There are things I haven’t finished only because I don’t want them to be “over.” I didn’t want to be “done” with it because then that would be all there was, so I’d never finish these sorts of things. That would often lead me to start but never finish things. Now, I figure, I can either complete something or drop it, but if I’m actively “trying it out,” don’t let soaking it in flood expectations.
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…
I posted something to sell and within minutes got a response:
“I would like to buy your Apple Extended Keyboard II M3501 for [50% off].”
“How about [full price]?”
I’ll cover my experiences and perspective on selling throughout this sales series, first starting with my old computer collection then moving into media then toys for the next few months, but rather than focusing on anything negative, let’s use this keyboard as an example of neighborhood exploration.
In our final entry into this 6-part series about the fate of an Amiga I once owned, let’s consider some aspects of morality. For someone with close to seven years of sobriety, where I take sobriety as meaning being honest with myself and others, how does that apply to selling? How does that apply to the idea of keeping my word to one prospective buyer but having another come along with a more exciting price?
In the 5th part of this essay series, outlining selling an Amiga Commodore A500, let’s use this introductory space to narratively flashback before we jump ahead. Throughout these essays, I’ve covered: deciding to sell this retro computer, the importance of clean photography, being physically fit enough to sell, and thoughts on posting ads online. I had eight prospective buyers reach out offering to buy and I had to decide between first-responder “Ben” and high-baller “Dan.”
In life, we often want it all, whether it’s seeing our favorite bands live, enjoying every second of every minute of every day, or whether it’s living an idealized lifestyle. The problem with that is sometimes we can’t see our favorite bands live. What if Clutch and Sabaton perform on the same evening? We don’t like being decisive in life because that means we have to make the hard decisions. Sometimes, simple answers guide us.
Within minutes of posting this Amiga, I had a responder, which was a future problem. “Ben” was interested. He would drive across town to pick up the computer. I was so ecstatic to get any offer that I agreed. Others then started reaching out with their interest and offers. One person was also willing to drive across town, but since I had promised it to “Ben,” I told this anonymous other it was already sold…
When you sell something, you have to be physically prepared for anything that goes your way. There’s no running portion of the buying/selling transaction, however in case things get dicey, you should know your escape routes. I bought a retro computer from someone and his wife had cautioned him about selling, to which he told her that if things got dicey, he’d just let the buyer [me] have it and run. Didn’t happen; coulda happened.
I’m sorting through excessive sixteen-year-old mail from when I was applying to various colleges nationwide. One letter seemed like a brilliant opportunity, except, it wasn’t. There otherwise isn’t a point in keeping any of these. As I’ve set about recycling them, I’ve been tearing my name and address from each. The information may seem innocuous, however, having just taken exams professionally for GDPR and CCPA, it’s always relevant to downsize while keeping personal information secure.
Always know the entire market value what you’re selling. For this A500, I thought I knew its value based on my quick research of internet prices, so in a hurry, I posted it to multiple selling platforms with all the photos you’ll see throughout this 6-part series. If you’re feeling at all lonely, post something expensive at a cheap price, because then you’ll suddenly be the best friend of over a half-dozen people… in minutes!