To supplement my chronic travel itch, I do look for ways to earn extra income. Travel, especially one that involves flying overseas, can be quite expensive. But unless I win the lottery, it looks like I'll be stuck with doing overtime work which sadly is killing my social life.
Here comes my brother-in-law. He sells stuff: hard-to-find collector's item that he snags from anywhere and sells them online through eBay. And when I saw that he indeed gets paid in return, this got me curious and I thought "why not?". eBay has been around for years but it's only now that I truly got interested.
In my closet were at least two things I don't use anymore, things that perhaps might generate me extra buck to help me go somewhere. I took the items out, cleaned them like a baby, and took pictures of them. My hope is that someone in America is looking for these exact things.
To start the selling/auction process, I had to register with eBay. Their beginner's video tutorials were so helpful that I was excited to list my items that very same day on March 13. First to go on sale was an Ipod Classic 5th Generation that I bought some years ago. It's gone with me on several journeys - now its fate lies on a path to different ownership.
When I bought a new DSLR, it came with a free Lowepro Fastpack 250 backpack which I really didn't need (despite being such a great product itself). I began to imagine other photo enthusiasts out there lurking on eBay searching for this bag so this camera accessory is definitely getting a new home.
Lastly, my Lumix DMC FP1 point-and-shoot camera was put up for sale since my need for it has really waned. This was my 'spy camera' that I used for discreet photos of people (no protruding lens!). So someone looking for a small, back-up camera will find this Panasonic gadget really useful, now at a very discounted price.
Selling on eBay of course means fees for the seller. Posting a photo - a very important part of advertisement - is free but each additional photo will cost 15 cents. Depending on the kind of selling format (auction-style, fixed price, etc), this involves an insertion fee (for listing an item which in my case was 75 cents each) and final value fee (which is 9% of sale price).
screenshot from eBay
Since Paypal has been fully integrated into eBay, this is now the preferred method of payment for buyers and sellers. There is a transaction fee (2.9% + 30 cents) for receiving payments but I like that it has the added layer of security against fraud. As a first time seller, my payment was even placed on hold until shipments were made, tracked and received by the buyers.
Would I sell again on eBay? You bet. Hopefully the next one would help cover the cost of an airfare.