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    Want to make money?

    Everything SideShowWeta sells from LOTR ends up sold out. Once it sells out it goes for 500% or more markup on Ebay. Lately their statues have been selling out before they're even in stock.

    http://www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/c...ry=0&item=9338

    Trust me, it will sell out.

    I can't order anymore, but you could. Order 2, use coupon code ROTKEA for 15% off. They will not charge you for them until they ship to you. By the time they ship to you they will be sold out and worth probably $800 or so apiece. So by the time you actually pay for them they will be worth more than what you're paying for them. Then you can sell them on ebay and make a profit of $1200.
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    Chris,

    Is there any guarantee to this? I mean hell, I know you can't guarantee the exact markup, but it's a little hard to rationalize spending almost $400 on some statue I have no idea about.

    If you could *guarantee* at least a 300% profit or so, I'd do this.

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    I can't "guarantee" the markup. But I can show you examples.

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...=balrog+statue

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch=

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch=

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch= (originally only $125)

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch=

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch= (this is the same character as the one I linked to)

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...0&BasicSearch=

    I'm not an affiliate with them or anything. But I can only order 8 as a retailer and 2 as a consumer. Since I'm maxed out my friends might as well make some money.

    You definitely won't lose money on it (especially with the 15% off coupon, which expires on the 29th of this month.)

    Oh.. one last thing... that statue will probably sell out in a day or so. Another good one to buy would be the Gandalf on Shadowfax one or the Sauron one. Those will appreciate nicely.
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    I'm buying. Does CBSwords have an affiliate program? Some of my friends want to buy swords from a site which is more expensive than yours...

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    It might be worth setting up an online store selling these statues... Infact, Um, how do you get a merchant account with them?

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    Its not worth it to setup a store, ebay will bring the best prices.

    To become a retailer with them you'd have to prove you're a legitimate business and that you have registered to collect sales tax.
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    Originally posted by incka
    I'm buying. Does CBSwords have an affiliate program? Some of my friends want to buy swords from a site which is more expensive than yours...
    No, I don't.
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    Okay, this is so unlike me, but I went ahead and ordered one. If this doesn't work out, my wife will kick my ***. And then Chris, I'll have to come kick yours! Of course if it does work out, then my wife will ask me why I didn't buy more!

    It says it won't ship until July or August... hopefully these things are still popular by then. The whole LOTR thing is completely baffling to me, but whatever. I suppose I can check eBay once in a while to see how they're doing and cancel my order if the whole thing goes south.

    Thanks for the tip (I think?).

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    I imagine they'll still be popular - maybe even moreso when ROTK is released on the special edition DVD at the end of the year?

    They have these figures at Lonely Planet here (or figures like them) - same with the swords Chris sells. Lush products!
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    So every product on that site should make you a profit?

    Also, seeing as a load of people are now going to buy these models, will they still sell on ebay?
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    Not every product. Well eventually yes, every product, but in the short term only the hottest sellers will do it. These are the more popular characters, or the better designs.

    On the right side of the page here you can see their most popular products:

    http://www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/c...cgi?category=0

    Not all products are limited editions though, perhaps 5% or so are unlimited.

    This statue:

    http://www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/c...otks&item=9341

    Is not even designed yet, there are no pictures, and yet it is one of their top sellers. At $300 it is one of their most expensive statues -- the ones that originally sold for that amount now sell for $1000+ on ebay.
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    Sounds good...but when everyone buys off there, will they still sell on ebay?

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    Hopefully not everyone who buys them are buying to resell.
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    Um, I hope they are still popular... LOTR fever can't last for ever. Alot of Chris' income in based on LOTR fever, so he'll hope it stays going. Someone told me The Hobbit is going to be made by the same people as LOTR soon, so that will keep it going...

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    Originally posted by incka
    LOTR fever can't last for ever.
    Maybe not forever, but have you heard of a little movie called Star Wars? This seems to be a lot like that in some ways.

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