Here is a screenshot of what cleaning out some junk got me on eBay in the last two months.
Here is a shot of some recent Craigslist action.
You are sitting on a gold mine, I’m tellin’ ya! There is currently $250 worth of stuff sitting on there right now waiting for someone to snatch up. What would have done with these things? What do you do with things you don’t use anymore?
I love these win-wins, when you get rid of junk and make money doing it.
The apps make it so easy to list items too. You just take a picture of what you are selling and it walks you through the posting process. Setting up an account is easy too.
Craigslist buyers can be easy to deal with or awful. There are a lot of scams out there and they list some of the signs in their site.
Start to price your items by searching to see what other people are trying to get for theirs. I have a rule where I won’t meet up with anyone for under $20. It’s just not worth the hassle. I usually bring the sub-$20 items to work and give them away.
Just meet up with the buyers or sellers somewhere public and only deal with cash. Don’t feel pressured to sell something just because they are offering you “$100 cash.” I hate when people say that as a part of their low ball offers. What the hell did they think you would accept other than cash? It doesn’t sweeten the deal in any way. Also be prepared to be peppered with these lowball offers by throngs of idiots.
eBay on the other hand is much easier to deal with when it comes to the buyers and sellers. The only downside is that you have to package and ship the items when they sell and you have a feedback rating. If you sell busted stuff, you’ll get negative feedback and you’ll have a hard time selling anything else. Timeliness and service are important as well. It’s sort of like your own little business, and it actually is for many people. I’m proud to have 102 eBay sales with 100% positive reviews. Oh, you’ll also want to set up a PayPal account if you’re going to be using eBay. That’s easy to do too when you get to their site.
Homework: Get eBay, PayPal, and Craigslist accounts then find one $20 item you can sell. It’ll be like the first time you smoked crack all over again. Cripes, I hope you weren’t able to make a strong connection there.