Thursday, 25 October 2012

eBay - Love it or loath it?

It was another free listing weekend on eBay, so once again I try to justify my new purchases by selling some of my older ones that I don’t wear anymore or think ‘why did I EVER buy that?!’ but is eBay really worth the hassle for what sometimes is just 99p?

1.Sometimes you get something that sells for a huge amount – Usually, this is the most hideous item out of everything you own. I once sold a black and gold velour Juicy Couture handbag that I got for £30 for £70 and the bidding war was intense! It was like the world had ended and people were fighting over the last bit of food…

2.Your clear out your room/house and get some money for it – Something is better than nothing!

3.It builds up a star rating on your profile which means people trust you more when you buy on eBay as well as when you sell on there

4.Free listing weekends. These happen quite a lot and mean you can sell for no cost at all from the comfort of your own house which is always nice.

1.It literally takes ages. You have to take photos, upload everything and write down all the details, wait for them to pay, get to the post office, and leave feedback – PHEW!

2.Sometimes nothing sells, not even the hideous stuff that usually does.

3.People. They Can be annoying and I mean really annoying! Sometimes people forget they are buying second hand stuff from eBay for 99p and they can cause you grief by asking loads of questions and complaining. If your item gets lost in the post then that is your responsibility as a seller which means you can end up forking out more money.

So, it is sort of 50/50 when it comes down to it being worthwhile or not. If you don’t fancy eBay then some other options are:

1.Car Boots: These are cheap and can be bearable if you go with a friend, but they are weather permitting. As well as being cheap to sell there people are very cheap when they buy from you so you do have to ‘man up’ when you watch your £50 Topshop dress escape for 50p

2.Charity Shops: You don’t get paid obviously, but you can choose a charity you like to support and get a warm fuzzy feeling as you help others and you can open your wardrobe without wearing full safety gear

3.Clothes Party: I haven’t actually done one of these yet, but I think it sounds like a great idea. You gather your mates (normally the stylish ones) and take a bunch of clothes round to one of your houses and literally swap the stuff you don’t want anymore. I would advise taking plenty of vino to help convince your friends to give you their most stylish threads!

4.Hand me downs/Hand me ups: Lots of us have brothers and sisters that would love our clothes so you can always offer them to your family members

It is important to remember that no matter how rough your clothes have got, whether it is holey pants, worn out bras or overalls covered in paint you can always recycle the material which means there are less clothes going to landfill and less waste that damages the environment. You can find out whether the charity you donate them to does this or look on-line for further info on recycling the material.

Love Emmy x


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