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 get too excited when it comes to working through projects.
If this month’s scope is selling as much superfluous-to-me computer hardware as I can, the idea might be to get rid of “everything” “at once.” If I were donating everything, sure, just put it into boxes then drop it off. Selling is more detail-oriented than that. I have to look at each object to determine its value. Can I even sell this? If so, then I’ll [or Collector will] lookup general prices and go with my three-week selling process of full-price, half-price, and free/donate.
I’ll collect more information about the item I’m selling.
If I think about it from the buyer’s perspective, what information would I want to know about? I’d want to see the item from all relevant angles, so I take a top shot, bottom shot, and multiple side shots. I take specific shots of any specific highlights or concerns, like clean ports or case damage. The photo limit for most places is about seven shots, so I figure that’s about as much as a potential buyer would need.
These smartphone apps aren’t great about uploading photos.
Some sort by the newest photos, so it’s better not to bury the photos with newer shots, and for some you can’t batch-upload. Plus, if I took photos a week prior to posting, then I’d forget about why I took certain shots. I posted one keyboard a few hours ago that had three shots of the keyboard connector. I’m not sure why I had those three shots, but hey, I threw them in the bulk-upload apps to give more information.
I write the ad to give a general story context.
The basic who-what-where-when-why. I wrote this for a recent ad: ‘Selling this [laptop] as-is. No power adapter but [a local computer recycling shop] probably has something close. I was going to turn this mini-project into a writing laptop for that old school vibe but never got around to it.’ Easy few sentences to give the buyer an idea about what’s going on, or what’s gone wrong with it, or why it’s being sold.
After it’s online, I wait for potential buyers to email in.
I have an area where I can store these items. If I were inclined, I could republish these ads every week until they sell, but I’m just here to get as much as I can out of this selling experience from a writing perspective, rather than merely to make money. There are easier ways, for me, to earn money than by wasting time and space on things I don’t really care about. If I cared about these in the first place, like that laptop, I would finish working on it and bring it to my local coffee shop for “that old school vibe.”
I can, at least, free up space for other projects I care more about.
That’s why I have a three-week timeframe. If a buyer replies in a few days with a counter-offer that’s somewhere in between full-price and half-price, I would be OK with that, since it would get things moving. For others, having things sit around for months and reposting weekly might be an easier way to go, because maybe they don’t have as many lucrative financial options or maybe space is not a concern for them?
If I look at it from that perspective, I can move many things quickly.
It’s just I’m not moving “everything” “simultaneously.” I’m moving one thing at a time, incrementally, with the intentionality of paying proper respects to an item – regardless of if it has selling value or not – before getting rid of it. Is this rooted in my hoarder mentality? Or my thrift store adventures? Although I claim to be anti-materialistic, which in my terms means that I don’t care about whether an item is the highest quality or its overall value from a marketability perspective, I still like stuff.
I may continue selling more items even after this three-month selling cycle of computers, media, and toys just because it’s an effective way for me to assess what I own and what I want to keep. For the aesthetic, nostalgic, or utilitarian items I want to keep, they should represent a value that cannot be easily replaced by other items. If or when my coffee machine breaks, I will throw out the old one and replace it with a new one. I have no attachment to it. I would photograph and sell it, but I use it daily, so I’d just need another one.
I don’t want to get too much into the selling mentality, however.
I don’t want to go to thrift stores or garage sales looking to flip items for a profit. Although I can have fun with aspects within the selling process, the overall process is not enjoyable enough for me to want to pursue as an avocation, other than to recoup any money I invested into formerly attempted avocations, like the Amiga. Writing that six-part essay series about selling it made for worthwhile content, but I am not too interested in getting more things I don’t care about just to find value in them by getting rid of them.
That seems almost too nihilistic.
When I’m done downsizing a majority of these things around the apartment-mansion, I’ll have the skills and tools for selling other things, but unfortunately, the selling process is still too convoluted to be worth the time investment.
Maybe in another ten years?
|Quotes: I wrote the ad but I took out the advertisement for the local company.|
|Sources: My selling experiences.|
|Inspirations: Now that my headaches are more manageable to where I have good brain hours where I can focus on working on the next step toward clearing out more things, I’m getting back into my selling schedule. I figured I’d write about some of the mistakes I learned from along the way.|
|Related: Other Selling Zeal essays.|
|Picture: What kind of photo would work best for this? A three-parter with the photographing table, a screenshot of the app I’d be selling on, and the staging area? Too much effort for this writer.|
|Written On: 2020 January 21 [35 minutes. From 12:53am to “Then “stage” it.” at 12:59am. From 1:05am to “selling it made for worthwhile” 1:32am. From 1:41am to 1:43am. Gdocs.]|
|Last Edited: 2020 January 21 [Possible edits adapting from Gdocs to WordPress. Would this be the second draft, then?]|