YouTube Reviews: "Trash Talk"

TechNews Writer
Mon Oct 29, 2018

Welcome to TechNews’ "YouTube Reviews," the most inconsistent segment on the newspaper. I have been following Gary Vaynerchuck for about a year now on social media. He is pretty much unavoidable if you are trying to start your own business, as he has bought a lot of key ad-sense words, such that if you look for how to work on specific aspects of a business, you will get Vaynerchuck’s content. I did not like it at the beginning, until I started consuming his videos. He is a very practical person in terms of business, and I learn a lot from what he says. With that being said, on October 6, he posted a video on YouTube called "Trash Talk," and amongst the Shane Dawson documentaries and YouTube drama going around on the website, I found that piece of content to be the most entertaining.

"Trash Talk" consists of Vaynerchuck, the owner of a $500 million company, going to New Jersey neighborhoods to find garage sales, spend around $100 dollars at the garage sales, and sell his findings on eBay. The reason he started the whole series was because for a while now, he was preaching about the fact that if people do not have enough money, they simply need to start reselling objects, or buying objects and selling them for more. People called him out, saying that it is easy for someone sitting on top of a company to tell others to do things that are more difficult. He took that criticism as a challenge and decided to show people how to "flip."

Vaynerchuck goes to the garage sales, and looks for content like branded toys, mugs, matchbox toys, among others. He tries to bargain and get everything in under one dollar. He then goes to his car, and looks up the value on eBay. Usually, the items sell at 20 times the prices that he bought them for. He immediately puts them up for sale on the website, and shows the profit that he makes. He usually makes around $2000 selling stuff that he bought for $100. People are still cynical about the series, but Vaynerchuck gives a lot of advice and what-not-to-dos, such that more people tend to like the series than despise it. It is very rare that people actually give proper advice to entrepreneurs on social platforms, as most people tend to be exploitative. Having actual advice and actual results is very comforting to see, and I am very grateful for that series to exist.

I would seriously recommend watching at least 10 minutes of episode 3 of "Trash Talk" if you find yourself to be in financial runt. Especially as college students, we often complain about our lack of money, and we are always resorting to formal jobs to get ourselves on our two feet. Seeing someone flip cheap stuff for money could really inspire someone to start doing it themselves or find an iteration of that and start their own gig. I really believe that this series might benefit at least someone financially, and I would give it a solid 10/10.



Appears in
2018 - Fall - Issue 8