If you were to see me at a rummage sale, or anywhere used media is sold, you would see me making very subtle movements with my right hand, held very close to a book at waist level. I would glance at my phone a moment later after putting the item down. If you were a layperson, you wouldn’t even know what I was doing. Why am I so subtle in my movements? Why do I put the scanner away if anyone is looking?
This is my thought: I go out shopping about 4 days a week. I’m in eyeshot of hundreds of people each day. Probably over a thousand a week. Several thousand a month. Well into the five-figures every year. If ONE PERSON who saw me scanning had a lightbulb moment and thought “Hey, I could do that…”, my income just took a huge hit. More competition = less for me.
And the chances of one person in 20,000 doing that are pretty good.
Second thought: I source from about 60 “fixed sources” (places with a schedule and fixed physical location). If ONE owner or employee of one of those sources saw me scanning and had a lightbulb moment, realizing they too could sell on the internet, that source is finished.
Its just not worth it. So when I’m out “in the field,” I’m staying under the radar every time.
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