I had to share this moment with you for a second and take a break from the garage sale blogs…
There’s a feeling you get when you actually sell an item at your somewhat outrageous asking price. A thrill passes through your system and you get a bit giddy. You want to call up your best friend and tell them about your Victory and talk about how ridiculous it is that somebody paid your asking price.
I had one of those moments a few weeks ago. We had a 9″ TV/VCR that we used to use in our van on trips but since we haven’t taken a trip in a while we put it in my daughter’s room so she could watch movies. We have since upgraded her to a 13″ TV/VCR that we had. So we decided to get rid of the TV. I figured that even though VCRs are going the way of the dinosaur there still might be someone who would want it for a summer trip. Plus the TV won’t pick up a TV signal anymore since the conversion to digital, so it won’t have a lot of value. We tried to sell the TV in the garage sale in May, asking $30 for it; no takers.
I did some research on Ebay and found similar ones selling for $50 + shipping. I decided I’ll give it a shot. It only cost me 60 cents to list it. I started the bidding at $9.95 and at the last minute added a Buy It Now price of $69.99. The buyer would pay the actual shipping cost (for 22 lbs.).
I listed the TV on Ebay Sunday night around 10:30pm and went to bed. The next morning I went to read my email and was surprised to see that someone had bought the TV, 2 hours after I listed it! That’s when I got that feeling, the thrill of VICTORY!
The buyer paid a total of $87.41, which included shipping and insurance.
I netted $62.80 after Ebay and Paypal fees.
So thank you garage sale buyers for not buying my TV.