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I’m on a crazy eBay selling mission. It was prompted by a callout by Mumsnet who were looking for bloggers to put eBay to the test, and now I’m thinking it’s the answer to all my problems. Do I want to declutter my house, and make a bit of extra money? Yes and yes. Both of these things are so high on my priority list at the moment that putting some time into being a seller rather than a buyer on this infamous auction website feels super productive and incredibly worthwhile. Did it live up to the hype though? Was it all worth it? Keep reading to find out…
Past Experience with eBay
My love affair with eBay began back in my student days. Another student was always saying how she bought all her clothes off there for 99p and it sounded too good to be true. She did warn me though… It can become pretty addictive. And she wasn’t wrong. Before I knew it, I was buying all sorts off there (all the outfits above were courtesy of eBay, except my graduation robes…) and yes, it was super cheap, but sometimes, the amount I was buying was ridiculous. And I’m such a funny shape that most things didn’t end up fitting quite the way I was hoping. I went through a bit of a selling spree in 2013, but after a few work lunchtimes being used up waiting in Post Office queues and no more items of clothing in my wardrobe I was willing to part with, it soon stopped. However, with an abundance of baby bits accumulating in our home, there’s no end of things I’m eager to part with now… let the selling recommence!
Selling Big Ticket Items
I decided to try and sell one of the car seats we tested earlier this year for Mother & Baby magazine. I know buying car seats second hand is quite frowned upon as you don’t know their history, but seeing as this seat had been used only for a couple of journeys and wasn’t one we were going to keep ourselves, it was just too luxurious to not be used again. It’s LEATHER for crying out loud. With a retail price of almost £300, I was hoping to get a fair bit of money for it so optimistically began the listing at £100, with a £200 Buy it Now price for any eager beavers. I listed it as Collection Only as I wasn’t keen on carting it off to the post office, and the idea of arranging a courier is too much hassle). I snapped some quick photos on my phone, making sure to show off some of the seat’s features and quickly uploaded them to the website.
The Selling Process
The site has changed a bit since I last listed and I found it really easy and intuitive to figure out. You can list your item using your desktop or mobile and after trying both: I’d recommend desktop for high priced items that you might want to spend a bit more time making sure you’ve got all the details right and use your mobile to quickly list items with a lower value.
eBay recommend starting a listing in the evening so that it finishes when most people are at home and have the time to take part in a last minute bidding frenzy – and I’m so glad I followed their advice as the majority of my bids came in during the last fifteen minutes, upping the selling price by a whopping £37. I made sure to reply to every buyer who sent a question about the item, even though sometimes it was through gritted teeth – if they’d have just READ the listing properly, they’d have found out the answer to their own question!
The car seat ended up selling for £137 (which then eBay deducts £13.69 from). I was absolutely thrilled. It was collected quickly by the buyer, and I’m really pleased it’s gone to a new home to be used rather than sat in storage getting dusty. It was such a bulky item that knowing it’s no longer taking up valuable space for us is really motivating to continue the good work… I’m about to embark on a MASSIVE tidy up and declutter and I’m looking forward to seeing just how much extra storage space I can give ourselves back.
The Selling Bug
I’m definitely on a roll with it now. Since listing and selling that first item, I’ve already put two more things on (including an ISOFIX car seat base – seeing a theme, here?) and have just scheduled three new listings to go live tonight. I’ve made myself a bag that is now specifically for things I want to list and that makes it a lot easier to take photos of the items in batches to make for super efficient selling. I haven’t got many other big ticket items left to sell, but I’m hoping even getting rid of lots of little things will still be worthwhile.
I’m really starting to feel the pinch from not being at work. It’s not a massive worry because LPD works hard to ensure all our bills and food are paid for, and on a day-to-day basis, we’re fine. But there isn’t really any money spare at the end of the month or to cope with any unexpected bills (ruddy cars, I’m looking at you). I keep creeping into my overdraft which I hate, and I’m very aware that we have no savings or anything being put away for a rainy day. By the end of the year, I really want to be in a better place with our finances by making sure our expenditure is as low as it can be, and that we’ve boosted our income as much as we can – and if one of the ways I can help boost our family coiffures is by selling a few bits and pieces on eBay – I’m going for it.
Feeling SO MUCH BETTER for it
Even the process of going through items in our house that I’m willing to part with has kickstarted my tidying mission. And I’ve never been so motivated to get the house in order. If, like me, you need a bit of a jump start to get your home in better shape, I definitely recommend jumping on the eBay bandwagon. You may not make mega bucks, but you could end up being surprised and every little helps, right? I’d LOVE to know if you’ve had any major successes on eBay and fingers crossed, I’ll be able to boast about some more stonking sales soon too.
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I’ve been out of the ebay selling loop for years now but really should get back into it as we have far too much clutter at home lol
We recently did the minimalism challenge and loved it so have been on a real roll with the decluttering! I had bad experiences with Ebay in the past although your post has encouraged me to consider giving it a go again 🙂 (not that there’s much left in my house to sell ha!)
Little Pickle's Mom
Ooh, did you blog about your minimalism challenge?! I need to read it if so! I’ll be honest – I’m a bit more nervous about putting the smaller items on there as not sure if it’ll be worth it… but we’ll see. Staying optimistic for now!
That’s brilliant that you’ve had a positive experience with selling on eBay – after a bad experience years ago I haven’t been back on eBay, but your post has inspired me!
five little doves
Ooh I have been on an ebay mission recently too! I’m putting any money raised to one side to pay for Christmas, it’s super addictive isn’t it?
I need this. Thanks for sharing, I think its time for me to declutter our shelves of DVD’s we’ve watched. Will give Ebay a try!
Dean of Little Steps
I’ve been meaning to do this too, but have never gotten around to doing it. Maybe because I’ve never sold anything on eBay, so a bit nervous about this. You’ve just inspired me though 😉
Great idea! I really need to start doing this
I’ve not sold on eBay for ages, I use to sell and buy so much on there. I have picked up some great bargains over the years on there too. I need a good clear out, and I must get selling on eBay again.
I have to admit I have been burned selling things on ebay. Many don’t sell for much these days and I have been stung by people claiming non-receipt despite proof of purchase 🙁
Newcastle Family Life
I have been on an eBay decluttering mission too, feels so good to start getting rid of bits and bobs that we don’t use x
I have always been interested in selling my bits and bobs on Ebay especially since I am the worst type of hoarder and I am unable to get rid of things. I’m sure I could make some extra cash from selling some of the clothes and jewellery and lord knows the shoes that no longer fit me!
I love selling on Ebay. It’s so quick and easy. We have decluttering purges every few months and sell it all on ebay. It’s amazing what you can make. x
Fashion and Style Police
I just wrote a blog post on decluttering and selling on eBay. I need to get listing.
I find the postage a hassle but do love shifting stuff I don’t need to someone else who genuinely wants it.
I’ve found it hit and miss with eBay. Sometimes I just want to get the items out out OUT of the flat because they’re taking up space, so we just end up taking the majority of stuff to a charity shop. If it’s an item that has hardly been used/worn and is a decent brand to start with, I’ll often try eBaying that first, and if no takers then it gets sent to the charity shop instead. Even using the app on your phone it’s still time consuming if you’re listing a lot of items.
I’m on a mad decluttering spree so I’d rather just get rid of the item and get it out of our home to free up space!
Having said that, I recently sold my folding commuter bike on eBay for a significant amount, so it was worth doing that!!
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