Despite our best efforts to the contrary, material goods seem to accumulate with alarming speed. That empty bookcase we thought we might need plus the well-meant but untouched cutting board from last Christmas soon begin to encroach on our limited living space.
Thankfully, this problem can actually be turned into a blessing. By selling these unused items, we can not only create a cleaner, more open study environment (which will lead to better learning), but we can also add a nice bit of padding to our often frighteningly low bank balances.
Although the process can sound confusing to the uninitiated, modern college students actually have a number of surprisingly simple methods available.
Everyone has heard of it, and you probably have purchased something through this site before, but have you ever considered selling? Completely free for all but the most unusual cases (i.e., brokered apartment rentals in NYC) postings on this site are easily setup and published. Once someone contacts you about your listing, you will be responsible to arrange the payment and delivery with them.
This particular service is excellent when you want to sell something quickly while avoiding the hassle of shipping and online payment processing. As with any online or offline transaction, be careful to only work with purchasers you trust and dont give out any unnecessary personal information.
Although it is slightly more complicated, Amazon does have an excellent marketplace for used items. They are a little bit pickier about what you can sell, but you can generally list anything that is already on the website.
Using the Fulfillment by Amazon program, you can basically fill out an online form, ship your stuff to Amazons warehouse, and wait for someone to purchase it. Unlike Craigslist, Amazons service does charge a number of fees including a storage fee, shipping charge, and commission for selling on their site. If you just want to make some money for your junk without having to spend a lot of time shipping and marketing it, however, Amazons program could be perfect for you.
If you want to take a more active approach, eBay might be the perfect platform for you to use. A combination of auction sales and set prices, eBay provides a great opportunity to learn a bit more about marketing. Easily integrating with PayPal, an eBay auction can be setup in a matter of minutes. The fees charged by eBay are comparable to those on Amazon.
Like Amazon, however, eBay has an option to have someone else handle the shipping and selling. Using a Trading Assistant, you can have someone else manage your listing in exchange for a cut of your selling price.
By selling your extra stuff online, you can better optimize your study space while getting a small kickback for doing so. If you arent able to sell your stuff right away, make sure to match your price closely to that of similar items and include as much information as possible. Even if your item is completely brand new and unopened, people will feel more comfortable buying if you include more information on your listing.