LaLa and I talked a lot over the holidays about how we wanted to finish "clearing the clutter" this year. She went to town on her childhood bedroom while we were visiting her family (and boy, was THAT ever revealing) and I resolved to use ebay to both assist our clearing and increase our income at the same time.
We usually donate a fair amount of goods to charities throughout the year, and this year will be no different. But I wanted to put some effort into ebay as a way of generating cash up front this year. And yes, I know it takes time ;)
I made a goal to bring in $2500 in 2006 (ebay, craigslist, Amazon marketplace etc) which is basically a bit over $200 a month. I figure to do this, I'll need to list 10 items a week on ebay minimum.
The first week of the year I earned over $100 on 6 items. This past week, I took up Jane Dough's ebay challenge to help keep me motivated. My 10 ebay items are almost all clothing and I think I will try to auction like items concurrently (and see if ebay cross promotion really does it's job).
We already sold an old enamel-topped dinette set for $100 on craigslist. We were originally heartbroken to only get that much for it (we paid $400 8 years ago, it seats six, it was expandable and generally *awesome*) but we cheered up when we met the new owners. They are a nice couple who live in the more rural suburbs to the west of Boston and run a small farm of sorts. Ken's going to make a large kitchen island out of the table, to match the vintage stove they just bought and promised to send pictures when it's done. I am only waxing on because how else can I tell you that he offered to give me chickens should I want some in the future. How awesome is THAT? But I digress a little. Ahem. We have one more item planned for craigslist for the month.
I still have a few trade paperback comics left on Amazon, and I know my bookshelves need another pass. I plan on ebaying paperback books in groups, and higher value books I will do Amazon marketplace (they really like to take a bite out of your earnings).
The upshot is that I have met my monthly goal in one week. Things have slowed down this week so far, but we'll see how those auctions close out on Sunday. I wondered if I set my goal to low, but I have had a lot more time than usual to devote to ebay the past couple of weeks. If I am still cranking in February, I'll re-visit the $200/month goal.