Selling Used Golf Balls

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Numbers, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Numbers macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2009
    Over the years, I have collected over 1700 used golf balls from my local course. They range in condition from perfect to barely playable. I have them sorted by brand and type.

    Anyway, I was wondering what the best method would be to sell them. Should I call around to local golf clubs and shops once the season begins again? Should I eBay them?

    Advice is appreciated, thanks!
  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
  3. mfacey macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2004
    Well obviously because they are of varying quality you'll have to take a picture of each one, and then post each one for sale separately on ebay. Shouldn't take too much time...
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    You've got some balls there.

    Forget the clubs/shops. They don't like the competition, or will offer you squat.

    Find a course, and camp-out just off the property, say in a field adjoining a course.

    That's where I have always seen the smarter kids sell their finds.
  5. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Ebay them. They are called reloads and you can do fairly well selling dozens of the same brand and type.
  6. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    A dozen or a 24 pack of reloaded good condition Nike's or Callaway's will probably do well.
  7. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    I'd sell them in person on the side of a course, or if there are any golf ranges in your area, they usually pay about 10-20 cents a ball. The price really depends on how good of quality they are, and if they are all uniform in quality. They won't take a lot of junky balls since they get a lot of use.
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've got 1800 brand new golf balls or 150 dozen of Nike One golf balls, so I feel your pain. Used golf balls are probably worth .10 per ball or $170 to a driving range or pro shop, regardless of the condition of each golf ball. Golf courses make their money by buying bulk golf balls from people like yourself, then turning around and charging $9-$12 per bucket to their customers. The most difficult part is striping each ball, but that's taken care of by the purchasing golf course. Or you could go and sell them by the side of any golf course near your house. Growing up, I used to sell golf balls at .50 per ball or $5 a dozen out of my backyard which was next to a country club. :cool: Made $25 a day on average during the weekend. Good luck either way...
  9. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    eBay or Craigslist would be your best bet. If you have the time, sort the ones you have by grade; almost new, great, good, range balls. Then sort by type, i.e. Nike, Titleist, Callaway etc. I almost always buy my balls from eBay and sellers will usually have them in bulk like $50 for a 100 balls or something like that. Obviously wanna make sure your shipping quotes are correct otherwise you'll lose out. You stand to make a decent chunk of change with the number of balls you got so I say go for it. Don't even bother with going to the pro shop at the course or anything like that.
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    I wonder if he sold them?? I'm kind of curious as to what happened lol
  11. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    Don't sell them in a field near the course there is a little thing you could be fined by the city for not having something called a peddlers permit, the on course pro shop won't like the competition and may call code enforcement or the police out of spite. Sell your balls on Ebay or Craigslist, and make sure to wash your balls too, stick them in the dishwasher, no one likes handling dirty balls.
  12. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    say what?

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