Earning Cash

by on September 10, 2012

There are probably things around your house that you aren’t using that you could get rid of and make some extra cash.

Ebay:  Ebay is established, safe and widely used.  This is a great place to start.  If you haven’t tried to sell on Ebay before don’t be intimidated.  There are a lot of “helps” on Ebay itself, and you probably know a lot of people who have sold on Ebay before and would be happy to help you out.  Just remember that there are fees associated with Ebay.

Craigslist:  This is very popular but far less regulated than Ebay.  The up side is that it is easier to list on and FREE!  The success of Craigslist will be attributed to your local area as that is where your potential buyers are.

Amazon (Half.com):  You can list things on Amazon or their sister site Half.com (books, and other media).

Etsy.com:  If you are crafty and creative this is a place for you to sell a variety of wares.  The great thing about Etsy is that you can establish a clientele that knows you and the sky is the limit with what you come up with to sell.

Carsoup.com:  There are a variety of online car sales places.  This expands your potential buyers from your local area to anyone searching on the internet.

Facebook:  Have a piece of technology you aren’t using?  Exercise equipment you bought and have hardly touched?  A vehicle your family has grown out of?  Just posting this on Facebook for your “friends” to see might be the ticket.

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Bookbuyer.com:  Do you have resource books from college?  Are you hoping to clear your shelves anyway?  Sites like Bookbuyer.com and cash4books.net will purchase your books from you.  Just type in the ISBN of your book and they will tell you what price (if any) they will give for your book.  If you go over $40 in sales to them they will give you a label for free shipping so there is no cost to you.

Garage Sales:  Be careful with this one.  You can spend money on stickers, signs and advertising and barely make what you have into your sale and you still need to deal with the things that don’t sell.  Things also tend go for far less than on Ebay or Craigslist.  All that being said, if you have a house full of stuff that you are ready to part with go for it.  You can make several hundred dollars (or even thousands) if you have the right stuff in the right area of the country.

Does your place of employment have local ads?  Don’t overlook this opportunity for great access to those around you!  Employment newsletters where people sell things among co-workers is a great resource.

Bartering:  It’s not cash, but it can be better than cash sometimes.  What services or products can you offer in exchange for something you need or need done?  Be creative!


Quick Tips:

  1. If you sign up for automatic shipping (“subscribe and save”) for diapers on Amazon.com you will receive a discount usually beating the price of that same brand of diapers at a big box store.  You can cancel your automatic shipping anytime with no penalty.
  2. Many stores do price matching.  With gas prices as they are, make sure that you don’t run across town to get a great deal that could be price matched much closer.