What's the best way to sell a lot of stuff online?
September 11, 2012 8:12 AM Subscribe
My guy and I are digging in to all of his old stuff and we're going to sell a bunch of it off. What's the best way to do this?
posted by patheral to work & money (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've sold stuff on eBay and Amazon, so I'm slightly familiar with that process. However, my guy was a bit of a collector in his single years and it got a bit out of hand. He's totally down with purging his collection because a lot of this stuff has just been sitting in boxes for nearly eight years (sometimes longer) and he's been lugging it around for lack of anything better to do with it.
We don't want to have a yard sale or sell on Craigslist because, honestly, that's just dealing with too many people. He's too much of an introvert, and I'm in too much pain to deal with people right now. It's easier for us to do it online. If it were just a few things, I'd list them on eBay or Amazon and be done with it, but we have boxes and boxes of things. There are toys (models mostly, and stuff he bought while in Tokyo way back when), board games, anime action figures, Star Wars action figures, Star Trek action figures, other action figures from TV shows and movies (I didn't even know they made Jay & Silent Bob action figures). We've so far uncovered a couple of cameras, some commemorative coins, a walkman, a discman, and just all kinds of *stuff*, and we've only gone through eight boxes (the first closet)... There's still five closets full of boxes, and a room full of Video games, CDs & DVDs. I can't even tell you what awaits us in some of the boxes, because he doesn't remember. I figure if it's been sitting in a box that long, he probably won't want to keep it though...
So, my question is, what is the best way to sell this stuff?
I'm thinking of perhaps opening an eBay store, but a friend of mine advised against it. Something about taxes... She said it was better to keep it to simple eBay. I don't know if she knew what she's talking about. I think a store is a good idea, but I have no idea what I'm talking about, so there's that. I know it would be relatively simple to sell the books & CD's on Amazon because the prices are pretty much set through the system - I've done that before. My guy likes the idea of auctions though... I don't know if mainstream books & CDs sell well on eBay. I don't think it would be too much of a hassle to have both an Amazon and an eBay set up.
Just so's y'all know... I'm aware that a bunch of this stuff probably isn't worth much of anything, but we're hoping to accomplish several things with this process: 1. get the stuff out of the house so we can make this place over the way we want, 2. raise a few funds for our wedding next March & 3. give me something to do since my physical difficulties are making it impossible for me to find work right now. I can work at my own pace with this project and help bring money into the household at the same time. We also figure this process of purging and reshaping will bring us closer and give us time together since we're still learning about each other.