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February 02, 2007


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I've been doing this myself and have already made almost $700 on Amazon selling old books & videos. Not only do I have more money, but more room, too. Still have a lot to go through - we are trying to declutter and get back to basics. The stuff isn't making us happy - but the money will! :-)

My dear wife sells anything that isn't nailed down (i.e. used within the year) on ebay or Craig's list, depending upon the market for the item. She has netted more than $10k from this activity, according to Quicken, over the past few years. Bonus; our place is clean, neat, and non-cluttered. This is the way to go.

For the stuff that has limited market appeal, the charities are also happy to receive old clothes, etc. The tax savings add up; even with the new rules.

I would never, ever, EVER sell my comic book collection! I think I'd sell off my dog before I give up my back issues of The Flash. ;-)

I used to work at a Warner Bros Studio Store before it closed and I came up on a lot of rare but dirt cheap animation art, which I've sold on ebay. I made an extra $2000 in one week just on one item.

Whoa, how did you end up with a China set made in occupied Japan?

SS -- From my wife's grandmother. ;-)

I don't know if this really gets you closer to making an additional $10,000. Since you already own the items you are just shifting the value. If I somehow found a way to buy an ounce of gold for $300, I wouldn't have lost $300, but closer to a gain of $300 (depending on the prices today). If I sell an ounce of gold for $100, it's not a gain of $100, but closer to a loss of $500.

If you're not using the item, you are shifting value but also creating -- from something that's worth zero to something that's now putting money in your pocket.

For example, my wife's China set has sat in our cabinets for years. Are they worth something? Sure. Are they giving us anything of value? No. Why not sell them and invest that cash as part of the $10k goal this year?

I have been doing the same thing. I sold off a piece of property that wasn't appreciating as fast as the upkeep was adding up; along with a coin collection, extra jewelry and some odds and ends collectibles and antiques. Hey, why not.

Selling your own stuff isn't "income" unless you are selling it for more than you bought it for. It may be incremental cash, but just like how selling stocks for less than you bought them for isn't "income," selling your old gym socks isn't either.

Even if you aren't selling the item for more than you paid for it, you are still recouping all or part of the cost however. This can be as advantageous, since it means you basically got use of the item for free or at a discount while you held it.


A friend of mine at work told me about this service where they help you sell your stuff. It is called and so far they have helped me make over $1200. They take care of everything. All I had to do was send them a picture of the purse I was selling then they called me back on the phone. When I say they took care of everything they even sent me a free box right to my house when the item sold. In it was a packing peanuts and prepaid addressed shipping label. It was very easy.

I am a busy professional but this service was so easy I feel like I had to tell someone!


I am trying to raise an additional $10k this year as well. I am doing so to eliminate my student loan. So far this week, I have made over $200 selling old books on eBay.

To DWorth - I will sell you my comics (at a steal) if you are interested :) I worked in a comic book store during college so I have thousands of books nicely bagged and boarded in my closet.

I recently sold a bunch of my "junk" on ebay. It is amazing how much money that you can make on junk.

I am cleaning out the house and have a lot to sell. I will be adding more items daily. I used to set up at flea marts but this is less work.

I am also thinking of selling all my old books and this may raise quite a big amount of money to my self.

Lazy Man - by selling items you aren't using, you are reducing your debt load if nothing else. When folks reach the mental point of realizing they spend more than necessary, it's often hard to take back recent purchases. Selling items worth $$ that no longer give you value is a great way to erase debt.
Of course, the $$ you get has to actually go to debt removal, or in FMF's probable case, investment.

I don't have a problem selling a lot of the stuff I own, and being a packrat I have A LOT of stuff. The problem is most of the stuff I have probably wouldn't bring in more than a few dollars. The only valuables I have are my gaming consoles and laptops and I'd sell my parents before I sold my electronics (ok, maybe not but I'd at least think about it).

When most of the stuff you have isn't worth much, such as video games that probably won't sell for more than $5 each *before* s&h and auction fees if applicable (craigslist ftw), it almost make selling them a frustrating effort.

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