Wait in Line: Strange Ways to Make Money

If you’re a patient person with a lot of time on your hands, you can make some extra money by waiting in line. Whenever a high demand product is released, people wait in line for hours, sometimes days, to be the first to get their hands on it. There are also long lines for concert tickets, movie premieres, and Black Friday sales. But many people don’t have the time to wait in line for hours. They have jobs, kids, and other obligations. That’s where the professional line-waiter comes in. You do the waiting and the buying so others don’t have to. There are two ways you can profit from waiting in line.

Wait on behalf of others

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3 Responses to Wait in Line: Strange Ways to Make Money

  1. Dan says:

    This is fine and well, but there are drawbacks. The PS3 launch was one such debacle for me. Waited all night for the release, then the resale value wasn’t there on eBay. Thankfully I purchased at WM and could have returned it if need be.

    I did sell it on eBay and broke even, but then PayPal froze my account. Couldn’t even pay for shipping with the frozen funds. Supposedly the freeze was due to the ‘high-value’ transaction, even though I had been selling phones for hundreds of dollars previous to this transaction.

    I’m rambling – Reader’s Digest version: Know what your caveats are before attempting this method.

  2. SavingFreak says:

    You may have to sit on an “On Sale” item for a few months if you purchase it and try to resell it. The reason being there are a bunch of people who do this and it floods EBay with that item for a while.

    I have found your best bet is craigslist or another local shopping board, because the people on Craigslist tend to be less web savvy than those on EBay.

  3. Jo says:

    Wow! where have I been lately. I never thought of this as a way to make a little bit of income. As far as patience, it’s called a Kindle or playing online with my Droid.

    I do, however, understand the little nuances that go along with that regarding resale on the web. But waiting in line for a person or persons, it would be well worth it. I would charge 20% over the sale price. But even this isn’t guaranteed.

    It reminds me of extreme couponing. There’s a rush to buy everything off the shelf, leaving others with nothing to buy. Lots to think of here….but definitely not something to get overly excited about without fore-thought.

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