A man dug up these trees and took them away in his truck.
He saved me 4 hours, 2 vertebrae and $140.
And he paid me!
I used to think eBay was just about car parts, beanie babies and signed Gilligan’s Island photos.
Lately, however, I’ve found business uses for this medium.
Some of these may help you.
Online shopping is getting very popular (and not just with the youngies).
Clearways, traffic jams and exploding competition are making bricks-and-mortar retail very tough.
Savvy firms are putting their wares on eBay. In response, eBay is offering more varied and configurable fee structures, membership deals and online ‘shops’.
There seems no limit to what people will buy on eBay. I’ve sold a couple of my ebooks. I’ve even seen a clairvoyant flogging single-question tarot card readings!
If you have a product or service you’d like to move, why not bung it up and see what happens?
Two satisfying sales concerned large items that could’ve cost me an arm and a leg to shift:
- A heavy walking machine I couldn’t fix.
- Four trees that were tearing up my footpath.
These items fetched $172 and $12 respectively. More importantly, I didn’t have to rent a truck, spend my time, wreck my back or pay to dump.
If you have old equipment lying around your (home) office, you too could invoke the eBay fairies to whisk it away.
Even obsolete gear sets some hearts racing. My old dictaphone snared $25, though its functionality is now found on most phones and MP3 players.
On Sunday, I advertised half a pack of old overhead projector slides (almost as a joke). By Monday, they were out of my life and I was $8 richer.
Of course, this sort of eBaying is for quiet moments.
Alternatively, next time you have a bored work experience kid under your feet, sick ‘em onto your unsold products or unwanted stuff and watch the sparks fly!
After each eBay transaction, both parties rank each other.
I have 256 comments, all positive. Apart from the warm fuzzy of great online karma, this trust score will make it much easier to sell expensive items (like my car) down the track.
I even link all my ads to my website. Dozens of people click through and several business enquiries have arisen from ads that had nothing to do with my services.
I went into town with every intention of buying my new camera there. When I got home, I found the same unit on eBay.
It was $150 less than the best deal I could haggle in person. And it had a tripod, memory card, carry case and screen saver.
I was still nervous about parting with so much cash online, until I saw the seller’s 12,693 customer comments (99.9% of which were positive)!
Three days later, the Lumix TZ10 was in my hands.
Business conditions have changed.
Old results now require new ways.
If you’re an eBay virgin, why not check it out next time you’re free.
And if you’re an old hand, please tell us what you’ve learned.
Well, there’s only four minutes left on my 1880 etymological dictionary auction.
I must therefore
Paul Hassing , Founder & Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire