Pez dispensers have become a major collectible item. Pez candy was first created in the 1920s as a breath mint in Vienna, Austria. It wasn’t until the 1950s that they became fruit flavored candies in character dispensers. A full body robot, Santa and a space gun were the first dispensers created. Their small size makes them easy to store and display. Those that aren’t placed on a display can be stored in plastic tubs.
Take digital photographs of each dispenser, or scan them and create a photo album in your computer. Also create a listing of each dispenser that is in each tube. Put the list in the tub or attach it to the top. This list can be name only.
Write a concise description of each dispenser. Include the colors, sizes, character name, and any identifying information that may be on the dispenser. Leave dispensers that are in paper packages sealed, so they will be worth more.
Sign up with online auction and sales sites, upload some of the photos and try selling them online. Research the prices they are or have been sold for, so you can price yours appropriately. Online pricing guides are also available.
Create listings on classified ad sites such as Craigslist or Ebay classifieds.
Take the dispensers to craft shows and set up your own booth. You can sell them physically while they are also being sold online.
Keep thorough records. Mark each one that is sold off the lists and add on any additional ones that you purchase for inventory.
Collect sales tax on your dispensers if you are required to do so and make sure you have any licenses that may be needed.
Provide a paper bag to each customer for their purchases. Drop your business card in the bag or use pre-printed receipts so the customers know where to return to for more dispensers.
Sign up for future antique shows and other events and create a schedule you can give to customers.
Find Pez clubs, groups or small collectibles clubs that you can join. This helps in keeping up with the market and knowing what potential customers are looking for.
Flea markets may not be a good market to sell Pez dispensers, as customers expect to pay lower prices.
- Flea markets may not be a good market to sell Pez dispensers, as customers expect to pay lower prices.
Gracie Sprouse has been writing professionally since 1976. Her areas of expertise are in antiques, crafts, real estate, income taxes and small businesses. Her education consists of an Associate of Applied Science with a business and accounting major from Piedmont Virginia Community College.