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    I have recently become unemployed and am searching for ways to help
    out my 'cash flow'. I am wanting to sell many things I have in my
    house and am considering e-bay. Many of the things though are not
    large $$ items. I would love to hear from others if they have had
    luck doing this. I wonder also where boxes are found to ship things
    and how postage is determined. I find some of the postage amounts
    listed to be so high. I know it is expensive but I would rather know
    what something will weigh and go exact postage to help to sell
    things. I look around my house and think--- "what is all this stuff
    for anyway" LOLOL.

    I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through the process of
    looking for a new job and what has worked well for them as to the
    internet or searching in person I did not make a huge amount of money

    in the large scope of things but it paid my bills even though it was
    a struggle---less will be a huge struggle. I have only searched once
    for a job when I had no job and this seems a bit overwhelming. I am
    not familiar with how unemployment works or anything. Any words of
    advice?

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    I am wanting to sell many things I have in my
    > house and am considering e-bay.

    I sell things pretty regularly on ebay, and try to stick with little
    things that will fit in a manila envelope and ship first class. For
    Priority Mail, the post office will provide your shipping materials,
    and I use plastic grocery bags for packing since they are free. If I
    have to buy envelopes and tissue paper to wrap in, I go to the dollar
    store-envelopes are 6/1.00 and tissue is so cheap it almost doesn't
    count- like 40 sheets/1.00 For bigger items, your grocery store or
    local liquor store should have plenty of free boxes for the taking.

    HTH

    Lisa

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    Vicki --

    I've read that you should put together "lots" for smaller ticket items, that
    could go for at least $10. Group together items (like patterns, baby
    clothes in 1 size, etc.) and list them that way. You can get an
    inexpensive electronic postage scale from the post office, office supply
    store, or online. I think I got mine at Stamps.com. I was selling a lot
    of books, but I still had to take them in the post office to qualify for the
    "media mail" rate. You can specify that the buyer can choose their
    shipping if they want. Most people like the speed and convenience of
    priority envelopes and boxes, and the Post Office provides these for free.
    You'll have to judge whether to list it as a No Reserve (NR), or have a
    minimum price. I get annoyed when the "starting bid" is way high -- like
    close to retail.

    If you Ebay for more than 20 hours a week, I think you can qualify as
    self-employed and get health insurance. Something to keep in mind.

    My friends have had a lot of luck dismantling a motorcycle and selling them
    for parts. At last check, their 13 and 14 year olds had made $400.

    Also, I recommend only accepting payments through Paypal. And don't send
    anything until the money shows up in your account.

    Don't put LQQK in your description line. It turns a lot of people off. AND
    YOU DON"T NEED TO DO CAPS, all the time. LOL

    Go to your local unemployment office right away -- it can take up to 3 weeks
    for benefits to kick in as I recall. Maybe you can temp during the day,
    and do your job searching at night. http://www.Monster.com is supposed to be
    good.

    GOod luck
    Lynda

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    Remember it costs a few penny's to list an item with ebay. I havn't listed in a
    while so I 'm not sure how they calculate it.... But if your item is to high a
    price or just dosn't sell , you still have the fee's to pay.

    Mickie

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    Actually...... you can go the USPS website, and order priority supplies for
    free....including packing tape! That has to be one of the best deals
    around. I know, I know....you're paying for it in the shipping--but
    honestly, Priority shipping is not that much more than first class or parcel
    post.

    Just my $0.02 worth

    Hugs,
    Trish in IL

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    I don't sell much on ebay, mostly diapers that we're tired of so I can buy
    MORE diapers for my son

    The easiest way to get around packaging costs on ebay is to only ship
    Priority Mail--then you can get free boxes at the Post Office. Of course,
    you still have to come up with your own bubble wrap/peanuts/tape, etc. You
    may be able to find this stuff for free, especially if you have friends who
    work for companies that order a lot of computer stuff (lots of padded
    packaging).

    Betsy

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    It's true, if it's over 13 oz. (under 13, you can send first class and
    you can often save a few bucks), the difference is usually less than 50
    cents--unless it's over about 15 pounds, in which case you're better
    sending it UPS. The problem I have with it is that because of the
    small price difference, most people decide to just send things
    priority. And when EVERYTHING is priority, then NOTHING is priority.
    Remember when it was 2 days, 2 pounds, 2 dollars? (wasn't that long
    ago--maybe 1998?) Now it's 4-5 days, 2 pounds, 5 dollars. It's
    ridiculous. I don't even bother really selling online anymore as no
    one wants to pay $4 or $5 shipping for a $1 item. The exception is
    media--you can send several videos or DVDs (or books, but they're
    heavier) for a couple dollars media mail which would cost $9 or $10
    going parcel post or priority.
    Erin

 

 

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