I am a hoarder. There’s nothing more to say on the matter. But after moving from Yorkshire to South Wales six years ago I took a step towards rehabilitation. I no longer hoard books or CDs, in appreciation of the electronic age. Clothes are something else. But in my step towards rediscovering me, I’ve deciding to take the approach of funding my way with Ebay.
I used to love selling stuff on Ebay, but after a while the effort became too much. When we decided to make the move our time was marked by reducing the amount of storage in our basement through car boot sales.
But there’s always been that grind. That I have some things which are worth so much than I could negotiate at a car boot sale. If I could be bothered.So when Mumsnet invited me to revisit Ebay I decided the time was right to say goodbye to clothes I had held onto. Clothes which I purchased when I lived in an apartment in Manchester. Clothes from a lifetime ago. A size 10 lifetime ago. And I really couldn’t believe how easy it was. I pulled out clothes hiding in my wardrobe. Photographed them before work, and downloaded the Ebay app.On my lunch hour I decided to see if I could list items. And yes, it was as quick as anything. Ebay is so much more intelligent than I recall.
You can now upload up to 12 photos to show your item at its best. Ebay lets you know the price to expect, how to pitch it, what postage to charge. All the things which used to scare me about making decisions on Ebay. I decided to bring in a little intelligence of my own. Whilst I was listing on my lunch hour, I thought that chances were people would be most likely to be in an auction in the evening.
I was surprised to see there were no charges incurred when deciding what time to end the auction, so decided to list CM’s climbing shoes whilst I was on a roll.
And fortunately ebay recommends the starting price, based on its intelligence, so I’m not left deciding, and it offers the expectation of what price I might receive in response to my auction. So if I think I can get more elsewhere I can decide not to bother.Now, I’m left getting excited by all the watchers and bids being placed. The app lets you track this real-time. I’m going to find out whether this is a good or a bad thing.
But if it goes towards our home makeover, it has to be a good thing.
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