In principle, it's a great idea to sell all your unwanted junk for money. In practice, it is sometimes more effort than it is worth. Here you can find out if your time is worth it.
So you've decided to remove some of your old, used garbage. What a great way to start the spring cleaning season. But what do you do with those old books, CDs, gadgets (which still work), clothes and the tennis racket you never used? We should weigh the pros and cons of selling your used garbage against donating (or throwing it directly into the trash).
It's important to maximize your returns. You want money for your belongings ̵
Here's a quick guide on how to determine what to sell, donate or throw away. Remember that your old rubbish could be someone else's treasure. But for all the world's treasures, there is a lot more waste destined for the trash or landfill.
First, consider your time (and what's worth it).
Selling things takes time. You need to clean up, take decent pictures, make a listing, write a memorable description, and then respond to questions from potential buyers. (And let's say that some of the questions and queries you receive from buyers will make you rip your hair.) Then you need to package the items, bring them to the post office, or arrange a time for the buyer come to pick her up (or meet in a public place).
We recommend that you make a cost estimate for the sale of your belongings. Remember that it is often more work than you imagined. Then think about what you are going to do to make these articles realistic (keep this number low as people like to haggle with you).
Add up your estimated sales, divide them by your approximate working hours and look at the total hourly rate. If it's more than you do in your daily work, great! If it is about the same or a little less, it is probably still worth doing, especially if you have spare time and can use the extra money. However, when it comes to all the time and effort required to push the return value well below the value you generate in your daily work, you must stop and seriously consider whether it is worthwhile.
For some people Penny, who they can make from an old set of golf clubs, or a stack of old Wii games is a reward. Leisure is short for most people and it is difficult to rationalize the sale of your old garbage to a rate below the minimum wage.
Spend some time locating the best outlets for your particular items. We have some options for you.
Take a moment to review similar items in the service and make a note of the "sold" amounts, if possible. If a CD box set is priced at $ 50, but similar ones are priced at $ 10, you'll get an idea of what value your CD box set might have. This will help you decide if you want to list it or donate if the price does not seem worth it.
Remember to clean and repair your items first. We recommend bundling items to make selling easier, especially online. For example, consider selling all your Action DVDs as a set, or group baby clothes into specific categories, such as: For example, all 6-month-old summer clothing. Believe us; That saves time. Most people like to pay $ 20 for one-season baby clothes instead of $ 1 per outfit or romper.
Here are some popular places you should consider when pricing:  Flea Market Sales: These are not as popular as they used to be, but you can still earn a bit of money if you're in a popular Living or advertising a lot. You can sell all your household items, like old toasters, books, clothes, as you call them. Just know that you will not get a top dollar for rare or coveted things like eBay. (On the other hand, you get the cash immediately and without shipping problems.)
If donating is better
If you've decided that taking a photograph will take too long If you donate to a charity like the Salvation Army, you can then request a receipt. You can claim the fair market value of the donated items at the time of taxation (this only applies if you indicate your deductions). Make a note of which items you have donated and check the fair market value (see Good Will & # 39; s Donation Value Guide).
In the end, it may take a few hours to gather and drag your items down to the Thrift Store and add up the total market value. However, listing your deductions may be part of your tax return. Also, if you help a charity and leave it to someone else to use your old things, you'll get those warm, hazy feelings.
The bottom line is that it's time-consuming to sell your unwanted garbage, especially if you list individual pieces of clothing or many trinkets. If you want to sell your belongings, make sure you get close to break even after considering the entire time. And always look for the best platform to sell every item.
And if nothing else, the whole thing is an exercise that primarily stops the accumulation of things. Nothing is nicer than donating a large pile of things you bought with the best of intentions but rarely (or never) used.