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Old 11-06-2013, 02:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The key is to know when to cut your losses and donate/trash things. I still struggle with that aspect. MOST things we own have little to no resale value despite what you may have paid for it.
I'm going to give away my little secret. I won't sell something unless I can pocket $10 from it after shipping/fees. If I'm set to pocket less than $10, I'll sell it in a group of items or donate.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I will be moving crosss country in the near future. I have always been a collector. The past few weeks I have become a disposer. I have made several trips to take larger items of some value to Goodwill, given away a good bit of furniture, and made a few trips to the local landfill. It will take me a long time to do it one item per day for my current needs but I plan to continue that after I move. I have been living in the same place for over 5 years. If it is still in the box it arrived here in then it does not need to move with me again.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The key is to know when to cut your losses and donate/trash things. I still struggle with that aspect. MOST things we own have little to no resale value despite what you may have paid for it.
I'm going to give away my little secret. I won't sell something unless I can pocket $10 from it after shipping/fees. If I'm set to pocket less than $10, I'll sell it in a group of items or donate.

Absolutely... There are a lot of good places to donate stuff that just isn't worth your while or hassle.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I am currently struggling with donating to Goodwill. I have donated pleanty of stuff there before, but just recently heard NONE of the money goes to charity. This leaves the only benefit I see being people who need stuff can get it pretty cheap. My wife said she thinks they also make a point to hire people who otherwise may have a difficult time finding work?
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #15 (permalink)
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but just recently heard NONE of the money goes to charity.
Goodwill IS the charity. Goodwill's mission is to provide jobs, they hire people that other groups would not consider. These people work in the stores selling the things you donate.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I thought people were not too interested in this thread, glad I check back in.

FWIW, I have been keeping to this plan and getting rid of stuff, I just stopped posting to twitter. Should I keep posting / are people interested?
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:49 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm not following closely, but I think the twitter feed is great. I might even try to play along a bit, but getting rid of something every day seems like a lot of work.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Goodwill IS the charity. Goodwill's mission is to provide jobs, they hire people that other groups would not consider. These people work in the stores selling the things you donate.
Thanks. I think that is what my Wife was trying to tell me.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I live in a city of about a million people so it's feasible to sell locally via Craigslist/Kijiji. Perhaps not so much in smaller cities...?

Once you add the hassle (shipping) and cost, it makes eBay much less appealing than a local pickup.

I don't think I'd have the patience to ship stuff out like you guys are doing, unless it were very specific items - like paintball gear here in the BST that I can get good money for.
Craigslist is quite the opposite for me. It's far easier to sell and ship something than to deal with the hassle of local sales. Ebay is just sold with no additional work outside of listing, pack and ship when I have a few minutes free.... any time of day or night... Craigslist is endless emails, calls, scheduling issues, no shows...etc. I've been dealing with a guy on CL for literally 2 weeks on a $20 item.

I definitely have excessive junk. I have no problem ditching stuff of little or no value. The struggle is that while I have no problem dumping the worthless and useless, I just don't have enough time or energy to sell everything worthwhile.
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