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Make like a mad eBay listing maniac: slight return

In my February post Make like a mad eBay listing maniac I gave some details about my ongoing to declutter this house of some of the items I no longer need nor use after several changes of lifestyle and focus in the preceding few years.

According to one of eBay's adverts, the average house contains £4,000 of or items. This is not the average house. Not only do I realise that I have cluttered the place with all kinds of heaven-only-knows-what, but there are I no longer wear after changing jobs, related stationery that I will never use, in which I no longer have any interest and so on. My husband also has clothes he wishes to sell, as they were never his style but he had to wear them because someone else bought them for him.

Plus, my mother-in-law is a major clothes hoarder, so she has been passing over some of her vintage and as-new items for the last year or so. She is happy to help my eBay campaign, and I can get good prices for brand-new-without-tags items on eBay. I doubt she has worn many of these, they certainly don't look it. Some of them still have the quality control stickers in place on the labels, and these don't survive the first wash.

Since May 2013 I have sold over 500 items at an average cost of almost £3.50 an item, post and packing included. I've mainly sold clothes, jewelry, stationery, electronics and household items of various types.

The house barely looks as if I have touched it: we still have altogether too much clutter here. Maybe I need to try harder? After all, in the time it has taken me to write this, I have sold one (more) item and had an enquiry about another.

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Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:24 PM

Your eBay sales income is nothing to sneeze at -- no wonder you are diligent about your postings there. I wish you continued success.

CoralLevang wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:32 PM

I am really interested in seeing more about this.

WordChazer wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:43 PM

Best thing of all is because I'm selling my own and family's unwanted items, I don't have to make it an official business. It's my clutter and so it stays.

WordChazer wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:52 PM

I thought you might be, which is why I wrote the post. I don't quite believe how much clutter I have here. I went through one bag earlier hunting for an item that had sold and realised that actually, just about every single thing in the bag had been listed on eBay at some time or another but that I hadn't kept it active until it sold. Next task, to relist all of those items and see whether they will go this time around. Things like giftbags, loose stationery sheets, earrings, necklaces and commemorative presentation packs of items. Among other pieces. I fully believe that our last holiday can be paid off between now and Christmas thanks to eBay sales in the run up to the festive season. I also reckon that our next holiday's spending money can be acquired in the same fashion. Especially now I have control of our finances again, everything I earn from selling these unwanted gifts, impulse buys and so on can be put towards something rewarding.

MegL wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:15 PM

You certainly seem to have a treasure trove of stuff there to boost your income, as long as you are not replacing the items that you are selling.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:38 PM

Glad you are having luck at selling your things. I should go through and declutter again. Maybe when I start rearranging the house again

WordChazer wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:46 PM

Trying not to, at least. Some of the clothes are being replaced, but not all of them, or if they are being replaced it's with things that both my husband and I will wear, as I wear a lot of men's t-shirts for work. Chazer's first law states that the amount of clutter in any given space will expand to fill the space, mind, so it's a bit difficult to tell at the moment whether I am really truly beating the clutter or not. My bank balance would suggest that I am. One eBay sale at a time. Or as it is at the moment: eight sales since Friday. That rate can keep up now and we'll be cleared in no time flat.

WordChazer wrote on September 20, 2015, 6:47 PM

I'm getting fed up of losing things I need and chasing unwanted wildlife that thinks I'm giving it a home. So the fewer piles of assorted clutter I have, the less likely I am to suffer either of those situations.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:25 PM

My wife and I keep trying to declutter our house but I honestly think our stuff is reproducing on its own.

paigea wrote on September 20, 2015, 9:15 PM

You are doing great! I really don't think anyone is going to pay me for my clutter. I have to wear out all of my old clothes as I don't think the thrift shop even would want them.

Began1988 wrote on September 21, 2015, 1:49 AM

I don't have a lot of luck on Ebay. I have to deal with their fees, Paypal's fees, and shipping costs. I used to sell books and movies but it wasn't worth it. Now I sell on local Facebook groups. It's slow selling but no fees associated with it because I have people pick up the items from me.

lexiconlover wrote on September 21, 2015, 11:16 AM

If I knew your ebay username I would totally start following you and buy stuff! I have a Ebay shopping obsession. I usually don't buy things I don't need, but every once and awhil.e lol

WordChazer wrote on September 21, 2015, 5:25 PM

Ours definitely is, so you are not alone there. I could suggest that Ace and Ginger were getting active moving things about when you're not looking, but we both know that's the fault of gremlins, not dogs. I'm making sure my listings are longer for the Christmas season this year, as I have more than enough to list and more than enough time to list them around work and dayjob, so long as I manage my time successfully.

WordChazer wrote on September 21, 2015, 5:27 PM

The thrift shop at the local homeless shelter does get some of ours, and the men who benefit are always grateful when we show up with another bag for them. I often buy other items when I'm there too, so they benefit both ways.

WordChazer wrote on September 21, 2015, 5:31 PM

I've sold a couple of things collection only on eBay but most of them go to people in the UK. Yes, I lose fees on them too, but it's still money I didn't have from things I don't need. Books never sell for me on eBay, I donate them all to the hospital where the oncology and dialysis patients are happy to have new books to occupy themselves.

WordChazer wrote on September 21, 2015, 5:37 PM

LOL, bless you. It would cost you, as I'm in the UK, remember. I use the Global Shipping Program for most of my overseas sales, as it makes things easier for me. Look for rainbowchazer, or RainbowChazer's Clearout Project, and you'll find my 60-70 items currently listed. I arrived home late tonight so I've not listed much more this evening. I wasn't keen on waking up this morning after the amount of work I'd done yesterday so I didn't get into the day job until 9.30. So I had to work until 5.30 to make my hours, then we needed food so I had to go to the store on the way home. It was raining, there was a screaming child being a complete loon and I couldn't find everything on the list either. *Grump grump scribble to make myself feel better.*