Selling unused goods
Many people don’t realise the value of unused goods. They just take space in your home and wait for someone to pick them up and either use or sell. Have you thought of making money from these items and actually getting something for nothing ($$)?
We all know that you can never fix bad first impression. The same goes for your items that you’re putting up for sale, regardless of the channel you choose. Make a bad first impression with your items….. And your items will be sitting with your for a long time. Nobody likes to handle a dust or grease covered, discoloured items. There is something just not right about dirty, and disgusting items. They just aren’t inviting.
So if you’re thinking of getting rid of some items, don’t just throw them away. Offer them on sale, but before that, do some quick improvements of their condition to create something for nothing.
Well if dirty items reduce the value of an item and the confidence of potential buyers, then the opposite is also true? Right? It sounds obvious but clean and tidy items are more inviting, increases buyer confidence and increases buyer confidence.
Get something for nothing
Take the next example for instance.
This is my old Playstation 3 that frankly hasn’t had much of love as you can tell from the photo. Do you think this is an item that you would like to put your hands on? Or have it sitting in your living room?
How about the next photo of the same playstation, taken about 3 minutes after.
I would be more inclined to pick up the cleaner and tidied up unit in the second photo. It’s just more inviting! It really matters not whether you’re selling online or offline, clean and tidy items will help you move items faster at a higher price. I think I would feel comfortable selling the unit from the second photo for about extra $10~20 more. Remember you cannot fix the first impression.
This sounds like a small change, but for a few minutes of work? I think it is more than warranted. Every little bit adds up, imagine that you could increase the value of all your items by 10-15%. You could put this towards your big move, not to mention that you’ll have less to pack and move! Saving money in two different fronts.
These two images are both taken from a Samsung S9 phone, without any filters. Using the same phone. The camera angle makes a bit of difference. But at the end of the day, it’s the cleanliness of your item which invites potential buyers.
Make your moving day easier
You will likely see a bigger difference in items like bicycles and furniture, and also you’ll add move value to these items. In the example with my Playstation 3, I gave it a quick wipe down and tied up the USB cord. That’s it that’s all I’ve done. And I’ve potentially created value in my item. Creating something from nothing!
Now you’re ready to sell your items, if you are unsure how best you should be selling your item to fund your next move, click to read this article “How to be a minimalist”
It’s always good to sell some stuff before moving your home. Less items mean less boxes to pack and unpack. Thanks to this, everything can go smoother and faster on your moving day and you can avoid some of the moving day complications. Last but not least, it can make your removal cheaper thanks to the saved moving time.