Well, the pennies aren’t exactly from Heaven, but selling your old things to make money for new things kind of feels like Heaven! If you are like me and have limited fun money, eBay can be a great money-maker. Some of my friends and family may tell you I *just might* have a problem with shopping (let’s call it a pre-occupation, not a problem). Sometimes I will be obsessed with an item, buy it, and then I am over it. Guess what? I can sell that item on eBay and make much of my money back. You may say, “Hey, just don’t buy it in the first place”…but that is a much deeper issue I will attempt to solve another day, wink wink.
This post is going to give you a quick peek into how easy it is to turn your no-longer used things into spending money, bill paying money, vacation fund money, etc.
EBay is super easy to use. You will need to set up an account with a user name and some personal information. You will also need to link your eBay account to a PayPal account. Your money from your sales is deposited directly into your PayPal account where you will be able to spend it wherever PayPal is accepted, or you can turn around and deposit it into your personal bank account. Keep in mind that eBay does charge you monthly for their fees (based upon sales), so it may be smart to keep a cushion in your PayPal for those charges (PayPal also takes a small fee for their services).
Once your eBay account is set up, you are ready to sell! You will want to photograph your items as nicely and as clearly as possible. Describe your item with attractive yet concise detail, and be sure to be truthful and honest about the condition of your things. You want positive feedback, which will help future buyers trust you. There is a “sell” tab which walks you through all of the steps to list your item. It may sound cumbersome, but it is so easy. They take you through the selling process step by step. You have the option to set your items to an auction or a “buy it now” format. I usually list with the latter, but many find success with auction-style sales. If your item does not sell, don’t get discouraged. I sometimes re-list things numerous times before they sell. Also consider lowering your price or offer free shipping.
Speaking of shipping, that seems to be one place people get confused, but it’s easy! Buy a scale from Staples or the Post Office as well as some shipping supplies (or re-use shipping envelopes or boxes you have on hand). Pack up the item, weigh it and use the shipping feature under your sold item. The shipping label prints out from your home printer, shipping cost is then deducted from your PayPal account and you can leave the item out for your postal worker to pick up, or drop it off at the post office. Done.
You can also download the eBay app for your smartphone and do everything from there! I mean, how awesome is that!? Snap some pics of your things, and the next time you are sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office you can list some items for sale. How about that for multitasking!? And, let me tell you, when that little cash register ring alerts you to a sale, you will absolutely do a happy dance like I do every time I hear it.
This post could go on and on; there are many things to note about selling on eBay or other sites. For example, in addition to eBay, try Facebook. Our town has a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” site where people sell everything from slippers to cars! Many of the PGG have sold things there. I tend to stay away from Consignment stores to sell my things because I can do it myself and take more of the money to the bank. However, if eBay isn’t for you, check out your local consignment shop. Some money is better than none, and it will help clear the clutter while giving you some spare cash.
Let’s consider this a starter, the spark to get you headed to your closets and drawers to see what you could easily turn into cash. It may sound daunting, but if I can do it (and I am a bit on the technologically challenged side), anyone can. Spring is the perfect time to get started. Spring Cleaning…Clear the Clutter…Clear the Mind. And then, go shopping for more ***stuff***!!!
Have fun and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Leave them in the comment section and I will be happy to assist you! Now, go forth and conquer, friends!