Lately, I have received 50+ private messages a day of people asking me questions about dumpster diving. I don't have the time to reply to all of them, so I might as well post a FAQ to answer some of your questions.
Q: What time do you go dumpster diving?
A: I personally dumpster dive in the afternoon, but the best time to go is at night after the store closes.
Q: Where are the dumpsters located?
A: The dumpsters are usually located directly behind the building. This is especially true if the store is in a mall.
Q: Is dumpster diving illegal?
A: It really depends on what state (or country) you live in. In my state, dumpster diving is legal as long as the dumpster is located on public property and the dumpster is not locked. So in my situation, yes, what I'm doing is legal.
Q: What do you do with the stuff you find in the dumpster?
A: I sell and trade the items I find.
Q: Why would you bother to take the empty cases?
A: Collectors like to have their games complete with the original packaging, so I take these cases and manuals and sell them to people who like to have their games in the original cases.
Q: How do you dumpster dive?
A: This is the process I go through to dumpster dive : I bring my own trash bags, put on gloves, open the dumpster, get inside, rip open all the bags and boxes, put everything I want in the trash bags I brought, get out of the dumpster, close it, and leave.
Q: What happens if you get caught?
A: If the person who catches you is a reasonable distance away from you, run like hell. If that fails, tell the person what you were doing, and be nice about it. Be honest with the person, tell them you're just looking for free stuff and you didn't mean any harm. If you're lucky, they'll let you go with no problems. If you're really lucky, they'll let you go and grant you permission to dumpster dive at their store. If you're not lucky, they'll call the police.
Q: Did you really find all this stuff in a dumpster?
A: Yes, I did.
Q: How much money have you made from this stuff?
A: In about a year, I've made $300+ from selling stuff I've found in the dumpster. I also trade quite a bit of the stuff that I find, so if I had sold it all, I probably would've made $500+
Q: Are you a hoarder?
A: Although it may appear that I am in the video, I am not a hoarder. I resell all the stuff that I find in the dumpster, and if I can't sell it, I throw it away.
Q: Why don't you have a new gen game system?
A: I didn't have a new gen console when this video was shot, but I now have a PS3.
Q: Do you still need to know what the items are that you asked about in the video?
A: No! I have had hundreds of people tell me that the items in the video are a WII stand, and an Xbox 360 power brick.
Thanks for reading, and I hope this answered some of your questions. I'm sorry that I haven't responded to all the people who sent me PMs, but I honestly don't have enough time daily to reply to all of them. Take care everyone.