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Whether it’s because you’re moving, do you need money Or just because you want to get things out of your house, you can make a very decent amount of money selling all of the excess things you have.
A couple of Christmases ago I had trouble making ends meet. Paying my paycheck was a job, and there was a two-week period in which no money seemed to fall. I ended up liquidating my stocks and quickly selling things to pay my payroll and have a good Christmas with my family. Finally the checks came and years later we’re doing more than well.
I learned a lot during that time. I discovered how to make money from all the things I don’t need and make a profit from cleaning my house. Here are some places I’ve sold my things to Keep my startup alive, get a little more money and get my life in order at the same time.
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If you’re in a hurry and need cash right away, there may not be a better option than pawn shops. While you probably don’t have a particularly valuable piece of jewelry, you can sell almost anything that you don’t want to appreciate, such as jewelry, electronics, or even collectibles like coins.
The biggest problem with pawn shops is that you end up paying to sell your things so quickly. You could certainly make more money turning to sites like eBay. However, if you need the money quickly, this process can take too long.
There are a few options in Mexico: the National Monte de Piedad, Montepío Luz Saviñón, Fundación Dondé, and Prendamex.
2. Consignment warehouse
Another option is to sell your things in a consignment warehouse. The biggest advantage of these thrift stores is that they usually only focus on one type of product. For example, there are exclusive consignment shops for clothing, books, musical instruments, furniture, electronics, antiques and even cars. Therefore, you can get a better price in a consignment store than in a pawn shop.
However, before dropping anything off at any of these stores, it’s a good idea to check ahead of time to see whether what you have will appeal to customers and to see how special they are at receiving used items.
Some Mexican options are Void, Reuse me, Fierro Viejo and A + C Soluciones Muebles.
Craigslist has a large number of bargain hunters. Uploading your articles is free. Although it sometimes takes several days to sell an item. To get the most from this website you should:
- Upload a clear picture of your items.
- Setting a deadline will make potential buyers feel more motivated to negotiate.
- In the title, clearly describe what you are selling.
- Add certain details but don’t go overboard. And be honest about the flaws in your stuff.
- Find out about the prices your items are typically sold at.
- Group your objects. For example, if you’ve used toys, sell them in one batch.
Four. Fulfillment from amazon
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This service is designed for sellers with a large inventory. However, when you have new items, the Amazon Fulfillment Program is another way to make money from the things lying around. It works like this: you put your things in a box, list them and send them to Amazon. Amazon will pick up the box and keep it until it’s sold. In this case, Amazon takes care of the shipping. Since Amazon is a monster, your items can be easily discovered by a large audience. Just make sure that you upload your products at a competitive price and that these things are in high demand.
The downside is that Amazon keeps a part. So if you’re selling very cheap things (like a 100 peso DVD) it might not be worth it.
5. Social networks
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If you’re concerned about the safety (something Craigslist might put you off) or the packaging of your products (like Amazon), the easy way to sell your stuff to people you know, or half who you know. Upload your content to Facebook for free and hopefully you will get a response in a few hours. Since your contacts are close to you in some way, the transaction can be completed quickly. If you have something ideal for a particular group, you can upload the article directly to a Facebook group.
And you can sell your stuff on Instagram too. Just upload a photo with a brief description. You can even bill PayPal to sell to an even wider audience.
If social media isn’t working for you, download apps that will help you sell your products to local buyers.
6. Throw a Raiding My Closet party
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This takes some planning, but you could be throwing a Raiding My Closet party. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to your house and let them choose an item to buy from you. If you are lucky, they will take away all of the things you no longer want. And best of all, it will be a party so you will have fun selling it.
7. Local markets
If you live near a university, you can drop flyers at their facilities. Ideally before the start of the semester, because then the students look for things for their home.
If you don’t live near a university, you can simply shop at a local market or bazaar. You have to rent the space but bazaars are a very good place to sell anything. If the price is good, whatever you want can get rid of it.
8. Buyback Programs
If you want to sell devices you no longer need like cell phones or tablets, you can enter buyback programs like eBay Instant Sale. The money you get for your used equipment varies depending on the program. So you can do a little research and see how much you can get. In addition, the quality and lifespan of your equipment determine the final price. For example, a half-broken first generation iPhone is worth next to nothing, but if it’s an iPhone 5 or 6 it could be sold for a good price.
Pros that you organized our life and that you have a little more money to spend!