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Has anyone used one of those real-life shops that sell your stuff on ebay and take a cut? I'm thinking about using one, cos I have tons of crap that I shouldn't really just chuck out/ give to charity shops, because I could do with the money, but I have neither the time or the inclination to put it all on ebay.

Actually, I probably have the time, just not the inclination, judging by the fact I just spent an hour feeding trolls. Bad pickwick. Must get back to packing.

Edit: Hee! I just went to The Auction Stop, which is one of these shops in Glasgow, and apart from having a dreadful 1994-style website (with Comic Sans in multiple colours on the main page!) there's also a kind of disturbing video of a computerised man telling you what you can sell through it. Weird.

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bohemiancoast
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've sold 'quite a lot' of stuff on eBay myself (perhaps 70 items of household junk). I've also shipped loads of stuff to charity shops, sold a number of books on Amazon, and got rid of some things through Freecycle. My profit from eBay/Amazon after fees, postage, and packing, has been about £500. In terms of hours spent I doubt it would come to the minimum wage. That's a bit of a dodgy comparison, however, because the house is also tidier and the satisfaction level of joining up stuff with people who want it is actually very high indeed. I have also learnt how to efficiently pack and send parcels.

I'd recommend exploring that idea that you 'shouldn't' just chuck out/give to charity shops. If you're not using things, then they have negative utility. Giving them away frees up space and may make a little money for the charity or get things to someone who can make use of them.

The real-life shops are, I believe, aimed at higher value items (perhaps £50 or so up) -- nothing I've yet sold has been in that category! They photograph stuff for you and do all the listing and posting.
pickwick
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
I've sold quite a lot of stuff myself - it's not the listing that worries me as much as the weighing and packing and addressing and posting :) I'm going to join freecycle to get boxes anyway though, so I might get rid of some stuff through that.

Everything useless is going one way or another, yes! Second-hand bookshops already have many bags of books, and I have bags of clothes and CDs to go too...
kashandara
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Miss pickwick please miss? May I steal your icon miss?
pickwick
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Heh, yep, it's totally stealable. I got it from an icon archive somewhere with no credit needed.
kashandara
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
Many thanks =) =)
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