Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The 80's Called and They Want Their Alarm Clock Back for $40!

My wife likes a tidy house, so when something breaks or is no longer needed, out it goes into the garbage, charity, or, EBAY.

For about 15 years I have sold on Ebay, and it is a good way to make a little money and get rid of stuff that would otherwise go in the landfill.  Occasionally you sell something and are not paid or the buyer is difficult, but this is the exception, not the rule.

With time on my hands as I work on my second career, I put a few items on Ebay this month and a couple on (they are also a good place to sell used stuff).  A tablet that I was not using went for $200, an old Ipod for $40, and just now, a 30 year old vintage 80's travel alarm clock for $40.  Why would someone buy an alarm clock that would have been worth $0.50 in a garage sale?  On top of that, at a garage sale, the buyer would have critiqued the clock and offered you a nickel?  Well it turns out people collect vintage alarm clocks and this is a rare Braun Made in Germany travel alarm clock, who would have thought?!

I now have $40 less some Ebay fees.  You could make a living at this by patrolling garage sales and reselling stuff on Ebay, but that is not a career that I fancy.

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