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Militant Recycling

One of the more amusing things I've found out about NYC is that there are militant recyclers; people who have a moneymaking hobby driving around picking up useful things people throw out, fixing them if necessary (usually not), and reselling them (usually on eBay). These people rely on their social networks to get leads for useful toss-outs.

I am not suitable to be one of those people, as:

  • I don't have the savvy
  • I don't have much in the way of temporary storage
  • I don't have a truck
Apparently there's a lot of money in it though.


I've often thought there must be a good business model -- in university towns, at least -- involving buying used stuff in May and selling it in August. I'd think you could turn a profit without putting any work into the things you bought, although I guess the question is whether that offsets the storage cost.