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How I Made $1500 Selling Beavis & Butt-Head DVD’s

This post is my third article of my Ebay Secret Niche series but it is a little different from the last two. That’s because you can’t make money with this particular product anymore. You can however, keep on the lookout for more like it as I will discuss. Please read the first two articles Ebay Secret Niche 1 and Ebay Secret Niche 2.

It was either 4 or 5 years ago that Time Life got the exclusive rights for the cult TV series Beavis and Butt-Head collection DVD’s. These rights were only for a limited time (I think a year) and during that time you could not buy Beavis and Butthead anywhere else but on their website.

It was the first time that Beavis and Butt-Head were on DVD and demand for these DVD’s was quite high on Ebay. The DVD sets sold on Time Life for $29.99 and they were selling on Ebay for anywhere from $30.00 to $45.00! The reason they sold for more on Ebay was that demand was high and people did not know where to get them. The DVD’s were not sold in any store and most people did not know to go to Time Life.

Using an online coupon code, you could also get anywhere from 10% to 15% off and free shipping if you ordered through Time Life. I saw an opportunity and did my best to milk it for all it was worth!

There was a problem (there always is) and that was that Time Life caught on to what I was doing (and others were doing the same thing) and didn’t want to sell the DVD’s to me. If I could have I would have ordered 50 or 100 sets at a time as I could sell as many as I wanted with a “Buy It Now” on Ebay but ordering that many sets would, I assumed, raise a red flag somewhere. Instead, I would order 10 DVD sets at a time to try and keep under their radar. Eventually though, someone at Time Life figured out what people were doing and put the clamps down.

It seems Time Life wanted to sell their DVD’s (as their ad on TV stated) but just not to me.  They sent numerous emails stating that the DVD’s were for personal use and not for resale. Well, I won’t go into the stupidity of that statement because once anyone buys any item they own it and can rightfully resell it. I got into several email arguments with a customer service lady at Time Life but eventually she cut me off.

In the end I was able to sell around 150 of these DVD sets and I made about $10.00 per set. It was especially nice because the sets all came in a big box and within the box were the DVD sets all ready packaged for shipping (the sets were prepackaged by Time Life and meant to ship to customers one at time).

This is another way people make money on Ebay. They can look for online coupon codes and get items for a discount and then turn around and sell it on Ebay for full value. The item has to be a hot item for that to work however. Demand has to be high on Ebay or that strategy will not work.

Right now, Time Life has the exclusive rights to the “Get Smart: The Complete Collection” DVD set and is selling the set for $199.95. If you type “time life coupon” into Google you will be able to find a code for 15% off and free shipping (code AFDEAL-good as of 9/9/07). That brings the price for you to $169.96. On Ebay as of 9/4/07, there were several sellers selling the set for a buy it now of $200.00 and free shipping and they were making sales. In the last week though it looks like the price has dropped. This is an example of a possible way to profit during the Christmas season when the demand for this set might go up. If you were to offer this set for $200 and send it by USPS Media Mail (will cost you less than $5.00) you would make about $25.00 per set! 

There is of course risk if the price does not go back up or too many sellers start selling the sets but there is always some risk in business. Again, with Christmas right around the corner demand should go up. This Get Smart DVD set is not the perfect example because the price of the item is so high and thus the risk is high. Time Life is a company that periodically obtains the exclusive rights to DVD sets like this one and there probably will be other opportunities in the future. It takes work to monitor Time Life as well as Ebay but when you find an item and are quick to buy it and then sell it on Ebay, a nice profit can be made.

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  • 1

    Great job on making $1500 on just reselling dvds. Ebay is kind of hard to grasp since there are millions of items being sold and knowing and studying the market can be a pain.

    david on September 10th, 2007
  • 2

    Thanks for this article, I enjoyed the read 🙂

    Andrew Christiansen on September 11th, 2007
  • 3

    I don’t know too much about eBay, haven’t consider using it or know how yet…

    I will get to it later.

    WarriorBlog on September 12th, 2007
  • 4

    thanks for sharing – couple things to look for at yard sales/thrift shops:
    1 – vintage Converse high top sneakers (aka Chuck Taylors) that were made in the USA – I got a pair for $3.00 and they sold for $158.00

    2 – Blue Jeans Perfume by Shulton (not to be confused with Blue Jeans Perfume by Versace) no longer made – Shulton sold to Colgate Palmolive some time ago – a bottle I found at a yard sale for .50 just sold for $119.00 on ebay

    again, thanks for sharing your niches, hope this info is useful and I didn’t know how send it other than put it in a comment – I’m not too tech savvy – you can move this if you like.

    nancy on September 15th, 2007
  • 5

    Thanks for sharing those Nancy. I will look into them a bit more when I have time. It seems like those are best to find at garage sales as you say. Hard to find them online cheap and be able to resell them also online for more.

    DayJobNuker on September 15th, 2007
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    How I Made $1500 Selling Beavis & Butt-Head DVD’s…

    It seems Time Life wanted to sell their DVD’s (as their ad on TV stated) but just not to me. They sent numerous emails stating that the DVD’s were for personal use and not for resale. Well, I won’t go into the stupidity of that statement because… on November 7th, 2007
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    I bought some vintage sweaters at a thrift store and resold them on ebay. I saw a used ll bean fisherman wool sweater sz. xl and bought it at the thrift store for $12 and sold it on ebay for 112.00. With my profit I went back and I bought 4 vintage irish knit sweaters min at $3 and also sold them for 40.00+ each.I bought these sweaters because they were of good quality and were in great condition. Check this ebay id out “wearekoalas”. They remind me of the “royal tenenbaums”. if you use terapeak check how much they have made in the last 90 days selling vintage….by the way subscribe to terapeak even for just a month and you will get the best proce and or strategy for any category on ebay.

    Jocelyn on November 25th, 2007
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    I looked up that “wearekoalas” seller and every item is worn and displayed by a guy with a very ugly beard. Yuck! I could never bid on anything like that knowing he had worn my item (even if it was only for the picture)!

    DayJobNuker on November 25th, 2007
  • 11

    Hey DayJobNuker.
    Cool blog. I have been an eBay seller since 2001 and found your Time Life recommendation very interesting. You can bet I’ll be checking them out and keeping close tabs. For finding hidden niche ideas, I personally use a cool software by Dave Guindon that pulls info from the eBay “Want it Now” section; it basically tells you what eBay buyers are looking for – and there are no sellers. I have a video posted that shows exactly how it works here; (if anyone’s interested)

    Anyway; I found your blog very interesting and will definately be back, you have some great content posted. – Kudos!

    Mike Campbell

    Rinovette on December 30th, 2007
  • 12

    Very awesome post. It’s amazing the many different ways you can make money on eBay. So many people think it’s just an auction site for people with a lot of collectibles or big time sellers with a lot of inventory. However, as you’ve shown, you can come up with all sorts of creative ways to sell things on eBay.

    Thanks for the post!

    Real Auction Income on February 21st, 2008
  • 13

    I love Beavis and Butt-Head! Ebay is a great way to make money if you really know what you’re doing.

    You can sell old books and vintage prints on eBay for some quick cash. There a TON of ways you can cash in on eBay, with the right research.

    Good luck in finding more work from home jobs!

    Mr. Wizard on March 27th, 2009
  • 14

    There are so many ways to make money these days but you need to get creative, which is hard for most people to think outside of the box. Kudos to you for making an easy $1,500. I’ve been able to make some extra dough by sending my gambling friends to price per head services.

    Barry on February 10th, 2010