Friday, October 06, 2006

eBay fun

That rather lame heading was supposed to be a pun on the phrase "ee bah gum", but I feel it probably fell a bit flat, hence the preamble here.

Anyways, last week I started selling off a bunch of DVDs that Wife and I don't care for anymore. It's quite addictive, though, and so far we've sold ten discs. I have another small handful to put up, but already we're looking to see what else we can sell.

The only problem is that you get a bit screwed from all angles. Everyone takes a skim off the top. You're charged for listing; you're charged a percentage of the sale; you're charged by Paypal for using their service to take credit cards. When all is said and done, I'll be interested to see how much of the total sale price actually comes to the vendor.

But it is kinda fun to see people buying stuff that you no longer want in the house.

5 Comments:

Blogger Tanya said...

And when your item doesn't sell, you still have to pay for the listing. *sigh*

06 October, 2006 16:19  
Blogger Red said...

Since you're spending so much time on eBay these days, can you tell me if you've come across a swimming cap like the one Miss Jay wears on ANTM? All sparkly and Esther Williams-stylee? If so, feel free add it to my Christmas list (which is in a comment over at Shep's blog...).

06 October, 2006 17:04  
Blogger Milla said...

If you cannot sell on ebay, just flog the merch at the next carboot sale at Dagenham Sunday market (ahem).

06 October, 2006 20:29  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

yeah, i have so many friends who love ebaying... i don't get it (because of all those extra fees you mention)... but then again, i'm lazy. i'd rather just give stuff i'm tired of to salvation army or something... i don't get any money for it, but it's easy (like i said, i'm lazy)

06 October, 2006 21:02  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: Yeah, that sucks.

Red: Will see what I can do ;-P

Milla: I almost tried a car boot once, but it sounds too much like a long day for me. Did seel some stuff at a live household auction one time; that was fun.

Martha: Laziness is a problem when it comes to this stuff, for sure! Anything that doesn't sell will no doubt go into the next charity collection that comes around.

08 October, 2006 12:26  

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