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!
If I can impart one lesson to readers, it will be in the paragraph below:
Do not respond instantly to the first potential buyer and do not reply instantly. You don’t have to sell something instantly. Even if the notifications go to your burner email*, just ignore them until you either get 6 responses or it’s been a few hours. For something high demand, you’ll get many responses instantly. For something low demand, you might not get a response for days. This lesson just applies to the first 2 hours of a posting.
Don’t jump to make a sale. Make “The Sale.”
*Make a burner/buffer email account and don’t list your phone number. If your name is Jane, don’t make the buffer account jane-at-whatever-dot-something, pick some random words and register through that route. That’s enough of a buffer. I don’t think you really need to be concerned with getting a burner phone, because you can get a good gauge of someone via email before you send them your phone number, and if they get rude, you can just block them.
The reason for making “The Sale” should be obvious because of this essay series.
If everything had been smooth, there wouldn’t have been much to write about. I would have met the buyer, sold the buyer the thing, earned money, and that would be it. Instead, things didn’t really get weird, but they got more complicated than they needed to be, and I had plenty to unpack for both my future reference and useful selling information for future sellers.
You don’t need much more than the following when you sell something:
- Accurate market value. [Search for “sold” listenings.]
- A double-check from someone more knowledgeable. [Thanks, Collector.]
- Thirty seconds of cleaning.
- Clear photos.
- A description of the product you’re selling.
I had a total of 9 responses on this within two hours of posting.
Who I sold it to is a slight item of contention for the implications I described above, but those will be the vaguest hints toward the upcoming essays, otherwise, I will spoil the surprise, and give you, the reader, the moral safe ground to consider your position on how you would handle this predicament as I did spontaneously and going forward.
Let’s explore some selling thoughts.
When you go to your grocery store, itself an item that resulted from the advertisements of your perception of its perceived quality versus price, you have a safe return policy. I recently opened and tried on some undershirts but didn’t like how thin they were, so I returned them after the sales transaction without the slightest degree of contention. You’re also almost guaranteed certain items will always be in stock; except eggs. For some reason, one grocery store I used to frequent after work was always out one of the most common cooking ingredients.
The thing is, eggs are ubiquitous.
I can buy many different types of eggs, so I don’t have to think about buying them. I’m not even buying from the company that stole them from chickens. I’m buying them from the cashier, a representative of the company whose store I entered. When you sell to strangers, however, you should feel comfortable talking with them via email first before scheduling a public place and a convenient time to meet. It was always weird meeting people at their houses when I bought things. I’d get lost in anonymous neighborhoods.
Whereas, meeting near busy stores means at least there’s something to do.
Since you’re the only one with the product, you as the seller have more power than you think. If people give you shit, you don’t have to listen to them. I’m fine with lowballing as a general mid-game strategy. Ideally, you have the open exchange of pleasantries and interests, the mid-point of finding a location to meet, then actually meeting. If you interrupt those exciting pleasantries with rude debate, get lost. If you don’t have enough money on hand after we agreed to the price, get lost. If you’re throwing out something lower but throwing in a perceivable value, like you’re across town but will meet me close or the item’s been on the market for a few days, then let’s negotiate.
Selling is fun but it’s not really my type of fun.
That’s mainly why I wanted to capture the full details as best I could remember them here. I will have other sales transactions, but this was my first big one in years, and it was also where not everyone walked away happy, for valid reasons. Why not write about the full experience as best I remembered it? Why not explore all the thoughts about it now, because it will happen again to me, and perhaps to you, as I clear out the rest of my superfluous computer things through the month of January, published whenever, then moving onto media then toys, all before clearing out any remaining items before I start working on my second novel.
Writing fiction is what’s most fun for me.
Property in all its states – fantasizing about property, budgeting, buying, or selling properties – is almost perverse for me. Own what you must. However, all this excess has taught me that if I won’t use something in the next few months, don’t buy it yet, or don’t buy it at all. Once I know I want to buy something, my mind is ready to buy it.
Once I knew this Amiga had to go, my mind was ready to sell it.
|Sources: My selling experience.|
|Inspirations: I wrote about this from a more hypothetical perspective in an essay that will publish next week. The logistics of my publishing schedule makes it weird. It’s called “Experiment With Selling” and it’s scheduled for publication on 2020 January 27 at 7pm. Until then, the link won’t work, along with all the others below for future essays, so bookmark this essay and return to it after the 27th and everything will be online.|
|Related: Besides Selling Zeal?
Amiga Clearance A01/06 – Introduction
Amiga Clearance A02/06 – Posting
Amiga Clearance A03/06 – Fitness
Amiga Clearance A04/06 – Selling 1
Amiga Clearance A05/06 – Selling 2
Amiga Clearance A06/06 – Rats
|Photo: When selling things, it’s good to get it from all angles.|
|Written On: 2020 January 03 [39 minutes, from 6:15am to 6:54am while listening to the FF7 soundtrack, written in WordPress.]|
|Last Edited: 2020 January 03 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]|