Can You Make Money Group Breaking?

Like most small businesses involved with sports cards, you won’t get rich hosting group breaks, but you might be able to put some money in your pocket. If you own a sports card store, you need to find ways to bring extra income into your business. Just look at our one month example of running a sports card store, you can’t rely on your store alone to pay all your bills.

To learn how breaking works, you probably want to check out breakers who are currently doing it. Many sports card group breakers have come and gone, but here is a list of some who have been around awhile.

Jumping in cold and becoming a sports card group breaker might be difficult without a prior following on social media. Unless you have enough customers coming into your store who want to buy in, you will have to rely on purchases made online.

Successful breakers have managed to build a following over the course of several years. This isn’t a business you can simply jump into and start making a lot of money.  If you decide to start hosting breaks, you must be patient and have a long term outlook.

Group breakers stream their breaks live, typically on either Breakers.Tv or Ustream. Every break I’ve seen has a chat box so the people watching can comment and ask questions. Most upload their videos to YouTube for those who weren’t able to watch the break happen live.

The accepted form of payment is typically PayPal. Some breakers sell group break spots on eBay, while most have their own website or take payments while they are doing their live show.

One major issue with doing group breaks is how much time it takes to do each break. While you might make a little money, think about how much time it takes to sell, open, sort, pack, and ship each break. It could take several hours per break.

Most Group Breakers Go Broke Because:

  • They can’t fill their breaks. Lack of customers/following.
  • Profit margin is slim for how long each break takes.
  • Can’t do enough breaks to make real money.
  • Competitive business. Dozens of active “breakers”.

To break enough product to generate significant revenue, it would probably take at least 2-3 people working several hours a week. That is why there isn’t one breaker who is making a lot of money, but 2-3 people might be able to team up and share in the profits together.
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Examples of how much you can make on a break:
Group breakers can also have several other fixed costs not associated to the ones listed below. This includes: internet cost, taxes, web hosting cost, webcam, computer, card supplies, additional shipping supplies, office supplies, streaming service cost, rent, insurance, and more.

Breaker: MojoBreak
2015 Topps Tier One 12 Box Case
Date of Break: May 20, 2015
Random Team Cost: $49
Number of Spots Sold: 28

Total Projected Revenue: $1,372
(If every spot sold at full price with no discounts/coupon codes)

Estimated Case Cost: $984.00
Estimated PayPal Fees: $46.67
Estimated Shipping Costs: $39.20
Estimated Bubble Mailer Cost: $4.20
Total Estimated Costs: $1.074.07

Total Projected Profit: $297.93


eBay Breaker: wyoumans3
2015 Topps Heritage Baseball 12 Box Case
Date of Break: March 14, 2015
Total Revenue: $885.85

Estimated Case Cost: $636
Estimated Shipping Cost: $39.20
Estimated Bubble Mailer Cost: $4.20
Estimated eBay Fees $88.58
Estimated PayPal Fees: $33.11
Total Estimated Costs: $801.09

Total Projected Profit: $84.76


Breaker: Friendly Box Breaks
2014 Panini Immaculate Football Box
Date of Break: May 2015
Random Team Cost: $13.99
Number of Spots Sold: 31

Total Projected Revenue: $433.69
(If every spot sold at full price with no discounts/coupon codes)

Estimated Box Cost: $310
Estimated PayPal Fees: $21.57
Estimated Shipping Costs: $40
Estimated Bubble Mailer Cost: $4.50
Total Projected Costs: $376.07

Total Projected Profit: $57.62


Breaker: Finest Box Breaks
2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football Box
Date of Break: May 2015
Random Team Cost: $25
Number of Spots Sold: 5

Total Projected Revenue: $125
(If every spot sold at full price with no discounts/coupon codes)

Estimated Box Cost: $83
Estimated PayPal Fees: $5.12
Estimated Shipping Costs: $7
Estimated Bubble Mailer Cost: $0.75
Total Projected Costs: $95.87

Total Projected Profit: $29.13


Breaker: KT Authentics
2015 Tristar Autographed Baseball Platinum Edition Case
Date of Break: May 2015
Random Team Cost: $38
Number of Spots Sold: 30

Total Projected Revenue: $1,140
(If every spot sold at full price with no discounts/coupon codes)

Estimated Case Cost: $999.00
Estimated PayPal Fees: $42.06
Estimated Shipping Costs: $90.00
Estimated Bubble Mailer Cost: $0.00
Total Estimated Costs: $1,131.06

Total Projected Profit: $8.94

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