I woke up with an idea this morning. I’ve been reading the book, Cod by Mark Kurlansky and it hit me. I could make custom fishing kits. It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about before but it’s Saturday, why not do a Saturday hustle when I still haven’t found a job. So let’s start with a title.
In the fishing kit world, I think quantity matters at least in my kit as it’s geared to beginners. Here’s what I tried for the first run:
Custom Fishing Starter Tackle Kit (74 pcs) – Perfect for Beginners bait lures
Since my kits are completely custom, parts bought through various stores, I had to take my own “professional” photos. I took them on a dark wooden table. Light not reflecting on the plastic so everything is clear.
So templates are a quick and easy way to make your post look really professional. Here’s one that took me 5 minutes to put together thanks to: https://sellercore.com/free-auction-templates.php
I liked the USA look as it fits my american fishing outdoors theme. I add a picture of a fish I actually caught and description on my product.
If you get caught up like me with the html turning really ugly and compressed. I found this website helps: https://www.textfixer.com/html/uncompress-html-code.php
Setting a price.
It costs me EXACTLY $10.82. With about 2 hours of packaging (since it’s bulk) and then 10 minutes of photos, counting, listing descriptions and the rest of the eBay stuff. I personally want to double my listing. So for the first run I’m setting $20 price + a $4 shipping. I have 4 boxes I’m going to try selling. I will do an update on this post with thoughts after the first 4 sell.
Results (Update 3/13/202)
So turns out, a week after posting this I found on Amazon a 20$ fishing kit that was selling between 30-45$ on ebay. My little kit was an attempt to create exactly what already existed. The good news is, I sold 2 of the 4 kits at a 5$ profit before switching to the 20$ amazon kits which have been doing very well for me.
On average this kit was getting around 50-100 views per 7 day auctions. I only listened them as auctions with the hope that bidding wars would occur but it actually looks like buy nows are better options for kits like these.
Fishing kits are a good starting point, but not a lot of margin. So I started trying out shoe flipping. If things go well I’ll document that in the same style as this.