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Do you sell stuff on ebay?

I have several boxes of CDs that I've already loaded onto iTunes. I want to get rid of them and my partner suggested I sell them on ebay or kajiji or similar. We have several boxes of books we no longer want to keep as well.

Do you sell things like that on ebay? Is it fairly straightforward? Is is worth the effort?

What do I need to watch out for before I get started?


by Anonymousreply 5204/19/2013

If the cds are already open, the easiest thing is to have a garage sale. If they are sealed, then you will have more luck, but not much. You can sell them all as a "lot" - with dvds it is the same story. Unless you have a dvd box set like "The Godfather Trilogy" or "The Matrix Trilogy" you will not have much luck either.

by Anonymousreply 104/01/2013

Do a bit of spot-checking on, searching for titles of books and CDs to see the prices they are being offered at through Amazon's secondary/used market. (Pretty much the same prices hold on Ebay.)

In all likelihood, you'll be competing against sellers with thousands of titles listed at 99-cents each, sometimes less -- they've figured out how to make a very slim profit from a few pennies per on shipping charges and other economies of scale.

by Anonymousreply 204/01/2013

OP, I tossed all the cases and put the CDs in a few cd binders. It's nice to have them as a backup if you ever have to move your ITunes library to a new computer.

by Anonymousreply 304/01/2013

What's a kajiji?

by Anonymousreply 404/01/2013

I'm just saying, but what you're doing violates copyright law. When you buy the cd, you are purchasing the rights to use that cd and its contents at your leisure. When you make a copy and sell the cd, you are technically supposed to erase the copies that you have because you no longer own the rights to that music. Just sayin'

by Anonymousreply 504/01/2013

Right on top of that, R5!!!

by Anonymousreply 604/01/2013

r5 what you are suggesting is evil.

by Anonymousreply 704/01/2013

if these are popular titles your best bet is to either sell them in lots on eBay or just save yourself the trouble and cash them in at a second-hand record store (if there is one around you).

by Anonymousreply 804/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 904/01/2013

Hand them out on Halloween.

by Anonymousreply 1004/01/2013

Donate to Goodwill and take the tax deduction next year.

by Anonymousreply 1104/01/2013

I did ipod mesiter with about 1500 of my cd's. I still have 1000 and think I may trade them soon.

If you have enough it's as great deal.

by Anonymousreply 1204/01/2013

unless they're rare or something they're probably worthless. sorry to tell you that. ebay is also horrific to their occasional sellers. i used to sell stuff about ten years ago here and there but lately they are constantly evaluating my sales and telling me that i am not doing a good job. it just wasn't worth it anymore.

by Anonymousreply 1304/01/2013

Anyone have luck selling porn? I have about 20 DVDs that I want to get rid of. Can't really donate to the goodwill and don't want to pitch.

by Anonymousreply 1404/01/2013

try cragslist, maybe someone in your city will buy the whole lot. I still have all my CDs and will never get rid of them.

by Anonymousreply 1504/01/2013

Good question op. I was thinking of selling some stuff but I'm trying to see if its worth it.

eBay sellers, is it worth it? I remember reading about some sellers saying ebays fees don't make it worth it. True?

by Anonymousreply 1604/01/2013

The OP has Michael Jackson's Thriller and Frampton Comes Alive. Those are such rare commodities.

by Anonymousreply 1704/01/2013

R13 is right eBay is terrible to the sellers. I sold an expensive item worth a few hundred dollars. The buyer wanted a refund, said it wasn't as described. It came back badly damaged. I filed a report, but eBay, and paypal sised with the buyer without even looking at my pics. They took one day to make that decision. Now the buyer gets his refund, but I will not pay these assholes back. I will close my account, and bank account and will never do business with eBay or paypal again.

If you look online, you'll see many, many of these types of complaints from sellers.

by Anonymousreply 1804/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 1904/01/2013

R18, does your experience come as a "pro seller" or just an occasional seller?

by Anonymousreply 2004/01/2013

I've sold shit on eBay for almost 15 years now. Never got a scammer, but I don't sell high-ticket, fragi-lay items. There is no money on CDs unless they are out of print/rare and in good condition.

by Anonymousreply 2104/01/2013

I don't understand how eBay is still viable. No one I know buys things on it and no I know sells on it anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2204/01/2013

Who is the preferred company to use besides Ebay and Amazon for selling things?

by Anonymousreply 2304/01/2013

Sold just shy of $20k on eBay last year (over $20k and they send you a tax bill).

by Anonymousreply 2404/01/2013

R24 How did eBay become a taxing authority?

by Anonymousreply 2504/01/2013

R16, occasional. But I'm done.

by Anonymousreply 2604/01/2013

R24, what do you do about a situation like that? Some buyers don't even send your item back, yet pay pal and eBay STILL sides with them. Who can afford to give away your items, I know I can't?

by Anonymousreply 2704/01/2013

[quote]and paypal sised with the buyer

Yeah right, for some reason, (what could it be), I have a feeling you are in the wrong.

by Anonymousreply 2804/01/2013

R28, how? How am I wrong sending an item in unused condition, and getting it back vandalized? How is it right for metro have to swallow THAT?

by Anonymousreply 2904/01/2013

R25, technically it's Paypal that sends you the tax bill. But eBay/Paypal...same shit. This started last year. If you accept more than $20k in Paypal payments in a given year, they send you a 1099.

by Anonymousreply 3004/01/2013

what items are most suitable for selling on ebay?

by Anonymousreply 3104/01/2013

I can never resell my item now, because of the damage. I can't even use it myself. I had 100% positive feedback. It's not the first time I've been ripped off, but I'm done, it's damn sure the last. Glad R28 thinks that's fair. I hope you have that kind of fairness in your life too.

by Anonymousreply 3204/01/2013

R32 Are you sure it was even your item that was returned to you? I've read of people buying things on eBay, switching them out with the same (albeit broken) item, and then returning it for a refund.

by Anonymousreply 3304/01/2013

What was the item?

by Anonymousreply 3404/01/2013

What are alternative internet avenues for selling things?

by Anonymousreply 3504/01/2013

I think it is the same item. It seems to be, just vandalized. I don't know if the buyer wore it, then decided they didn't need it any more, or what, but why destroy the damn thing? People are jackasses.

by Anonymousreply 3604/01/2013

OP, ebay used to be fun but it has become a nightmare. I used to sell CDs, records, DVDs VHS vidoes, books and whatever else I didn't have a use for anymore and made a decent profit. 15 years ago people were collectors and were willing to spend some extra money on a decent gently used item. Now you have people nickeling and dime-ing you on shipping rates and you have the scamming cunts who know that Ebay and Paypal always side with the buyer no matter how good of a reputation the seller has.

It's also a lot of work. It used to be a pleasure getting that few hundred dollars a month in your account but it's now a hassle and the average ebay user generally sucks and is a cheap piece of shit. Donate, give to friends or bin it.

by Anonymousreply 3704/01/2013

You can also sell books and CDs on, which is owned by eBay. It was around before Amazon started letting individuals sell stuff.

I prefer selling on Amazon. However, late last year I wanted to sell a recently released Blu-Ray, new, on Amazon. Amazon blocked me, as I am not a high volume seller. It has some policy about not letting individuals sell highly anticipated releases during the first few weeks. So, I sold it on, and it went fine.

by Anonymousreply 3804/01/2013

[quote]the average ebay user generally sucks and is a cheap piece of

No shit. Isn't that whole point of eBay? Getting something as cheap as possible?

by Anonymousreply 3904/01/2013

eBay is horrible, it's the "Dead Mall" of the internet. Try craigslist or kijiji or take them to a local used cd shop.

by Anonymousreply 4004/01/2013

Thrift store. You paid for them and got your money's worth. Donate them to a store that raises money for veterans or something.

by Anonymousreply 4104/01/2013

Sell them on Amazon Marketplace instead of eBay.

by Anonymousreply 4204/01/2013

If they're in good shape, take them to FYE or a local used CD store. You'll either get some money back or store credit.

by Anonymousreply 4304/01/2013

Keep them for back up

by Anonymousreply 4404/01/2013

Selling them individually (other than in a garage sale) will be tedious as fuck and completely not worth your time.

by Anonymousreply 4504/01/2013

I recommend They buy used CDs. I was in the same situation. I had hundreds of CDs taking up space. Secondspin has a very easy interface. You enter the item numbers and they respond instantly with an offer. You can decide which CDs you want to sell them. You probably won't get as much per cd as selling individually on eBay or Amaxon, but you just ship one big box and they deposit $$$ to your Paypal upon receipt. Powell's does the same with books. Worked for me.

by Anonymousreply 4604/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 4704/01/2013

Does anyone know what the slowest month are for sellers on eBay?

by Anonymousreply 4804/19/2013

I sold a number of high ticket items on ebay last year, including a Rolex. I got about $1k more than the local jeweler was going to give me. I was sweating bullets though. Someone could have easily bought the watch, filed a complaint, and shipped a fake or empty box back to me. Paypal always sides with the buyer. I continue to sell my used clothing and shoes. I get a lot more than my local consignment store will give me, although it is kind of a pain to measure and photograph everything. I wouldn't bother with CDs. As a rule, I don't sell anything under $10 because it isn't worth my time.

by Anonymousreply 4904/19/2013

I sold my pron CD's 'n' VHS to The Magazine in SF. Didn't get much but better than throwin' 'em away. Bought a sandwich for the money on 5-7 CDs.

by Anonymousreply 5004/19/2013

[bold]Do you sell stuff on ebay?[/bold]

I've never dealt with ebay.

Years ago I visited the site and realized it was personally useful for me. I'm glad that others have had their successes.

by Anonymousreply 5104/19/2013

What's on a pron CD? Moans?

by Anonymousreply 5204/19/2013
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