House Cleaning – Turning Trash to Cash

By | November 25, 2007

I was cleaning up this weekend and I find a lot of things I no longer need anymore. I was about to throw or give them away but I thought maybe I can make a little experiment out of this. I’ll put up the items on the Internet and see how much I can make out of this trash and see if it’s worth the time and effort to post everything up as opposed to just giving or throwing them away. My instincts and experience tell me that it’s not worth the time and effort to post them up. I have posted items up on the Internet before and it is very time consuming to write up a post and attach pictures.

Here are some of the items that I’ll put up for sale. I used to post items up on eBay but eBay takes up too much time and fees. I have recently signed up for Craigslist and I have found it to be a much faster way to post up items. I like the simple interface and it only takes a few clicks to post up items, much quicker than eBay. And postings on Craigslist are free.

Some items for sale:
NetGear MR814 082.11b Wireless Router (box, almost new) – $20
Airnet 108mbps Wireless USB Pen Adapter (Retailed Box, sealed) – $30
Gigafast Wireless USB Adapter 802.11b-g (Retailed Box, almost new) – $25
Belkin Ethernet NIC (Retailed Box, sealed) x2 – $5 each
Linksys Fast Ethernet NIC (Retail Box, almost new) $5
Fast Etherlink NIC (as is) – $2
Motorola 56K modem (as is) – $2
Monitor Switch Box (as is) – $2
Battery Charger & Meter Tester (as is) – $5

As I hate doing the packing and shipping, I will be requesting for pick-ups. Packing and shipping just takes too much time and will make selling these items a drag. It took me half an hour to take pictures and put up those items on Cragislist. I wish there’s an easier way to post all the items up. I would like the idea of a virtual backyard sale where people can browse virtually to see what they want without me having to individually going through every item. That would be an awesome idea. I’ll put a mental note on the virtual backyard sale idea.

I also have a lot of books that I would like to get rid of. Does anyone what is a fast way to get rid of books – say a yard sale or even a donation place that would take books?
I’ll post updates on this experiment in a week and we’ll see how things go.

4 thoughts on “House Cleaning – Turning Trash to Cash

  1. PT

    We just moved and have posted a ton of our stuff on Craigslist that doesn’t fit into our new home…mainly furniture. In my opinion, Craigslist is a must for items that can’t be easily shipped. I also recommend finding your neigborhood or town message board and posting the same items.

    Some of your items (above) seem to be small enough to ship easily and might would benefit from the larger Ebay audience.

  2. Smarty


    I agree with you. Craigslist is great for selling items to be picked up. I don’t want to use eBay because their fees are high and most of the items I have are very cheap. My main purpose is to pass on books and old electronics to people who have a better use for them, instead of throwing them in the trash.

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