When it comes to getting rid of your old and unwanted stuff to clear space, make a bit of cash or perhaps some combination of the two, the internet has made this job so much easier in recent years. In fact, it has become so easy to use the World Wide Web to sell almost anything that it is becoming difficult to remember how we did it in the old days.
Twenty or so years ago, there were a few options available to you if you wanted to sell some of your old belongings. You could take boxes of books, CDs or videos to your local second hand stores to see what they would offer you, but overwhelmingly a trip to the charity shop was usually in order on the way home, as they decided that your “Best of Tiffany” or “Sinnita’s Greatest Hits” were not for them. Racks of cards offering items for sale by the checkouts in a supermarket were always full to bursting and the free ads paper Loot made it their business to give people a platform to get rid of their old things.
One of the best things about the internet is the way that it has made so many tasks far quicker and easier than they were prior to its ubiquity. Using the internet to sell items is far less strenuous and time consuming than traipsing off to local second hand record shops or fielding calls from lonely weirdos who have less interest in your items than they do in what you’re wearing.
Like so many things, selling stuff is easy online and by following a few simple rules, you can maximise the return you get from your items and hopefully minimise any effort or stress involved.
First off, it’s very important to be brutally honest about the condition of the items that you are selling. If you are posting items online that are not in pristine condition, be sure to point out the blemishes or faults. Damage to your items is likely to lead to a reduction in the price you can expect, but failing to tell a potential buyer about the damage could result in them walking away. If posting an item for auction, it is always best to take photographs of scuffs or marks on the item, so that a buyer can make a decision over whether or not they want to bid.
Whilst you may have a figure in your head that you want to make by selling your items, remember the value of something only really lies in what somebody is prepared to pay for it. Your copy of Katie Price’s autobiography may be a first edition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean people will want to fall over themselves to own it, therefore the price may not be as high as you expect it to be.
Peter Lofthouse is a firm believer that selling stuff is easy online. When he is not writing, Peter is usually spending time weeding in his allotment.