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Selling Your Stockpile: Yes or No?

Posted: 04/01/11 1:30 PM (Modified: 04/01/11 1:30 PM)

Have you ever walked into a garage sale and suddenly felt like you walked into your own closet? I did a few weeks ago and I took these pictures, this was a small flea market in a little town outside of our city. I went in looking for antiques but I found a couponers pantry apparently.  I couldn't resist grabbing a few pictures but I wasn't sure what to do with them.

That was, until I read this post: Selling Your Stockpile?? This is a post from one of our forum users which I think brings up a great question, can you sell your stockpile?

The booth which sold the items in the pictures, actually had great prices on these items if you're not a couponer. In fact, my mom was very tempted to pick up some toothpaste because it was so cheap. However, those of us who use coupons strategically know how to get it free. But since it is such a great deal, is it ok to sell for extra cash?

Take the time to read this discussion on selling your stockpile, you'll find everything from those who agree to those who strongly disagree.

I think the topic is extremely interesting and believe it or not, I'm going to hold back my own personal opinion on this issue and let you decide. So, let's hear it, do you think it's ok to sell your stockpile?

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Apr 1, 2011 10:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Interestingly enough, I caught part of a show called 'The Truth About Shoplifting' on CNBC the other night, and the investigators were talking about how they look for these types of items at flea markets because they're frequently shoplifted. Being a couponer, I of course has the same reaction as you - that someone was making cash off their stockpile, but now I'll think twice.

Apr 2, 2011 01:22 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not to long ago I was discussing this very topic with my dad that asked me why don't you put a ad on craiglist or something so you can re-sell all the things you get for free. I understand his point of veiw (but don't agreed with). For the normal person it's impressive to see the stockpiles you can create when couponing for a while we are not used to have more that 2 hand soaps at a time and same with the toothpaste now I have at least 20 bottles of soap and toothpaste. I told him I would not sell anything just because I have set an amount of things I want to have stored and as many of you know toothpaste is free pretty much every week so I still get them, rotate the ones on my stockpile and donate the rest I don't need 100 tubes in my bathroom. Couponing has given me many satisfactions I can donate personal items that are hard to come at the church pantry so while anyone can do what the please with their stockpile, we never know how those items been stored and for how long I personally would not buy it and to top it off these extreme couponing shows are making the rest of us look like Crazies, I live in Texas and is has been very painful the new Kroger policy for me it's not longer worth to cut a .35 cent coupon what for??

Apr 20, 2011 02:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Much better to donate or share with your friends or family.

May 12, 2011 04:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well, in St. Louis about 2 years ago (or so), a lady was having a garage sale. Items for sale included unopened packages of diapers, toothpaste ... the list goes on. She ended up under investigation for coupon fraud. If memory serves me correct, her items were confiscated as evidence.

May 13, 2011 12:31 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think its wrong to sell the stuff. It is as bad as moms selling there wic stuff on craigslist. They could donate it seeing as it was free.

Sep 12, 2011 10:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I don't think that I have the patience for a yard sale, but if I did, it would probably be for a charity/benefit/fundraiser or specific reason, not just to make a few bucks. If I did, I see no reason I shouldn't sell my stockpile...that would be if I still had one, which I do not right now.

I am an honest couponer. I do not cheat. I never print more than 2 coupons from my personal computer even though I can technically hook up my 2 laptops and Ipad and print an additional 6. I also do not copy coupons.

I purchase multiple newspapers with my own cash money and never, ever steal an extra insert, or take a paper that does not belong to me.

Heck, I even cut out baby food and diaper coupons and cat food coupons for others...I don't use that stuff, but I figure a few extra seconds a coupon won't hurt me, but it could help someone else.

When I do have a stockpile, I use it for my family, friends, and supply my MIL and Mom with everything I possibly can. I also donate to my local church.

I never, ever clear a shelf. Not even close. I make sure I know the current coupon policy of the store I am shopping at, and respect the rules.

If I see a person with an item in their cart that I know I have an extra coupon for, I make sure I give it to them.

I am also a coupon fairy. I have just left coupons under the product, but lately I have been attaching a note that says "This coupon was left for you by the coupon fairy. Please pass on the smile you got when you read this note."

If I do all this, and I have spent my own money and incredible amount of time cutting these coupons, I have earned the products. Providing I sell them at a disgustingly discounted price, I see nothing wrong with it.

Did I also mention, I keep my receipts? I would always be able to prove that I bought the item if anyone asked.

If you really are a decent person and respectful of the rules, I really do not see why you couldn't sell excess items

Sep 12, 2011 10:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What an interesting topic. My first thought is that you don't get things for free when you coupon. You still pay taxes. You do the work, of clipping, comparing, searching, using your gas to go to the store, buying newspapers. You check out at the registrar- no one just hands you free food and items. That being said, it's the owner of the items' decision on what they want to do with what they have bought. Would I sell? No. Would I give? Yes. But its still the owner's decision with their belongings, they purchased legally.

Feb 29, 2012 02:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you are moving and have a garage sale of your stockpile that's ok.

If you sell your excess on a regular basis at home or at other places you are operating as a business. and you are a reseller. At that point YOU ARE NOT A CONSUMER. Coupons are made for consumers, not business. If you use coupons in this way you are committing fraud.

If you sell someone something that later harms them in some way they can include you in any lawsuit. Do you carry the right insurance?

Would you like to be watched by police while under suspicion of selling fraudulent/stolen products?

Do you think any local store would allow you to coupon in their store if they knew you were reselling their items.

As a first hand example I happened to mention to a friend who worked for Superstore that the corner store near me sells items in the President's Choice line sold by Superstore. He mentioned it to his manager and awhile (about a week) later I noticed they had nothing from Superstore for sell.

I have also seen first hand people having very regular garage sales at there homes with products and displays of toothpaste, papertowels, shampoo etc.

Aug 28, 2012 07:46 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Ok.....so we a have all established our 'feelings' on the matter but what is the legal answer to selling your stockpile? Someone mentioned what if someone were to get sick off a product that you sold to them. Well, what is someone got sick off a product that you donated? Someone mentioned that it would be okay to sell if you were moving. So now its okay in certain circumstances? How about families who once had income and stockpiled and now have NO income and selling things could buy a few meals. Is that okay? I see no reason for an honest person to sell their legally obtained things in a garage sale just like they would their old junk. Its called CAPITALISM.

Feb 23, 2013 02:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I say let your conscience be your guide. I also realize as far as a conscience a lot of folks are lacking. I'd never ever ever consider selling something I know full well I got for free. And IF I gave someone something I'd keep that private as well . There is a certain thrill in knowing you actually helped someone who for whatever reason cannot help themself! I know I often get it. Enough said.

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