The Selling of Printable Coupons on eBay

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  • Published on : Jun 8 2010

The world of online marketing is vast and loaded with so many different ways to make money. While affiliate marketing is the leading source for many of our incomes, for many, just to figure out a way to make a few bucks online is a dream come true.

While searching for “printable coupons” for retail stores in my area I came across a few sites that mentioned you can actually buy coupons through eBay. It sounds ridiculous… but it actually makes sense. If you are looking to make a big purchase and can’t find a decent “Save $20” coupon online, but someone is selling it on eBay for $5, it seems many would gladly pay $5 to still save $15.

Go ahead, search eBay for “printable coupons” and see what you can find. Most of the listings sell for a few only around a few bucks, but there is still a demand from customers. Just a quick search shows a massive amount of results, and here are a few examples with bid results.


Let’s look at a real life example of how eBay sellers are taking advantage of Old Navy coupons available through Facebook. Old Navy has come up with an awesome ad campaign for distributing their online printable coupons. You actually have to play a quick game and you randomly win coupons. To print your coupon you need to enter your email and join their mailing list. Some coupons go as high as $50 off a $100 order, but these are very hard to come across. Win one of these and you can easily sell the print out on eBay for $20 bucks. It’s not much, but this is an easy way to make $20 for anyone outside of the online marketing world.

Would you pay $20 to save an extra $30? Maybe not, but there is a funny little niche audience that are buying printable coupons through eBay.

It’s not brain surgery and it’s not going to make you rich, but it’s just another great example of the millions of different ways people are making money online. Think small to think big!

Zac Johnson
My name is Zac Johnson and I have been an online entrepreneur for the past 18 years and blogger since 2007. This is my personal blog and I welcome you to the site. In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am benefiting financially or otherwise from everything you click on, read, or look at while on my website.
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  • http://www.mikeroosa.com Mike Roosa

    I buy coupons online all the time, but only in high quantity. If I can get $20.00 off for a buck or two, why not.

  • http://privateLabelUnlimited.com/build50klist/build50klist.html Gary David | Build S

    Thanks for sharing this Zac. I agree that there are a lot of ways to make money online. We just need to search for some little things and be open-minded. Even a small fortune can be big if we do it several times. Think of selling a $7 ebook a thousand times.

    Thanks

    Gary

    • http://www.ebaybusinessideas.biz alex johnson

      I agree. It's tough to make a lot of money on eBay. But making a little money is easy – you just have to find a way to make a little money a lot of times.
      My recent post open ebay business

  • http://www.murlu.com Murlu

    That's really weird but awesome to see people figuring this out.

    It kind of reminds me of when I would do small micro jobs in video games that no one wanted to do. I ended up selling the items for cash because it was either they spend a few hours doing it or getting it now – of course, I had the time to do so and I profited :)

  • http://zacjohnson.com Zac Johnson

    <a class="replyTo" href="#comment-117800" rel="nofollow">@Mike Roosa:

    Definitely. Some stores make it very hard to find coupons. If you are going to make a big purchase, it's definitely worth picking some up off ebay.

  • http://www.bradleyiscool.com Bradley Nordstrom

    The dog bone commercial is funny.

  • http://redcomforter.blogspot.com/ red comforter

    I also enjoyed the dog bone commercial. I usually pick up coupons when I am eager for a deal. Ebay is a good place for this type of thing I guess.

  • http://www.komododragonfacts.com Komodo Dragon

    Just goes to show you, how entrepreneurship can open up so many different opportunities/doors for people. I personally wouldn't buy a coupon online, as I've always heard horror stories. Especially the other day.. when I walked into Kmart… yeah I was in a kmart.. lol.. Anyways they had a sign on the door saying to people that there was a fake coupon roaming around, offering $20 off their order, that they would not accept, since it was fake. I guess.. that would be the biggest con out of all this.

  • dori

    Hey All

    I happened to be reading this article and i was curious from where you can buy coupons to sell on ebay and if there are any rules you have to follow to resell the coupons. many thanks

  • http://www.myfreeps3.net Harvey @ PS3

    Sounds like a good idea but don't most coupons say not for resale on them?

  • http://dentistinri.com Dentist in RI

    I'm surprised people would actually pay for coupons. Gift certificates I could see, but coupons?! Still, seems like there could be a pretty good opportunity there.

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  • http://www.kennysung.com pengembangan diri

    You know sometimes I'm thinking whats the coupon function is? Coz You can easily found the code or serial number that valuable to get discount. If to get discount is that easy, isn't it same with you mark-up the price first and share coupon numbers to make it looks like discount?? I feel that only a fake discount, merchant out there should think better way in attracting customer and in giving discount. Better you gives bonuses for some quantity of purchase :)

  • http://www.makemoneyonlinefreenoww.com TriNi

    eBay has become a way to sell absolutely anything online! If only people would realize this.. they might make quite a few extra dollars in their pocket every month or so. We all have things lying around that we don't use. No matter how much you think it's "junk".. chances are someone on eBay will buy it.

    Coupons are just one of those things that so many people throw out, when they can gain a few bucks by selling it online!

    Very smart post!
    My recent post How To Make Money Selling On eBaycom!

  • http://www.freecouponsshop.com/ online coupon codes

    Even I too agree to the point but a little bit surprised to see people who are paying for coupons where as i can see many free coupons available online.

  • Tammy

    Coupons are free online but you have to pay for the ink to print them and you can only print a few. If you are like me and have 3 teenage boys and all their friends then you need more than a few. Getting coupons on ebay or other sources is a way to have it done for you and to get several of the same coupon. I clip coupons for a living and sell my time to gather and clip them on several sites. I have the time to clip and extra coupons and could use the extra cash. Even though people are having to purchase them they are still getting a good deal to use the coupons at stores. Sometimes they get items free or are paid to take items at stores that double and triple coupons. In the areas of the country where coupons are doubled and tripled they might not get the same coupons as my area that does not double or triple. Or they may just not have them time to clip them in that case it does pay to purchase coupons online but you have to keep in mind you are not buying coupons you are buying someones time to sit and clip,print,gather and or sort them. Same as if you decided to paint your home or pay someone to paint it.

  • http://www.topincoupons.com James

    Dear Tammy,

    Why we pay for print? We have the chance to use thousands of free coupon codes available online. Shopping online will save both money and time. You can grab the savings with great deals offered by coupon sites.
    My recent post CCS SHOP Coupon code – $20 Off $99 or more