Author Topic: Cannibalize to make money  (Read 649 times)

Roadrunner53

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Cannibalize to make money
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:29:41 AM »
For those of you who have broken electronic stuff, don't throw it out, cannibalize it and sell the parts. My Keurig coffee maker broke last year and I took it apart and sold the container, the filter, and other pieces on ebay. One thing I didn't sell was the body or cord and I probably should have cut off the cord and sold that too. Then I had a drier and took off the power controller and sold that. I did take off the dryer door and tried to sell that but it didn't sell unfortunately. Then I had an old stove that I saved the knobs and sold those. The gas stove had those grates that I took off and sold too. Old door knobs sell too. Before you toss, look at the thing to see what kind of parts are on it. Go to ebay and look those parts up. Do an advanced search and see if something similar has sold. If you have games like Monopoly, those game pieces sell. People also lose parts and want to replace them. I have sold game boards too. Believe it or not, sometimes you can sell the parts for more than you can to sell a whole item as is. For what I got for the parts for my Keurig I paid for more than half of the new machine. I had a set of old Reverware copper bottom pans from 1973 and were my first pots and pans. They were taking up space so I sold them on ebay and they were scooped up fast and I got a lot of money for them! I know of people who go to Thrift stores and buy electric skillets and sell the electric cord with the temperature adjuster. Any of you had luck cannibalizing?

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Re: Cannibalize to make money
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 09:32:49 AM »
I had to buy a knob for my stove and GE wanted $50 or something obscene for a $1 part. I found some other site that sold it to me for less but yes, there is a market for everything if you're patient enough.

I once sold two AOL promotional CD-ROMs for $20 each - I got them for free at a comic convention and they were limited edition and there was a market for them.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 09:37:06 AM »
Badass! I have done this a little bit. It does take some discipline to manage the time commitment vs payback. And I *hate* have dead stuff around...
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 09:58:47 AM »
Thank you Acroy for my 'badass'! LOVE IT!

Right now I have a Bose 3 CD player that got zapped and no longer works. It is older and needs to be attached to another Bose receiver to work. I uncoupled it but have no idea how to cannibalize it so I may just sell it 'as is' and advertise it as broken. I know people sell broken ones and they do sell.


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Re: Cannibalize to make money
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 10:04:11 AM »
Later in life there is a possibility that I might do this with washer/dryer/stove parts. It's on my to do list when I get tired of this business or get too old to get around like I do now.

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Re: Cannibalize to make money
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 11:12:53 AM »
Out of curiosity what has been your return? That's great that you are finding a use for products rather than tossing them.

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Re: Cannibalize to make money
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 11:29:39 AM »
Just an example for parts that I have, although I don't sell them right now. Washer timer with knob $30-$150. Just regular washer knobs are from $3-$30 each. Dryer fuse is $5. Dryer door handle $5-$10. Dryer feet (4) $7.

But like I've said in the past.... it's hard for me to make $5 on an item when I can put in the same amount of time and make $150. But it could be a good hustle for someone.....

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 11:51:17 AM »
This would be a perfect opportunity for someone who works for an appliance place who picks up broken appliances for dump runs. Take off all the knobs, timers, cooking grates even broiler pans because most ovens don't come with the broiler pans anymore. I do suggest that model numbers be recorded with the parts to add to the ebay advertisement. That way people who are looking for a particular models parts are assured that they are getting the right one. Also, clean up the knobs and parts so they are not greasy or dirty.


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Re: Cannibalize to make money
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 07:49:35 PM »
Yes, it would be a great hustle for those that go around picking up the junk ones from the curb too. A Magic Eraser can make those things look LIKE NEW! :)

Lots of free money sitting at the curb waiting to be HAD.