I sold a computer part I dug out of a dumpster for $269 – but I’ve found others that are worth even more

One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure, a man found out after spotting a computer part in a dumpster and selling it for hundreds of dollars.

Product flippers Rob and Melissa regularly find items at flea markets, charity shops, thrift stores and junk shops to resell on eBay.

Product flippers Rob and Melissa make thousands of dollars each month selling on eBay


Product flippers Rob and Melissa make thousands of dollars each month selling on eBayPhoto credit: TikTok/flea market flipper
In March, they sold a computer part they found in a dumpster for $269


In March, they sold a computer part they found in a dumpster for $269Photo credit: TikTok/flea market flipper

The couple (@fleamarketflipper) share any profits they make on social media platforms like TikTok and YouTube, detailing how much the items originally cost and what they sold for after they “flipped” the product .

Earnings from the Hustle may vary from month to month.

In March, the couple made $19,572 from their flip sales.

Among the items sold was a computer part that they didn’t even have to buy.

I found a $400 computer at Goodwill for $29.99 - I couldn't believe my luck
I found a computer at Goodwill for $19.99 - I realized it was more valuable

In a TikTok video accompanying their March sales, the product flippers revealed they pulled the computer part out of a “dumpster.”

“Picked from dumpster, sold for $269,” read the caption in the video.

In a separate, more detailed video on YouTube, the couple explained that one of their “contacts” gave them the computer component.

“I didn’t pay for it,” Rob said.

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“I actually found this in one of his trash cans that he had. Not very big, a tiny little computer circuit board. It came from an expensive computer.”

It’s not the first computer component Rob and Melissa have found and sold.

And although they could make over $200 from the item, it was one of the cheapest they sold.

“This is probably the fifth or sixth I’ve sold,” Rob said.

“The others were — I sold them for a lot more money.”

Taking eBay and shipping costs into account, Rob and Melissa made a total profit of $226 on the computer component.

In March, the couple also successfully sold several stretchers, a VCR, and a TurboChef oven.

Rob and Melissa have been turning products full-time since 2015 – having first branched out into the sideline in 1996.

In addition to running product flipping themselves, the couple also teach classes on how other people can flip products on the side or as a full-time job.


TaraSubramaniam 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. TaraSubramaniam 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: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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