100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 7, Sell Old Items on Ebay or Craigslist

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100days-ebayEbay and Craigslist are treasure troves, both for people trying to off-load unwanted items and those looking for a good steal. Go through each room in your house and gather up everything you’re willing to sell. Be brutally honest—if you have a popcorn maker that you really want to use someday, yet it’s been in its box for two years, it’s time to let it go.

Whether you sell on Craigslist or Ebay is a matter of personal preference. There is a bit of a learning curve to Ebay, plus you have to package and ship items to buyers. Unless you are already experienced in selling on Ebay, you may want to only use it for expensive items that make it worth your time. Another benefit of Ebay is that you get a wider network of buyers, which means that you may make more money from the items you are selling.

On Craigslist, your only buyers are in your area. Price items competitively, because you don’t want them sitting around your house collecting dust! Set up a pickup location other than your house—you don’t want everyone knowing where you live, so it’s safer to meet at the local McDonalds than at your house. Include details in your listing that will make it easy for people to decide to buy: pictures, condition, and anything else that you think is important.  And remember, good photos probably mean a quicker sale.

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