Inspired by J. Money at Budgets are Sexy, I have started keeping track of items that I’m selling on half.com and eBay. I’m not tracking the value of the item itself, as I firmly believe that if it’s something that I don’t need and no longer want, the value of the item is $0, and any money I can get for it is better than nothing. (Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m willing to sell items for 50 cents – I do try to price based on the item’s value, but I also price to sell.)
Most of my sales have been books and other things that have been laying around my apartment for far too long, so we’re not talking high priced items. But after fees and shipping costs, I’ve made nearly $50 in the past month, just by selling off my “trash.” Of course, that’s nothing compared to what J’s been pulling in, but I’m not complaining.
I tend to put off listing items on eBay because I always feel like it will be so much work to post the item, even though I know it’s a very simple process – take a picture of the item, use eBay’s simple setup process, and post the auction. I need to remember this and start posting things more often.
My new plan is to start keeping a box in my closet of items that I think belong on eBay (or Craigslist or half.com) and then every month or so, take an hour and put up everything for sale. I won’t be pulling in a lot of money using this method, but it’s a great way to get rid of the things I don’t need and end up with a little extra cash in my pocket.