Time for a DeClutter with eBay
With Neve having turned one last week, I have had to start being honest with myself. The baby days are over and it’s time for a declutter.
As Erin grew up, all of her clothes, shoes and toys were packed away into the loft for safe keeping, knowing that if we ever had a second child we would be able to use them again. Re-use them we have, and I have saved an absolute fortune on Neve by using hand-me-downs and the essentials we saved from Erin. This time however, there is NOT going to be a 3rd child, and as such, some of these baby items that are taking up valuable storage space in our home have GOT to go.
I recently used eBay to list some of the items we no longer require. I used to use eBay all the time back when I was a student, but this time, the clear out is long overdue.
If you haven’t used eBay before, or haven’t listed for a while, here are some things you may have forgotten…
- Selling on eBay is super quick and easy – you can list your unwanted items using their handy eBay app, snapping images and writing your listings on your phone. You can use multiple images to showcase your items to their best potential.
- YOU set the starting price, so you can be confident that if your item sells, it will bring in a pre-determined minimum price. Alternatively you can use a Buy it Now option, where you set the exact price you would like your item to sell for. In my recent experience, I found setting a low starting price of 99p worked really well. Although it may feel a bit risky to start low, it attracted lots of watchers (with my one auction having over 26 watchers as it approached the closing time).
- If you decide to use the auction setting, you get notified automatically on your phone app when the bids start to come through. There is NO better feeling than all those pings in the last few hours and minutes as a little bidding war starts between buyers! This will make me sound like a total loser, but it is quite exciting! 🙂
- eBay exposes your unwanted items to hundreds and thousands of potential buyers, across the whole of the UK. I have used local Facebook selling groups before, however got a LOT less for my items and they were only available to a very small pool of local buyers. With the Facebook groups being so busy, it is often a case of people only seeing your items as you post it and as such, often quality items get missed. On eBay people can easily search for the items they are looking for, exposing your items to a far larger group.
- Once your items have sold, payment can be made instantly via paypal, which is very quick and very easy – when my items sold, payment was in my account BEFORE I posted the item. Postage prices are set by you and you can post by whichever method you prefer. I found that for some of the larger items My Hermes was a cheaper method than Royal Mail, and items could be dropped off at my local Coop for collection.
- Want to raise money for a good cause at the same time as having a clear out? You can even specify a % of your earnings to go directly to a charity of your choice. I absolutely love this feature, as it is great to donate a bit of my money to a charity close to my heart.
This week I have used eBay to sell four bundles of girls clothing, including some super cute Christmas jumpers and outfits that the girls have literally only worn once. I love the fact that the items I no longer need can be used and loved by someone else. Baby items and clothing are so expensive, and it is a good feeling to be able to help another Mum benefit from a discounted price for a nearly new item!
From the four auctions I listed in September as part of my back to work clear out, all four sold within a 5 day listing and I made some much needed funds in the process.
I have now, much to my other half’s joy, got a bit of an eBay bug, and will be having another big clear out prior to Christmas. Having been on zero pay for the last three months, any funds raised will come in VERY handy whilst I try and last out until my first pay day at the end of October!
If you want to have your own pre Christmas clearout, download the eBay app here, and you can be selling your own items in minutes!
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