Use Caution with Internet Selling
Sits such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist can be confusing, but are often worth it.
As you all know, it is the season for yard and moving sales, and I have already expressed my opinion on their value. There is also another avenue we can pursue in attempting to sell our prized possessions, and that is the internet.
If you or a family member is internet literate and feel they have the time to place items on eBay, Craigslist or other internet auction sites, it is proving to be a great venue. It takes some time, knowledge and patience, but it does work.
Once you determine what items you want to sell and have researched the pricing of the items, you can set up an account on any of the internet auctions sites and get going. You do however, need to provide:
- Pictures of the item – Three or four pictures showing the item at various angles to show how it is made, the condition of the item and other distinguishing elements of the piece.
- Written description of the item – giving the make, model, serial number (if any), age, colors, measurements (height, weight, width and depth) and description of the condition – any scratches, dings, mars, etc. Then, most importantly, price, payment terms and delivery method.
- Contact information – usually done through email. Phone numbers are optional.
Each site has different rules and it is sometimes confusing to keep them straight. People who contact you from local sites, like Craigslist, will want to come and see the items in person, or they may have additional questions to be answered. When scheduling a viewing on site, use caution and never schedule an appointment at night or when you are alone at home. Always have a cell phone ready in case of an emergency.
Whatever site you choose, know that it will take time and it can be frustrating. But in my estimation, it is a better option than yard sales. Take the time to learn how it is done, and you can get rid of your stuff and make some money – how great is that?
Claire LeSage is the owner of WITTZ END, a relocation concierge service based in Norton, working with families who are frazzled with downsizing and moving and want help with the various things that need to be done, so they can make a smooth transition in life.