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Can You List Group Breaks on eBay?

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Question: How easy is it to list a group break on eBay?”

While technically I think it’s actually against eBay’s terms of service to list breaks – view that policy here – I think sellers are able to get away with it by structuring the listing correctly. You’d actually be selling a “top loader” or “pen” or something of that nature, and the group break would be a “bonus item” that the buyer gets by purchasing from you. Bonus items are allowed on eBay if you follow very specific rules detailed – on this page – Be sure to check some of the breakers who list on eBay to get an example of how to list, some probably pay more attention than others.

I would try to not sell breaks on eBay though. Not only could there be complications with their terms of service, but the fees will eat into an already slim margin. If I were to do it, I would just take a long term horizon and try and fill breaks though the normal channels.

By creating and building an email list, using social media, having a good website, treating customers well, etc all can lead to success.

I would also promote your breaks and website in every package you send out through single card sales on eBay. It will make your sales on eBay more productive as you’ll get some people to go to your website and check out your breaks and content. Be patient and try to take a long term approach.

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.
More discussion on group breaking:

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

List of Sports Card Group Breakers


Group Breaking has become a way for buyers to pool their money together and purchase a case. Many group break hosts have popped up over the years and they come and go quicker than hobby shops do. Below is a listing of group breakers who have been around for over a year.

Bateson
Website: Nasty Breaks

Does several breaks per week, typically focusing on high end products. Went to Taipei and Tokyo as part of GTS Distribution’s promotion of group breaking overseas. Uploads their break videos toYouTube.

Nasty Breaks
Bateson

Blowout Cards
Website: Blowout TV

The breaking arm of Blowout Sports Cards. Blowout TV Hours are 11:30am-5:00pm est Monday-Friday.

Blowout Cards
Blowout TV

Breakaway Sports Cards & Collectibles
584 Upper James St.
Hamilton, ON Canada
Website: Breakaway SC

Authorized Upper Deck Group Breakers. Does quite a few hockey breaks per week. Would be a good person to check out if you are from Canada. Typically posts a breaking schedule on their Breakers TV page.

Breakaway Sports Cards
Breakaway SC

Clouts N Chara
645 Victoria St. North
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Website: Clouts N Chara

Well known hockey group breakers. If you live near Kitchener, Ontario you can visit their hobby shop which is open 7 days a week. Authorized Upper Deck group breaker.

Clouts N Chara

Dave & Adam’s Card World
55 Oriskany Dr.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Website: DA Card World

Online giants Blowout Cards and DA Card World stick their nose in every card business. Someday breakers will be complaining DA and Blowout put them out of business like brick and mortar owners do.

DA Card World
DA Card World Live

Finest Box Breaks
Website: Finest Box Breaks

Breaks a wide array of products and uploads their break videos to YouTube.

Finest Box Breaks

Fire Hand Cards
Website: Firehand Cards

Considered one of the original group breakers, many current breakers probably owe a debt of gratitude to Fire Hand Cards.

Firehand Cards

Friendly Box Breaks
Website: Friendly Box Breaks

Will tend to do smaller box breaks as opposed to breaking an entire case. Probably a good way to start out if you are trying to get into the business of breaking cards.

Friendly Box Breaks

Imperial Garden Sports Collectibles
10018-100 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada
Website: Imperial Garden SC

Full service hobby store located in Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada. Authorized Upper Deck group breaker.

Imperial Garden Sports

Live Box Breaks
Website: Live Box Breaks

Does breaks on practically a daily basis, and also sells product by the pack. On their website they state how many hits are left in the box for their “Pick a Pack” breaks. It’s unique and I like the concept.

Live Box Breaks

MojoBreak Sports Card Shop
2080 Walsh Ave Suite B-1
Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Website: MojoBreak

One of the premiere sports card group breakers, well known for their customer service, and quality breaking experience. Authorized Upper Deck group breaker.

Mojo Break

Out Of The Box Sports Cards & Collectibles
2194 Robertson Road Unit#27C
Ottawa, Canada
Website: Out of the Box

Card store and group breaker located in Canada. Authorized Upper Deck Group Breaker. They also offer we offer magic tournaments, board game nights, monthly sports card traders nights etc.

Out of the Box

SBB
Website: Sports Box Breaks

Jason and Kevin have been personal friends for several years, and created SBB together.

Sports Box Breaks

Steel City Collectibles Inc.
2417 Walnut Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Website: Steel City Collectibles

One of the larger full service, online, hobby shop, and group breaker. 

Steel City Collectibles

The Hobby Box
1313 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Website: Cards Infinity

Well known for their “personal breaks” Cards Infinity is considered one of the originators of that method of selling boxes online.

Cards Infinity

Authorized Upper Deck Group Breakers

To be an Authorized Upper Deck Group Breaker you must have a brick and mortar location and submit an application to hobbypolicy@upperdeck.com. A copy of the Group Breaker Application can be found using this link.

If you don’t have a brick and mortar sports card shop, you can still conduct group breaks with Upper Deck products. You’ll have to buy those UD products from a non traditional source like DA Card World, or DealerNet.

Breakaway Sports Cards & Collectibles
584 Upper James St.
Hamilton, ON Canada
Website: Breakaway SC

 

Chuck’s Sports of Albany
28550 La Hwy 43
Albany, LA 70711
(225) 567-9200
Website: Sports On The Bayou

 

Clouts N Chara
645 Victoria St. North
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Website: Clouts N Chara

 

Dakota Gaming Supply
Bismarck, ND
Website: Rip and List

 

Dave & Adam’s Card World
55 Oriskany Dr.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Website: DA Card World

 

Imperial Garden Sports Collectibles
10018-100 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada
Website: Imperial Garden SC

 

MojoBreak Sports Card Shop
2080 Walsh Ave Suite B-1
Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Website: MojoBreak

 

Out Of The Box Sports Cards & Collectibles
2194 Robertson Road Unit#27C
Ottawa, Canada
Website: Out of the Box

 

Steel City Collectibles Inc.
2417 Walnut Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Website: Steel City Collectibles

 

The Hobby Box
1313 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Website: Cards Infinity

 

 Authorized Upper Deck Group Breaker