After the holidays a lot of people are thinking about bills. Many people spend more than they budgeted for to have that perfect gift or dress or party. January comes and so does the bill. Most people think about budgets for a new year. Getting your finances in order might also cause you to look around your home. Organization is on many a list for the New Year but it’s tough because most of us have so much stuff…and we just got more! It is time to clean house.
Guess what? Some 0f the most popular selling categories for used items are the same things you have too much of. Name brand clothing, toys and technology. You can take that cash and pay off debt, sock it away to pay for a great vacation or even donate it to others in need. While it might seem easiest to give things away or sell things locally, you will get the most from some items on eBay. If you have never used eBay or are wary about jumping in again, worry not. There is now an awesome Seller Information page that can answer a million questions and help you get started and if you don’t get your answer, I will help you find it.
What did you give and get for the holidays? What is building up in your closets? I am guessing there is at least one item from the big three. Especially with toys and technology, now may be the time to say out with the old and in with the new!
The best place to sell clothing and electronics is on eBay where millions of people check everyday for items you can sell. Maybe you got a new camera and could list your old. Maybe your child got a new gaming system and no longer plays with his Leap Frog or her Nintendo DS. Whatever technology you have grown out of, someone else is looking to try. Check out the technology selling guide to get the best information on selling your gadegts for lots of moolah! I like clothing and electronics because usually they are easy to sell and easy to ship. While there is an option for local pickup only, ebay bids work best on items that you can ship.
If you totally want to make money fast you can check out the Instant Sale page on eBay. If you have in demand electronics (think phones, cameras, computers, gaming systems) they will buy them right from you and plop cash right into your paypal account. You print out a free shipping label and mail it in! Easy peasy. I got an offer of $166 on my iPhone4 in good condition. Not bad huh? I am thinking of sending in all of our old blackberries. At $50 a pop they could add up! And yes, this is incredibly green. Don’t throw those old phones away!
Go ahead and grab a box. Fill it with things you do not need or use anymore or things you now have 2 of! Figure out what can be sold. I do think by just searching on eBay for what is listed and what bids are on it. Whatever is left donate, recycle or trash. Look at your box and imagine how much nicer a little cash would be. Then start listing! Start slow while you learn the ropes and then become a regular at getting rid of the valuable things you no longer need.
I hope we can all start off the New Year a little lighter feeling like we have the tools to conquer the clutter and help our families.
Disclosure: I am an eBay Parent Panel Ambassador