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    So, I've been doing some thinking about what others have said to me about debt, paying it off, and all the extra stuff I have laying around the house that could be sold and the money put towards debt.

    I looked into e-bay and with all the fees, I'm wondering if it's worth it. The items I already have grouped together would be listed for $9.99. With the insertion fees, final vaule fees (if item sells at $9.99), the total cost to just list the item is $1.22. AND that's not including any PayPal fees since it's the preferred method to pay for the auctions @ e-bay.

    Does anyone know a better way to get rid of excess stuff without paying a lot of fees? I'm thinking maybe a garage sale but with it being winter and being located on a military base, I wouldn't get much of a showing of people. I'm also talking about listing primarily bath and body stuff, yankee candles, and scrapbooking supplies.

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    have you looked into craigs list? my boyfriend lists stuff of his on ebay from time to time but you are right with the fees from ebay and paypal it does cut down your profits considerably. Other than that do you have a local paper where you can list things for sale?
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    Check if your county has anything like freecycle on the net (I know you are making money not giving the things away).
    The county that I live in has the countys name -- says something like Huroncountygaragesale.com and you can list your items on the site at no charge. Just like you were having a garage sale and people will respond to what they want. And then you get back to them with a time and date for pick-up. First come first served and your prices are firm. And if no shows, you go done the list to the next person in line. The site will state their rules also. Hope this helps.
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    I used to be a Power Seller on eBay for years, but the market has changed as well as the higher fees. Unfortunately it is still the only place to sell *used* stuff, but you have to have some experience or you can run into all kinds of problems.

    Craigslist is a viable option perhaps. Garage sales will never generate the money that you may want for an item.
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    I would recommend local area indoor flea markets for winter time and craigslist... I do the markets whenever i get the chance.. am cleaning up my house too for extra funds...some of the markets are great.. other arent

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    One more comment... Ola.com another auction site

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    YARD SALES: if you can do a block yard sale you can bring in BIG amount of traffic.
    They don't generate tons of big money per item, BUT you get rid of things you would never thing would sell (the extra garbage can that is blue and now you have a black kitchen), Old magazines can bring anywhere from a nickel to a quarter, some can go for more.

    Go through your closet and shoes, his too.

    CRAIG LIST: I know some people have great turn around on it. I find it frustrating to manuver through so I usually quit before I go nuts.

    SECOND HAND STORES: they usually have a commision charge. You might want to check into that. Does you base have one?

    EBAY: I know you can get screwed big time trying to sell on it, because the item goes for little. Increase the cost for shipping I think Ebay still doesn't count that into their percentage.

    ETSY: is for craft items

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSLINKS View Post
    YARD SALES: if you can do a block yard sale you can bring in BIG amount of traffic.
    They don't generate tons of big money per item, BUT you get rid of things you would never thing would sell (the extra garbage can that is blue and now you have a black kitchen), Old magazines can bring anywhere from a nickel to a quarter, some can go for more.

    Go through your closet and shoes, his too.

    CRAIG LIST: I know some people have great turn around on it. I find it frustrating to manuver through so I usually quit before I go nuts.

    SECOND HAND STORES: they usually have a commision charge. You might want to check into that. Does you base have one?

    EBAY: I know you can get screwed big time trying to sell on it, because the item goes for little. Increase the cost for shipping I think Ebay still doesn't count that into their percentage.

    ETSY: is for craft items

    Ria
    you can bump up the shipping a little, it is true it is not counted in what ebay uses for the charges. You do have to be very careful on this though if ebay thinks you are charging too much for shipping they will cancel the post but you still have to pay for the original listing. Also it is part of your feedback on if the person thnks your shipping charges were fair or not.
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