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B2B Sellers Investing in Ecommerce in 2021

More business-to-business (B2B) sellers are shifting their focus online, investing in ecommerce lines. Sellers are directing inventory to online selling channels, in a bid to cater for increasing demand for online transactions.
This burgeoning B2B trend was unveiled in the Digital Commerce 360 Research & Data report. Digital Commerce 360 is a leading media and research organization delivering data and objective news across to B2B ecommerce audiences. The report was the first of a series of annual surveys of 110 B2B sellers to be conducted over the course of 2021 by Digital Commerce 360.
Most B2B Sellers are Shifting Focus to Ecommerce
The key takeaway from the research is that a majority (61%) of B2B sellers are shifting their focus to investing in ecommerce. 86% of the B2B sellers interviewed are forecasting an upward trend in ecommerce revenue in 2021.
The findings of the report are important to businesses involved in making commercial transactions with other businesses. Since the pandemic reared its head in early 2020, businesses have been forced to conduct business online. This trend looks set to continue even as markets start to open up.
As the report shows, a growing number of B2B sellers are adapting to ecommerce platforms to meet new demands and thereby remain competitive. With this new way of B2B selling looking set to continue, it’s vital B2B sellers equip themselves with the right tools and skillsets to sell successfully online.
As Digital Commerce 360 writes in a press release about its survey:
“Sellers face a myriad of challenges from budget to building more sophisticated sites with requisite systems and support. The top challenge is securing enough budget to make necessary investments that are truly needed. Rounding out the top five are creating a more sophisticated website to better meet customer needs, integrating systems, finding staff with the right skillsets, and convincing more B2B customers to buy online.”
B2B Sellers Delivered Strong Results in 2020
The survey also found that B2B sellers delivered strong results in 2020. 78% of participants reported increases in 2020, with 48% being up in revenue by at least 25%. B2B sellers are projecting that revenues will accelerate in 2021, with 86% expecting an upward trend.
To help achieve the optimistic outlook many B2B sellers maintain, it’s important that modern demands for ecommerce are met within the business-to-business community. B2B sellers would be wise to invest in the tools and talent to help them sell online, such as creating engaging websites and delivering comprehensive social media marketing campaigns.

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What It Means to Be a Pioneer of Your Industry (and 3 Signs You Might Be One)

March 10, 2021 5 min read
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When most people hear the word “pioneer,” there’s a good chance they think of settlers marching across the Great Plains with covered wagons en route to Oregon, California or Utah. In reality, the definition of the pioneer is much broader than that, as it can include anyone who is the first to do something.
Whether that is developing a new technique or being the first member of a group to achieve a specific accomplishment, there are pioneers all around us. Yes, there are pioneers in the business world, too. If you know what signs to look for, you may discover that you’re a pioneer as well.
You’re bringing a unique take to a product or service
By their very nature, entrepreneurs are usually pioneers. They are willing to take risks as they disrupt established industries and ways of doing things to introduce new ideas or products.
However, as innovation and strategy development expert Gabor George Burt has said, “Meaningful innovation does not need to be based on outright invention. Rather, there is an exhilarating shortcut. It is based on bold, new combinations of already existing components that simultaneously unlock heightened levels of consumer value and reduce costs.”
Many of today’s biggest brands started as disruptive pioneers. Henry Ford transformed the automotive industry by introducing assembly-line practices that allowed for faster and cheaper production.
Now one of the world’s biggest and most trusted technology brands, Amazon got its start as one of the first internet retailers for print books. What started as “Earth’s biggest bookstore” took off as the internet became more widely available. Being a true pioneer of e-commerce has resulted in Amazon becoming one of the largest retailers in the world.
Pioneers look for gaps in the marketplace where new opportunities exist for improving on current industry offerings. Whether that is by delivering established products and services in a new way or introducing a completely original product, the early innovators tend to become the market leaders.
Related: 3 Ways a Virtual Reality Pioneer Is Rebranding the Form
You’re the first to bring an industry to your area
Historically, many industries have been predominantly white and male. As just one example, 82.6 percent of advertising employees are white — an easy explanation as to why many brands’ advertisements have been behind the curve in terms of presenting inclusive content.
Similarly, this has led some industries to ignore certain parts of the globe entirely. This became abundantly clear during a recent conversation with Dawit Abraham, co-founder and CEO of Qene Games.
He explained, “When I was growing up in Ethiopia, I was only exposed to western games and media, with characters that didn’t look or speak like me. As I grew older, I began to learn more about and better appreciate the great African dynasties and civilizations of history, as well as our rich culture and folktales. Those stories and perspectives weren’t getting shared in the gaming industry — and that’s what led me to create the first gaming studio in my country.”
When a business serves a new geographic area or demographic and finds success, others are sure to follow. However, the early pioneers who are the first to prioritize these underserved markets are generally going to find the greatest level of success and attain significant brand loyalty.
In fact, research from Google reveals that 64 percent of consumers will take action to either buy a brand’s products or learn more about them after seeing inclusive advertising. Reaching out to new groups in an authentic matter can be a powerful driver for success.
You’re building your business for a more sustainable future
Many entrepreneurial pioneers are interested in more than just the bottom line. They want their business endeavors to have a net positive on society and the world.
This is a direct reflection of consumer desires. In fact, Business Wire reports that roughly 70 percent of consumers want to know how the brands they buy from are addressing environmental and social issues. Despite this, many brands are lagging behind or only making token efforts in addressing these increasingly common concerns.
Many pioneers in business aren’t afraid to lead out or take a stand on issues they feel are important. This means pioneering in different ways than might be expected.
For example, Disney has made massive efforts toward environmental sustainability through actions like eliminating single-use plastic straws at its locations and investing in a solar facility to help power Walt Disney World.
Of course, many entrepreneurs have taken this a step further by making sustainability a core tenant of their business — or even its primary focus. Startups are tackling everything from using internet of things devices so homeowners can sell excess solar power, to offering higher pay to food delivery drivers who use electric or hybrid vehicles.
Related: How to Make Sustainability More Than a Buzzword
How will you be a pioneer?
Just about every entrepreneur has the opportunity to be a pioneer in some way…
Just like historical pioneers paved the way for new developments in our country, entrepreneurial pioneers in innovation and inclusion are going to bring new opportunities and changes to their respective industries. As more entrepreneurs develop a pioneering mindset that aims to make a positive impact on the world, the future holds great potential.

Operation Panopticon: 150,000 security cameras hacked into Tesla, banks, prisons and hospitals

A group of ‘hackers’ infiltrated the surveillance systems of various companies and exposed sensitive material on social media, just to show how easy it is to do so.
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March 10, 2021 3 min read

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A new cybersecurity scandal has several companies in check, including Elon Musk’s Tesla , Equinox and the Bank of Utah . A group of hackers managed to infiltrate the system of Verkada , a technology company that provides surveillance cameras and video recording . About 150,000 security cameras were exposed to the attack, allowing criminals to obtain images from inside prisons, schools, hospitals and other institutions.
This massive leak has been baptized in social networks as Operation Panopticon (#OperationPanopticon) . A hacker who participated in the attack, identified as Tillie Kottmann , shared some of the material on her Twitter account , which is already suspended.
Hackers had real-time access to footage of a police officer interrogating a handcuffed person, and several people struggling to control a patient in a psychiatric hospital, according to leaked footage shared by Bloomberg .
According the same medium, some of Verkada’s cameras are powered by facial recognition technology . For example, those at the headquarters of Cloudflare , a US website infrastructure and security company.

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A Verkada representative said in a statement that they are already taking action on the matter.
“We have disabled all internal administrator accounts to prevent any unauthorized access. Our internal security team and the external security firm are investigating the scale and scope of this issue, and we have notified the police,” the police reported. business.
The group of ‘hackers’ claims that they have accessed video files up to 4K , some of which include audio. This implies that they have been able to see in real time, for example, interviews with suspects inside police stations. As if that were not enough, the hackers obtained administrator permissions , which would allow them to execute future actions from the Verkada platform.
Why hack Verkada cameras?
According to Kottman, the attack served two purposes. One is to expose how extensive the permanent surveillance is through the security cameras that transmit over the Internet. The other is to demonstrate how easy it is to access these surveillance systems to spy on thousands of restricted sites.

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Speaking to BleepingComputer , Kottman revealed that someone in the group found the username and password of an administrator account . Although it is very sensitive information, the hacker claims that it was exposed on the internet and did not require any sophisticated process to obtain it.
So far it is not known what actions the affected companies and institutions will take, as a massive hack of their surveillance and security systems is not something to be taken lightly.

MIDE and Bloomberg to Host Financial Literacy Session for Women

The event will be broadcast live on the MIDE Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. today.
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March 10, 2021 2 min read

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Bloomberg and MIDE (Interactive Museum of Economics) will join forces to organize a financial literacy session for young women.
Today, the organizations will hold a panel discussion on professional careers in finance featuring Irene Espinosa, deputy governor of Banco de México, María Ariza García Migoya, general director of the Stock Exchange (BIVA), and Silvia Singer Sochet, general director of MIDE.
The event will be moderated by Deputy Director of the Bloomberg News Bureau, Andrea Navarro, and will be broadcast live on the MIDE Facebook page.
The panel will be held as part of the commemoration of a week of collaboration between these two institutions, within the framework of International Women’s Day. The events began this Monday, March 8, when the MIDE educational team gave a workshop on personal finance and gave a general description of the financial market, among other activities.
“March is dedicated to highlighting all the actions that promote the development of women and human rights, and at MIDE we are convinced that all people should have access not only to financial services, but also to recognize themselves as economic agents that can make a change through your daily choices. We are grateful to Bloomberg for helping us make this project possible,” said Silvia Singer, general director of MIDE.
Starting Friday, March 5, young women from all over Mexico can test their knowledge of personal finance through a questionnaire on the museum’s website. Information will be available to help you make informed financial decisions.

Here's How the Third Round of Stimulus Checks Will Differ From the Previous Two

President Biden is expected to sign his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan as early as this week. Here’s what it means for more direct relief to individuals and households.
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March 10, 2021 3 min read
Later this afternoon, the House of Representatives is expected to pass the Senate-approved version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The massive Covid-relief bill is then expected to receive a final sign-off from Biden at some point this week.
Democrats have been pushing to approve the package as quickly as possible, since a number of major unemployment programs are set to expire this coming weekend. 
Related: How Does the New Stimulus Package Affect You?
Similar to the House’s previous efforts to help struggling househoulds amid an ongoing pandemic, the American Rescue Plan promises to send direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans. Yet, this third round of stimulus checks, unlike those approved under former President Donald Trump’s administration, differs in several key respects: 
For starters, the base amount ($1,400) is slightly more than what the first round of stimulus checks paid out. Last April, most households received $1,200 during the first round. In December, many of those same households saw just $600 during the second round. 
Households will now get payouts for older dependents, a group that includes disabled adults, elderly dependents and students between the ages of 16 and 23. That means, if you have a child who is a senior in high school or a retired parent who still lives with you, you’ll have an extra $1,400 in your pockets.
Qualifying parents will now receive the full $1,400 for young children. Last year, those parents received just $500 during the first round of stimulus checks for their children.
The IRS will check your eligibility for the checks based on your most recent income tax return. For many households who saw a drop in income during the pandemic last year, this is welcome news. The IRS will most likely refer to the reduced income on their 2020 tax returns to determine whether they’ll receive the full $1,400 — or at least some of it. 
Those making more than $75,000 won’t receive the full $1,400. Depending on how much more you make over the $75,000 threshold, you should expect your check to gradually reduce. Payments get cut off entirely for individuals earning more than $80,000 annually (or $120,000 for a head of household) and couples making more than $160,000.
Mixed-status families will now qualify for stimulus checks. The previous two rounds of checks were only distributed to citizens and noncitizens with a Social Security number. Once the bill passes, households in which at least one member has a Social Security number can receive checks as well. 
For those who own small businesses (such as restaurants and bars), the latest stimulus bill also includes several changes that are noteworthy. For instance, the bill won’t renew the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but it will include $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. For those looking to still get a PPP loan before the program phases out on March 31, check out our coverage here. 

Bill Gates Slams Bitcoin's Impact on Environment

In a recent interview with the New York Times, the tycoon claimed that the production of Bitcoin – as it currently exists – is hurting the planet.
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March 10, 2021 3 min read

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The Bitcoin boom during 2020 and so far this year has caused many to be dazzled by the potential gains, ignoring its downside. That is not the case of Bill Gates, who, during a talk, explained why cryptocurrency, even being virtual, is a harmful product for the planet.
During a recent interview, the Microsoft co-founder highlighted the negative impact that Bitcoin has on the environment.
“Bitcoin uses more electricity per transaction than any other method known to mankind,” Gates told The New York Times, adding that “it’s not a big climate thing.”
The billionaire clarified that if electronic currency were generated from environmentally friendly energy sources, he would change his mind.
“If it’s green electricity and it doesn’t displace other uses, eventually, you know, maybe that’s okay,” Gates said.

To avoid a climate disaster, we need to eliminate emissions from the ways we create electricity, grow food, make things, move around, and heat and cool our buildings. It won’t be easy, but I believe we can do it. This book is about what it will take. https://t.co/xyzs0x6CwB
– Bill Gates (@BillGates)February 15, 2021
The philanthropist is also one of the great promoters of the climate agenda. During a chat on the Clubhouse social network, he revealed his plans to create a more “ecofriendly” digital financial instrument.
“There are other ways of making digital currency, in which our foundation is involved […] transactions [of this currency] are not secret, they are reversible. You can’t use it to get a ransom or something like that, and […] the transaction fees are so low that they are empowering the poorest,” he said.
How harmful is Bitcoin?
Studies indicate that the annual carbon emissions from the electricity generated to extract and process Bitcoin are equivalent to the amount emitted by New Zealand or Argentina.
The publication indicated that there are still disagreements about how big the carbon footprint of cryptocurrencies is, “but nobody disputes that it is big.” Also, because of the way the industry works, the more popular Bitcoin becomes, the higher its carbon footprint.
Other actions against the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies
Right now, the price of Bitcoin is hovering around $ 56,000 per unit and has a market capital of $1.06 trillion. Therefore, it is not surprising that more and more companies and financial institutions are investing directly in cryptocurrency or accepting transactions with it.

$ 56,250.
– Bitcoin (@Bitcoin) March 10, 2021

On the other hand, there is growing international concern about stopping climate change and the need to implement actions in favor of the environment. Given this, some shareholders are pressuring companies to reduce their carbon footprint.
For example, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, promised to invest $ 10 million in developing cleaner technologies for the production of the cryptocurrency. In turn, Aker Solutions, an international engineering company based in Oslo (Norway), will build Bitcoin mining facilities that use renewable energy.

Today is # Mar10, Super Mario day and we leave you 5 facts about his career

The famous Nintendo video game character was responsible for saving the industry by providing quality material.
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This March 10, the gamer community celebrates Mario Bros, the iconic Nintendo character, since in English the date is abbreviated as # Mar10, a label that evokes the name of the iconic plumber.
The Japanese company Nintendo released Super Mario Bros., a game for the eight-bit platform Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), also known as Famicon in the Japanese market. That day digital home entertainment was revolutionized.
In their almost 40 years of life, Mario and his brother Luigi have done much more than just entertain people. Here are some of its highlights:
1. Saved the video game industryAfter the success of companies like Atari, consoles began to lose quality and consumers moved away from them. Super Mario Bros. and Nintendo reversed this trend by introducing a high-quality product with different levels.
It sold more than 40 million copies.
2. It becomes livelyMario’s first television show was born with “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show” which combined live action with cartoons. Captain Lou Albano played the character in live action parts. He has appeared in various cartoons, animated films and even in a live action film with Bob Hoskins that had a poor reception at the box office.
3. More popular than Mickey MouseAccording to a study by Marketing Evaluations in the 90s, the Italian plumber was more recognized by children than Disney’s flagship mascot.
4. Your hat has a reason for beingMario’s design is not due to Shigeru Miyamoto’s special predilection for Italian characters. In reality, the designers of the original game put a cap and mustache on him because it was difficult to design hair and mouths with the technology of the moment.
5. It is a “super brand”Mario has been to over 200 games and is the most popular and best-selling video game franchise of all time. In fact, at least 31 of its titles have sold more than a million copies since 1995. What’s more, the Super Mario series alone has sold more than 262 million units worldwide.
He has appeared in so many games that he received Guinness Record recognition in 2008 as the most prolific video game character of all time.
What do you think of this character?

Two electric car companies will dominate in 2025, one is Tesla and the other?

Analysts have already located who will be the biggest competition for Elon Musk’s electric vehicles, it is a legendary automotive company that will overtake Tesla in sales in the coming years.
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March 10, 2021 4 min read

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While several companies are joining the electric car euphoria, Swiss bank UBS predicts that by 2025 only two of them will dominate the market. Of course, the first is Elon Musk’s Tesla , but there is another rising company that will battle it out for years to come.
It is the automotive giant Volkswagen VWAGY , which from now on is emerging as Tesla’s strongest competitor in the worldwide sale of this type of vehicle.
The Swiss bank recently raised its forecast on how quickly electric vehicles will be adopted. Now they project that they will have 100% of the car market by 2040 . That means the battle to be the dominant automaker will intensify more than ever.

Model 3 earns Top Safety + award from IIHS for third year in a row https://t.co/rr0QtV20al
– Tesla (@Tesla) February 27, 2021
USB analysts predict that Tesla and Volkswagen will be the world leaders in electric car sales in the coming years. VW is expected to catch up with Musk’s company in 2022, in terms of total volume of vehicles sold, when both companies can deliver about 1.2 million cars each .
Volkswagen Group owns brands such as Audi , Porsche , Bentley , Bugatti and Lamborghini . Last year, the company overtook Tesla to become Europe’s dominant electric vehicle group, the world’s largest market behind China for these products. VW now controls between 20% and 25% of the market in this key region.
UBS rates Volkswagen as the “best EV transition story” in the global automotive manufacturing field.
“We think now is the time to go all-in as an automaker ,” UBS analyst Patrick Hummel said in a video conference with the media on Tuesday. “It is about gaining level as quickly as possible, because the level will be an engine of profitability,” he added.
The institution predicts that by 2025, the manufacturing cost between electric and non-electric vehicles will be comparable, compared to a cost difference of $ 5,000 in 2020 between the most expensive electric cars.

Are you ready for our #VWPowerDay ? pic.twitter.com/XgPdbf9F8e
– Volkswagen Group (@VWGroup) March 10, 2021
“Volkswagen is well positioned for a value proposition like Samsung, a global brand trusted by its high-quality hardware, produced to scale. This will not bring VW into the Tesla valuation spheres, in our opinion, but it still offers a significant advantage from here, ” the specialists added.
Tesla still leads Volkswagen in some critical technical areas, according to UBS. The most relevant long-term advantage is in the software, but Elon Musk’s firm also outperforms the German automaker with its integrated electric powertrain, “relentless engineering ,” digitization and autonomous driving features, UBS analysts explained.

Do You Actually Understand Why Your Customers Are Buying?

March 10, 2021 6 min read
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Entrepreneurs are having to rely on their “why” now more than ever. 
Simon Sinek popularized this use of the term “why” in his 2009 best seller Start with Why. This “why” is what motivates an entrepreneur to work the long hours and make the sacrifices that no one else will. It’s often internal, sometimes deeply personal, and no one but you can decide what that “why” is. 
But if your business is going to survive you need to also know the “why” for your customer. Why are they buying your product? What makes it appealing to them? 
It matters because having the wrong motivation in your marketing can kill sales and stagnate growth. If you’re investing money and energy into selling your product wrong then you’re doubling your losses, spending money to chase decreasing sales. 
The real magic happens when you find the intersection of where your company’s “why” meets the “why” of your customers’ buying. At that point your story and your customers’ story combine, and you not only grow your company but also build a loyal customer base.
So where do you start? 
Get info
First you need to gather data. Making assumptions and going with your gut alone is rarely a recipe for success. While it’s not wrong to trust your intuition, it should be intuition guided by information — let’s say 80 percent data and 20 percent gut. It’s important to note that asking friends, family and colleagues doesn’t count as gathering data as this groups’ only source of knowledge of your business or product is what you’ve told them, and they are more likely to tell you what you want to hear.
Related: Is There Room for Intuition in Business?
The good news though is that you probably have more data of actual customers at your fingertips than you realize. If you’re tight on resources right now, you may not even need to conduct expensive market research — you may have sufficient data already. Everything from reviews, Web page analytics and customer surveys to comments on your company’s Facebook page — all these data sources can be gold mines if you’re willing to put in the work. 
While doing the research for your marketing can be tough and sometimes expensive, what’s even tougher (and ultimately more expensive) is shotgunning your marketing into the dark and hoping you’re successful.
Identify your “love group”
The bottom line of all this research is identifying your “love group,” the customers who are your faithful followers, frequent purchasers and most vocal about your product. When you identify this group, find out what they love about your product. One of the details to focus on is what keywords are used consistently when customers talk about your product or service. While your customer demographics may vary widely, you’ll begin to see a handful of common phrases and themes that will cross demographics. Now you’re starting to see your customers’ “why” take shape. 
Keep an open mind and let the data be the driver. You’re not telling your love group what to care about, you want their words to tell you why they care. This can oftentimes be quite eye-opening for the business owner — and may sometimes sting a bit. Embrace the sting. 
Related: 2021: The Year of the Customer
Stay flexible
While today Slack is synonymous with office productivity, few know that the company started out as an online gaming company called Tiny Speck. It was only when the team at Slack realized their real product was the messaging app they had created and not the game they were developing, that they were able to take off and grow. 
Similarly, when Purple Mattress was developing their now-famous beds, the original prototypes hid the Purple grid, the very thing that made them unique, under a layer of foam. But thanks to some savvy marketing feedback, they tested a prototype with the Purple grid as the top layer, educating the test market on how the grid provided them their best sleeping experience ever. In other words, they connected the grid to their customers’ “why.” Once that connection was made, the mattress was a success.
It’s important to note though that these companies didn’t change who they were when they adjusted their business model/product. Slack kept their same lighthearted, whimsical approach to doing business, and Purple still revolutionized the mattress industry. The companies simply realized their customers’ “why” and made adjustments, building multi billion-dollar enterprises in the process.
So if the data tells you something about your customers that you didn’t expect, have the courage to make the change. This doesn’t mean changing your “why” or the identity of your company, but it does mean that, regardless of how much you like it, rip the Band-Aid off and dump the messaging and advertising that your customers don’t care about.
Once you have the knowledge of why your customers are buying and the data to back it up, the fun can begin. Now you have the ability to be creative with confidence. Investing your marketing and branding into stories that resonate with your customers. 
Finding where your company’s “why” and your customers’ “why” intersect can be hard work, and sometimes a blow to the entrepreneur’s ego, but the payoff will open up a whole new world to you. And that will help you not only survive but thrive when other companies are failing. 
Related: 5 Ways to Be More Strategic and Successful in 2021

17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

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Most of us will never find a treasure like the sweater once owned by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi that a Knoxville, Tennessee, couple bought at Goodwill for 58 cents and resold for $43,000.But, chin up. There’s still plenty of profit to made in the humble objects that surround us every day — even for things people might call garbage.
After three decades of thrift shopping, dumpster diving and reselling, I’ve found and sold some true oddities. Here are some surprising things you can sell for extra cash.

1. Dentures
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Yes, you read that right. At a yard sale in 2019, my brother bought a set of used false teeth for $1. He promptly flipped them on eBay for $75.
Buyers for this item fall within two categories: collectors of oddities and folks who simply can’t or won’t pay $900 to $1,200 for a new set of chompers.
2. Vintage road maps
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Road maps are popular with crafters and collectors of oil and gas memorabilia. Older maps with bold graphics sell particularly well, as do maps from defunct companies like Conoco and Skelly.

3. Ugly Christmas sweaters
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Mark your calendars. Each year in November, online sales of ugly Christmas sweaters start to spike.
Companies like Tipsy Elves are cashing in on Americans’ love of goofy garb and making new purposely ugly sweaters. But don’t worry, used sweaters sell great, too, and thrift stores are full of them.
In this category, tackier is better. Christmas-themed sweaters bedazzled with sequins, ornaments, ruffles and garland sell at a premium. Every Christmas season, I sell 10 to 15 ugly sweaters on eBay for about $30 apiece.
4. Sea glass
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If you live along a coastline, hit the beach. Surf-tumbled sea glass is a hot commodity among jewelry-makers and craftspeople.
Red, orange and amber sea glass are particularly prized. I’ve seen 11 pieces of red and orange sea glass sell for $170 on eBay.
5. License plates
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That stack of old metal license plates in your garage is worth money. In a cleaning frenzy one summer, I liquidated 25 plates for $30 on Craigslist.
Buyers use license plates to decorate man caves, create art and build cool birdhouses.
Although there’s a market for all metal plates, serious collectors pay a premium for pieces that are older, in good condition and from non-contiguous states (Alaska and Hawaii).
6. Antique eyeglasses
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Your great-grandmother’s pair of wire-framed eyeglasses are likely gold-filled, which makes them worth $20-$40. Look for the abbreviation “GF” (gold-filled) preceded by a karat rating.
Gold or not, vintage cat-eye glasses from the 1950s sell well, too. Retro fashionistas will pay $30-$50 for ornate examples.
7. Vintage hotel keychains
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Readers of a certain age will remember the plastic diamond-shaped hotel keychains (also called key tags or fobs) from the 1960s and ’70s. Today, they’re a kitschy collectible.
Though collectors pay top dollar for keychains from famous destinations such as The Dunes in Las Vegas, don’t discount roadside dives. Expect each keychain to sell for $5 to $15 on eBay or Etsy.
8. Driftwood
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Large pieces of driftwood are used in landscaping, furniture construction, terrarium design and taxidermy projects. Simple forms fetch $10 to $15, while bigger, more-interesting shapes can bring $30 and up.
A word of caution: Before collecting driftwood on public land, check with local officials. Many areas prohibit the removal of any natural materials.
9. Antique keys
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Usually made of iron or brass, antique keys are in vogue. Designers use these rustic gems to make jewelry, crafters turn them into wind chimes, and collectors frame and display them.
Last summer, I sold several antique keys at a yard sale for $3 apiece. Online, buyers will pay $10 to $15 for a single, unique key.
10. Large pine cones
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Correction Mom and Dad: Money does grow on trees.
I have five large pine trees in my yard, and I’ll occasionally gather and sell the largest pine cones that have dropped to the ground.
Decorators use pine cones as textural accent pieces. Holiday enthusiasts use them in making wreaths and decorating tables. I’ve seen jumbo cones (9 inches or larger) sell for nearly $9 each on Etsy.
11. Discontinued products
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When my old favorite moisturizer, Complex 15, was discontinued, I turned to eBay in a desperate attempt to horde every last drop of the stuff. To my dismay, tubes of my once-$8.99 moisturizer were selling for nearly $100 each!
The lesson? Some products have a wildly devoted fan base. Before you toss out anything, check prices online.
12. Old coffee cups
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Have a cupboard full of coffee cups? Before you declutter, check values.
Certain cups made by Fire-King are hot with collectors. Look especially for pieces made of milk glass (a type of opaque white glass) that feature characters from the Peanuts comic strip. Depending on rarity and condition, some of these cups fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay and Etsy.
Fire-King also manufactured cups made of jadeite, an opaque green glass. Heavier jadeite pieces from Fire-King’s Restaurant Ware line are particularly valuable. A single jadeite mug can sell for $35 to $40.
13. Modern paper currency
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Yep, your money is worth money. Modern bills featuring fancy serial numbers can sell for more than face value.
Check your wallet for bills with:
Solid serial numbers: All digits are the same (44444444)
Repeater serial numbers: Digits in the first half of the number repeat in the second half (40014001)
Ladder serial numbers: Every digit is one number higher or lower than the last (23456789)
Serial numbers that are very low (00000110) or very high (99999979)
14. Old yearbooks
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Yearbooks appeal to three audiences:
Celebrity memorabilia collectors scour old yearbooks to find famous names and signatures.
Graduates of a particular school buy yearbooks to reconnect with their history.
Artists of all sorts use yearbooks to source vintage photos and advertisements.
Values vary depending on the year and school. I once sold a collection of four not-so-spectacular yearbooks for $18, and I’ve seen a 1953 high school yearbook containing Sandy Koufax’s senior photo sell for $230 on eBay.
15. Rotary phones
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Though your grandkids probably have no idea how to use it, that rotary phone packed away in the attic is worth money.

Collectors pay a premium for working phones in bold colors like orange, pink, mint green and blue. I once saw a dark blue rotary desk phone sell for $180 on eBay.
16. Vintage photos and postcards
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Is there a shoebox full of old snapshots and postcards hiding under your bed? It might be worth a few bucks.
Vintage images are used as home decor accent pieces and incorporated into artwork. Postcard collectors (yes, that’s a thing) pay top dollar for antique cards featuring iconic moments in history, famous ocean liners or Halloween imagery. I’ve seen a Halloween postcard from 1911 sell for $189 on eBay.
17. Typewriter keys
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Ready to toss that old Smith Corona? Salvage the keys first! Antique manual typewriter keys are repurposed by jewelry-makers, mosaic artists and scrapbookers.
A couple of years ago, I removed 55 keys from two heavily damaged typewriters from the 1940s. I sold the lot for $35 on Etsy.

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