August 9, 2016

I took a full vacation to Los Angeles with just $30 and 3 hours of work. Here’s how. (Flipping Ninja Does It Again)

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

August 9, 2016, The pressure was on. Bodybuilder, entrepreneur and author, A.J. Hakimi, aka The Flipping Ninja©, was stressed by work, needed a break and didn’t want to pay for it.

“I was going to take a weekend trip to L.A.,” Hakimi explained how the miracle began. “But, I realized I needed 4 days – I love the feeling there, it’s amazing.”



Baulking at the $700 to $800 he’d have to expend for plane, hotel, car rental and spending cash, Hakimi set himself an ambitious challenge: pay for it with what he had in his pocket (in the gym) and as little effort as possible.

That turned out to be $30 and 3 hours’ work (but he claims it’s more like fun). We asked Hakimi how he did it:

“I had 3 weeks to put it together, so I started with my latest buy for $30, a Slam Man Pro Boxing Martial Arts Karate Punch Dummy/Bag Punch System.”

According to price research on eBay, this stoic opponent is selling for $399.99, used. Hakimi got $150 for it.

“I was in a rush,” he explained. “I accepted the minimum and then went hunting.

“Awesome looking, real leather, sectional sofa in this Thrift Store and they only wanted $150. Jumped on it.”

And you can see him doing it. This 25-year-old is pure energy and purpose. He makes it work for him.


“I put that energy in the ads, in the language. And I respond fast, it’s my nature.”

Two days after posting his $150 couch, it sold for $500, taking him to $350 profit and real progress.

“I had L.A. on my mind and went straight back to the Thrift Stores and scored a matching pair of recliners for $40, sold them for $450 that weekend. KaChing, $410 in hours!”

In fact, he’d reached $760 over 2 weeks, but his actual time spent was minimal.

“I’d covered my hotel, rental car and plane ticket, plus an extra $65 to spend, but the three weeks weren’t over. I checked the site and found a weight set at Walmart – yes, I’ll flip retail if it’s priced right!”

He’s such the atypical flipper – or proves how false our preconceptions are:

“Everyone’s flipping now, students with crap jobs, people stuck at home or in jobs they can’t stand. I started as a hobby and now I can fund whatever I need through flipping, from gym equipment to house refurbishing …”

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As to that weight set?

“I paid $17 for it, but there was a 100 lbs. barbell set for $25 as well and I knew that you increase saleability when you package items creatively.”

This is the man who cleaned up 2 old bikes and sold them quickly for profit by packaging them as Vintage “His and Hers” Bicycles. His weight set package sold in days for $85.

A few days, a few flips and Hakimi made $802 to pay for 4 great days in L.A., plus spending money. And what did he do when he got there?

“I flipped watches and made $350 in one hour! It’s like having your own, private ATM.”

“Being able to make money wherever you go, anywhere, anytime, is the type of self-investment that even your parents would be proud of. I felt it was my duty, obligation and responsibility to share these secrets with the world. So I created The Flipping Ninja Blueprint©.”

Maybe flipping is the new economy? The ultimate form of recycling? Whatever it becomes, it’s certainly trending and this Flipping Ninja, author of The Flipping Ninja Blueprint©, is at the crest.

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AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Hey there, I'm AJ, also known as 'The Flipping Ninja'. My flipping journey has been transformative, allowing me to buy sleek cars, indulge in exotic vacations, and even purchase my first house at 24, which I turned into a passive income source. With over 3,000+ items flipped and sales surpassing $300k, it's not just about the numbers. It's about the freedom and empowerment flipping brings.

After years of experience, my mission is to share this life-changing skill. I believe flipping is a powerful side hustle for anyone, from college students to working professionals. Ready to transform your life with flipping? Let's embark on this journey together.

Interested in my full journey? Read More about how I became 'The Flipping Ninja'.

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