I bought a home appliance for just $5 at the thrift store – it sold for hundreds more on eBay after a ‘good cleaning’

A professional used goods seller has revealed how he made hundreds of dollars in profit off a single item.

In a TikTok video, the professional revealed where he found the device and how much it costs to sell a single item.

One TikToker said he resold a device for $400


One TikToker said he resold a device for $400Photo credit: TikTok / @fleamarketflipper
He said the extra cost left him $255


He said the extra cost left him $255Photo credit: TikTok / @fleamarketflipper

Rob Stephenson, part of Flea Market Flipper (@fleamarketflipper), said he found a machine at the thrift store.

“$5 at the thrift store turned into $400,” he wrote in the video.

Stephenson later explained in the comments section that he found a warming drawer for a stove.

“Just needed a thorough cleaning,” Stephenson wrote of the condition of the product.

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The special product was sold on eBay for $399.99.

Stephenson said eBay fees cost him $52 — shipping the device cost an additional $88.

He reported a total win of $255.

Stephenson has lashed out at TikTok commenters who said they wouldn’t put in the time to make a $255 profit.


It took Stephenson two hours to properly secure the unit in a box for shipment.

TikTok commenters said they wouldn’t put any work into just $255 in cash.

“A lot of effort for a few hundred, I can do that in four hours serving canapés,” said one commenter.

Another commenter concluded: “Time is money, 2 hours to dispatch no.”

Stephenson responded and said he was willing to put in the time to win.

He replied: “2 hours for the whole thing. So like $125 an hour isn’t worth your time?”

Stephenson and his wife have made plenty of money from their eBay thrift store.

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Rob and Melissa Stephenson run the TikTok channel to show off how much money they make from all their thrift sales.

The couple said they made $91,000 in earnings in 2021 and only worked five to 10 hours a week.

“Our goal is usually 10x our investment,” Rob said of her purchases.

The couple recently shared that they sold a device for over $6,000 after buying it for $125.

“Last month was a good month for eBay sales,” the video’s caption read.

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Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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