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Best Stuff to Sell on eBay

eb-1It isn’t easy but you can make quick cash on eBay. It took me around a year to figure out the best stuff to sell on eBay. The three most important things I learned about selling on eBay are to have patience (because it can take months for items to sell), make sure you post at least one really good picture of your merchandise and try to find a niche market to cater to.

When you list merchandise on eBay try putting two or three really good pictures of the item with your listing. If possible, try to crop the picture to eliminate everything but the item that you are selling. It makes you look more professional. You should also list as much information as possible. If you know a lot about a hobby or subject, use that knowledge. Customers appreciate knowledgeable sellers. Here is the best stuff to sell on eBay.

Paperback Books - They’re small, they don’t weigh that much, and you can ship them through USPS Media Mail. They can even be shipped all over the world for no extra cost using eBay’s Global Shipping Program. I’ve had the best luck with classic science fiction from the 1960s and 70s, movie-tie books, mysteries and series books such as Doc Savage.

Cookbooks - The older or more unusual a cookbook is the better. Cookbooks from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s aren’t that hard to find and sell well. Weird and nostalgic cookbooks and country cooking books are big sellers. Even the cookbooks sold with appliances sell.

How to Books - Old how-to books, especially those related to carpentry and tools sell well. Those old Popular Science and Popular Mechanics do-it-yourself books also sell well.

Comic Books- Even though the comic book market has collapsed, there is still a lot of demand for certain titles. Marvel Comics sell better than DC. Right now, there’s quite a bit of demand for Marvel superhero titles from the 1980s, particularly Spiderman, Captain America, eb-4the Avengers and classic Marvel titles from the 1960s. When you sell a comic book, always list the names of the writer and artist. Comics with the first appearance of a popular supervillain sell best.

James Bond - Agent 007 is still as popular as ever. James Bond books from the 1960s sell quickly. The movie-tie paperbacks and hardbacks sell well, and so do the 1960s hardback books. There is also a huge demand for Bond paperbacks from the 1960s. Any Bond book with a picture of one of the actors from the movies on it will sell. Even Timothy Dalton has a lot of loyal fans.

Local and Regional History -There is a great demand for local and regional history books. Many are published in small numbers and can be hard to find. Items published by museums and historical societies are also in demand. Genealogists and amateur historians are always looking for local history. They will even pay for pamphlets published by small-town historical societies.

Disney - The real magic at the Magic Kingdom is its ability to make money. There are lots of collectors looking for Disney children’s books and anything related to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I listed a 20th Anniversary of Walt Disney World coffee table book and it sold within three days.

Software - There is a big market for brand name software from major makers such as Microsoft and Adobe. Adobe products, such as Photoshop and Acrobat, sell very well. If software is unopened, it will sell even faster. I sold a 10-year-old copy of Microsoft Front Page that was in the original wrapper for $50.

Watches - Watchmaking is a popular hobby and the supplies for it are some of the best stuff to sell on eBay. Pocketwatch cases are in demand from watchmakers and fans of Steam Punk (hobbyists who like to dress up in pseudo Victorian clothes). I made several hundred dollars by selling a batch of old watchmaking equipment my dad had kept in the shed for years.

Cameras and camera equipment - There is a large demand for classic film cameras. Lenses sell best, but so do old film cameras from the 1940s or ’50s. American and German-made cameras sell well. I even made $50 selling a broken Nikon from the early 1990s.

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Recipe to Investments in a Tough Economy

Since the financial crisis in 2008 the economy has been in chaos. Millions of investors lost money when housing and the stock markets crashed . Anyone with a stake in the markets wants the economy to grow. However, business analysts and economic experts tend to disagree on the direction of the economy and the recipe to investments in a tough economy.

Some economists predict stocks will continue to outperform bonds, while others say alternative investments will provide greater returns than stocks. Although no one can say who is correct about the future, financial strategists recommend certain investments in a tough economy.

Foreign Stocks

Many investors perceive foreign stocks to be risky, but some foreign investments are actually more consistent than domestic stocks. For example, Canada sees an average annual return in its national stock market of 8.5%. It currently has a stronger economy and less risk than the United States. Some foreign stocks offer dividends in excess of 8.0%, greatly surpassing most dividend payouts in the U.S. To find the best foreign investments, you should research profitable foreign businesses that you believe are sustainable over the long run.

ETFs

Exchange-traded funds are relatively new securities in the marketplace. An ETF is essentially a large group of stocks that can be bought and sold as a bundle. With hundreds or thousands of stocks, ETFs are greatly diversified to reduce risk.

They generally have lower expense ratios than traditional mutual funds, which makes a big difference when investors buy and hold ETFs as a successful recipe to investments in a tough economy. A wide range of ETFs are available to investors. They may be specific to a sector, geographical location or asset class. Whatever your investing needs are, there is an ETF that can provide significant returns with relatively low risk.

Bonds

Although bond yields are currently at record lows due to near record low U.S. Treasury rates, many analysts still think they are the safest investment in a tough economy. Historically, bonds have the lowest risk because investors are guaranteed that the U.S. government will pay them the principal borrowed plus interest over time. When Freddieyb-3 Mac and Fannie Mae bonds hit new lows and millions of securities failed as a result of the foreclosure crisis, millions of investors were paid anyway by government coffers.

However, the Fed has promised to keep interest rates low until at least 2015 to stimulate the struggling economy, boost growth, and encourage people to take out loans. The bench-mark 10-year U.S. Treasury bond yield is hovering around a measly 2.45%.

For risk-adverse investors, buying government bonds may be the way to go. A variety of bonds exist, including high-yield junk bonds, corporate bonds, and municipal bonds. These investment bonds may not provide high returns, but they are considered a safe haven in a volatile economy and are the right investment for some consumers.

However, for the biggest bang for your buck, it’s advisable to thoroughly research several investment types before making any decisions. Depending upon your risk tolerance, expected returns, and preferences you can find securities and bonds that offer desired results over time.

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10 Best US States

gnp-1Montana, Alaska, and Utah lead the 10 best U.S. states to live in, according to a Gallup survey. The majority of residents in all three rank their home states as one of the happiest places to live in the country. If you are considering a move to another part of the nation you might want to consider the best US states to help determine where you want to live.

Huge majorities in both Montana and Alaska (77%) that were polled for the study said they live in the best US states, while the next four states also ranked closely.

Unhappy people are less likely to make friends or be the type of people most want to associate with. They also make lousy neighbors, have higher rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, are more likely to take part in illegal activities and have other problems. Economic conditions in all of the best US states are comparatively better than in most of the rest of the country.

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  1.  Montana  77%
  2.  Alaska  77%
  3.  Utah  70%
  4.  Wyoming  69%
  5.  Texas  68%
  6.  Hawaii  68%
  7.  New Hampshire  67%
  8.  North Dakota  66%
  9.  Colorado  65%
 10.  Vermont  61%
The poll also showed that westerners are happier than residents in the eastern part of the nation. Happier people also predictably have better credit scores. More days with sunshine could be a contributing factor.But the top four states have plenty of cold weather, and are recognized as some of the chilliest places in the nation.

However, the study also shows that many residents of the East Coast really don’t like their states. Only two Eastern states—New Hampshire and Vermont—were on the best U.S. states list.The same poll found that residents of Rhode Island and Illinois don’t think their states are a very good place to live.

Only 18% of Rhode Islanders and 19% ofbsl-3 Illinois inhabitants ranked their states as one of the best places to live.

The old saying that money doesn’t buy happiness may not be as true as once thought. There seems to be a correlation between economic success and happiness.

Another factor in residents’ happiness seems to be natural beauty. Many of the top ten states ranked as good places to live by their residents are known for their natural beauty.

Southerners were not very happy with their states. The only state on the list that could be considered in the South is Texas, which regionally can also be considered the Southwest. People living in smaller states and states with more rural populations seem to be happier than those living in more populated states.

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Biggest Paydays on Record

ep-1Fortunes are made in financial markets where many of the biggest paydays on record are won. The biggest involve stocks and initial public offerings when companies offer stock for the first time. Executives, founders and financial wizards win the biggest paydays, sometimes racking up billions of dollars in a single day.

Paydays have never been bigger. Master trader George Soros reportedly made $1.8 billion in a single day on Sept. 16, 1992 (or “Black Wednesday”) by short-selling $10 billion worth of British pounds. The feat earned Soros the famous nickname “The Man who Broke the Bank of England.” Soros may be unpopular with the general public for his antics, ep-4but ranks as one of the biggest payday winners on Wall Street.

When Facebook went public, founder Mark Zuckerberg received 60 million stock options. If he had sold all those options when Facebook was trading at $51.47 a share, Zuckerberg would have made around $3 billion. He’s credited with changing the face of social networking on the web, attracting more visitors to his website since its inception than most sites will see in their lives on the web.

Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather didn’t experience a windfall in the stock market. He earned his nickname with some of the biggest paydays in boxing. Mayweather was paid $41.5 million just to step into the ring with Saul Alvarez. That’s right, Mayweather was paid $41.5 million just to show up at the boxing arena. Before that Mayweather had been paid $32 million to participate in two other fights.

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Another heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson was paid $30 million in guaranteed money for his second fight with Evander Holyfield (the one with the notorious ear biting incident). The fight lasted just three rounds so Tyson was paid $10 million a round or the equivalent of $75,000 a second. Tyson may have been the most overpaid athlete on the planet.

In 2007, Bill Gates made $2.8 billion in just one day. The Microsoft founder made the money selling $2.5 billion worth of stock options and collecting $300 million in dividends. It is easy to see how Gates became one of the world’s richest men. However, unlike the majority of the biggest payday recipients, Gates has promised to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.

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Gas station mogul and casino owner Phil Ruffin made $33 million an acre in one day when he sold 36 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip in 2007. Ruffin earned a total of $1.2 billion for selling the land and his New Frontier Casino. Experts estimate that Ruffin doubled his income with that single real estate deal.

The greatest retirement plan in history probably belongs to George Lucas. When he decided to retire, the movie maker sold his Star Wars franchise in October 2012 to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion. For that money, Disney got all six Star Wars movies, 17,000 characters, three companies (Lucasfilms, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound) and an entire universe. It’s the ultimate revenge of the nerds. Hopefully, Lucas will invest in security to protect himself from crazy ep-6Star Wars fans.

Florida resident Gloria McKenzie got her 15 minutes of fame and one of the biggest paydays on record when she received a $370.9 million cash payout from Powerball. The 84-year-old McKenzie was the only winner so she didn’t have to share the money with anybody. McKenzie reportedly still shops at Walmart.

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Highest Paying Jobs in US

bj-3Orthodontists earned an average of $196,270 to rank as the highest paying jobs in the U.S., the Labor Department said. The average Chief Executive Officer (CEO) made $178,400 to rank as the second highest paying. The numbers might come as a shock to some, but aren’t exactly a surprise for parents paying dentist’s bills for crooked teeth.

The discrepancy between the two highest paying jobs reflects sheer numbers to throw off the statistics. There are 248,760 CEOs in the U.S. and only 5,570 orthodontists. A lot of the chief executive officers earn moderate incomes in small companies scattered throughout the country.

However, the financial services industry tended to have occupations that also pay near the highest. Securities, commodities and financial sales agents, including stock brokers had annual average wages ranging from $104,900 to $130,800. The U.S. stock market has been in a five year boom, showing that financial brokers, who make much of their income from commissions are bringing in huge windfalls as a result.

The financial services industry paid workers more in wages than any other single sector of the economy for the year, despite sluggishness in the overall economy.

Jobs in computers and related hardware manufacturing, including software developers, application developers and computer engineers were also among the highest paying jobs, with average wages of $112,080. Most work for large corporations that pay the highest salaries possible to attract the best workers.

The private sector accounted for more than 90% of employment in more than half of the 821 occupations surveyed for the Labor Department study. Some 4.5 million retail sales employees, 3.3 million cashiers and 2.4 million waiters and waitresses accounted for the largest single number of jobs in any sector.

bj-2There are more operations managers and registered nurses in top paying jobs than any other workers, with annual wages of $117,210 and $69,060 respectively.

Florida, New York and California, which have some of the best employment levels in the nation had the highest employment of many secondary occupations, including baggage porters and bellhops. However, states with smaller populations often had higher-than-average shares of employment for some occupations, including Nevada. Hawaii and the state that attracts millions of tourists a year for gambling had nearly eight times the concentration of baggage porters and bellhops to cater to tourists.

The lowest paying occupations were in fields that take little education or training to enter, food preparation, farming, fishing and forestry with annual incomes ranging from $21,500 to $28,300.

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