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  1. Oh… I’m struggling with this at the moment. Partly because I’m so constrained for time and partly because I wonder if the $$ reflect the effort involved. Plus, getting pennies on the dollar will probably just reinforce the self recrimination over buying the stuff in the first place!

    I think the greater benefit (to me) is just to have it gone. If giving it away creates good karma, I’ll take that, too.

    Can’t wait to hear the eBay story. I’ve been selling professionally on eBay for over 10 years and I can tell you, it has become a nightmare.

    • It’s been a really refreshing take on decluttering. There are definitely still certain things that I will try to sell or consign, but only if it’s relatively easy (i.e. Tradesy lets me print a shipping label with one click and I can stuff the item in a USPS priority box and hand it to my mail carrier). And you’re absolutely the right. Being rid of things is a much better feeling. I figure at this point, it’s a sunk cost.

      As for eBay, I’m not sure I have one particular horror story, so much as a compilation of little things that caused more anxiety than they were worth. It seems like a lawless land in a way. With your experience, sounds like you could write a book!

  2. I actually gave away my last car instead of selling it. Granted, it did not hold a lot of monetary value based on the make/model and the mileage, but I probably could have pulled in $800 to $1200 for it with limited effort (I believe in really making every effort to maintain a vehicle, and only stopped driving it because I was looking for something larger). Instead, I gave it to a friend on disability who had no reliable way to transport her daughter around. She lived in a small town, so even getting to the doctor was a challenge without a car and her disability was not enough to buy a reliable vehicle. I found more value in knowing I helped make a difference in their lives than I ever would have gotten from selling it.

  3. I had my parents donate my from-high-school-age drum set and bass guitar to a local middle school a few years ago. I’m sure I could have sold them, but it would have been a hassle. Some of the schools have some pretty aged looking instruments, so I was happy to hear that it was accepted by the school and not collecting dust in a garage somewhere.

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