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AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/31/18 9:18 a.m.
mtn said:

I keep having folks flake on me. I'm about to go to Ebay only. 

didn't see *that* coming...  ;-)

mtn
mtn MegaDork
8/31/18 9:29 a.m.
AngryCorvair said:
mtn said:

I keep having folks flake on me. I'm about to go to Ebay only. 

didn't see *that* coming...  ;-)

The thing that amazes me is when people tell me I'm too far away... Hey shiny happy person, you're the one who set your search parameters. Not me. 

 

I'm just about done with buying from craigslist and facebook too. Tried to buy a boat anchor, made an offer, and the guy was super insulted and then proceeded to insult me. On an ad that had literally no information. I explained my position for making my offer, compared it to anchors at Bass Pro and West Marine (which was actually where he got his), etc., and asked for more information on his. He still didn't give it, but proceeded to tell me that Bass Pro sells anchors for Canoes. Well, yeah, that is correct... but Bass Pro also sells 40' Off Shore fishing boats. So Pretty sure they sell big anchors too. 

He then told me 3 days later when he sold it for full asking price. Great. Congrats. So happy for you, I figured you would, but I was trying to get some money off. Don't hate me for it. 

 

Then yesterday I had a similar situation trying to buy a computer monitor. Ad said "OBO". Dude came back with an "it isn't worht the time and effort" blah blah blah.. And yet it was worth the time and effort to type out that reply? Could have just said "No, I'm not going lower than $$".

 

I don't get it. 

SaltyDog
SaltyDog HalfDork
8/31/18 9:34 a.m.
mtn said:

I keep having folks flake on me. I'm about to go to Ebay only. 

 

 

How close to your goal are you?

I managed to sell one item on CL and two on FBM for a total of $3800.00

1st CL item, an 18 1/2' boat, sold in three days to an out of state buyer, the FBM was a pair love loveseats, sold for asking price in less than a week after one of our neighbors, who owns a used furniture store, said she wouldn't be able to get anywhere near what we wanted for them.

I put some other boat related items on CL and never got a single reply.

Still got a shed full of stuff to peddle. sad

mtn
mtn MegaDork
8/31/18 9:52 a.m.
SaltyDog said:
mtn said:

I keep having folks flake on me. I'm about to go to Ebay only. 

 

 

How close to your goal are you?

I managed to sell one item on CL and two on FBM for a total of $3800.00

1st CL item, an 18 1/2' boat, sold in three days to an out of state buyer, the FBM was a pair love loveseats, sold for asking price in less than a week after one of our neighbors, who owns a used furniture store, said she wouldn't be able to get anywhere near what we wanted for them.

I put some other boat related items on CL and never got a single reply.

Still got a shed full of stuff to peddle. sad

You're in East Peoria right? May be interested in some of the boat stuff. 

 

I'm about $700 away from my goal, but that could be accomplished in about 5 sales.

SaltyDog
SaltyDog HalfDork
8/31/18 8:57 p.m.

In reply to mtn :

Yessir, EP. What are you looking for? My prices are VERY reasonable! (Take them away!)

mtn
mtn MegaDork
8/31/18 9:08 p.m.
SaltyDog said:

In reply to mtn :

Yessir, EP. What are you looking for? My prices are VERY reasonable! (Take them away!)

Uh... I mean, I don’t know what I’m looking for, but my dad has two boats, my FIL has two boats (both of which are under my care), I have a small sailboat.... and I may be in Bloomington next month. 

SaltyDog
SaltyDog HalfDork
8/31/18 9:27 p.m.

In reply to mtn :

I'll take a look at what I've got and make a list. Assuming you don't have a use for things like inboard props for a 34' Sea Ray?

Ive got some lines, a couple of anchors, one smaller, one larger, a couple of bimini top frames for ~20'-ish boats a couple of oddball fenders, 30 to 15 amp adapters for shore power and some other odds and ends.

All of the smalls have a heck of a GRM discount! Pretty much, other than the props and maybe the electrical adapters, free to a good home. And even they would be deeply discounted!

mtn
mtn MegaDork
8/31/18 10:48 p.m.

No, no use for the props. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin PowerDork
11/11/18 6:00 p.m.

About to start my own quest to sell things.  Question:

OfferUp vs. Craigslist vs. FB Marketplace vs. Nextdoor

Is there a flow chart for what you list where?

I have some garage items & some household items.  Nothing ebay worthy.

RedGT
RedGT Dork
11/12/18 1:42 p.m.

Yeah, my problem is that most of the stuff I need to clear out is worth little enough that people don't go out of their way to find it nor is it worth shipping.

Where would you list things like quality (but older) corded tools, which I'd expect to sell for $10-$20 but cost half that to ship?  Or sockets and wrenches I don't need, but are not matching brand name sets either.  Who is gonna drive out and meet a craigslist/facebook rando to save $5 or $10 over just going to harbor freight?  Basically...yard sale stuff but I don't want to have a yard sale. :(

dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
11/12/18 1:47 p.m.

I've found it's just not worth the time to sell the little things. In the time it takes to sell a $5 socket, you could have sold a $50 car part. Just donate it to the thrift store. That's what I do, at least. Anything that won't ship in a tiny box from my mailbox and is worth less than $50, I donate or recycle / sell to a scrapyard.

dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
11/12/18 1:48 p.m.

In reply to ProDarwin :

Of those four, I've only used Craigslist. Its reach is waning, but it's definitely still good for certain things. I sold my old torpedo style kerosene heater in less than a day on CL last week.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
11/12/18 1:51 p.m.

I've used FB Marketplace for pretty much everything lately. It's just too easy.  If it fits in a USPS Priority Mail pre-paid box, I generally factor the cost of that into my price and say "shipping included".  

The thing with FB is to not post stuff in general trading groups but to find a specialized group focused on the items you have to sell.  For example, a friend of mine has a bunch of Del Sol parts, so I joined a Del Sol FB group to post them for him.  Likewise, I have a ton of old mtn bike parts to sell, so I'll post them in a vintage mtn bike trading group.  Stuff typically sells quickly that way.

RedGT
RedGT Dork
11/12/18 1:56 p.m.

I'll find the specialized group for "why do I have (9) 3/4" Craftsman wrenches?"

 

I've gotten good at throwing away little stuff I'll never use (chinese extra tools, misc. scrap metal, half worn ___, etc) but still can't do it when it's perfectly functional and someone somewhere could use it.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin PowerDork
11/12/18 2:15 p.m.
dculberson said:

Of those four, I've only used Craigslist. Its reach is waning, but it's definitely still good for certain things. I sold my old torpedo style kerosene heater in less than a day on CL last week.

I have only used CL as well.  One of my co-workers has been having a lot of luck with OfferUp.  He sells some crap that I am truly amazed anyone would purchase.  He got $20 for a half-busted plastic mailbox post that I was 100% positive was garbage

 

 

Driven5
Driven5 SuperDork
11/12/18 3:23 p.m.

In reply to RedGT :

For stuff that isn't worth selling but is too nice to throw away, the first place I typically start is to offer it up on Buy Nothing in hopes that it might be of value to somebody in my local community.

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