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.
Would I sell or downsize anything I formerly loved? Any object that once gave me a deeply personal, satisfying, or emotionally positive memory? Sure. If that memory turned negative, then it should go. I have a Nintendo Switch bag I got from an event that I thought would make a good eyeglass bag, since I’ll be “switching” them in and out, but all I can remember is the mixed memories of going to that event.
My rent increased by $70. I would have to sell a minimum of $840 worth of things just to break even for renting a second room just to store things to possibly sell. Now that I’ve learned the discipline of following through with my actions, by writing my first novel, I believe in my ability to achieve this two-pronged goal: sell that amount to make it profitable or sell enough things to propel me into a one-bedroom.
“I’ll start with $10, then $5, then bundle it with that Wang keyboard for $5.” What I’ve been enjoying most about this selling process, other than gaining new experiences to write about later, has been figuring out the values of some things I own or used to own. I’m learning negotiation and strategy. If I want something gone, I’m adopting the retail model from high-volume thrift stores, particularly the one I worked at years back: rotate items quickly.
For the longest time, selling has almost been too weird of a concept. I don’t want to deal with selling products for the entirety of my life, and I don’t want to go garage-saling to then try to make a living, but there’s no harm in just taking photos of junk and posting them in my spare time. Worst case, I don’t have to reply to those emails especially if I set up some buffers…