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Items That Are Best To Sell Locally –VS- Nationally

If you cannot easily package the item up, pay for shipping, and/or transport it to the post office? You may need to consider only selling it locally.

 

The list of items people sell range from A-Z… plastic decorative fruit and kitchen ware, refurbished antique cars and used appliances, outgrown clothes and furniture, etc.  While there’s not necessarily a right/wrong decision to whether you sell locally or nationally, there is some strategy behind making a good decision.

The following items are a few of the most popular things that are currently being sold online.  Let this list not only help you in determining whether selling LOCALLY or NATIONALLY would be best, but also let it serve as a guide; Do you have any of the following items sitting in your storage room or unit? Have you contemplated selling 1 or more of the following before? Are you need of upgrades?

Perhaps this list will inspire you to sell some stuff, making some room, and profit some cash…

  • Children’s Toys Legos, figurines, dolls, stuffed animals, cars/trucks, battery powered entertainment… this is one of the broadest categories of things you’ll see.  A lot of children’s toys are in high demand.  So much so that buyers are willing to go out of their way to come get it (drive several hours, pay for shipping across states, etc.).  You may be doing yourself a financial disservice if you only took bids from the locals.  The other important factor here is what the buyer normally wants to know about children’s toys; 1- does it work & 2- what kind of shape is it in.  Those are questions that can easily be answered via email and pictures.  Our vote is NATIONAL all the way.
  • Vehicles / Furniture / Appliances: You love your couch, your friend would rather the sleep on the floor.  You hate the way your car drives, your mom loves it. You think your refrigerator is outdated, your sister would take it in a heartbeat.  There’s a reason dozens of makes and models exist.  Personal opinions come in every form possible!  And in addition to pure opinions, we’re dealing with maintenance, care, condition, storage, history, and too many other variables and estimations that aren’t black and white.  Not to mention that selling larger items like vehicles also includes transferring the titles, so add legality procedures to the list of variables.  Needless to say, these is a complicated items to sell and even more expensive to package and send.  We recommend you stay LOCAL.
  • Jewelry / Memorabilia / Collectibles: Luckily, size doesn’t impact this decision. So shipping it isn’t too much of hassle (and won’t cost a ton either!).  But!  Beware that the value of the item needs to be taken into consideration.  Insurance is a must with shipping. Remember though, even if you declare a value of the item for insurance purposes, that doesn’t ensure it actually arrives at Point B from Point A.  So the main questions to ask yourself are: Is it replaceable? Can I buy a new one tomorrow? Would the insurance amount make the situation all right if it was lost?  As long as you can answer yes to those questions, we say go for it! Go NATIONAL.
  • School/College/Text Books / DVDs: NATIONAL all the way. Simple. Books are books, DVDs are DVDs, and most people prefer to buy that stuff used, anyway.  Book stores sell them used, movie stores sell them used.  It’s very common and preferred.  Your goal with selling these items is to get as many people as possible to have access seeing, communicating, and/or purchasing them!
  • Electronics: Electronics range widely – different models, different years they were produced, different versions, and different compatibility features.  It may be an iPod or it may be an original Nintendo game system.  Depending on the specs, people are most likely going to want to hold it in their hands before they purchase it.  But that’s not to say you wouldn’t encounter someone who was ready to buy and pay from hundreds of miles away!  Although more bids will come from locals, there’s no harm in advertisings NATIONALLY.
  • Clothing / Shoes/ Purses: Pictures, descriptions, and conversations can go a long way with selling and buying these items.  The size measurements and standards will be to your benefit, here.  And making additional notes in the description like, “shoe runs ½ size smaller” or “original tags still in purse” will help people feel comfortable.  It’s standard to try things on before you buy them… so the more help and guidance you can give to your buyer, the more people will feel comfortable buying from afar.  NATIONAL all the way!

So there you have it, a handful of different categories that people sell online.  As you can see, most stuff is given the “green light” for national selling.  But obviously, no matter what the experts say, make sure to exercise discretion and your best judgment on a case-to-case basis.

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Clean Your Items Before You Take Pictures

 

Ever heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?”

Notice the phrase doesn’t specify whether those are positive or negative words?

 

Posting pictures of items for sell that haven’t been cleaned is just about as detrimental as writing your entire ad about why no one should from you.

Cleaning your items before taking pictures of them is simply a must.

Why?  Well… let’s look at the opposite scenario.  You take a picture of your un-cleaned items. And post them online for sale.

  • …a couch covered in animal hair
  • …a dusty wooden nightstand
  • …a dirty car with stains on the floor mats
  • …a kitchen appliance with some food still crusted to it
  • …a pile of old books (achoo!)

Grossed out yet? Yea, me too.

Presentation is everything.  That’s why first impressions are so powerful.

So what’s your potential buyer going to do when they see your ad with un-cleaned items?  Besides be less-than-enthused?  They’ll do one of two things:

1.) Go look elsewhere. –OR—2.) Offer you a much lower price.

Dirty items tell the buyer: “I’m old” … “I need work” … “I’ve seen better days”

And that translates into work for the buyer. People don’t want to pay for a used item when they have to turn around and invest more time into cleaning it.  Besides, that’s not the message you, as a respectable seller, want to be broadcasting.

Here are a few tips on how to get the most money for your items:

  1. Use a cleaning product (dusting doesn’t cut it)
  2. Use the correct cleaning product (suggested cleaners below)
  3. Do a thorough cleaning (20 second wipe down doesn’t fool anyone)
  4. Exercise precaution with collectibles (consult professionals)
  5. Specify in your ad that the item has been cleaned
Note: people pay most attention to the cleanliness of large cost items (like automobiles & real-estate), so make sure you invest a proper amount of time and cleaning-energy into those.

When your items are clean, they’ll look newer – which translates into more money for you!  That’s something no one will be upset about.

For the above tips #1 and #2, these are some of the highest rated and multi-purpose cleaners:

 OxiClean

  • Magical on stains, inside and outside
  • Suggestions: linen, furniture, cloth stains

 409 All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Great for disinfecting and cleaning surfaces
  • Suggestions: children’s toys, kitchen appliances, DVD cases, plastic tubs/bins, bikes

 Pine-Sol

  • Safe for almost all surfaces like porcelain, tile, wood, aluminum
  • Suggestions: wooden furniture without a finish, bathroom appliances
  • I’m not sure there is anything this isn’t good for.
The best news is, once you interact with a community of people who care about their stuff, care about their reputation, and care about your satisfaction?

…You’ll never go back.

Online buying and selling is at a revolutionary point.  There hasn’t ever been a better time to join.  So…if you’ve got items you’re looking to sell, we’ve got the place for you to do it.

Open that cleaning closet and get to it!  We’ll be here waiting.

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What’s something you own that is a bit dirty but worthy of selling?

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Is Selling Online Safe?

 

There’s a certain level of comfort that comes with purchasing items from a store; fortunately for today’s online savvy society, you can achieve that same feeling of safety with a few simple and proactive steps.

 

For many, the notion of selling things online to strangers is a daunting thought.  But why wouldn’t it be?  Between the nightly news and trending stories on social media, it would appear that our world is increasing in danger at a rate that wildly surpasses our ability to protect ourselves.

Contrary to the horror stories we hear, however, there are still tons of people who are selling things online – safely and successful.

“Better safe than sorry” goes the old expression.  And ‘tis right.

Here are some essential “safe keeping” items for online sellers:

  • Take photographs wisely.  Pictures of the item(s) being sold should be STRICTLY of what’s being sold.  Objects in the background give away a lot more information than one may suspect  — whether it be about you, your family, your income, your life style, etc.  Steer clear of things like furniture, electronics, appliances, children, cars, garages, etc.  Those give the prospective buyer a lot of inside scoop about you.
  • Always speak to a live body.  A text or email exchange is a lay-up for a poor experience.  You’ll want a phone number not only for the area code (keeping it local is safer) but to hear the inquirer’s voice.  You’d be surprised at how much you can tell about someone by simply talking to him or her on the phone.
  • Keep payments green.  This means cash.  Your goal is to let the medium of payment do the authentication for you.  The only exception would be a money order.  NO personal checks!!
  • Go public.  YOU choose the place, never the buyer, and you’ll want to have it picked out ahead of time.  The location needs to be a place you’ve been before and are familiar with.  If you can’t exchange the item anywhere except your house (with larger items, for example), then meet the buyer in a public place first – this will allow you to gauge the individual and your interaction.  If all feels well, then have them follow you to your house.  Make sure to prepare the item ahead of time; having it on your porch or in the front yard is the ideal scenario, as it keeps the prospective buyer out of your house.
  • Never go alone.   Not only is someone else good for support, but you also don’t ever want to find yourself in a situation where you are outnumbered.  It’s a long-time-used strategy — where one person distracts and the other person does the damage.  Play it safe and be prepared with a partner.
  • Keep records.  Do you have to keep the records forever? Of course not, but it IS a business transaction, so having all communication records (such as emails, texts, etc.) is handy and beneficial.
  • Stick to the basics.  Only give information out that’s directly related to the item for sale.  It’s easy to get caught up in chitchat and extra (but un-needed) details.  The less they know about you the better.
  • Keep communication disposable. At the very least, create a Google Voice number that you link to your cell phone.  If you don’t know what that is, click here for some info.  And at a more cautious level, create a separate email address that you use to communicate with prospective buyers.  This creates a situation where your personal number is kept private and you’re not left wondering who has your information.
  • Stay consistent.  Stick with what you said, and follow those guidelines each and every single time.  If someone brings a check when you specified cash, walk away.  If someone wants to meet up after they’ve given it some more thought, follow the same procedures when you met the first time.  If someone suggests a place you’re not familiar with, say no.  It’s easy to get lax… and even easier to want to accommodate your potential buyer’s wishes.  But safety doesn’t happen on accident.  You have to plan for it.

Above all else: TRUST YOUR INSTINCT.  If it feels fishy, chances are it is.

Any other safety tips? Share below!

 

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Is A Monthly Storage Unit Fee Worth It?

 

 

 

Furniture, bikes, old electronics, office supplies, seasonal décor, kitchen appliances…

…lions, tigers, bears, oh my.

 

 

The list of “Things people put in their storage unit” is an all-inclusive (and rather scary) list.

But is the convenience factor involved with storing things worth the expense?               …how many ways can one person say NO?!

Why is it NOT worth it, you wonder? Well, for the same reason that one is better off selling their belongings than keeping them.

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Follow me down this all-too-common slippery slope…

  1. Nearly no one buys a storage unit with the intention of keeping it long-term.
  2. It’s convenient, so as time goes on, you add things to it here and there.
  3. The monthly amount isn’t that bad, so you justify why it’s “okay.”
  4. The storage unit increases in fullness while the likely hood of you one-day-emptying-it decreases in chances.
  5. Your monthly costs totals to a hefty annual amount…
  6. That annual cost begins to repeat year after year.
  7. The thought of emptying all those items becomes daunting.
  8. You justify the cost of the unit, because “it’s worth it so I don’t have to spend all eternity digging through my stuff.”

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Perhaps you’re about to take the leap to step 1? If that’s the case, you’re probably investigating different storage units in your area.  Maybe you’re at stage 4 or 5 though? If so, it’s probably already overwhelming thinking of how much stuff you’ve accumulated.  No matter what stage you’re at, here’s one thing that remains true:

The amount of money you could get for SELLING your belongings is hefty.                             …Heftier than the annual amounts you pay to store it.

Don’t believe me? Go watch the show show “Storage Wars” on A&E.  In short, teams of professional buyers repossess storage units in hopes of finding hidden treasures.  If the fact that reality has been made into a show isn’t convincing enough, check out the ratings.  Needless to say, there’s value in selling belongings in one’s storage unit.

Here’s some extra thoughts…

  • Just because we live in society that’s adopted the hoarder-mentality as normal and natural, doesn’t mean it is…
  • Just because “someday it may come in handy” doesn’t mean it will…
  • And just because “it’s nice and worth a lot” doesn’t mean it’s making you any money by sitting and gathering dust…
But what could make you money, is selling it.
 
It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s one of the most fulfilling things in the world.  I speak from experience, as I once helped a friend empty 5,000 pounds of…what did he call it? Oh yes, his “childhood”…from the storage unit. A dusty, long forgotten about childhood.

You don’t realize the weight you carry just knowing you have a giant metal box that’s storing lots of random belongings…until it’s all empty. And you don’t realize how heavy that weight truly was on you, until it’s lifted.

The key to it all? HAVING THE RIGHT GAME PLAN AND THE RIGHT MENTALITY.

Sell it; don’t store it.