I have a ton of junk I need to get rid of. Fortunately it’s the kind of junk that I think others may want. For example, I have Gundam action figures — older ones, and I know folks collect those. I have some comics that won’t net me a dime at a shop but other folks may want. I have various other “collectables” from the past when I didn’t stop before each purchase to think, “will this do something other than take up space and require dusting from time to time?” I have clutter.
I want to unload it. Under normal circumstances I would have no problem just taking the comics to the shop and saying, “fine, no cash or credit, just take them. Make them your problem instead of mine.” I’d have no problem dumping a lot of these things off at Goodwill. The satisfaction of getting rid of stuff usually more than trumps any desire to get some cash out of it.
But…there are some things I’m looking to get. I wouldn’t mind an XBox 360 and I very much want a MacBook to replace my desktop. So if I can get money for this stuff, that would greatly help. And that means…
God I hate dealing with eBay. I hate buying from eBay and I hate selling on eBay even more. While it’s true that I once made an obscene amount of money there selling what I came to realize were vintage Pez dispensers, I just don’t have the limitless patience to deal with the people there.
Selling on eBay, for me, requires a sort of Iron Will Zen Mental Stability I can’t seem to muster up. If I just think about selling on eBay, any dreams of making some cash are quickly overshadowed by dread of dealing with the typical eBay customer, denoted here in capital letters to my regular text:
“I only have issues #14 – #56…”
DO YOU HAVE ISSUE 88?
“I will only ship to the United States…”
HI WILL U SHIP 2 ME IN MALAYSIA?
“The item is blue…”
WAHT COLOR IS IT
“Thanks for bidding!”
PLZ TAKE THIS OFF EBAY AND SEND IT TO ME I WILL GIVE YOU $20.
You get the idea.
And that’s on top of the general hassle of having to pack the items, list them, figure out their dimensions/weight for postage calculation, get them to their buyers, and then hear about how the guy STILL didn’t read the description and is pissed off that no, issue #88 is NOT included and also what right thinking person would ship an action figure in anything less than a steel-reinforced hyperbaric chamber (but I won’t pay more than $3 for postage!)
eBay makes me hate humanity, and I try — despite daily looking at CNN and BGG — to not do things that make me hate humanity. Maybe I should take the whole mess to one of them eBay stores — no doubt created for people like me. There’s also the tag sale option, but we’ve done tag sales before and they’re almost more depressing. I don’t care if I never have to listen to some woman try and talk me down to a dime for something I have marked at a quarter. Tell you what, lady, clearly you need the money more than me; just take it with my blessing.
So that’s my sad tale. I have stuff to sell. I think people would even buy it. But the action of selling it (not getting rid of it, parting will not be sweet sorrow) is just more than my fragile mind can bear.
What do I do?
(Related: The Tyranny of Stuff.)