As budgets tighten and wallets empty, you start to ask yourself the tough questions like, do I really need that remote control Ferrari that's been sitting in my attic since 1999? The answer is, probably not. But you could use the cash it might bring in if you sold it. Here are some answers to the questions you may have about how to sell your crap right now.
Where should I sell it?
Back in the day, eBay was the source for online selling, but now there are lots of other sites offering similar services. Some to check out are Craigslist Windows Live Expo and Sell.com. Some services are free, others cost a little bit. Check them out and choose one that's right for you. Other options are to hold a yard sale, call some consignment shops or try out a local pawn shop.
What should I charge?
Do a little research. See what other badminton sets are going for these days and price yours similarly. But remember to price items to sell. Keep the cost low so you can get the cash and get rid of the junk.
What Do I Do to Make My Items Attractive to Potential Buyers?
There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of making a sale. Take good pictures. When offering items online a photo and your description is the only thing buyers have to go by. Make sure the photo is in focus, clear and shows details. Write a clear and concise description and be sure to put keywords in the title so that it's easily found in searches.
What do I do if it doesn't sell?
It will probably come as a surprise that your My Little Pony collection doesn't create a bidding war — but stay positive. Try reducing the price a little and possibly rewriting your ad. Eventually you'll find a buyer that is happy to trade a little cash for your crap.
By Alison Storm
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