Bristol builder, 23, quits job and buys £17k Mercedes after making £180k selling on Amazon

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He sells air fresheners, meat grinders, phones, kids’ toys and changing mats

A 23-year-old from Bristol has swapped his building job for reselling household items on the internet - after making £180k in 12 months.

Luke Williams had started working on a building site after graduating three years ago, and soon started selling old mobile phones on eBay. He then moved on to household items he would source from wholesalers, selling them on Amazon.

And last January he gave up his job as a builder after making more than £1,000 a month. In 12 months he has raked in £180k of profit - reselling household products such as meat grinders, baby changing mats and air fresheners.

Luke said: “I started out by buying old phones from Facebook and reselling them on eBay. I only wanted to make an extra £1k a month as it would help me with the extra payments I had.

“I went to university, studied building and surveying and went to work on a building site. I did that for about a year.

“I started selling on Amazon in June 2021. I have made £180,000 in profit with most of that coming from the last six months. What I sell ranges from air fresheners, meat grinders, phones, kids’ toys and changing mats.

“Thornton’s chocolate are really popular at the minute.”

Luke Williams claims to have made £180k over the past 18 months by selling household itemsLuke Williams claims to have made £180k over the past 18 months by selling household items
Luke Williams claims to have made £180k over the past 18 months by selling household items

The 23-year-old said most of the £180k profit has come from the past six months and said the cost of living crisis has played a role. He said: “It’s not just food prices that have rocketed, so have petrol prices.

“People don’t want to be leaving the house and driving to the supermarket. If you buy things on Amazon, you can get them cheaper as you don’t have to pay to get to the supermarket either.”

Luke’s earnings means he has been able to pay off his £17k Mercedes Benz and fly business class to Abu Dhabi. And since starting the business, Luke has hired two members of staff - to prepare and source the products.