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Ebay Secret Niche Revealed – Ping Golf Balls

This is the first of a series of articles on secret Ebay auction niches. These are the niches that most people keep to themselves because they know something special about them that allows them to make money. Why am I revealing the ones I know about? Well, it is because I am kind of Ebay burned out and I don’t spend time anymore searching for these items.

The 1st secret niche is: PING TWO COLOR GOLF BALLS

Balls that are valuable: BLACK, SILVER, GOLD,WINE, OR CRANBERRY 

A long time ago Ping started making not only colored balls but balls with two colors. The many different colors included yellow, orange, white, green, red, purple, teal, gold, silver, black, and other colors. You could buy a sleeve of 3 balls or a box of 12 and they came in every combination of colors imaginable (half the ball one color and half another color).

If I had known at the time they would become valuable, (in other words if I could see into the future), I would have backed the truck up and bought everything I could get my hands on. They became valuable because Ping stopped making them and golf ball collectors decided they wanted them for their collections.

Not every color is equal in terms of value. Yellow, orange, white, and blue are more common and thus not valuable and gold, silver, and black are the most valuable. Please study the picture below as almost every ball in that picture is worth at least $20.00 and some are worth over $200.00.

Any ball with gold, silver, or black is worth good money. Of course the condition of the ball is VERY important with the mint condition balls going for the most. I have often seen balls going for $200 – $400 when they are in mint condition with the very rare colors.

I have in the past made money from Ebay by searching everyday hoping to find these balls listed with a too low “Buy It Now”. My two search terms are: ping ball -pong and ping balls -pong. The “-pong” is put in there to get rid of  all the listings for ping pong balls which I am not interested in.

My best day ever was when I saw a “Buy It Now” for 8 silver and white great condition balls for $160.00. I almost peed my pants trying to get those balls before someone else saw it! I did get them and in the following months proceeded to sell 7 of them for an average of $50.00 per ball and I kept the last one. Then, about two years after that happy purchase I sold the last ball and somehow two people bid it up to a little over $200.00! SWEET!

At garage sales I also always look for these balls. I always look for golf bags and run my hands through the pockets hoping to find a Ping. I have succeeded in finding a few with the best being a whole sleeve of pink/white brand new balls. I got the sleeve for a dollar and sold each ball for about $20.00 on Ebay. Some people look for and collect logo golf balls but I have found there is not really a market for that. There are lots of collectors but none of them really want to spend money like the Ping golf ball collectors do.

There you have it, my first secret Ebay auction niche. I am asking that you, the reader, contribute a niche with some info about that niche if you can. I understand that very few people will want to give up their secrets but if you do, I will write a post about your niche and link back to your site. Please email me (go to “Contact” at the top) with your niche.

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  • 1

    really nice niche, buy low sell high for ebay, is like a stock market.

    David on August 18th, 2007
  • 2

    Thats the spirit and exactly how i play things on ebay. find the bargains and resell themon at a later date. its the best way,.

    i even built myself a site for ebay bargains so i can just go there all the time and see whats on offer. – Ebay Bargain Finder

    Bargain finder on August 19th, 2007
  • 3

    I am still looking for any volunteers with niches they would like to reveal here. It will get your blog or website mentioned in my post.

    DayJobNuker on August 19th, 2007
  • 4

    That so weird/cool. I never knew golf balls could have that much value!

    … I don’t have any e-bay secrets. I’m pretty much clueless.

    Erika on August 21st, 2007
  • 5

    I would have never thought these two-colored golf balls would be worth something. I got bored from ebay a long time ago. It was too time-consuming and not fun. Still have a box full of things I wanted to sell..but never got around to it.

    kat on August 25th, 2007
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  • 10

    Great article thanks for sharing.

    Embroidery Designs Shop on September 20th, 2007
  • 11

    Okay, I know this post is old, but I thought I’d volunteer a ebay niche. I lucked out about 7 years ago and found some toys that were red hot.

    Dinky toys, more specifically, the old Dinky military vehicles. They’re small metal life-like military vehicles.

    I was at a Garage sale and there was a small woven basket and in it was this small Dinky tank and 6 Metal Army Men.

    I wasn’t sure that these were valuable, but for $5 I figured I’d take a chance. It’s not every day you find Metal Army men!

    The tank had tiny chains used for tracks. One track was missing. I put it on eBay and mentioned that one track was missing. The auction took off and by the end of the auction, the Dinky Tank with the missing track went for $97.37!

    The Metal Army men went for $51

    I was pretty pleased!

    Later, the dude who bought the Dinky Army tank tried to scam me saying that he never received the Tank and wanted his money back or he’d give me a bad feedback on eBay. Dumb**s didn’t realize that we’d sent it priority mail with a sig requirement. He’d signed for the package! Never heard from him after I sent a scanned copy of the signature slip.

    I’ve had more great deals on eBay, this is just one of my favorite ones because my wife chided me for buying that “junk!”


    Don on October 25th, 2007
  • 12

    Thanks Don,
    I will look for metal Dinky army stuff at every garage sale I go to probably for the rest of my life.

    DayJobNuker on October 26th, 2007
  • 13

    That’s a very interesting niche indeed. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any myself. I never knew golf balls could be worth hundreds of dollars.

    justin on October 31st, 2007
  • 14

    Make Money With This Ebay Secret Niche…

    This is a niche on Ebay that you can make money with if you search everyday. Most people don’t reveal their secrets but this is one of mine. I once found a “Buy it Now” that was way too low and I made over $300 on that one auction alone. The secret … on November 2nd, 2007
  • 15

    Fascinating, and totally off the beaten path!

    Rich Gilchrest on November 2nd, 2007
  • 16

    It is impressive to know such arbitrage ebaying method.

    KCLau on November 3rd, 2007
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  • 18

    Hey, I have a niche for you! You can pick up just about any Mario or Zelda Game for the Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64, for a couple of bucks at garage sales or thrift stores. Most of them sell for $20+ and they are everywhere!

    BTW, I really like your blog and plan on linking to it. I would appreciate it if you did the same for me!

    ebay_selling_guide on January 31st, 2008
  • 19

    Great article, these niches are great. The information gap or country gap is also a key factor. I have made some really good money on licenced toys that i have picked up at garage sales. The Hi-5 ones especially, turned $2 into $46 late last year on one.


    Tim on March 30th, 2009
  • 20

    That’s so strange – I never would have thought of this. Since I’m a golfer myself I usually associated the colored balls with the cheap stuff, but it looks like I’m way off this time!

    Nick on December 18th, 2009
  • 21

    Were these ball released into the Australian markets – I have been trying to find some but have had no luck!

    Tom on January 31st, 2010
  • 22

    I have no idea whether the Ping two color balls were released anywhere but the USA. Probably not.

    DayJobNuker on February 1st, 2010
  • 23

    I see that the popularity of the plain hi glow balls is making a come back – i wonder if this will flow on to the release of two color balls again

    Jonty on May 30th, 2010
  • 24

    That’s so strange – I never would have thought of this. Since I’m a golfer myself I usually associated the colored balls with the cheap stuff, but it looks like I’m way off this time!

    Jersey on July 14th, 2010