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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 26th Feb 09, 11:34 AM
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    MSE Jenny
    The Great ‘What to Sell Where’ Hunt
    • #1
    • 26th Feb 09, 11:34 AM
    The Great ‘What to Sell Where’ Hunt 26th Feb 09 at 11:34 AM
    When flogging your old gear, you won’t always get the most cash on eBay. There are dozens of other ways to shift your stuff, including Amazon, Play, Gumtree, mobile recyclers and boot sales.

    So we want to tap MoneySavers for the most profitable place to shift different wares, from dvds and mobile phones, to furniture and clothes.

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    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 03-03-2009 at 6:51 PM.
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    • snottyotty
    • By snottyotty 4th Mar 09, 11:08 AM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 11:08 AM
    Free Ads
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    • 4th Mar 09, 11:08 AM
    Friday Free Ads on line local area are free with up to 4 photos also free.
    follow the link. In my local area(Peterborough) readership in excess of 100,000!

    www.friday-ad.co.uk
    • tazminator3
    • By tazminator3 4th Mar 09, 11:11 AM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 11:11 AM
    What To Sell Where
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    • 4th Mar 09, 11:11 AM
    Hi! I find selling stuff on Preloved is a good site and if you pay £5.00 (yearly fee), you can list as many adverts as you want. You are then able to respond to an advert immediately on something you want (if not a member, you have to wait so many days to get the sellers full details. Otherwise, it's a watching game, bit like Ebay!):confused: Be very wary if you get something off Tazbar.com (auction site) and pay via PayPal. You haven't got a leg to stand on regarding getting your money back if it all goes "Pete Tong"! (a voice of experience) I got "sold" a pup (ipod touch) for £103.00 and paid for it through PayPal thinking I was safe (how wrong I was). To cut a long story short, PayPal will only refund in full if you made the purchase through Ebay and you will only get back whats in the sellers PayPal account if bought elsewhere, i.e. Tazbar.com. I ended up with a refund of 30p! Contacted Tazbar about the seller and basically got a response of a Catherine Tate-stylee employee " Am I Bovverred??"
    This now to be a Police matter, so be careful out there!!
    Last edited by tazminator3; 04-03-2009 at 11:13 AM.
  • brokeinwales
    • #4
    • 4th Mar 09, 12:43 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 12:43 PM
    I've done a lot of "small scale" selling over the past year. I'venever had any designer or collectible stuff to sell, so haven't made huge amounts anywhere, but this is what I've learnt:

    Amazon: Despite virtually everyone warning me otherwise, I've found this by far the best for selling CD's. Semi-well-known indie and rock bands make more than mainstream pop stuff (Which you can buy cheaply new) - most stuff I've put up has sold within a month. It's also good for paperback reference books and text books - that kind of thing. Novels virtually never sell unless they're really obscure or on a university reading list. Hardbacks may sell, but the postage on them always wipes out the profit.

    Greenmetropolis: Much better bet for novels as you get a guaranteed £3 (to include postage) for anything you sell. You also don't have the hassle of relisting. Stuff can take ages to sell, so no use if you need cash in a hurry.

    Ebay: I made a surprising amount on a pair of secondhand dance shoes, and a burlesque training video - specialist equipment and clothing like that seems to be very profitable. Non-designer shoes and handbags generally make between £2 - £15, more if they're more unusual (if you bought something abroad, or from a boutique, or it's original 1960's always mention it - people like to think they're getting something none of their friends will have and it pushes the bids up).
    If you're sure you have something unusual or something like the dancing shoes, be prepared to relist a few times - you sometimes have to wait for the right buyer. And don't be scared of setting your starting bid at a reasoanble level - for something specialist you may only have one potential buyer and you don't want them to end up getting it for 99p when they would have happily paid more. If you're the only person selling a pair of size 5 flamenco shoes then the dancer with the size 5 feet is probably going to go quite high.

    Unusual dresses and jackets sell OK - stuff like blouses, t-shirts, trousers, jeans etc don't really sell for much, if at all. If you have a whole jobload of clothes to get rid of it may be more productive to put them on as a lot (labelled something like "various shirts, size 19" with a few photo's)

    Car boot sales - Very variable - first one I went to I sold nothing. I'd recommend tagging along with a friend or relative at first and sharing the cost of a table so you don't risk losing too much if you don't sell as much as you'd like. Ask for recommendations from experienced people about the most profitable sales in your area. And don't over-estimate people's appetite for bric-a-brac - old records, DVDs etc, even books - sell much better than dodgy ornaments. In student areas things like pans and cutlery, and other "homeware" can make you a nice profit.

    Secondhand shops - flipping rubbish! Tried to give a bunch of old CD's to several record shops. First guy flicked through them with a smug smirk on his face then handed them back telling me he "didn't need" them. Second shop had no room, third shop said the very light scratching on some of the cases meant they weren't in good enough condition.

    Small ads - in newspaper. I admit I've never had any interest through these personally. Tried to sell a bike this way and had no response after a month of ad's - then put an ad in my living room window and had someone knock on the door within days. I know people who swear by them though, particularly for things like vacuum cleaners, blenders etc. I bought a fridge and a sofa after an ad in the paper once, so people do look at them! I'd definetly recommend for larger items that may not sell easily on ebay.

    Cash converters etc - You won't get what your stuff is probably worth. but if you need some extra cash, and to get rid of things in a hurry (for example, if you're going travelling, or moving house) they can be useful. As a guide, a typical ex-chart Cd by a popular artist would give you maybe 1-5p

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    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 10-03-2009 at 8:39 PM.
  • Tallullah
    • #5
    • 4th Mar 09, 1:10 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 1:10 PM
    I used to do quite well on ebay selling clothes (having a clearout every six months). But second hand stuff really doesn't sell at all well anymore on ebay - you'd be lucky to get 3 or 4 quid for a jumper, fleece etc. When you add in the fees and the effort of wrapping and posting, it's just not worth it. I am thinking of going back to just bagging the stuff I clear out and giving them to charity shops. Anyone else have this experience with ebay? And is there any possible alternative to it? None of the other auction sites (ebid, tazbar) seem to have much traffic nor even anything much to buy!

    I also have loads of books and clear those out every so often via ebay. You won't get anything near what you paid for them, but you can get a couple of quid on top of postage per book -- if they are recent ones. I also used green metropolis, but the problem with it was that if you sold a book somewhere else, it was hard to remember to take it off green metropolis, mainly because I only sold a book every couple of months there.
  • J400uk
    • #6
    • 4th Mar 09, 1:24 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 1:24 PM
    Just a quick tip from me, forum classifieds are very good for selling computer equipment and components etc. Usually get above eBay value and no fees or scammers to worry about.
  • missbutterflyblue
    • #7
    • 4th Mar 09, 1:45 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 1:45 PM
    Just wondering if anyone can advise on the best way to sell a china tea service I have - an unwanted inheritance forced on me a few years ago and just taking up cupboard space. It's nothing special, and certainly not a named brand like Royal Doulton or anything.

    I didn't really want to list it on Ebay because I don't want to post it due to the exceptionally high risk of breakage, and last time I sold something as collect only I was bombarded by requests to post, but I would do if this was the best option

    Any suggestions?
    • Oakie
    • By Oakie 4th Mar 09, 2:50 PM
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    • #8
    • 4th Mar 09, 2:50 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 2:50 PM
    hello
    How about trying your local auction house.I sold a clock that we discovered in a house we had brought,and was pleasantly surprised,considering the thing looked a bit battered.
  • Bacardi
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    • 4th Mar 09, 3:10 PM
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    • 4th Mar 09, 3:10 PM
    To J400UK Please can you help, I have an HP lazerjet printer which I have not used for a couple of years because it had a paper jam and have subsequently bought another one. It has 2 cartridges which are nearly full. How should I sell this please, considering it will weigh heavy. Thank you, Bacardi
    • soolin
    • By soolin 4th Mar 09, 4:01 PM
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    soolin
    To J400UK Please can you help, I have an HP lazerjet printer which I have not used for a couple of years because it had a paper jam and have subsequently bought another one. It has 2 cartridges which are nearly full. How should I sell this please, considering it will weigh heavy. Thank you, Bacardi
    Originally posted by Bacardi
    You really need to work out if this is going to be worth selling at all, real costs for these consumables have come down over the years, you also need to consider whether the ink will still be perfect after being opened for a couple of years. Personally I would not even consider ebaying it as you'll just end up with an SNAD claim, if you really want to sell then maybe go down the small ads route where someone can come and see for themselves and pay cash.
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    • soolin
    • By soolin 4th Mar 09, 4:03 PM
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    soolin
    Just wondering if anyone can advise on the best way to sell a china tea service I have - an unwanted inheritance forced on me a few years ago and just taking up cupboard space. It's nothing special, and certainly not a named brand like Royal Doulton or anything.

    I didn't really want to list it on Ebay because I don't want to post it due to the exceptionally high risk of breakage, and last time I sold something as collect only I was bombarded by requests to post, but I would do if this was the best option

    Any suggestions?
    Originally posted by missbutterflyblue
    If it doesn't have a 'name' then it might be difficult to sell, china especially tea sets has been a dying market for a while now. I know I used to dabble in it and now you can barely give the stuff away.

    I agree with the earlier response, take it to a local auction house and see if they will give you a rough valuation. If you ar ehappy with their valuation get them to sell it but expect to pay around 25% in commission and selling fees.
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  • Bacardi
    Thanks for info, now much wiser . Bacardi
  • missbutterflyblue
    Thanks, Soolin and Oakie - I'll try an auction house.

    It got forced on me when we were clearing out an elderly relative's house after her death, and I turned down three others before I cracked and accepted the one I've ended up with. It's really horrible (or at least, to me it is!), so I wouldn't be surprised if I needed to pay someone to take it off my hands rather than the other way around !
    • soolin
    • By soolin 4th Mar 09, 5:17 PM
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    You could always keep it until the market turns round again, china has a habit of going in and out of fashion so if it isn't worth anything now it might be one day.
    I'm the Board Guide for the Ebay Board , Charities Board , Dosh & Disability , Up Your Income and the Local MoneySaving-England board which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. However, do remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
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    • markandkate
    • By markandkate 4th Mar 09, 6:44 PM
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    Photograph it and send picture to auction houses
    Hi I would suggest that you take a photo of your tea set and then e mail it to a couple of auction houses near to you and ask if they are interested in selling it and how much you would be likely to get. If they are not interested then at least you know and you haven't had to go to the trouble of lugging it round. You should check how much they will charge and when the next auction is. Most auctioneers also have free valuation days so you could check that out too.
  • anitalg
    came across beansprog.com, for selling childrens stuff. Flat % to sell it, fixed price stuff. Not much happening so far but bought a swimming bath seat for my son and smooth enough transaction
    • jacand
    • By jacand 4th Mar 09, 9:50 PM
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    jacand
    Probably the cheapest way I have sold stuff, was listing in the local shops. Cost about 20p for a few weeks, or in my local Spar free. Large items sell well here as they are usually all local buyers. Supermarkets also have notice boards, which can be quite decent.
    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 10-03-2009 at 11:30 AM.
    • hotbern
    • By hotbern 4th Mar 09, 10:55 PM
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    i have just found clothesagency.com. They charge £1.25 per month per item, 6 FREE photos and NO commission when it sells. They tend to be designer or high end shop clothes, so you could sell an item for £50 and only pay a total of £1.25! Bargain!
  • Agnesb53
    To J400uk about computer components
    Could you please specify what forum classifieds are very good for selling computer equipment. Any address?
    Many thanks
  • wigglebeena
    i have just found clothesagency.com. They charge £1.25 per month per item, 6 FREE photos and NO commission when it sells. They tend to be designer or high end shop clothes, so you could sell an item for £50 and only pay a total of £1.25! Bargain!
    Originally posted by hotbern
    That's assuming any of it sells at all, of course. I prefer some of my fees and preferably all of them to be FVF - you may pay more if you sell, but that's IF you sell.

    Not many posts, I notice...
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