I first heard about Wish from a friend. This is how the conversation went, almost verbatim.
“I love it when I get stuff I ordered from Wish like 2 months later. I always forgot I ordered it, so it’s like giving a surprise present to myself,” says my friend.
“What is Wish?” I asked, quite innocently. (I had not yet been tainted by its addictiveness).
“You’ve never used Wish? It’s a shopping app, but don’t download it.”
“Why?” I asked, still quite innocent and not understanding what this was all about.
“Because,” she explained, her eyes glued to her phone screen… the blue light of the app reflecting in the whites of her eyes… “Wish is like a drug. It's addictive. Once you start shopping on it, you will spend SO MUCH MONEY. So just don’t download it. It’ll save you a lot of money.”
So what did I do?
I downloaded it, of course. And I HAVE spent a lot of money on it. And that is how I was introduced to Wish.
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Making Money With The Wish App
So far, Wish sounds like a great way to lose money rather than earn it. That's true enough, but there is the potential to make some money as well. I'll talk about how to do so soon, but first, I want to talk more about how wish works.
Wish.com, and its mobile extension, the Wish App, is an online service that basically connects buyers with sellers.
To put it very plainly… Wish is a place where you can buy ALMOST ANYTHING at SUPER CHEAP PRICES.
You can order clothing, jewelry, toys, and accessories… all kinds of stuff.
And for the most part, everything on WISH is INSANELY CHEAP (other sites operate in a similar way too, like Flipkart.com).
Wish is also incredibly easy to order from. When you first join, you put in your shipping address and your debit card information. Then, you’re set free and allowed to go nuts.
You just click on items to view them, swipe to add them to your cart, and then check out with a click. Done. It takes about 2 minutes to order a shopping cart full of ridiculously underpriced cool stuff.
Of course, Wish is not without its downsides.
Everything you order from Wish comes directly from China. That is why it is so cheap.
But the bad news is that shipping costs can be high if you want to get your item anytime soon. If you don’t want to pay extra for shipping… well… you may be waiting a while for your items.
It can take anywhere from a little over a week to months to get the items you purchase through the app.
It is also incredibly easy to spend more money than you planned on… because with everything so cheap, it is really easy to just keep adding stuff to your cart. Pretty soon, you go to check out and your total is like $25!!!
Yes, you get a bunch of cool stuff… but it is also very easy to spend more than you planned on.
But, here is my question. Can you really make money with the Wish App?
I actually think you can… and in this article, I’m going to talk about how.
Let’s get into it.
How To Make Money On Wish
The first thing you need to do is download the app (or log onto the website). Once you do, you’ll be able to browse items at your leisure and buy whatever you want.
On the app, browsing looks a lot like this.
Now, here is the cool part.
Do you see how one of the items says ‘free’ underneath it?
Wish does this sometimes. Sometimes, they will literally have items listed for free. You still have to pay shipping… but in general, you get ridiculous deals on stuff marked down to Free.
When you click on a listing, you will be able to look at it and browse through information about the product. You can also swipe to add it to your cart. It looks like this.
Now, here is where it starts to get good. When looking at a listing like this, you sometimes have to check the shipping. I have noticed that shipping is sometimes higher on free items because honestly, it is kind of a gimmick to get you to buy it. But sometimes, shipping is so cheap that you basically are getting the item for free.
I scrolled to the bottom of the listing to check the shipping on this item, and this is what I found.
So, this is the first part of how this side hustle works. Here is the second.
Yes, You Can Buy Cheap Stuff On Wish… Here’s How To Use It As A Side Hustle
Simply put, Wish gives you the opportunity to order stuff on the cheap and then resell it at a profit… but, you have to take a bit of a risk doing this because of the long shipping times.
Let’s just say that you rent a booth at a gaming convention. Then, you order a bunch of cool fantasy-style jewelry from Wish a couple of months in advance. This could be how you get your inventory.
You browse rings and buy only those that are free, that cost $2 or less to be shipped. Then, you turn around and sell those rings for $10 apiece, and make a pretty decent profit.
This can also be done on local online marketplaces. Use Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and others to market your Wish-obtained goods to people in your local area. As you sell stuff, use some of the money to replace your inventory… then pocket the rest.
Admittedly, the profit margins are a bit on the low side, and there is no way to guarantee that you will sell anything. But… with all of that being said, it still presents you the opportunity to make some sweet cash.
And if you don’t end up selling everything… well, you will have super-cheap, but super-cool Christmas presents already lined up! So it’s a win/win, right?
How Much Will It Cost You?
Wish is free to use. You just have to pay for the stuff. Obviously, the more stuff you order the riskier this will get. But at the same time, the more stuff you order, the more stuff you will have on hand to potentially sell to people who may be interested in it.
Wish does not necessarily give you access to name-brand stuff. In fact, they seem to sell some ‘close copy’ stuff that looks like name-brand when it actually isn’t. So be careful about that!
I don’t think that you are allowed to sell ‘fake name brand’ stuff in the United States… so just be discerning and pay attention to what is allowed and what isn’t.
Aside from that, you should be good to go for this side-hustle. It may not make you rich, but it could be pretty fun. Plus, the more experienced you get at it, the more money you will likely make.
My Personal Feelings About Making Money With Wish
Despite the fact that I think this side hustle would actually work, I have never technically tried it. I have mostly ordered stuff for myself and presents for birthdays with it.
But… I really do believe that this side hustle would work if you put your mind to it and tried it. The worst part about it is that you have to order the stuff and get it in before you sell it. That keeps Wish from acting like a drop-ship service… mostly because of the really wide range of delivery times.
You truly never can tell when exactly to expect them to deliver… so that is a bit of a downer.
Also, Wish sometimes does weird things with your order. I have literally ordered stuff, and then get something that looked similar… but not the same. But at the same time, the stuff is so inexpensive that it really just isn’t worth complaining about.
At least, not to me.
This is not the perfect side hustle idea. But I do believe that it has some potential. I like the idea of buying stuff and taking it to conventions. Then, before and after, you can always be posting ads online to sell the stuff you have.
If you keep at it, you can probably make some pretty good side cash this way.
I may even try it myself in the coming months! I’m always looking for another side hustle.
This might not end up making you rich… but it could certainly get you some extra side-hustle cash in the short term, especially if you got some practice and got pretty good at figuring out what people will buy.
Our Final Opinion Of Wish
Should you order stuff and try to resell it for a profit as a side hustle?