Before You Throw Something Out, Check If You Can Sell It On eBay

Before You Throw Something Out, Check If You Can Sell It on eBay

Today I learned that people will buy and sell just about anything on eBay, including empty toilet paper rolls and egg cartons. If you want to make a few bucks, consider what "garbage" you have around your home that others will pay for. You might not want to waste space to hoard dozens of toilet paper rolls or egg cartons (both bought by eBayers for crafts projects), but Flipping Income suggests several other items you might have lying around that could be turned into cash. For example, empty boxes for games, toys or gadgets — people who need a display box or want to return their item to the store might buy them. Old driver CDs and computer software could also be valuable to others:

A lot of people have drawings or files created by software that cannot be opened with modern day software. They must be opened by their original software version. Those makers could have been bankrupt a long time ago or simply upgraded their software 20 times by now and simply isn't backwards compatible. Whatever the case, various old computer software is worth a ton. The ones on floppies especially more so than CDs.

Someone once told me that his company snatches up all the Palm Pilots they can find on eBay, because the company was using a proprietary piece of software that only ran on those devices and higher-ups refused to upgrade from that software. eBay is a treasure trove for people like that and a potential source of income for you if you have old stuff collecting dust — even broken gadgets.

9 Things You Didn't Know You Can Sell on eBay [Flipping Income]


    This is all fine, but before you sell anything check what eBay is going to charge for the privilege of selling your unwanted crap and add a reasonable amount for postage. Also, keep in mind that eBay owns Gumtree and their charges aren't much better. I have a lot of stuff I'd like to sell but a garage sale would mean either not getting a fair price or just end up keeping it and wasting time.

      Gumtree is free if you use it effectively and accept that not everything can be sold. I used it to get rid of a dishwasher that wasn't working. The company who were going to install the new one wanted to charge me $30 to take the old one away.
      I put it on gumtree for free (with full disclosure) and it was picked up the next day.

        Tha article is talking about "selling" not "giving away".

          My God, how did I miss that? What I meant to say was... This article is talking about "selling" not "whinging".

            And there's that nasty little Troll, he was just hiding under the bridge after all.
            Btw my original point stands, "selling" not "giving away"

            Last edited 29/04/16 7:50 am

              Moved house last year and sold a lot of stuff on Gumtree locally. From small things like phones to couches that got shipped to Sydney (from Adelaide). Think I would have sold over 30 individual items on there.
              Have also used it to advertise stuff for free, which get snapped up quickly but the vast majority have sold for $$.
              Never paid any fees or advertising promotions on there either.

    Keep splitting hairs to suit yourself. You didn't like what I said originally and bit and you call me a troll??? I made $30 on my "interaction". Let me know if you want any tips.

    BTW, my previous point stands too - not that it needs repeating...

    PS - How do you know I'm a he???

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