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Inside the Stanley tumbler collector economy

Jan 12, 2024
“Are there better things I could spend my money on? Absolutely," said one collector. "But am I taking out loans to afford Stanley cups? Absolutely not."
Buy, hold, or sell: Just like the stock market, some Stanley owners are selling their cups now that their value is rising.
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Ticket scalpers are way better at buying Olivia Rodrigo tickets than the rest of us

Sep 29, 2023
Ticketmaster's Verified Fan system was meant to reduce scalping. But Jason Koebler at 404 Media says it may have done just the opposite.
Scalpers have "basically figured out every restriction that Ticketmaster has and then have figured out a way to circumvent it," says Jason Koebler at 404 Media. Above, Olivia Rodrigo in performance.
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A Tulsa sneakers store plans for a year of uncertainty

Feb 28, 2023
For Venita Cooper, owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, business is up. But will it last? "The big challenge is just trying to keep engagement," she says.
Venita Cooper, owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, at a Valentine's Day event for the store.
Courtesy Gary Mason

Inside the booming business of reselling returned merchandise

Jan 27, 2023
Everyone from publicly traded companies to individuals working out of their garages are buying and reselling liquidated items.
American Liquidations buys up to 60 truckloads of overstock and returns merchandise every month from retailers like Target, Macy's and Sam's Club.
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How this couple makes up to $4,000 a month dumpster diving

Nov 4, 2022
Erin and Dave Sheffield of Buffalo, New York, met dumpster diving at a local university. Now they've taken their hobby to the next level.
Dave, left, and Erin Sheffield. The Sheffields often find valuable items in trash bins that they can sell or give away.
Courtesy Erin Sheffield

Not wearing those leggings? Many retail stores are expanding into resale

Apr 15, 2022
Sustainability and demand for apparel make reselling used clothes an attractive option for brands, including Lululemon and Target.
Lululemon is getting into the clothing resale game, and it's not alone.
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Resale becomes fashion's fastest growing trend

Oct 5, 2021
The secondhand apparel business is growing faster than traditional and online retail.
ThredUP co-founder and CEO James Reinhart and Framebridge founder and CEO Susan Tynan speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019.
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Ikea gets into the resale game

Aug 30, 2021
The furniture giant is piloting a program in the U.S. aimed at keeping its furniture in circulation rather than in the landfill.
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Neiman Marcus moves into the secondhand market

Apr 17, 2019
The Fashionphile investment follows a boom in the used goods market.
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