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I think I'm done with ebay

March 2nd, 2019 at 05:57 pm

I've been selling collectibles since 1986 and selling on ebay since 1997, not long after it started. There was even a brief time in 2000 when I sold collectibles full time when I was between jobs. In recent years, I've gone through spurts where I would list things for a few weeks and then get tired of it all and stop.

Lately, I've just felt more and more like it isn't worth my time. I got a new job 2 years ago and I'm making a whole lot more money than I used to. Not only that, but there are always opportunities for me to pick up extra hours and earn even more. It's that part that has really made me think it's time to pack in the sales thing.

Selling on ebay isn't difficult but it does take time. I have to photograph and list the items and then pack and ship them which sometimes involves a trip to the post office. I sell mostly low priced items, like under $40, so after fees it's not like I'm making a ton. But my job pays really well. I can make more in a 4 hour shift as I would make selling on ebay in a month.

As much as I actually enjoy the sales thing, there are only so many hours in a day and do I really want to spend them doing all that work just to make a few dollars? Years ago, I did it for the money. Now, I just don't need it.

I still have a lot of stuff in stock that was bought to sell. I've donated a bunch of it over the past couple of years. I'm going to start seeing what else I can donate and work on clearing it all out.

4 Responses to “I think I'm done with ebay”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That makes sense, particularly with your income and desire to increase your decluttering at a faster pace.

    I used to do more ebay sales, primarily when my girls were younger, outgrowing clothes and toys. I'm more likely to skip the effort as well. Occasionally, I will find an item to sell that is a sure thing and then the effort is worth it. I will point out that you can schedule pick up with the post office up until 2am the evening before for free. Leave on porch or other designated area and they will pick up when they deliver your mail. If the item is small enough it may fit in your mailbox. I'm assuming you know the postage and print through eBay when I make this suggestion.

  2. Single Guy Says:

    Yeah, I sure understand this. I have been giving some things away, still selling some things. But realizing there are easier ways to make money any more. I think the big thing is to not get any more stock! But yeah, my energy to list things has really taken a dive this year.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I would say you are probably right. Donate it and take it off your taxes if you can. My mom was the garage sale queen, but I am not so I just donate the good stuff and take it off our taxes.

  4. disneysteve Says:

    We can't deduct donations anymore due to the new tax laws but we still do it to help others.

    I love selling stuff and I enjoy having garage sales, but it's a lot of work for not a lot of financial reward ultimately.

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