DSW is a huge shoe retailer that satisfies "the passionate shoe enthusiast." I have found incredible deals at DSW for shoes to resell on eBay. For example, I found some UGGs slippers for $15 (discontinued color) and they sold for $65 in just a few days. I found a pair of Cole Haan loafers for $12 and they sold for $58. The key is learning to work the DSW system.
Visit DSW.com and enter your zip code on the store finder to find a store near you.
Sign up for DSW rewards. It is free. This is their loyalty program where you earn points for your purchases. You can sign up online or in the store. You will accumulate points that will generate gift certificates. (I usually receive them in $15-$20 increments.)
Visit your local DSW and head to the clearance section at the back of the store. There will ALWAYS be items on clearance, and new items are moved to the clearance section daily. Also, new markdowns are made daily. Click here for a sample of what you can find in the DSW clearance section.
The DSW pricing system is color coded. Each color tag represents a different discount percentage. Look for signs on the endcaps of the aisles that explain what each color means.
I always look for the largest discount - about 80% off the regular price. I zone in on that color tag, and have my kids look, too.
Look for brands such Born, Merrell, Keen, Teva, Ferragamo, Nike, Cole Haan, Uggs, Doc Martens, Ralph Lauren. The expensive high end brands.
Larger sizes and wide widths in both mens and women's sell the best on eBay. If in doubt, or you have to stick to a budget, go for the larger sizes, such as ladies 8.5 and up, and mens sizes 11 and up.
As continue to shop and purchase items from DSW, your points will accumulate on the rewards program, and you can apply the rewards to new purchases, making your inventory investment even less. DSW is one of the few retailers that allows you to combine coupons and discounts. Check out this receipt below (not mine) of a purchase for some shoes that were originally $39.95 - and the person got them for a penny! How is that for practically free inventory?