Anyone who really knows me is aware that I’m a hustler. I mean, a true hustler. I will buy pretty much anything that I know I can turn around and make some good money off of. I’ve been doing this since I was in junior high when I was jacking evicted electronic goods like TV’s & stereos off the sidewalk and selling them later on. To the later days of high school when I bought candy from Price Club and sold it in class or when I used to go to the bakery thriftshop and buy day old pastries for $.20 and sell them for a buck (or more) in the gym before school. I’m currently crafting a blog on that experience alone entitled The Stale Pie Man… which was my nickname until I graduated from HS.
Anyway, over the past few weeks I was fortunate to get my hands on a ‘few’ of these Elmo T.M.X joints. Now when I say a ‘few’, I won’t declare exactly how many I have. Let’s just say that I’ve acquired enough to make sure that this Christmas is a bright one for those close to me. The real debate at this point is whether to sell them now, or sell them closer to Christmas. I can make a good amount now, but I might be able to make double 3 weeks before the ultimate giving day. However if Fisher-Price all of a sudden starts shipping thousands of them to your local Walmart, Target or Toys “R” Us, then I might be stuck.
Now, this is far from the first time that I’ve made purchases on the hottest selling item for kids for the holidays. I make it my job to always know what the hot item is for Christmas. From there I buy a fairly decent quantity and stash em for that ‘snowy’ day. Some of the things I’ve copped over the years include…
1996 – the original Tickle Me Elmo
1997 – Sing & Snore Ernie and Beanie Babies
1998 – Furby
2000 – Sony PS2
This is not a new thing for me, yet eBay makes things a lot easier. For years my method of selling the product was to stand outside of Toys “R” Us a week before Christmas until Christmas Eve and watch the eyes of people light up as they assumed that there were some inside. I would never say one word, just smile. Then shortly thereafter they’d come up to me and say something like “Aiiight maaan… how much are you asking?” It was that simple. Occasionally, I took out ads in the Washington Post here. Now we’ve got online auctions sites like eBay or Yahoo which allow me to generally get the amount I’m looking for with no difficulty. Yet I still miss the real grind as I used to do it. I got real bold at times, especially when I had Sony Playstation 2’s. My brother and I stood inside of PG Plaza directly in front of KB Toys and totally ignored mall security. I mean, we weren’t openly hollering “Yo, we got PS2’s” or anything. We just stood there with the box under our arms. I think however we may have chosen the wrong mall cuz at times I thought some of those cats who inquired about buying it were gonna try and mug us.
Anyway I’ve got these Elmos. I plan to make sure my nieces get one for Christmas, but there’s three of them. They don’t each need one do they? One should be enough. I’ll take the money I make off the other ones and buy the girls other things that they want/need anyway. The rest of the cash I make will go into savings. Now, I’m sure some folks are wondering “How’d you end up getting one (or more) of those Elmo dolls?” For a fee of $10 payable to my PayPal account I will provide my source and from that it’s possible that you may be able to get one for your child, niece, nephew or maybe even yourself. If you catch me on a good day and ask me via email, I might be nice enough to just give you the information….. SIKE!!!!!
oh yeah, one last thing… if you’re in the DC area and looking for Redskins, Ravens or Wizards tix… hit me up
here are a few YouTube vids of the new Elmo TMX… this lil’ fellas is off the hook!!!!
12 thoughts on “The Hustle Continues…”
Ohhhhh Please be nice…I want to buy one for my nephews…and no all three of your nieces don’t need one each. One per household. Hook a sistah up!
Please…pretty, pretty, Please with a Gum Drop on Top!
*batting my eyelashing and swinging my feet*
Okay Elmo scares me a little, LOL.
While watching the second clip, I can see a little 1 or 2 years frightened… LOL
I have the orginal Elmo still in his box. Yes, my grown ass got one for christmas that year..LOL
Let me find out you the hook up man LOL
I have a tickle me elmo..need to buy him some batteries
Alright G-MO….I need one of those for my son. How much? DAMN YOU FOR PIMPING OUT ELMO! 🙂
LMAO your hustlin ass.
Thank god my babies get whatever I give them..save that expensive shit for Santa…:-) Um can u get Boston Celtic tickets too? OR some tickets to Howard hOmecoming for next week.
Damn you gonna make a sista pay for the inside info! That’s wrong man. LOL
That is a good hustle. I know a dude who brought made over $4000 selling the new Playstations on Ebay.
You’ve made a science out of this!! lol.
lmao @ that dog.. he aint know whether to attack or to run!!! i want one! j/k
depending on how many you have. i think you should sell 1/2 now & 1/2 closer to christmas… that way if wal-mart decides to overstock them.. at least you made some money…
The risk involved in holding on to them is that you’re client base might find other means of acquiring them and you’ll be stuck, but do what you gotta do.
I was dating a girl back in 96 who wanted the original Tickle Me Elmo. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Luckily for me, one of my friends worked at Kay Bee Toy Store and held one for me when they get a new shipment. It’s good to know people in the right places.
I have always liked Elmo and just hearing him laugh is music to my ears. I have a Tickle Me Elmo and used to play it when I was feeling down. This new Elmo is even funnier than before. Gotta love the little red guy!
ok I’m real mad you said for a fee of $10 to your paypal account you will tell the source LOL.. hahahaaaa
get ya grind on hustleman.. 🙂 I’m looking for wizards/knicks tickets..
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