I Really Need To Get Rid Of Some Things!

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  1. K E Gordon

    K E Gordon Very Well-Known Member
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    @Diane Lane I did sell some more stuff today, at Play it Again Sports. The mark up on their items must be huge, because the tennis rackets in the store were all expensive but at least I got more than I was offered on the sales APP, Close 5. Why do I need 5 tennis rackets anyway??I figured I could part with at least 3. You will have to drive to do most apt. mystery shopping, but no cash up front is required in this case. Good Luck!
     
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    Try calling American Pickers for they are honest people and you can ask them for referrals. We too are going through sizing down our stuff. We have a painting that we are trying to sell and we've been referred to an auction. Our home is not collectors so we just have things to sell now. We live in Hawaii on Oahu and though we'd like the American Pickers to come to our home, we don't have a big ticket item for them, so we hesitate. I got in touch with some people locally that might be like the American Pickers. Like you we got no car too for we bus! Good luck and happy selling!
    * http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers

    * http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/cast
     
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    I have a car. I can go anywhere. However, I am not driving all over creation to dispose of items. Some of these are big ticket items that would be more difficult to move. I am going to try to find a site online to sell the used electronics. Craigslist can always be a possiblity too. I don't have a problem using them for items.
     
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    How large are the electronics items you're talking about? If they're small, or even not huge, you could try eBay. They had a thing they were offering, where they'd suggest a starting auction price and 'guarantee' you a closing price, and if your auction didn't reach that top price, they'd give you a coupon for the difference. I don't know if that's still in effect, but in my opinion, eBay is the best place to sell electronics. I got nothing but the run around on the sales apps for my tablet, and ended up selling it on eBay. I've sold laptops, smart phones, iPods, etc., on eBay over the years, and have listed them elsewhere, as well. I've sold a few on Bonanza, but that's a hit or miss site, and there are always people looking for electronics on eBay. I even sold a broken laptop on there before, and got a decent amount for it. They even have a specific category for broken items.
     
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    @Diane Lane I wasn't impressed with the prices that electronics sellers were asking for their items on eBay, but I can look there again. Upon closer inspection the Amazon site looks like it just takes specific models of items. I asked a question in the help community about that. There are several sites that buy back electronics. Sometimes even those who want to re sell them on Craigslist will do that. However, I went round and round with a guy on there about a laptop one time, not really anxious to repeat that experience.
     
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    We've sold all sorts of electronics on eBay, including very old cell phones, old wireless phones, parts for obsolete computers, old routers, and stuff I used to throw away.
     
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    I saw something on TV where people were selling Direct TV remotes they were no longer using on eBay. I am probably going to switch back to Direct TV, and I am sure they will give me new remotes, so I was thinking maybe I would try to sell my old ones on there. Again, I would put this in the category of who knew? As they say, "One person's trash is another one's treasure."
     
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    All I've done is go round and round with people on the sales apps lately. I sold the tablet twice on eBay, because the first guy didn't pay, so I filed a case and had to sit & wait an additional 5 days, which was ridiculous. Then I relisted it, and that guy took 3 days to pay after he won the auction. What a pain in the butt, just to sell a few things. The market has certainly changed for the worse over the past 10 years, and it's a lot more work just to sell small items. I swear the girl I was dealing with the other day acted as if it was the sale of a mansion, not a small personal care item, asking a gazillion questions and then trying to get it for half off my listed price. I heard from someone else on another item I'm selling, offering to pay about 50% again. I research everything before I list it, and know what items are going for, yet these clowns expect to start off by insulting sellers and then harassing them with 8-10 questions per item, then expect us to drive all over creation to meet them for a few bucks.
     
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    The only thing I was able to sell pretty easily was the bookcase which was on a community yard sale site. The picked it up so that wasn't a problem. Someone from Close 5 was asking about my Ipod and alarm charger I think they are worth more money than what I am offering, but I don't seem to have the charger that came with the item. OH well
     
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    So, in my quest to get rid of things, I was cleaning out my walk in closet. It just seems like some of my stuff is such a close call as to keep or donate. I know that alot of the stuff when new was fairly expensive, and the fact that I could possibly use them again makes me want to hold onto them, though truly some of the items haven't been used or worn for years. Well, I did manage to throw away a few things, and put some items in the donation box. I mean Rome wasn't built in a day. I kind of wish I was me turbo charged though...instead of poking along!!
     
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    How come you have old remotes? When I switched from AT&T TV to Direct TV recently, I had to send back all my remotes, the receivers and some other stuff, if I didn't they would charge me $475!

    Shipping was free and that included UPS boxing it up also. I had like 3 weeks to get it to them. The guy at UPS told me to hold on to my receipt for a long time, like 6 months. Seems they've had problems.
     
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    Well I had the Direct TV equipment long enough to have purchased it outright. So Consequently, I have the dish, the receiver, the remotes etc. I tried to sell the dish and the receiver, no takers. I never thought of the remotes. Anyway, it isn't as easy to get rid of things as many people seem to think it is. It is a project that has been taking me quite some time.
     
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    I can believe it!
     
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    If ya can't get rid of it, sell it, give it away or trash it, turn it into something worth trashing, giving away or selling.
    Yeah, Lawn Art!! Bolt stuff togeather and paint it weird colors and throw it into the front yard. Wherever it lands is a well placed project!!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103371753919193728/

    Here's a few examples I thought ya'll might like. I'm sure other folks here can come up with some more ideas.
     
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    I have an old remote because the last guys that came out to restore my service after the 3-day outage noticed I was running one remote between the two upstairs rooms, and gave me a brand spanking new one. It works differently, has buttons in places the old ones don't, so I sometimes hit the wrong button, but I always get it figured out in the end. Good to know about hanging onto the receipt @Chrissy Page, I'm glad you mentioned that. I wish the UPS store was closer. It would be much easier if I could just take it to the post office or pack it up and have them pick it up for free.

    I haven't heard any more from the loonies on the local sales apps, and the Facebook sales groups seem to have no action lately. There's always Freecyle if you're giving items away for free and would like to give someone a chance at them before donating or trashing.
     
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    Yes, I really don't think our local freecycle is in existence anymore. I haven't gotten any postings from them in forever. However, the local yard sale site does occassionally post free items. ALso, since people here have to go to commnunal trash points to get rid of trash, people leave things they think other might want on the back of the trash pick up containers. I have gotten a few things there, and have donated some as well. One thing for some of my numerous paperbacks the local library has an exchange program. I was thinking of bring in maybe 3 and taking one.
     
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    My boys got the furniture when Husband/Dad passed. My youngest (Pip) was 2 yrs. old. And it was an all out move, with just the cloths on our backs, and toys. When husband was alive we had a home built in Harlingen, Texas. Me & Pip moved and it lasted 1 yr. when the S&L bellied-up, I was ready to move back to Toledo, Ohio. Sold the Texas house, took a loss. The only ones fairing out were the pawn shops. Lucky I had our monies moved to Wells-Fargo. Next week the S&L we dealt with locked the doors. Customers crying their hearts out. Armed guard in front. Then the 3rd. worst orange freeze in valley history. Because I hadn't bought furniture. It was open space. The freeze was so bad there was an all out plea for people to open their homes to the migrant works. Talked with the neighbor and we had plans to open our homes. He had 2 families, I had 3 families, for a week. When moving to Florida, I bought a 3 bedroom, and bought used furniture, and not much of it. Sold it way to much house. Pip, went to high school and receive 4 certifications in computer electronics. This was his interest. By then I had bought a single-wide trailer with land. Plus it was close to Walker Vocational Tech he was attending. (YES), really downsized. It was carrying a tape measure when buying anything. Instead of a giant sofa it was 2 love seats (leatherette) I have 4 cats and 1 dog. All my furniture was bought at Goodwill. TV bought new and most appliances. Washer, used from Salvation Army. Wore the heck out of it and paid, $100.00 dollars. The other day had to buy a new timer $30.00. Our Goodwill sells new mattresses & Springs. Bought 2 sets. So in a sense we recycled our furniture. What the older boys didn't want went to Goodwill or Salvation Army. I come along and need a few pieces and buy from these places.;)
     
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    I was the director of the EMT program at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen for six years, and lived in Los Fresnos, south of Harlingen, for about twelve years before moving to the McAllen area.
     
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    Oh My Gosh, We lived on 26th. St. Harlingen. The fellow who bought our house, was a head master, at the all boys military school. At the time we made the move was 1984, and a real bad time for not only Harlingen, but the Rio Grand Valley.
     
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    So anyway, this is how it goes when you are selling things, Someone messages me about this video pojector I have for sale, to make a long story short we go back and forth on Facebook messaging each other. First she tells me 11am because she is at the eye doctor. I thought it was local, but she said it was in Richmond. a good hour away,..anyway, back and forth, we agree to meet at a local convenience store..This is like 1:00 pm when I finally hear from her. She told me earlier she was driving a red jeep. So, I pull into the store, looking for a red jeep. I am walking around. I see a little kid looking like he was waiting for someone. He says he is not waiting for anyone. Then I see a lady in a white truck looking out her window..I hear her tell a lady she is looking for someone with a video projector. I said Hey, here I am. You told me you were driving a red jeep. She said ohhh yeah...anyway, of course it was her son, who claimed he was not lookng for anyone. Anyway, finally it was sold! Always like this!
     
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    I came to the Valley in 1983, but I was working for Duro Bag in Brownsville for a couple of years before becoming an EMT, so I was in Brownsville when you left.
     
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