The mixed blessing that is eBay
Parrot_phan's post on the "liberating" thread inspired this one from me, but I thought the subject deserved a thread of its own.
My contribution is more of a comment than a question. In 2003, when I first got uber-serious about cleaning up the house, my son was selling ham radio stuff on eBay. I asked him to sell his father's chemistry and horse books. He said, "No, you do it. Once you get into it, you'll love it." I had zero enthusiasm for learning something new, but I couldn't persuade my DS to take this on. So I bought a book on how to sell on eBay, and I jumped in.
My son was right: Once I got into it, I loved it. I especially loved selling books. One reason is that I love books, and another is that they're easy to ship. So after I sold off all my husband's books, I culled my collection and sold a lot of them (including a limited edition that I bought in 1965 for $25, which went for $1400 on eBay).
Of course, I didn't stop there. I love books, and I also love the hunt. What fun to prowl thrift shops and yard sales for potentially valuable books. I estimate that I was right about the potential value 50% of the time. And I never tried to calculate how much I was making on eBay on an hourly basis, because I was sure the figure was likely to be shockingly low. But I had fun.
Eventually, though, I got tired of selling and tired of books, packing materials, and other items all over the place. I stopped selling for many months. I haven't been tempted to start up again, but last week my son suggested that we list some of his dad's scientific equipment. I told him I'd round up some leftover books and list those first, to get my feet wet again. I did that, and I threw in a brush that my parents used to clean vinyl records in the 40s and 50s. I knew if I held onto it, I'd pack it away somewhere and it would just take up space. Well, it sold for over $60, and many of the books sold, and now I'm feeling some of that old excitement.
Trouble is, now I'm tempted to start hunting again. I'm resisting this because the last thing I need is more stuff in the house, even if it's stuff I hope to move out of here. As it is, my living area has already been taken over with UV lights, spectophotometers, chain balances, and other large items from my DH's lab. Oy! EBay can be a good ideaÂa great ideaÂbut I'm wondering what I got myself into...again.
Any other ambivalent eBay sellers out there?