As I’m sorting through things to donate or sell, I occasionally get these flights of fancy over wanting to keep all of this stuff to use, until I realize that I never did and I probably never would, even if I were given ten lifetimes to indulge in any of my fancies. Those are the times where you have to say to yourself ‘enough’s enough,’ decide what you truly want, and drop the superfluous projects.
I have many items around the apartment-mansion I want to sell, more to get rid of than to turn a profit on, yet there will be weeks at a time where I won’t post anything to sell. The biggest reason for that is just the lack of motivation toward getting out there, being social, and experiencing new situations. The question becomes, then, how many more weeks can I afford not posting anything new to sell?
I accidentally arrived over ten minutes early to meeting “Ahmed” to sell this Macintosh Quadra in the grocery parking lot and nearly got bored. I like arriving early so that I can be familiar with my surroundings. Where I parked, I saw everything, from the teens getting out their car to go to the nearby restaurant to the cops talking in their vehicles, to the grocery store – but I didn’t see “Ahmed” until he parked.
You will sometimes get many responses to items you’re selling within the first hour you post it. You may sometimes for wait weeks to get even one response. That’s where I give it about a month: week one at full price, week two half price, then consider donating it. I posted this Quadra first for $40 then dropped it down to $20 and before I got to that donation consideration, I got two responses from interested buyers.
When selling things, I like getting to the public place – like a grocery store parking lot or some other busy location – about five or ten minutes early, and sometimes I’ll be late. When I’m not, that’s a good time to check my surroundings, soak in the scenery, and wait for the buyer. I don’t recommend being “off your guard” during this time by reading essays or writing text messages. It’s just good not being sidetracked.
This Gateway 2000 4DX2-66 was a buddy’s old computer he hadn’t used in years. When I tried booting into it, I ran into weird enough challenges to where after about a half-hour of troubleshooting, I decided to sell it as-is, and within a day, I’d already sold it to someone that was willing to take on the troubleshooting challenge. It’s all about the priorities we set for ourselves. For me, that entertainment wasn’t worthwhile. For him…
When I posted this Zenith 183-192 laptop, I gave its backstory as a laptop I wanted to turn into a writing laptop but never got around to fixing up that way, and said I was selling AS-IS. What I should have added, for all the app-based selling locations, was: if you’re seeing this ad, it’s available. Cash and local pick-up only. I still don’t understand the appeal of selling on new school social media platforms.
Now that it’s been about a year since I moved into the apartment-mansion, [a year for you, eleven months for me,] let’s look through the log I kept while I was moving. Since I was downsizing from a two-bedroom rental house with a basement I’ve been living in for over seven years, hoarding from day one, into a two-bedroom, it made for about two months of full-time work. It’s too bad it got so bad.
I’m still learning the basics of selling online. During this month of selling computer hardware, I’d find something I wouldn’t mind selling, photograph it from multiple angles, put it in my selling staging area, then forget about the details, and would need to retrieve the item to write the ad. Now, it stays on the photography table until it’s posted. Or at least, until I do the research and write the ad. Then “stage” it.
I have five items I want to sell to clear out some space out of the apartment-mansion, but because they are five different items, I, of course, have posted none of them. Have you ever tried to do five things simultaneously? The most we can do is multi-thread [or doing one action, then quickly doing another action] and not multi-task [doing multiple disparate activities simultaneously]. For posting things online, you can’t multitask. You’ll post nothing.