When the seasons change there’s a sense of wanting to start afresh, to throw away old junk, banish bad habits and turn a new leaf for a new era. If you can make some money while you’re at it, why not give it a try?
Sellers website Gumtree found that nine in 10 of us has up to £1,000 worth of unused objects in our homes and with the Internet making it so easy to sell items, there’s no excuse to let them gather dust.
According to website Cash in Your Gadgets (the geek equivalent of a cash for gold service), a quarter of us have an unused laptop, while 22% have at least two broken or old mobile phones.
Even out-dated or broken technology can have a value if you locate the right markets. On eBay you can list your item under ‘spares or repairs’ and still get money. If you have a bit item, like a television or speakers, its best listing on a website like Gumtree where people will travel to pick things up from sellers.
As well as old technology, people tend to hoard books. Often this is a sentimental thing, or a case of ‘this will be worth something one day’. The truth is, your books might be worth something right now. Even with the rise of eBooks, many people still hanker after the feel of old pages. Instead of letting your books get mouldy in a box, put them up for sale.
Chinedu Okafor, 21, sells between four and 20 items on eBay every month and has made around £1,000.
For a de-cluttered home and a bit of extra cash, why not set up an eBay account and have a clear out?
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