My title for this post is very Queen-of-Hearts-esque, but it’s a lot friendlier than that! This post is going to be about how to get rid of things you don’t want so that you can get things you do want. Nice and simple and to quote MJ: easy as ABC.
Where to start?
Ebay, Amazon and ASOS Marketplace: These websites will become your best friends in securing our first aim of getting rid of the stuff you don’t want (and simultaneously offer themselves as venues for purchasing the new things too, but we’ll get on to that in a bit). At first these sites may seem alien – they’re not. Most people know about them so I’m not going to go into detail; there are books written on them, their own websites have easy set-up links and if you’re still stuck ask one of your housemates – chances are one of them (at least) will know how to use these sites.
ASOS Marketplace is more suited to clothes but if you’re a bit of a fashionista you might earn more than you would on the other sites. Get a camera or phone, wear your item or get a friend to – the artier the better (that seems to be the general tone of the website), TIPS: dress it up well with jewellery and accessories, take the photo in a good location with lots of natural light and possible a good background from a pretty garden to an edgy skate park. All will sell the item in creating a persona , a background and a brand for it. Do a bit of research too – chances are there will be a similar item on the site; see what prices people are selling them at. BE WARNED: Unlike eBay you can’t set a reserve and there’s no bidding so you can’t sneakily ask your friend to bid up on your behalf, it’s like a shop so don’t set it lower than you’d be happy to receive. Is it a cool label? TOPSHOP/TOPMAN, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Fred Perry etc – you can afford to add on a couple of pounds to your asking price; people will pay for labels.
eBay and Amazon – perfect for pretty much anything. And don’t dismiss this part of its wondrous nature. At my freshers fair I received a £20 onesie voucher for the brand onepiece.com – with onseies on their site retailing at around £100, I wasn’t really interested in splashing out – even with the discount. But I knew other people might be – so I kept it and sold it for £7 on eBay. My flatmate was astounded; firstly, he didn’t think anyone would want to buy it and secondly he couldn’t understand why I would bother to sell it. Well my answer to him, and to you is this: if it exists someone might want it, in fact I’d say 7/10 someone probably wants it. Okay no one wants your moth-eaten socks, but they might want your old purse if it’s in good shape and a nice design. Got a free gift with a magazine you don’t want, don’t bin it because it’s free – honestly someone might pay for it. I’ve seen Abercrombie & Fitch carrier bags listed & sold on eBay, yes only for like 99p but they’re carrier bags! The person selling them got them for free and they’ve made a little profit from it. Anyway, in answer to his second question – why both? Well in the 10 minutes it took me to quickly type up what it was and take a photo (aided by the very handy eBay app – if you have a smartphone use it, it takes much less time) I had essentially made £7. At my current job it takes me an hour to make £6.50. Need I say more?
TIPS: Look and sound good; if you’re selling some earphones give some details, copy & paste it from its official description from the store you bought it, add a personal tone “selling this because I no longer need it, I now have a new one – but this one was great & is still in perfect condition” or something of the sort. Often things are bought up and sold by big companies, especially electronics – people are more likely to buy from you if you seem like a person with genuine interests to sell, as opposed to a giant company based in Hong Kong which could be selling counterfeit products.
If you want to make it a business – it can be done, but it does require time. Raid a charity shop, chances are you’ll find some designer labels or maybe an antique – write up a good description with photos to show it off and you’ll probably sell it for double the price you bought it. Make sure you know your market and target audience; fashion is easy to get into but if you know nothing about it, it won’t be as profitable, you want to be able to add comments like “team this with a leather jacket and some biker boots to complete the outfit” you can even use tags like that to sell your other items, e.g. “this would look perfect with a statement necklace – I’m currently selling three different necklaces which would match this perfectly here, check them out”.
To conclude, if you haven’t bought or sold stuff online – you’re missing out. You can get rid of stuff cluttering up your room, unwanted gifts or things you no longer need whilst getting money for it. Set aside a nice Sunday evening when you have some free time – type up and photograph all your items and list them at the same time so you can keep organised. Buying is just as appealing – you can get bargains, especially if you’re not fussed about second hand status.