Selling your stuff on the internet
Most of us have stuff stashed in the garage we no longer use. Yard sales can be a hassle, so how about selling some of those unused items on the internet?
E-bay and craigslist are good places to start.
John Jenness is making room for his granddaughter to move in with him. He’s selling old belongings on the side of the road in Castle Hayne. He said he’s made a little more than a hundred bucks so far, but had never heard of E-bay.
Don’t let technology intimidate you; selling online is cheap, and easy.
Go to E-bay.com and set up a free account.
Click “start selling”, and choose a category that best fits what you’re selling.
You have 55 characters to describe your item. It’s important to use key words you think people will search for. Include whether the item is new, or used.
Most listings will cost anywhere from twenty-five cents to about five dollars, depending on what listing options you choose.
Remember a picture is worth a thousand words, so include a good photo of your item.
You can auction off your item, or sell it at a fixed price.
A good tip is to wait until your customer pays before you send the item. Payment is set up through Pay-Pal or by credit card.
If this sounds like too much work, E-auction Wizard can help.
The Wilmington company will list and sell the item for you, for a fee.
If you don’t want to pay to list your item, you can post on craigslist for free. Those ads are restricted to a specific community, like Wilmington, or Raleigh – Durham.
David Garris said he’s tried craigslist. “It’s not that hard to figure out. It’s just time consuming and doesn’t seem to be worth most of the effort. People call and then you have to make appointments to meet them and all that stuff. Where if you’re selling it out here, people can buy your stuff if they want it, if not thanks for your time.”
He did say he’ll probably sell the video games he has leftover online.
As for John Jenness, he said he’s just fine selling his stuff the old-fashioned way. “Makes you feel good to come out here, go home and tell your wife, I’m just too tired to do anything.”
That brings us to tonight’s poll question. Have you ever bought an item online? You can vote yes or no on our homepage.
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