1. Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    there are treasures on youtube if you look hard 

    his name is Clint Miller, an Army veteran who appears to make a pretty good living buying palettes of returned Amazon products and selling them on eBay

    what’s different about Clint is he enjoys teaching others how to do it too via his popular YouTube channel, Franchise Kicks

    nearly every day Clint makes a video of how many boxes of random stuff he bought from Amazon, what he thinks he will make from it, and what he’ll throw away or keep.

    sometimes he’ll get lucky and it’s a smart watch in a shabby box

    sometimes he’ll get unlucky and it’s an article of clothing coated with a healthy layer of pet hair

    so part of the joy of watching him dig through his daily haul is living vicariously through him, true

    but the other part is getting to know this gregarious, seemingly happy, generous man

    who has figured out how to flip the richest man in the world’s trash

    and turn it into his treasure.

    and it’s simple, according to Clint: just do it.

    just buy a small box, he advises, something for, say $58. and then list them on ebay.

    “the best thing about this is literally anyone can do it,” he said in a recent video to his viewers.

    despite having 164,000 subscribers, his videos only average about 25k views,

    but one last week, “I bought TWO 450 Pound Amazon Customer Return Pallets Valued at OVER $2,500” was seen over 200,000 times.

    why? who knows. it’s a big bald guy taking things off the back of his pickup truck for a half hour in sweltering heat,

    while showing a single camera if any of it was good.

    we’re rooting for him, because we are rooting for our future selves. we want to believe that there is money in rolling the dice on gently used – and sometimes new – stuff that all we have to do is list, ship, and profit from.

    while keeping some good stuff for ourselves.

    we are rooting for us.

    we see ourselves in him. our best selves.

    once a week he has been doing videos of boxes of gifts his fans send him

    he does it in front of his enormous shoe collection.

    not only is the internet wild, and bizarre

    but it is filled with love.

    someone noticed he got ripped off of something, so they sent them theirs.

    someone else drew a beautiful picture of him

    someone else bought him a new knife for opening his boxes with.

    who doesn’t love Clint?

    well, it is YouTube, probably the most rude social media channel when it comes to comments

    so there are some in there who make jabs at him.

    can’t win them all.

    Clint took to Twitter to admit that it does bum him out a bit.

    we’re all human. even an Army man has feelings.

    so i think im gonna send him a mystery box of my own. some fan mail from one cub fan to another.

    His UPS box is: 484 E. Carmel Dr. #127 Carmel, IN 46032

    Rock on Clint, YouTube star and dream maker, who, when he has earned some spending money,

    pays what it takes to get some of the Avengers to autograph toys for him

    dont ever change.