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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published July 1st 2013
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Okay trash may not be the best way to describe your unwanted items, but when you get to the stage you no longer like, use, wear or have a purpose for things lying around your house it may feel like trash. However, there are plenty of other people willing to pay good money for your stuff. So, the question how do you find the right buyer?

Everyone knows about eBay and Gumtree, but for those of you that aren't familiar with either, here is a quick overview.

eBay is one of the best sites to sell as far as viewers per item and the ability to attract world wide buyers. There are two selling formats being "auction" and " buy it now" prices. Personally, I prefer to put items on auction with a minimum starting price that I would be happy to accept if I only got 1 bid. Auctions run between 3, 5, 7 and 10 days in duration.

To sell on eBay you first need to set up an account with eBay and also a pay-pal account.

The down side to eBay is that it's time consuming and the cost. I'm not 100% sure on charges but it's around 10% and if it goes through pay-pal there are charges associated with that also.
The plus side is as mentioned before, the amount of potential buyers and therefore more bids.

Gumtree is another site similar to eBay but with no selling fees and set prices on items. Gumtree is the easier of the two sites to use if you have never sold online before.

Unfortunately there are many dishonest people out there, so the important thing when selling online is not to post anything until payment is cleared into your bank account ( i.e not when payment is pending) if possible cash on pick up is the best option.

If you prefer face to face selling then there are many options such as a garage sale if you have lots of items to sell. Sunday trash and treasure market stalls are also a great way to make quick cash and you can generally get a stall by turning up on the day for only $20 and unlike garage sales you don't have a heap of strangers at your house.

Thursday Ad is another good option for local buyers, it's a small catalogue that comes out weekly and is free at supermarkets, milk bars and various other places. There are selling costs involved.

If you're like the Kerrigans then the old fashioned way of selling via the Trading Post may be your preferred method.

If you're really desperate for cash you may consider cash converters or similar, but you are not going to come away with cash anywhere near the value of what it's worth so keep that in mind.

Keep in mind one man's trash is another man's treasure.
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