The Teen Who Made Millions Selling Rare Sneakers — The Cut

At the time, Ben was 12. The “Galaxy” (now $1,550 on sneakerdon.com) was one of his early purchases, “off eBay for mad cheap.” His mom had bought him his first pair of Nikes in middle school; he came home the next day a changed man. He read sneaker magazines to learn what was popular, used his bar-mitzvah money to buy more, studied the resale market, and met like-minded hobbyists at sneaker conventions. In eighth grade, he bought a pair of LeBron X MVPs. Nike raffled pairs of the bright-green-and-pink high-tops off at only ten stores, but Ben managed to find one for $400 from a sneaker acquaintance living nearby. The same day he bought them, before he’d even held them in his hands, he sold them to an 18-year-old friend for $4,000. Not that anybody in the family was really surprised. When Ben was 10 years old, he had asked a family friend’s mother if he could buy her parrot — “Out of the blue!” remembers the friend. “She’s like, ‘No, Benjamin, the parrot’s not for sale.’ He goes, ‘What do you mean? There’s always a price.’ ”

The Teen Who Made Millions Selling Rare Sneakers — The Cut

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