this Nike's for my son for 19.99

I've also seen a lot of UnderArmour golf shoes, just not wide enough for my feet.

I cant begin to tell you how many shirts and shorts I got.

I just saw this GFORE for 24.99, they did not have my size, also TJ Maxx is starting to get plenty of polos and pants from GFore

There is a market for them, if you are looking to buy and re sell on eBay or Facebook market.
 

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48 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

for those looking for eBay "bargains" this can be fun - http://www.fatfingers.com/default.aspx

people will misspell things like Callaway, Titleist, etc. and sometimes you can find cheap deals this way; either that or it's just a fun experiment. 😉

 

Why did I click this...

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14 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

Why did I click this...

I mean, I do not know why I clicked on it either, but now I am in too deep to go back.

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Yeah that is getting worse all the time. Was really hoping to dump things locally as much as possible.
These replies don't give me tons of hope of becoming the next
2nd Rock 3balls Bottom Swing Golf 

The used club market can be profitable. My local golf store does pretty high volume in used clubs. Been shopping there since the 90s. Used to trade clubs all the time just to try something new. It can be profitable, but you probably need to make it a full time occupation and not just dabble in selling one or two clubs a week.
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1 hour ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

for those looking for eBay "bargains" this can be fun - http://www.fatfingers.com/default.aspx

people will misspell things like Callaway, Titleist, etc. and sometimes you can find cheap deals this way; either that or it's just a fun experiment. 😉

 

I'm on my work computer and this site is blocked. Dang.

However, my wife has never been happier to see a website blocked from my work computer than this site. This just saved my family hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. 

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