eBay http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8/all en-US Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/three_coffee_mugs_75581393.jpg" alt="Making money and decluttering by selling unlikely treasures" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may want to take one last peek through those boxes sitting in the garage before donating the contents to your local Goodwill. Turns out there are some surprising items in your home that others are willing to take off your hands for significant cash. Your junk being another person's treasure has never been truer. Here are the items worth knowing about.</p> <h2>1. Coffee Mugs</h2> <p>A couple years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon the underground world of coffee mug collectors. I was doing my annual eBay roundup of all the items in my home that I didn't use, and on a whim, I threw in two coffee mugs that I had no need for. I snapped some pictures, wrote a brief description, put up the eBay listings, and lo and behold, a bidding war erupted on the last day of both auctions. I ended up selling a House of Blues mug for $23 and a Starbucks mug for close to $28.</p> <p>I was so blown away with the success of my coffee mug auctions that I decided to do some research. I discovered that there are many eBay sellers who fervently search local thrift stores for coffee mugs that they can turn a quick profit on. Coffee mugs that sell really well include anything Disney, vintage restaurant mugs, Starbucks, vintage Pyrex, and mugs with famous people, places, and TV shows on them. Always search eBay &quot;completed listings&quot; to determine the value of coffee mugs. The <a href="http://anywhere.ebay.com/">eBay app</a> allows you to do this while you're in the thrift store to determine if you may have just found a hidden gem.</p> <h2>2. Name Brand Clothing</h2> <p>If you have a closet full of clothing you don't wear anymore, considering selling it rather than donating it. If it's a brand-name label, you have a much better chance of cashing in as buyers are more familiar with sizing and styles. Brands that sell well include American Eagle, Gap, Banana Republic, Land's End, Calvin Klein, Express, and Abercrombie &amp; Fitch. Consider sites like&nbsp;<a href="https://poshmark.com/">Poshmark</a>, which allow you to create a listing within 60 seconds and quickly have your unwanted clothing in front of a million prospective shoppers. Many Poshmark users have actually created a full-time income for themselves by selling thrift store finds.</p> <p>Perhaps the best way to sell clothing online is to utilize the power of eBay. Not only can you take advantage of their huge reach, but they make the transaction easy via their interface. Be sure to take good pictures of the item and write an honest description. I like to package the item and weigh it before creating the listing so I can charge accurate shipping fees.</p> <p>Also, because eBay users are searching for the exact item and size you're selling, be careful when creating auction lots with multiple clothing items. For example, if you're selling men's jeans and you have two pair size 34x34, and one pair in size 33x34, you'll have a tough time selling all three together in a lot, even if they all basically fit the same. You'll have much better success selling the 34x34 pairs together and the 33x34 separately.</p> <p>Also, don't forget about more traditional ways of selling clothing via a yard sale or at a community or church sale. While you might not get top dollar like you can online, you'll be able to unload a lot of inventory quickly.</p> <h2>3. Baby Gear and Clothing</h2> <p>Don't put your unused stroller, crib, or playpen in the attic. The same can be said for gently used baby clothing and gear. Because baby items are typically outgrown before they wear out, they make for terrific items to sell both online and at local baby shops. Brands that typically sell well include Baby Bjorn, Gymboree, Baby Gap, Hanna Andersson, Graco, Peg Perego, and Children's Place. For best results, sell clothing online via eBay and bundle items together to make complete outfits. They tend to sell really well this way, especially when you take good pictures and write a detailed description.</p> <p>When selling bulkier baby gear, you have two solid options. You can sell it on <a href="http://craigslist.org">Craigslist</a> if you're comfortable with the process, or you can opt for local retail shops like <a href="http://www.childrensorchard.com/">Children's Orchard</a>, <a href="http://www.onceuponachild.com/locations#us">Once Upon a Child</a>, or <a href="http://kidtokid.com/stores/">Kid to Kid</a>. Name brands in good to excellent condition have a premium and you can typically get a great deal if you're willing to accept store credit as payment. You can then use the proceeds to buy the sizes that your kids are currently wearing.</p> <h2>4. Past Amazon Purchases</h2> <p>Are you aware of a service from Amazon called <a href="http://amzn.to/1TYF2Ar">Amazon Trade-In</a>, which buys back your past purchases that you have no need for anymore? Once you're signed-in, Amazon will go back through your order history and tell you what they'll buy back, and for how much. I recently tested out the service and was happily surprised when I discovered they would buy back a rarely played Xbox game that we gave our son for Christmas. We bought it for $25 over six months ago, and they'll buy it back for $14. This buyback amount was 25% better that what our local GameStop would pay for it. The best part is Amazon uses prepaid shipping labels which allow you to ship the item back free of charge.</p> <p>Also, it's worth noting that items don't have to be purchased from Amazon to be eligible for a buyback. From the Amazon Trade-In homepage, click on &quot;Find More Items&quot; and simply enter the item you want to sell, and they'll give you a price quote. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a>)</p> <h2>5. Old Smartphones</h2> <p>Depending on the age, condition, and demand for your old smartphone, you can make a pretty penny by selling it online. Rather than throwing your old smartphone in the desk drawer, sites like <a href="https://swappa.com/">Swappa</a> and <a href="https://www.gazelle.com/">Gazelle</a> are great options to consider. Both will happily take your phone, pay the shipping, and give you cold hard cash for your device. You can quickly get a free quote from them by answering a few questions about your smartphone. Do you have an old iPhone 5 (16GB) collecting dust? Swappa will buy it for $112. While devices can show normal signs of wear and tear, they must be fully functional and ready to activate to get top dollar. They'll take broken devices too, just don't expect a big payday.</p> <p>If you're the type of smartphone user who always needs the newest and greatest, consider selling your old smartphone to one of these sites before the new model is released. By doing so, you'll get top dollar as prices for last season's model plummet once the new model is released. Once you get word of the impending new model, start strategizing your sale and have a cheap smartphone at the ready as a backup during the transition period.</p> <p><em>What stuff laying around your home have you been able to sell for some extra money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Amazon baby gear cleaning clothes collectibles craigslist donating eBay goodwill selling Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Kyle James 1733678 at http://www.wisebread.com Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clothing_store_owner_000085125681.jpg" alt="Woman using retail pricing secrets to earn more" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to move product like a boss in the retail arena? Implement a few of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys" target="_blank">pricing secrets used by consumer giants</a> (even if you're a bit player in the online game) to see an uptick in sales.</p> <h2>Use a Colored Tag System</h2> <p>Help your customers easily discern what's full price and what's marked to move with a color-coded tagging system. Home Depot, for example, uses white tags to indicate full price items and yellow tags for clearance merchandise, says <a href="http://smatterist.com/6388/secrets-retailers-dont-want-you-to-know-about-their-price-tag-codes/">Smatterist</a>. This, of course, only works if you have physical items and buyers you can watch, but you'll definitely see what customers gravitate to if they can easily decipher what's on sale and what isn't.</p> <h2>Place Clearance and Sale Items in the Back of the &quot;Store&quot;</h2> <p>Placing clearance and other marked-to-move items in the back of the store is an industry best practice. How do I know? Because I'm conditioned (and you probably are, too) to head straight to the back of the retailer's setup to discover the can't-be-beat deals. Another reason this strategy is attractive to so many retailers is that you have to walk past all the new arrivals and full-priced items along the way &mdash; and they're hoping you'll find something you like there, too. If they put the sale stuff up front, you likely wouldn't venture past that section, and neither will your customers.</p> <h2>Offer Discounts on Damaged Goods</h2> <p>Recently I was shopping at West Elm to furnish a new home I purchased. I had a good idea of most of the items I wanted, but I also took a look around the store for items I knew I needed but hadn't yet settled on from other retailers. In the front window of the store and also in a corner on the second level were items designated as &quot;floor models&quot; that I was told were discounted heavily because they needed to make space for new-season arrivals. As such, I scored a dining table for about $500 off the original price, and two large area rugs, for 50% and 70% off, respectively.</p> <p>These items aren't without their flaws, mind you &mdash; the glass tabletop has a small scratch on it, and the rugs have been walked on by other people &mdash; but everything was still in great enough condition to overlook the minor damage considering the excellent price.</p> <p>If you have stuff that's still perfectly good, but marked by use, drop the price so it's still attractive despite whatever imperfections it may have and make those flaws a feature. If the customer feels like they're walking away with a bargain, those little dents and dings won't matter a bit.</p> <h2>Establish BOGO Deals if You Need to Move Inventory</h2> <p>If you have an abundance of inventory &mdash; maybe you came upon a surplus of items from a recent treasure hunt &mdash; consider offering a buy-one-get-one promotion to get the product out of the store and, thus, money in your pocket faster.</p> <h2>Price Your Items Higher With Room for Negotiation</h2> <p>Whenever I sell items online or at a yard sale, I price them for what I'd like to get for them &mdash; and that's typically higher than what I reasonably think people will pay for the items. And it's all very carefully planned out. I price items this way, because I know people will haggle. Considering the arrival of the eventual bargain hunter, then, I'm putting myself in a position to lower the price to one that they can handle and still walk away satisfied that the final price was one with which I can be happy.</p> <h2>Undercut the Competition</h2> <p>I run a couple businesses myself, though admittedly none of which deal with physical merchandise, but my strategy is always the same: Undercut the competition. If you have a quality product or service and your prices/fees are below the competition, the customers will come. Just don't slash your prices so low that you don't make any money. That's the best way to go bankrupt, which is definitely not this strategy's endgame.</p> <h2>Earn a Little More From Shipping and Other &quot;Fees&quot;</h2> <p>If you're an avid online seller &mdash; eBay, for instance &mdash; you already know that shipping fees can add a few extra bucks to your bottom line with each transaction. All of us have become accustomed to paying these fees when shopping online, so there's not much danger in turning the customer off &mdash; especially if you're a small, mom-and-pop-type retailer. But you want to make sure these fees are proportionate to the product and remain affordable. What I mean by that is if you're selling clothing, you can't charge $20 for shipping like you could an item with more weight, like sports equipment. Just be insightful enough to keep the fees acceptable so there's no red flag from the customer's side and you'll walk away a winner.</p> <p><em>What tricks do you use to help move your stuff faster?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-cash-on-new-clothes">12 Ways to Save Cash on New Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping eBay negotiating pricing secrets retail sales strategies selling Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1691582 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Surprising Things That Sell Big on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-things-that-sell-big-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-surprising-things-that-sell-big-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_computer_000044048410.jpg" alt="Woman finding surprising things that sell big on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on surprising things that you can sell on eBay, over 100 cheap or free things to do this summer, and ways to capture your best ideas.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/things-you-didnt-know-can-sell-on-ebay/">9 Things You Didn&rsquo;t Know You Can Sell On eBay</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, empty egg cartons and toilet paper rolls are in high demand due to their many uses for arts and crafts. [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Things-Do-Summer-37421848">100+ Cheap or Free Things to Do This Summer</a> &mdash; Slip and slides aren't just for kids! Set one up in your yard, invite your friends over, and have some fun under the sun. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/04/5-tips-for-capturing-your-brains-best-ideas/">5 Tips for Capturing Your Brain&rsquo;s Best Ideas</a> &mdash; Habits actually stimulate creativity. As your body goes through the motions, your mind is free to wander. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0416/Five-ways-kids-stress-your-finances-and-what-you-can-do-about-it">Five ways kids stress your finances (and what you can do about it)</a> &mdash; There's no denying that kids are expensive, but many parents spend too much money on their kids for things they don't really need. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2016/04/18/how-to-overhaul-your-budget/">How to Determine When Your Budget Needs An Overhaul</a> &mdash; Your life is constantly changing, and there are certain situations where your budget will need to change, too. [Living On 50]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://profinanceblog.com/4-tips-for-successful-blogging-on-linkedin.html">4 Tips for Successful Blogging on LinkedIn</a> &mdash; A successful long-form post on LinkedIn looks very different from your typical blog post. Follow these tips to create awesome content on LinkedIn and give a boost to your professional network. [Pro Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/5-smart-steps-to-organizing-a-project/">5 Smart Steps to Organizing a Project</a> &mdash; After you have named your project and set a due date, list out the broad categories that make up your project. For example, if you're planning a party, the categories could be cake, utensils, decorations, music, and guests. [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2016/04/7-creative-hot-dog-toppings-for-your-backyard-bbq/">7 Creative Hot Dog Toppings for Your Backyard BBQ</a> &mdash; Give your BBQ an island flair by making Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa. [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/planning-your-long-term-financial-objectives/">Planning Your Long-term Financial Objectives</a> &mdash; Break down your long-term objective into smaller, more manageable milestones. [Lazy Man &amp; Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/should-the-school-day-start-later-for-high-schoolers">Should the School Day Start Later for High Schoolers?</a> &mdash; Studies show that there are educational and health benefits for teens when the school day starts later. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-things-that-sell-big-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ebay-s-non-paying-bidders">EBay’s Non-Paying Bidders</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips eBay Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1693784 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Money Lessons I Learned From Thrift-Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thrifting_happy_000055795106.jpg" alt="woman learning money lessons from thrift shopping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been an avid thrift-shopper for the past three decades. Beyond a simple hobby, I have to admit thrift-shopping is a bit of an obsession for me &mdash; it channels my inner treasure hunter and provides an endless source of entertainment. (I'm a cheap date.) And besides saving me thousands of dollars over the years, it's also helped me learn a few important financial principles, too. Here are seven money lessons I've learned from thrift-shopping.</p> <h2>1. Retail Markups Can Be Massive</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Retail markup on common items</a> is so steep it should make most store managers blush. Between wholesale and retail, eyeglasses can be marked up by as much as 1000%, jeans 350%, and furniture 400%. While I don't begrudge anyone turning a healthy profit, I don't want to be the one to pay it. Thrift-shopping helps maximize my budget by minimizing my exposure to excessive markups.</p> <h2>2. Depreciation Is a Powerful Force</h2> <p>Depreciation is the reduction in value an item experiences over time, usually due to wear and tear. But depreciation can happen without any wear at all. Drive that brand-new car off the lot and it's immediately transformed into a used car that's worth about 25% less. At a certain point, the downward force of depreciation becomes so significant that those of us who buy second-hand are getting great items at or below the manufacturer's cost of production.</p> <h2>3. Retail Discounts Aren't So Great</h2> <p>Considering retail markup can be a few hundred percent on some items, even the most generous discounts seem cheap by comparison. Why do we get such a charge out of saving 15% percent on an item selling 400% above wholesale? When we purchase a new item in a department store, we're not just covering excessive retail markup; we're also shouldering the biggest depreciation event &mdash; taking an item from coveted <em>new</em> status to scorned <em>used</em> status. Those of us who buy second-hand are side-stepping each of these forces and saving money in the process.</p> <h2>4. Value Is Arbitrary</h2> <p>Once we understand how retail mark-ups and depreciation work, it easier to grasp one essential truth: Value is an arbitrary thing. It's profoundly influenced by the retail industry, the marketing companies they employ, and our own tendency to favor new stuff over used stuff. Forget what you've been taught. Broaden your perception of value and save loads of cash.</p> <h2>5. Simplicity Saves Money</h2> <p>We live in a nation of excess and few places showcase that excess more clearly than thrift stores. Items are cast off as styles change, as technology changes, and as trends fade away. The next time you're in a second-hand store, consider the amount of cash all that inventory cost when new. It's a constant reminder to keep things simple, gravitate toward quality and classic styles, and avoid falling victim to expensive trends.</p> <h2>6. Planning Matters</h2> <p>Thrift-shopping is a game of chance and timing. To make of the most of it, you have to know what you need today and what you'll probably need six months from now. Once you're looking through a wider scope, you can spot bargains, seize deals, and avoid those last-minute &mdash; and expensive &mdash; buys at the department store.</p> <h2>7. There Are Business Opportunities Everywhere</h2> <p>Fact: People love to buy stuff, but not everyone has the time to hunt for what they want or the talent to spot a gem in a pile of junk. Enter the thrift-shoppers, the auction-goers, and the diehard flea market fans. Well before the Internet made selling a snap, I was flipping thrift-store finds to antique dealers and interior designers in Chicago. It turned something I loved to do anyway into a profitable business and helped me think more creatively and independently about income. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money?ref=seealso">5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money</a>)</p> <p>So, the next time you find yourself near a thrift store with the kids in tow, stop and take 30 minutes to browse around. It's not only a hotspot for bargains; it's the perfect place to learn about saving (and making) money.</p> <p><em>Are you a thrift-shopper? How has it changed how you think about money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-isnt-always-better-12-used-things-to-love">New Isn&#039;t Always Better: 12 Used Things to Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try">You Can’t Save if You Don’t Try</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things">4 Reasons You Should Splurge on Experiences, Not Things</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping antiques eBay flipping money lesson resale thrift shops thrifting Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:30:13 +0000 Kentin Waits 1687435 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_collection_000039290234.jpg" alt="Woman discovering what should buy and sell on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt that eBay has become a go-to place for anyone looking for a deal. But whether using traditional auctions, or the more popular Buy It Now option, what should you be going to eBay for first? And, what should you be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">selling on eBay</a> to ensure you get the most money for your items?</p> <h2>What to Buy on eBay</h2> <p>For all this stuff, eBay is the place to shop.</p> <h3>1. Personalized Items</h3> <p>Back in the day, a personalized item (whether for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or loved one) was something that cost quite a bit of money. Nowadays, thanks to eBay and international sellers, you can get some truly awesome items for a fraction of what you would expect. I recently used eBay to find a Ghostbusters nametag for my Halloween outfit this year, finding someone willing to custom embroider my last name, in the exact font and colors used in the movie, for $10 including shipping. I was astonished &mdash; it was great quality, too. I've ordered nameplates, shirts, hats, monogrammed pens, and so many other items for almost the same cost as it would be without the personalization.</p> <h3>2. Anything Vintage, Rare, or Hard to Find</h3> <p>If you can think of it, you'll probably find it on eBay. If you're into Star Trek comics from the '80s, or souvenirs from Alcatraz, there will be someone out there on eBay selling it &mdash; it's why I always go to eBay first when I'm looking for something nostalgic. I've found old TV shows that regular stores won't carry, original Xbox games, action figures from my childhood, and crazy shirts and suits from the 1960s. The best thing about eBay is that you can shop for all of these items in one place, add them to your cart, and do one checkout. Your payment will be sent to the multiple sellers separately.</p> <h3>3. Used and Refurbished Tools</h3> <p>Great tools can be very expensive. Of course, cheap tools may save you money in the short term, but they will break, or worse, cause an injury. But, you don't have to go to the hardware stores and pay top dollar for top tools. The selection you'll find on eBay will stagger you, and will always come in cheaper than those you'll find in stores near you. From power drills and sanders, to wrenches and garden tools, eBay has everything you want &mdash; most of the time with free shipping. Just don't wait until the last minute to order something.</p> <h3>4. Jewelry</h3> <p>Provided you know your size (and many places online will let you <a href="http://images.zales.com/images/popups/zales_ringsizer.pdf">download a sizing chart</a> for free anyway), you can get some insane deals on all kinds of jewelry, from high-end valuables, to $10 rings and necklaces. The selection available on eBay will dwarf anything at a brick-and-mortar jeweler, and you can benefit from eBay's buyer guarantees. I have a bunch of very large, intricate skull rings that I found on eBay for between $10 and $20 apiece. They all came with free shipping, and are made of surgical steel. Would I have liked silver? Maybe, but they look exactly the same and cost 10 times less. I get comments on them all the time, and when people ask which store I got them from, I always say eBay. Most people seem surprised.</p> <h3>5. Automotive Parts</h3> <p>Make no mistake, if you are looking for parts to replace the broken ones in your car or truck, the last place you want to get them is the dealership or specialist supply store. In every case (unless someone would like to prove otherwise), you are going to be paying significant markups, as these places have to support a large staff, building costs, and all the other overhead. When you shop on eBay, you have access to hundreds and thousands of parts from both licensed sellers, hobbyists, and people who find parts at wrecking yards. As always, you'll be protected by a guarantee from eBay, so if the part is not exactly as described, you can get your money back. Just remember, if it's a used part, you want to inspect it very carefully before having it installed.</p> <h2>What to Sell on eBay</h2> <p>For the most part, if you want to be rid of it, someone else wants to buy it.</p> <h3>6. Your Good Quality Shoes and Clothing</h3> <p>When the time comes to clear out the closet in spring or fall, most of us take those clothes and shoes to the local thrift stores. Not so fast. Take a look through your pile and see what you have.</p> <p>Any high-end name brand clothing and footwear in good condition can earn you a significant amount of money on eBay. An old track jacket that you don't like, or have outgrown, can earn almost all of its money back. Sometimes, you can make more than you paid for it, if the item was a limited edition, or was worn by someone famous in a show or movie. A case in point&hellip;the Black Sabbath T-shirt that Tony Stark wore in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Marvels-Avengers-Two-Disc-Blu-ray-Packaging/dp/B0083SBJXS">The Avengers</a>. Before the movie came out, it was a $5 tee. After, people were paying big money for it, until the stores caught on and issued a reprint. So, next time you clean out the closet, make two piles &mdash; one for thrift, the other for eBay.</p> <h3>7. Fabrics, Curtains, and Sheets</h3> <p>Mark this one down as another category that most of us think is worthless. Or, at least not worth the hassle of selling. Actually, you'd be surprised. In particular, old curtains that may not suit your current décor could be highly prized by someone theming out their apartment or office, particularly if they have a very distinctive or &quot;dated&quot; pattern. What is out of style to some is very chic to others.</p> <p>The same goes for sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, and all those fabric remnants that you have left over from craft projects. You can even sell fabric and upholstery scraps, and I mean the smallest off-cuts. Right now, a pound of leather scraps can sell for $20 including shipping; that's $20 you were about to throw in the trash.</p> <h3>8. Legos</h3> <p>It doesn't matter if you have a complete set, a set missing a few pieces, or a random bucket of assorted Lego bricks &mdash; they will all sell quickly on eBay. And, you may be surprised at how much money you can get. I recently found a Lego Star Wars Imperial Destroyer at my local thrift store for $10. It was still in the box, but was clearly not all there. After doing a count, over 30 pieces were missing. I figured I'd throw it on eBay to see what happened, and it sold for over $100. Some of the figures from these sets can sell for $5&ndash;$10 each!</p> <p>What you have to remember with Lego is that the pieces you have may complete sets other people desperately want to build, and they will pay for it. Lego is also expensive to buy new, and that will never change. So, grab your Lego pieces and bag them up. You can sell them by the pound.</p> <h3>9. Anything Collectible</h3> <p>Whether it's rare baseball cards, signed hockey jerseys, vintage vinyl, or a prototype of an Apple computer from Steve Wozniak's garage, these items will fare way better from the auction-style listings on eBay than a fixed priced listing on Craigslist, or even a garage sale. You also have the chance to reach a worldwide audience, which makes the bidding war international. Something you may have gotten $50&ndash;$100 for may get you ten times that amount on eBay, if you find the right buyer at the right time.</p> <p>A prime example of this is the vintage Denver Nuggets jersey I recently sold on eBay. I was planning to list it for $25 on Craigslist, but instead I started it at $15 on eBay. It was a risk, since I could have gotten $10 less than I wanted. In the end, I got $162 for that jersey. Even after eBay takes their percentage, it's still a much better deal.</p> <h3>10. Cell Phones, Tablets, and Other Tech</h3> <p>When you replace your cell phone, you may be tempted to do a trade-in deal. Don't do it. You will get a rock bottom price for it from the store, because they plan to sell it for a profit. Instead, gather all of the accessories, the charger, and hopefully the original box, and sell it on eBay. The thing that attracts people to used smartphones is that they are not tied to a contract. With a little digging, you may also be able to unlock your phone first, making it suitable for any carrier. A phone you may have gotten $50 for from a store could sell for over $200 on eBay, and it's as simple as taking a few photos and creating a listing.</p> <p>The same thing applies to tablets, smart watches, laptops, and other technology. Even old, broken, and irreparable technology will sell, as it can be dismantled for parts. Do not simply throw these things out until you have first searched eBay for current prices.</p> <p><em>What items have you bought or sold on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping buying eBay online auctions selling Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:20 +0000 Paul Michael 1500624 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_playing_000044876558.jpg" alt="Child playing with common household item that you can sell on eBay " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems that nothing is too head-scratchingly weird to be placed up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">for sale on eBay</a>. But what if I told you that you could earn some extra cash on eBay by selling common household items that most of us toss without a second thought?</p> <p>This is definitely an example of one person's trash being another's treasure. Selling what is typically considered garbage can net you a few hundred dollars a year from eBay and have you rethinking what you throw away. Did you know that you could make money selling:</p> <h2>1. Paper Towel and Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tubes</h2> <p>I know, right? Who would have thought that people would pay money for the cardboard tubes of spent tissue? The people who are selling them on eBay and making money, that's who! It seems that these recyclable goodies are popular for arts and crafts projects.</p> <p>To cash in you'll need to stock up before you sell, saving at least 35 empty tubes. So grab a bag, toss in those tubes, and let them add up. Depending on the size of your family and how quickly you go through rolls will determine how often you can sell on eBay. It's not uncommon for<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=paper+towel+cardboard&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty cardboard tubes</a> to sell for $10, $20 or $30. That's pretty good for something that is literally tossed in the recycling bin.</p> <h2>2. Empty Egg Cartons</h2> <p>To think I felt good about myself because I made a point of placing my empty egg cartons in the correct recycling bin for trash pickup. Who knew I could give them new life and bring people joy (and earn some extra cash) by selling them on eBay?</p> <p>Like the cardboard tubes above, egg cartons seem to be wanted by the arts and crafts crowd. It's not uncommon for a stack of<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=egg+carton&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty egg cartons</a> to sell for $10 to $20, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are cardboard or foam. They are easily stackable and won't take up much space while you collect enough to sell. By saving my cartons (and taking my parents' empties), I should be able to sell a few stacks a year.</p> <h2>3. Coupons</h2> <p>How would you like to make $5 to $10 for selling one coupon? Sounds crazy, right? But there's a market for these recyclable bits. Some coupons seem to sell at a premium. For instance, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=pottery+barn+coupon&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">15% coupon from Pottery Barn</a>, or other high end stores, regularly sells for $9.99, and a $25 coupon sells for $14.99. Coupons for many other retailers like Macy's, Target, Home Depot, and more sell well too. The beauty of this is all you have to do is wait for them to show up in the mail and sell what you're not using. Doing this once a month could probably net you an additional $50&ndash;$75 a year.</p> <h2>4. Magazines</h2> <p>After being convinced that I needed to part with some of my beloved magazines, I jokingly implored my husband to check on eBay to see if anyone would buy them. I was surprised to find out that I could make money selling my old issues, and I started cleaning house!</p> <p>Which magazines sell? The specific magazines and the prices they will sell for vary. For instance, one back issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray sold for $5, while a group of 11 magazines from 2008 to 2011 sold for $19.99. We're not talking rare or vintage stuff here, just regular issues that people are selling after reading them. Spend a few minutes on eBay looking up your magazines and you could be ready to sell and make some money too!</p> <h2>5. Old Computer Software</h2> <p>If you have software for computers you replaced years ago, you may be able to sell them for extra cash on eBay. That's exactly what I did when I discovered a bunch of old software in my junk storage drawer. Think no one is interested in your <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=microsoft+office+2003&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">2003 Microsoft Word software</a>? Think again. That'll sell for $15 to $30 on eBay. And that's just one example. The amount of software out there is vast, so it's impossible to provide a lot of specifics for what will sell. However, it doesn't take long to check. Seriously, it's a potential gold mine. Pull out those old disks and check away.</p> <h2>6. Empty Makeup Containers</h2> <p>Specifically, the empty makeup containers of a specific high end brand, M.A.C., are in high demand. They are popular because of the retailer's &quot;Back to M.A.C.&quot; rewards program where customers can exchange six empty M.A.C. makeup containers for a free lipstick. At $16 a pop, people are looking for ways to get their pricey lipstick for less. <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=MAC+makeup+container&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">Empty M.A.C. containers</a> sell anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on the number for sale and the cost of shipping. If you use this brand, it's an opportunity to score some extra cash. If you're looking for a way to get your M.A.C. for less, well, here it is.</p> <p>So there you have it, six examples of common household trash items that can be sold on eBay for a few hundred dollars per year. I'll be looking for others because I'm sure there are more. That's my type of recycling.</p> <p><em>What crazy items do YOU sell on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-business-of-ebay">The Business of eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay junk recycling selling trash Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Kim Owens 1416919 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-466231609-small copy.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everybody loves a good online bargain, and eBay is one of those places where you can find great deals...or you could be totally ripped off. Here are the secrets to getting the best price on eBay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money?ref=seealso">5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Still Make Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Search for Misspelled Items</h2> <p>You know what you want: a Tiffany's silver bracelet. Like everybody else you're going to type &quot;tiffany silver bracelet&quot; in the search box and start browsing sellers. The problem with this approach is that you may get in bidding wars with other people because you're looking where everybody is looking.</p> <p>Instead, start your search with misspelled variations from your desired item. For example, &quot;tifany silver bracelet,&quot; &quot;tifanny silver bracelet,&quot; or &quot;tiffanny silver bracelet.&quot; If you are stumped for misspelling ideas, use an <a href="http://fatfingers.com">eBay typo search generator</a>. Focusing on misspelled items is like hiding your item at a store before the sale &mdash; there will be fewer people finding it or entering bids on it.</p> <h2>2. Search for Items at Night</h2> <p>Another way to minimize your competition is to do your shopping at night. eBay is a site available around the world, so while it may still be a couple of hours before bedtime for you, others may be sound asleep.</p> <p>Take advantage of your time zone and filter those items by &quot;ending soonest.&quot; You may be able to get away with closing on bids while the competition is sleeping. A variation of this technique is to do searches during business hours. Just don't let the boss catch you.</p> <h2>3. Buy From Sellers With 20-49 Ratings</h2> <p>The more stars a seller has, the better. However, even those amazing sellers had to start somewhere. As an eBay seller with over 210 ratings, I can tell you that eBay does a good job at continuously motivating us to get to 50 stars. Any seller that has between <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/help/feedback/scores-reputation.html">10 to 49 stars</a> has a yellow star. Once a seller reaches 50 ratings, the star changes to blue.</p> <p>While this may sound trivial, it is a big deal for a seller. &quot;Going blue&quot; is a big boost for position of items on search results and a major way to provide confidence to buyers. Sellers with 20 to 49 ratings work harder for buyer business and are more willing to accommodate your requests, such as asking for a discount or negotiating shipping charges. Just make sure to be polite when contacting them. Nobody likes a rude customer.</p> <p>The longer that you stick with an eBay seller on the journey to the 50 ratings marks, the more perks the seller may provide you.</p> <h2>4. Check Price at Amazon</h2> <p>It is not unusual for eBay sellers to either sell at Amazon or keep a close eye of similar items at Amazon. If you are able to find the exact same item on Amazon, contact the buyer, provide the URL, and ask if the seller would be willing to match the price. Just make sure that you are comparing &quot;apples to apples,&quot; and that the total price, including shipping, is indeed lower.</p> <p>This strategy is a good one because you are showing the seller that you're ready to buy. Few sellers can resist closing on a sale. After all, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Even if the seller cannot match the price, they may be able to knock off a couple dollars off.</p> <h2>5. Negotiate Shipping</h2> <p>Lowering shipping charges is easier than actual price. There are two main ways to do it. First, when planning to buy several items from a buyer, ask about discounted shipping for multiple items. This is a surefire way to bring costs down.</p> <p>Second, if you are willing to wait longer, then ask for cheaper shipping alternatives. For example, when buying books, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, or other forms of media accepted by USPS, the buyer could use USPS Media Mail. When buying big, yet very light items, a seller could use Parcel Select Lightweight.</p> <p>Unless you have dealt with the seller in the past, it is not recommended that you accept shipping without tracking. While you could potentially save even more without it, the lack of tracking could cause headaches for both parties if things don't go as planned.</p> <h2>6. Don't Forget About Your Coupon Codes</h2> <p>You'd be surprised at the number of buyers that forget to use their <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/ebay-bucks.html">eBay Bucks</a>. Because the eBay Bucks coupon codes are issued every quarter, people often forget about them. On top of that, sometimes the codes are not automatically applied to purchases.</p> <p>Before completing a purchase, check if you have an available code from the eBay Bucks section of &quot;My eBay,&quot; copy it, and enter it in the &quot;Coupons, gift cards or certificates&quot; promotional box at the bottom of your checkout page.</p> <p>Another place to check for additional promo codes are the &quot;From eBay&quot; message inbox and the drop down menu labeled &quot;My eBay&quot; at the upper right corner when viewing the site on your desktop.</p> <h2>7. Read Return Policies</h2> <p>You pay for what you get. So, don't pay for a headache! Some sellers might be willing to negotiate with you when dealing with used items, but they may be quick to say &quot;no returns, no exceptions.&quot; Sometimes they may not say anything at all and assume that you have read their policies listed on the product page.</p> <p>Before clicking on the pay button, read the seller's policies in detail. If you're not comfortable with what you just read (e.g. &quot;buyer pays for shipping in case of return or exchange,&quot; &quot;there is a 20% restocking fee,&quot; &quot;all sales final&quot;), then it may not be worth your time to deal with this seller at all. Remember that the hidden cost of any transaction is the opportunity cost, and in the case of an eBay purchase it is the cost of return, exchange, or refund. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-psychology-of-money-how-a-t-shirt-equals-a-taco?ref=seealso">How a T-Shirt Equals a Taco</a>)</p> <p><em>What are other ways to get the best price on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need">The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-didnt-know-you-should-be-negotiating">12 Surprising Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Should Be Negotiating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try">You Can’t Save if You Don’t Try</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping deals discounts eBay negotiating shopping Thu, 29 May 2014 08:12:17 +0000 Damian Davila 1140876 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Can Resell on eBay That Make the Most Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clothing-158001066.jpg" alt="vintage suit" title="vintage suit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, it's easy to feel like eBay's moment in the sun has passed &mdash; at least as a seller. The heady days of flipping almost any item for a stratospheric profit may be over, but the market is still rife with opportunity for sellers willing to do a little research and find veins of hot &quot;sleeper&quot; items that are underserved by other listers. As an active eBay seller for the past 12 years, and at the risk of bolstering my own competition, let me share five fairly random categories of items that have served me well recently. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items?ref=seealso">Should I Sell This on Craigslist or eBay?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Vintage Three-Piece Suits</h2> <p>I hate to sound like I'm generalizing, but hipsters in New York and Los Angeles are wild for three-piece suits. Vintage fitted styles, subtle patterns, and flat-front trousers are a few of the essential features that moves every single suit I list within a week. In my neck of the woods, I can usually score a vintage suit for $6.00 and flip it for $45.00 to $65.00, depending on quality, condition, style, etc. For quick sales and highest profits, avoid suits that have been dramatically tailored to fit a very specific body type, have noticeable wear, are missing buttons, or have non-functional zippers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">No-Sew Ways to Fix Clothing</a>)</p> <h2>2. Vintage Wingtips</h2> <p>Those fly suits need seriously stylish shoes from the same era. Men's vintage leather wingtips are a consistently hot seller, as buyers realize that new shoes of the same quality would set them back a few hundred bucks.</p> <p>Go-to brands in this category are vintage Florsheim, Hanover, and O'Sullivan shoes. Look for leather uppers and leather soles, five-nail construction (which attaches the heel to the body of the shoe), and other markers of quality. In my area, it's possible to score a great pair of vintage kicks for $4.00 or $5.00 and resell them easily for $35.00 to $40.00.</p> <h2>3. Mid-Century Modern&hellip; Anything</h2> <p>The mid-century modern aesthetic has definitely caught on, and I won't win any recognition for being the first to market with Sputnik light fixtures or Eames chairs. But the continued opportunity in this category lies in the fact that many traditional antique dealers are still ignoring this era. It's completely possible in some parts of the country to pick up gems from the 1950s and 1960s for next to nothing, as the old guard scouts around for earlier twentieth century stock. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-an-antique-how-to-tell-if-you-should-refinish-wooden-furniture?ref=seealso">How to Tell if You Should Refinish Wooden Furniture</a>)</p> <p>To illustrate, just a few months ago while on vacation in Oregon, a friend of mine and I found a rare Eames wire and dowel desk chair for $14.99 at a thrift store. We promptly listed and sold it for $450.00. Sure, those big-ticket flips don't happen every day, but there's a range of smaller mid-century items like vases, lamps, dinnerware, and artwork that can still fetch healthy profits.</p> <h2>4. Emo Clothing</h2> <p>Short for emotional, <em>Emo</em> is a style of rock music, but there's a strong associated fashion sense. Vintage souvenir t-shirts, ironic clothing of all sorts, and work jackets that advertise almost anything are just a few items that capture this youthful style. A quick eBay keyword search that includes the term, &quot;emo,&quot; results in a nondescript vintage cardigan that someone paid $50.00 for and (dare I say it?) dozens of cheesy vintage track suits selling like hotcakes. Besides Emo, see what other vintage fashion items are hot sellers by searching with keywords like &quot;rockabilly,&quot; &quot;punk,&quot; and &quot;bobber.&quot;</p> <h2>5.Vintage Ralph Lauren Clothing</h2> <p>Yes, this <em>is</em> your dad's Ralph Lauren clothing. Think 1980s and '90s preppie as you scout around for vintage Polo brand clothing. If you can find it cheap enough, there's a tidy profit to be made. Remember the Ralph Lauren teddy bear insignia? Well, a men's sweater with that iconic bear woven into it recently sold for $202.00 on eBay. Just last week, I sold a vintage Ralph Lauren oxford with a teddy bear insignia embroidered on the chest pocket for $42.00. (I paid $3.59 for it.) Don't tell me there aren't scores of similar classic shirts and sweaters floating around in thrift stores just waiting to be discovered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping?ref=seealso">Criteria for Thrift Store Clothing</a>)</p> <p>Is your thrifting muscle twitching yet? If not, do some scouting around on eBay and randomly search for items you run across consistently in local auctions, flea markets, or yard sales. See what's selling and what's not. The wonderful thing about selling online is the wonderful thing about fashion &mdash; it's dynamic, and what's a dud today may be white-hot next month. EBay makes it easy to review what items have sold for in the recent past and sort by highest-to-lowest sale price. This type of legwork really pays off and can sometimes make you the only local buyer for entire categories of items &mdash; and as a seller, that's exactly where you want to be.</p> <p><em>Are you a current or wannabe online seller? What niche products sell well for you and what advice would you give to sellers just starting out?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-can-resell-on-ebay-that-make-the-most-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ebay-s-non-paying-bidders">EBay’s Non-Paying Bidders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay ebay resale resales thrift stores Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:48:15 +0000 Kentin Waits 1136818 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: When Are eBay and Craigslist Worth It? http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-4386339-small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on when eBay and Craigslist are worth it, things you never thought you could DIY, and saving money in your home office.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it-and-when-should-514285664">When Are eBay and Craigslist Worth It (and When Should I Stay Away?)</a> &mdash; Don't buy mattresses or items that need repair from eBay or Craigslist. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Incredible-DIY-Projects-30789312">No Way! 18 Incredible Things You Never Thought You Could DIY</a> &mdash; The next time you want to buy a ring, make one yourself out of a quarter! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-home-office/">7 Smart Tips to Save Money in Your Home Office</a> &mdash; Save money in your home office by using a power strip and making use of blinds and drapes. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/the-power-of-saying-thank-you-to-improve-your-life/">The Power Of Saying Thank You To Improve Your Life</a> &mdash; Expressing thanks to someone can help you focus on someone else instead of focusing on your problems. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1007-why-extended-warranties-for-new-tires-are-a-waste-of-money.html">Why Extended Warranties for New Tires Are A Waste of Money</a> &mdash; Extended warranties on new tires are a waste of money because the odds favor the dealer. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/top-5-non-medical-factors-that-affect-your-life-insurance-rates/">Top 5 Non-Medical Factors That Affect Your Life Insurance Rates</a> &mdash; Hazardous occupations and foreign travel can affect your life insurance rates. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/stretch-those-pennies-with-watered-down-cooking">Stretch Those Pennies with Watered-Down Cooking</a> &mdash; Did you know you can add water to milk to make it go farther? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/06/14/5-ways-to-meet-the-right-people/">5 Ways to Meet the Right People</a> &mdash; Being generous and helping others can help you meet the right people. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/06/10-reasons-you-need-to-make-a-decision-today/">10 Reasons You Need to Make a Decision Today</a> &mdash; It is important to make decisions because inaction can lead to a boring life. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/06/ask-yourself-these-seven-empowering.html">Ask Yourself These Seven Empowering Questions to Help You Break Through Your Resentment and Get On with Your Life</a> &mdash; To let go of resentment and get on with your life, ask yourself how important what you are holding onto really is. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips craigslist eBay Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980054 at http://www.wisebread.com From Fine to Fabulous: 7 Ways to Improve Your eBay Business http://www.wisebread.com/from-fine-to-fabulous-7-ways-to-improve-your-ebay-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/from-fine-to-fabulous-7-ways-to-improve-your-ebay-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-4986817-small.jpg" alt="laptop" title="laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Online auction heavyweight eBay has gone through a sea change since it was first launched in 1995. For sellers and buyers and alike, the site <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-changes-to-ebay-that-will-make-you-really-happy" target="_blank">has never been more robust</a>, feature rich, or easier to use than it is right now. But a booming business brings tight competition, and when you combine more people online with easier listing processes, you get a rarefied selling atmosphere where merchants need to stay on top of their game in order to win. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-like-a-ninja-on-ebay" target="_blank">Shop Like a Ninja on eBay</a>)</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been selling on eBay since 1999, and I&rsquo;m always tweaking my strategy to keep my sales consistent and my motivation intact. For longtime sellers and for those new to the biz, I&rsquo;ve created seven tips to boost sales and keep your customers coming back.</p> <h2>1. Personalize Your About Me Page</h2> <p>Your brand is your business, and eBay&rsquo;s About Me page gives buyers a chance to read your story and learn more about the types of items you offer. It&rsquo;s a great place to showcase what&rsquo;s for sale, tout your feedback rating, and reiterate your general selling, payment, and shipping policies. Take a few minutes to customize this page with an image and well-written copy. It will help market your business to current and future fans.</p> <h2>2. List Like a Searcher</h2> <p>Failing to think like a searcher or buyer is perhaps the most common mistake online sellers make. From keyword usage in titles to detailed descriptions and multiple photographs, it&rsquo;s essential to channel buyers when you&rsquo;re selling anything. Ask yourself what words or word combinations would buyers likely use to find an item? What parts of it will they need to see? What measurements or specs will be important to them? What extras are included? Anticipate the common questions buyers might ask and write a description that proactively answers them all.</p> <h2>3. Post More Photos</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s simple; photos sell items. eBay&rsquo;s revised fee structure encourages sellers to post more photos by no longer assessing charges per image. Get shots from different angles and perspectives, showing both the positive and negative details of your item. Use adequate lighting and experiment with simple photo-editing software to improve and refine picture quality.</p> <h2>4. Bullet-Point Your Descriptions</h2> <p>Buyers are often in a hurry &mdash; the simpler and faster <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0" target="_blank">you make the buying process</a>, the better. Rather than long paragraph descriptions, try listing all relevant pieces of information in easy-to-scan bullet points and arrange them in order of importance. Be brief, clear, accurate, and concise.</p> <h2>5. Provide Tracking Information</h2> <p>eBay&rsquo;s seller dashboard makes updates easy. Let sellers know when an item ships and, if relevant, provide tracking numbers so buyers can check on their shipments independently. This will help reduce random &quot;Where&rsquo;s my package?&quot; questions for you and is just good customer service.</p> <h2>6. Include a Thank-You</h2> <p>Including a printed thank-you note in each package you ship is a smart professional touch that will help buyers remember you and, hopefully, keep them coming back again and again. Make sure your note includes your seller ID to make follow-up shopping easier.</p> <h2>7. Leave Appropriate Feedback</h2> <p>Honest and timely feedback is the lifeblood of any online shopping system. Although I&rsquo;m personally not a fan of sellers being unable to leave negative feedback for buyers on eBay (a change that creates an imbalance in the feedback system and makes little sense in the grand scheme of things), at least there&rsquo;s a structure in place to promote easy communication and independent resolution between buyers and sellers. Encourage your buyers to leave appropriate feedback if they&rsquo;re happy with the transaction and to contact you if there&rsquo;s an issue that might lead to a negative score.</p> <p>eBay remains a fantastic venue for moving miscellaneous items as you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter" target="_blank">declutter</a>, making a few extra bucks flipping vintage items, or liquidating a large collection. Sellers just need to work a bit harder, know how to market themselves, and take full advantage of the technology.</p> <p><em>Are you an eBayer? What methods do you use to boost sales and distinguish your service from the competition?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-fine-to-fabulous-7-ways-to-improve-your-ebay-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-changes-to-ebay-that-will-make-you-really-happy">Big Changes to eBay That Will Make You Really Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-wake-up-richer-tomorrow-than-you-are-today">12 Easy Ways to Wake Up Richer Tomorrow Than You Are Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer">9 Ways to Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay selling on ebay side jobs Thu, 30 May 2013 10:24:30 +0000 Kentin Waits 976253 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4357227835_0d31c600b6_z.jpg" alt="facebook" title="facebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have things we don&rsquo;t need or want. The traditional avenues of selling your stuff &mdash; such as Craigslist or eBay &mdash; seem to be overly competitive, or worse, a little unsafe. I&rsquo;ve recently taken to Facebook to get rid of unwanted items and even pick up a few things that would have been cumbersome to buy through those other online channels. Here is how you can use the popular social networking tool to earn cash and clear your home of unwanted clutter! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">15 Places to&nbsp;Sell Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>Find a Group</h2> <p>Most Facebook selling and buying groups are local, or at least limited to a state. This is because people within a certain geographical proximity feel more comfortable dealing with folks that are near them, and the more geographically targeted a group is, the more likely it is that you may actually know the person you are dealing with.</p> <p>To find a group, use the Facebook search field to enter your geographic local and &ldquo;buy&rdquo; or &ldquo;sell.&rdquo; If you live in a very populated area, you may also want to narrow your search by the type of item you are looking to sell (used baby items or farming tools, for example.)</p> <p>Note: There are several third-party apps run through Facebook that have a similar buy/sell listing feature. These are more like classified ads and are not considered Facebook groups. As a result, they are not subject to the rules and terms of Facebook, and I don&rsquo;t recommend them as an alternative to buying or selling.</p> <h2>Join the Group</h2> <p>Many groups aren&rsquo;t open to everyone, meaning you&rsquo;ll have to ask permission to join. Some of the most guarded groups &mdash; those that deal in high-end goods, like jewelry, vehicles, or firearms &mdash; may even require that you are friends with someone in the group and be invited personally.</p> <h2>Read the Rules</h2> <p>All Facebook groups should have a set of rules displayed in the &ldquo;Notes&rdquo; tab of the group, viewable once you&rsquo;ve been accepted. The rules will include details on how to post items for sale, how to deal with potential buyers, and what to do when your item has been sold.</p> <p>Other rules will include:</p> <ul> <li>The number of items per day you can list</li> <li>The number of photos that can accompany each listing</li> <li>Types of items that can be sold</li> <li>How to contact a buyer to coordinate the sale</li> </ul> <h2>List Your First Item</h2> <p>Decide what item you&rsquo;d like to sell first, and use it as a test to make sure you understand the rules.</p> <p>If done correctly, your listing will remain up and you should get comments from those interested in buying. Be sure that you are prompt about answering questions or arranging the details of the sale. If you don&rsquo;t feel comfortable selling to a particular person, for whatever reason, don&rsquo;t feel compelled to sell to them.</p> <h2>Follow Through</h2> <p>Once there is a verbal agreement to buy or sell, make sure you stick with it.</p> <p>Unlike eBay, there is no accountability system, and it is possible for deals to go wrong. Pick a public place to make the exchange, deal with cash or money order, and set expectations of what you expect as a seller. Use the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">same safety rules</a> you would with a Craigslist deal, but understand that you can mitigate quite a few safety issues by taking time to get to know the person on Facebook (friending them first, for example), or by dealing only with those you know, or who are acquaintances of those you know. (Facebook makes it easy to see who knows who; use that feature to qualify buying candidates of large or expensive items.)</p> <p>We have purchased several items in our local community, and even statewide, that we couldn&rsquo;t have gotten without the unique buying/selling forum Facebook can provide. We have done repeat business with people that we have had good deals with (100% in our case).</p> <p>In a time when everyone&rsquo;s trying to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">make a little cash</a>, selling through Facebook is a trend that will grow and become even more popular. Jumping on the trend while it&rsquo;s new can ensure that you clear you closet, raise some cash, and build your reputation and your skills before everyone else catches on.</p> <p><em>Have you made a sale or purchase through Facebook? What was your experience like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ebay-s-non-paying-bidders">EBay’s Non-Paying Bidders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income craigs list eBay Facebook sell your stuff Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:48:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 967507 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers craigslist donations eBay selling trash yard sale Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941366 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Use eBay? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/182013685_36df6e3a90_z-1.jpg" alt="Do You Use eBay?" title="Do You Use eBay?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay#comment-538291"><em>lady</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay#comment-538318"><em>Francesca</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay#comment-538393"><em>Therese</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Everyone has heard of eBay and most people have either participated in eBay's online auctions by either bidding or posting an item for auction. Some people can get caught up in the excitement of a last minute bidding war and reap substantial savings on things they want to purchase while other's find eBay to be a great way to sell their unwanted items. However, other people steer clear of eBay for one reason or another.</p> <p><b>Do you use eBay?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;If so, do you use it to sell items or buy items? If you bought items, were you able to get a good deal? If you don't use eBay, what keeps you from using it?</span></p> <p>Tell us if you use eBay and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 9th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 9th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you use eBay and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-optimistic-about-2011">Ask the Readers: Are You Optimistic About 2011?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-discovery-of-2010">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite Discovery of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers eBay Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 937282 at http://www.wisebread.com Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2869732546_0eebb098ce_z.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While it&rsquo;s still difficult to find a full-time job in this economy, it&rsquo;s easier than ever to make a little extra cash on the side. Virtually anyone with items of value or a skill or service to offer can supplement their income &mdash; with the right resources. From hocking your books and DVDs online to getting cash back for a smartphone, here are 15 ways you can sell nearly anything you think of. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9&nbsp;Ways to Earn&nbsp;Extra Cash&nbsp;When&nbsp;Money&nbsp;Is Tight</a>)</p> <h2>1. Amazon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/">Amazon</a> is a great place to unload books, CDs, DVDs, and games, but there&rsquo;s so much more that you can sell here. Basically anything with a barcode can be listed on the site as long as Amazon recognizes it. I&rsquo;ve sold many items here, including a VHS-to-DVD converter, water bottles, headphones, and tons of other gifts that I didn&rsquo;t want but for which I had no receipt; it&rsquo;s much better to have money in my pocket than clutter in my house.</p> <h2>2. eBay</h2> <p>You can find almost anything you can think of on <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a>. With so many users looking for all manner of &ldquo;stuff,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s a safe bet that you&rsquo;ll be able to unload whatever it is you have to offer. A good trick of this trade is to start the bidding as low as possible. This will help miscellaneous and low-value items sell quicker, but it will also encourage buyers of the higher-priced items to start bidding early.</p> <h2>3. ExchangeMyPhone</h2> <p>This newish site is an excellent way to sell an older smartphone or iPad so you can have money to put toward a newer model. <a href="http://exchangemyphone.com/home">ExchangeMyPhone</a> accepts many popular brands, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia, in various states of condition &mdash; even broken. Of course, you&rsquo;ll get less cash for a broken phone than one that&rsquo;s in pristine condition, but every little bit counts. Plus, it sure beats tossing the broken phone out with nothing to show for it. To put this in perspective, I entered in a used Apple iPhone 4 16G (AT&amp;T) in good condition (some scratches, average use) with no water damage. In turn, I received a quote of $105. When sellers cash out, the service will e-mail a postage-paid shipping label or send a postage-paid padded envelope. Upon receipt and inspection at the warehouse, the seller is paid by their preferred method of cash or PayPal.</p> <h2>4. Craigslist</h2> <p>You can sell lots of valuable items on <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/">Craigslist</a>, but perhaps the most popular is furniture. Craigslist is perfect for getting rid of large, heavy furniture because the buyers are local; they&rsquo;ll come to you and take it off your hands. The only fingers you&rsquo;ll have to lift are the one that take the money.</p> <h2>5. Airbnb</h2> <p>If you have an extra bedroom in your home and you&rsquo;re in an area conducive to travel (although don&rsquo;t brush your area off even if it&rsquo;s not in the city; people travel everywhere for all kinds of reasons), consider listing it on <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>. My husband and I have listed our guest bedroom on the site for the past three years. We&rsquo;ve met hundreds of incredible people from all over the world &mdash; and made a pretty penny in the process. Hands down this is the easiest, most fun way to earn a lot of money on a consistent basis.</p> <h2>6. Etsy</h2> <p>Are you crafty? Ever wanted to sell your creations but couldn&rsquo;t find the marketplace? Enter <a href="http://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a>, the most popular source to sell craft supplies and handmade and vintage wares. There are more than 30 categories in which to list your products, including bags and purses, candles, ceramics and pottery, dolls and miniatures, jewelry, paper goods (like greeting cards), quilts, and toys.</p> <h2>7. Gift Card Granny</h2> <p>Despite gift cards often being advertised as the gift that&rsquo;s always the perfect fit, that&rsquo;s hardly the case. Have you ever received a gift card that you didn&rsquo;t want or need? I know I have; at a white elephant party a couple years ago, I received a gift card to a supermarket that didn&rsquo;t have stores anywhere near my home. Instead of letting a gift card like that go to waste, you can try to recoup at least some of its value in cash by listing it for sale on <a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/">Gift Card Granny</a>. The site says that sellers can get up to 92% cash back for unwanted gift cards. Not too shabby for something you didn&rsquo;t buy in the first place.</p> <h2>8. Car Daddy</h2> <p>Not all vehicles are eligible for a trade-in, but <a href="http://www.cardaddy.com/">Car Daddy</a> lets users to list their unwanted cars and trucks for sale for free. Each listing allows up to 35 photos (the more photos you have, the easier it will be to sell the vehicle), and buyers are local which increases your chances of signing over the title without hassle.</p> <h2>9. Recycle Your Fashions</h2> <p>Every season I clean out my closet and give away clothing that I don&rsquo;t plan to wear to my friends or charity. But, to be honest, that&rsquo;s a wasted money-making opportunity. <a href="http://www.recycleyourfashions.com/">Recycle Your Fashions</a> has people like me in mind by accepting <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">brand-name clothes</a> (a list of acceptable brands is provided) in good condition that someone else may enjoy. As the site says, &ldquo;For every person who is looking to sell items from their closet, there is a buyer out there who is looking for that exact item for the price you are looking to sell it for.&rdquo; Totally true, and definitely worth a shot.</p> <h2>10. Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry</h2> <p>Among the methods I&rsquo;ve listed here to sell your stuff, <a href="http://www.exboyfriendjewelry.com/">Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry</a> one might be my favorite. I&rsquo;m sure there are other sites where users can sell their jewelry, but I particularly like this concept; it has a clever tongue-in-cheek appeal. The tag line is, &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want it. He can&rsquo;t have it back.&rdquo; &mdash; to which I say, touché. There&rsquo;s important information you need to know, though. First, it costs $1.99 to post an ad &mdash; which is a rather low fee when you consider the built-in catharsis. Second, you will be required to tell your story &mdash; and if it&rsquo;s not about an ex, you won&rsquo;t be allowed to participate. I can&rsquo;t help but wonder, however &mdash; what in the world did the ex-boyfriend of the site&rsquo;s creator do to make her so bitter?</p> <h2>11. Cash4Books.net</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s as simple as it sounds &mdash; if you have books to sell, do it at <a href="http://www.cash4books.net/">Cash4Books.net</a>. This site is particularly useful for finding college textbooks since a lot of its users are cash-strapped college students.</p> <h2>12. Ultimate Buy Back</h2> <p>What I like best about <a href="http://ultimatebuyback.com/">Ultimate Buy Back</a> &mdash; where you can sell CDs, DVDs, and video games &mdash; is that there&rsquo;s no guessing game involved. When you enter in the barcode, the site automatically provides you with the fee it&rsquo;s willing to pay (no auction like on eBay and no waiting for the right buyer at your listed price like on Amazon). Once Ultimate Buy Back receives your titles in the mail, you&rsquo;ll get paid. That&rsquo;s money in your pocket in three simple steps.</p> <h2>13. StubHub</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">StubHub</a> is the go-to resource when you have event tickets that you want to sell, such as if you can&rsquo;t make the event or received the tickets as a gift but don&rsquo;t want them. Those should be the only two reasons you&rsquo;re selling your tickets, mind you. Don&rsquo;t be that person who buys up all the seats during presale just to turn around and sell them to the public at a premium. That&rsquo;s just rude, man.</p> <h2>14. CoupRecoup</h2> <p>When you have a stack of Groupons and other daily deals like I do, you run the risk of the deals expiring before you have a chance to redeem them. If you&rsquo;re cutting it close, consider listing your voucher on <a href="http://couprecoup.com/">CoupRecoup</a> in hopes of selling it to someone in your area who can put it to good use &mdash; and pay you for it. Win-win for both parties, in my opinion.</p> <h2>15. Your Front Yard</h2> <p>Even if you think that nobody wants what you have in your attic or garage &mdash; specifically, those knick-knacks and other items that don&rsquo;t seem to have much value &mdash; think again. People will buy anything if the price is right &mdash; even those dust-covered chotchkies that it seems nobody in their right mind would spend a dime on (where do you think hoarders get all the stuff they have, y&rsquo;all?). If you plan to have a yard or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">garage sale</a>, however, be smart about what you put up for sale. I see so many people on those pawn-shop TV shows with an item they picked up for next to nothing from somebody&rsquo;s driveway to discover upon appraisal that it&rsquo;s worth big bucks. You don&rsquo;t want to be the one kicking yourself for handing over a pot of gold disguised as a piece of junk.</p> <p><em>Have even more ways to sell your stuff? What sites or methods do you use to make money on items you don&rsquo;t want? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale">7 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Yard Sale</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income declutter eBay selling yard sales Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 915083 at http://www.wisebread.com I Pay for Things You Get for Free http://www.wisebread.com/i-pay-for-things-you-get-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-pay-for-things-you-get-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/whaaaaat.jpg" alt="Incredulous man" title="Incredulous man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can this be a post from the same Paul Michael who insists you should never pay full retail price for anything? The same blogger who preaches about finding deals, hunting for bargains, and taking the time to compare prices when you shop?</p> <p>Well, yes it is. And my latest tip for saving money is to spend some of it on something that you usually find for free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-time">10 Ways to&nbsp;Save Time by&nbsp;Spending Time</a>)</p> <h3>My Next Big Money-Saving Tip &mdash; Paying For Coupons</h3> <p>We all get coupons in the mail, our email, in our newspapers, and online. There are sites devoted to coupon codes, like <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com">Retail Me Not</a> and <a href="http://printable-coupons.blogspot.com/">Mommy&nbsp;Saves Big</a>. I use them all the time. But they don&rsquo;t always have what I&rsquo;m looking for.</p> <p>Case in point &mdash; recently I was shopping for a new monitor for my wife&rsquo;s computer. I found a great deal at Office Max, but I wasn&rsquo;t happy. There was a &ldquo;promo code&rdquo; box in the checkout area, and that&rsquo;s like a red rag to a bull. I have to put a code in there, because if it exists, it means codes exist that can save me money.</p> <p>After searching for about 20 minutes online, I found nothing. The coupons I had were either old, already used, or incompatible with the item I bought. But I know some big money-saving coupons are out there. In fact, I cursed my name because only a few weeks ago I had thrown away an Office Max coupon for $30 off $150. And then it hit me&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <h3>eBay Had The Coupon I Needed</h3> <p>I went to eBay and typed in &quot;Office Max 30 off 150.&quot; Boom, there it was. A coupon that was unused, not expired, for $30 off a $150 purchase. And as I read the details, it was revealed that the coupon code would be sent to me within a few hours. Score!</p> <p>The price was $5.99 Buy It Now. There were a few other auctions starting at 99 cents, but I was in no mood to hang around for days. And I was still $24 up on the deal, if it worked of course.</p> <p>I paid the fee and within a few minutes my legitimate code was sent to my email. I typed it into the code box and $30 was instantly taken off my final price. Spend $6, get $30 in savings&hellip;that&rsquo;s a better deal than most <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupons</a>.</p> <p><img width="605" height="452" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/coupons.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h3>So Why Pay When You Can Just Clip Your Own Coupons?</h3> <p>Well, there are several reasons for this. Of course, you should always clip coupons when you see them, but here&rsquo;s why paying for coupons actually makes a lot of sense.</p> <h4>Foresight</h4> <p>Most of us can&rsquo;t see into the future, we can only anticipate. And if we clip every single coupon we think we might need someday, we&rsquo;ll turn into those extreme couponers that have basements filled with stacks of newspaper ads and circulars. For instance, I had no idea that Office Max would have had the monitor I wanted at the best price; I usually shop at Newegg, Amazon, or another online store. I didn&rsquo;t have an Office Max coupon handy, but by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-like-a-ninja-on-ebay">buying one from eBay</a> I instantly got a code that saved me $24 after my $6 outlay.</p> <h4>Locality</h4> <p>Different parts of the country get different coupons, and those coupons vary by amount and expiration date. You may be in an area that gets a $5 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/empty-coupon-code-box-you-re-paying-too-much">coupon code</a>, another may get $10. Your offers may run out sooner than in other areas. But with eBay, the whole nation is opened up to coupon hounds. Just find the one you need, and within minutes (or days, if it&rsquo;s a physical coupon) you get something you can use. Please note, though, some coupons are restricted to certain areas, so make sure you check that before buying.</p> <h4>Expediency</h4> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite like instant gratification. You get the exact coupon you want, when you need it, and you instantly pay less for the product you're buying.</p> <p>However you get them, you&rsquo;re saving money! Think of it this way &mdash; if you have a coupon on you, great, use it! But if you don&rsquo;t, you have a few options. You may have to wait until you get home to dig out the coupon you&rsquo;re looking for, and by then the deal may have passed you by. But if you pay $5 for a coupon that saves you $20, you&rsquo;ve still saved $15. And that other coupon you have tucked away at home is still good.</p> <p><em>Editor's Note: The comments of this writer are not meant to be considered legal advice.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-pay-for-things-you-get-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping coupons eBay finding good deals Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:24:58 +0000 Paul Michael 714852 at http://www.wisebread.com