A few years ago when I was working only three days a week, and Mr. A was the full time stay at home dad-guy, I had a LOT more time to eBay. I used to love it. The thrill of putting up an auction, then checking in to see if the items sold. On the other hand, I hated it.
The love wins out every so often, when I get the urge to list something; to try again and see if I’ll get lucky, this time. Well, when I went through and decluttered my bedroom, I came across a candy dispenser that I just had to see if it was worth anything on eBay. That’s been one of the biggest reasons I hang onto clutter, because “it might be worth something on eBay“.
Wow! The same exact candy dispenser sold just three days earlier for $16.00! I took a picture and listed the item, starting the bid at $5.00. I guess the category I selected was free for the day, so I didn’t incur listing fees.
I decided I wasn’t going to look at all. I wasn’t going to check in and see if I had any bids. I’d just let it be a surprise.
In fact, I actually forgot about it. The next Monday I was at work, and checked my email just before getting started and WOWZA!! The subject line said I’d received a PayPal payment for $39.55!! Whoot!! I’d listed the shipping as $8.50 so that means I’d made THIRTY-ONE DOLLARS profit!!
I was so thrilled, wow, I almost sent that to Goodwill! Boy oh boy, did I make the right choice to list it on eBay. Must have been a bit of a bidding war. Those people, they just get it in their heads that the item BELONGS to them just because they placed a bid. Works for me!!
Then I logged into eBay to get the shipping details, and… oh… shoot… it turns out a very polite man living in Germany won my auction. And he wanted me to ship the item TO GERMANY. And… shipping to Germany was… THIRTY-THREE DOLLARS. My Germany winner had paid the full amount for shipping, and my auction ended for the paltry sum of $6.55.
Ah well. In the end I made $6.55 minus eBay Final Value fees of $0.57, minus PayPal fees of $1.84, so I’m a whopping $4.14 richer! Maybe this latest experience will help me to resist the siren call of eBay in the future. 😉