I opened a box of once-treasured CDs to find one to sell and I left my storage room with an armful of over twenty I realized I could also part with for either some or no profit. It was a bittersweet moment. My 20s were filled with so much compassion for mediocre nouns. Now that I’ve increased my “keep” threshold from “don’t hate” to “really like,” I have inventory, but how will I move it?
Selling websites, barcodes, and research.
Since I’m putting in the time to catalog these CDs one last time as “used to own,” I might as well start looking at their overall estimated values. If videogames taught me anything, it’s that if I sell something, at their most generous, I will receive a value exactly half of its purchasing prices. In life, sometimes that’s more, especially if you’re selling to a private party, otherwise, generally, it’s a supplemental income at best or a zero-dollar embarrassment at worst.
That’s where research comes in.
If websites assess the potential purchase price of some item at 50¢, is that worth selling? If it were part of a pile of things going to the nearest thrift store, and it was more convenient to sell the items in a box with free postage and limited risk, then why not? If morality gets in the way, donate an equal or greater amount, and temporarily restore your compassion.
How about if you know it could be worth more?
If these websites all assess the CD at a dollar, and you’ve seen it elsewhere going for $10, then it might be worth the effort of going into a store, waiting around while they assess the items, getting jerked around as they delay the inevitable, then give you probably around the same amount. In exchange for your time and patience, you gamble the opportunity for more money.
The important thing is to not act quickly.
If at all possible, have an area with items you want to sell far away from your daily routine. Like sending out resumes when you’re unemployed, only tend to these sales when you’re feeling good, or for a limited time each day. That will prevent you from feeling any attachment to these objects that might clutter your mind with thoughts of wanting more. They’re just boxes. Some worth $X, others, $Y.
They’re not really yours anymore.
In corporations, people sell nouns on behalf of their employers, and their success or failure is directly resultant on how well they move nouns. I don’t like most salespeople. They’re approachable, polite, and easy to talk to because they’re paid to be manipulative like that. I’ve had more than one cross me when my services output did not meet with the services needed, so I’m jaded.
If we sell morally and politely, everyone wins.
These websites talk about keeping items sent to them in adverse condition. It’s intimidating, sure, but most of these were going to be donated, anyways.
If that’s not worthwhile, keep your treasures.
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: This is the sort of writing I enjoy the most. The opening paragraph is a question that I must answer throughout the answer. I’ve figured out many things about life and processes through writing such essays. Here, I was just like “what can help me here?” I had already found one website to help with the selling process, but I was unsure. Writing this essay posed me to start scanning barcodes and assessing the value based on their bottom dollar.|
|Related: Other Selling Zeal essays.|
|Photo: Cut-out of a CD I won’t be able to sell.|
|Written On: June 17th [26 minutes, mobile]|
|Last Edited: June 18th [Minor edits to place into WordPress, otherwise: first draft; final draft for the Internet.]|