A common place for people to turn when looking for extra cash, selling on eBay could solve some cash flow problems. Now, you have to be of a certain age to sell on eBay, but this could be a great place for you to help your kids get some extra cash.
If you have not yet sold anything on eBay, but want to, here are some things to consider before you jump in:
Is it worth your time?
This is a big one, because it takes time. There are many steps to selling, that can make the whole process cumbersome:
A. Preparing your item for sale - washing, gathering, etc.
B. Taking good pictures - pictures are super important
C. Downloading pictures onto computer
D. Researching potential value of your item (really you should do this first)
E. Describing your item -check it over completely for ANY possible flaws
F. Listing Your item - decide starting value, shipping, payment options
G. Packing - over pack items especially breakables
H. Check messages often - good communication is crucial in keeping positive feedback
Each of these steps may take only a few minutes, but all added up, you may decide that it is not worth your time. I personally don't like to list items that I don't think will sell for less than $10. I only have so many free moments in the day, that it seems a shame to spend them all on eBay.
However, if I have several lower dollar items that are similar, I can do many of the steps at the same time- taking pictures, down loading, researching, describing, etc. eBay makes it simple for you to use one listing as a template to sell other things, so this can make it a snap if you plan to sell many of the same things.