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Wednesday, September 26, 2007Craigslist & eBay
I have been reading this book on the history of eBay, which was a fantastic book by the way, and it got me intrigued about selling the junk that we have around the house. (This, by the way, is how I work. When I read about something I then want to go do it. This caused a problem when I read a book about Charles Manson.)
So I decided to list a couple things on eBay and a couple things on Craigslist, which is effectively a classifieds ad website for your city. My eBay auctions have not ended yet and I don't have any bids. I did however sell both items listed on Craigslist.
Mikah got a new iPod over the weekend, which was good because her old one was broken. We were going to throw it out when I decided to check eBay to see if anyone was buying broken iPods. Well, to my surprise there were hundreds of bids on broken iPods. I guess people buy them for parts to fix their other broken iPods or something. So I offered the broken one, labeled as such, for $15. In about 20 minutes I had 6 responses! What I learned there is that I am not a very good judge of value. I ended up getting $20 for it, which is pretty awesome considering I was going to pitch it.
My other listing was for an old digital camera. I think I bought it for $2000 back in 2003. I sold it on Craigslist for $35. Not bad I guess.
Anyway...I am excited to see what my auctions end up going for. It is also nice to have that extra cash around. I think I might get more into this eBay selling thing.
Eventually I would like to have enough money to build a large silo. Then I'll convert the cash to gold coins. Then I will build a diving board and swim around my silo of gold coins, just like Scrooge McDuck does.
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