Follow the Decluttering:
They say success leads to more success. Often the most difficult part is getting started but once we find ourselves building some momentum on something, we find it gets easier and easier to achieve our goals. With some projects though, we fly out of the starting blocks at a full sprint only to find out that we’re actually running a marathon. Then we lose momentum. We can get stuck, or worse, abandon the race altogether.
The marathon example is how it feels when we’re decluttering. Lately, I’ve felt like we weren’t making progress. Not that there wasn’t more stuff to get rid of, but it was getting more difficult. There are some things I’m having a tough time removing from my life and the kids still refuse to let more toys go, even though it seems all they do is play video games. We also have some things identified that we are going to sell on the local Facebook group, but just have trouble making the time. I don’t want to post them for sale on a Friday if we’re not going to be available all weekend.
I finally found some renewed motivation.
About a month ago, we were going through some of our old textbooks still in the basement. We have an app on our phones called BookScouter, that we checked each book on to see if it was worth any money. We identified about 6 books that we might actually be able to get some money for and put them for sale on Amazon. If you’ve never sold used books on Amazon, give it a try. They make it very easy, although as we found out, you pay for that convenience when Amazon takes their fees out of the sale. They took about $8 in commission for a $38 book.
The Amazon Seller Central dashboard makes it easy to see all of the products you are selling. It will show you if you are the lowest price and if not, you can easily see what is the lowest. Then, you can quickly adjust the price to match the lowest one or set your own. When selling books, I suggest you read up on how to rate their condition so that you don’t mislead anyone. Pictures are a great idea too so that potential buyers can see exactly what they are purchasing.
In the end, we’re getting about $30 for the book. It was a little bit of a pain to pack it and take it to the post office on a Saturday morning, but we probably would have just donated it otherwise. It was a book we both used over 20 years ago for undergrad. Now, it’s out of the house and the sale has rekindled (Amazon pun intended) my motivation. Incidentally, I re-purposed a Barnes and Noble box to ship the book in.
If you’re interested in selling on Amazon, here’s the link to the seller homepage. There, you can get started by placing your products for sale and setting up you bank account information so you can get paid. Note that you can sell almost anything and not just books.
Getting money for stuff you don’t want anymore is nice, but just remember the goal isn’t necessarily to make money, it’s to make more room in your house.
That’s why I keep checking the seller page and have lowered the listing price for my books several times. Good luck and thanks for reading.
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