1-A-Week: Week 22: A battery and a lesson in eBay

Jun 10, 2011 by

For this weeks 1AW I’m getting rid of an old battery and charger from my old Canon camera that I was getting rid of from a previous 1AW.  If you saw the update to that post, I did not sell the camera, but rather had it replaced with a brand new camera from Canon for free!

I got the awesome new camera and proceeded to turn around and gift it to my sister for her upcoming birthday as she needed a camera and I did not.  I was however left over with the old camera battery and charger and now want to get rid of it.  Here comes the lesson…

I just learned this the other day so I thought I’d share how I decide weather to sell something on eBay vs Craigslist vs just giving it away.

  • If the item is large and I don’t want to mess with shipping, but is still of some value I try to sell it on Craigslist first.
  • If the item is of questionable value (read: will someone buy this junk?) I do a search on eBay for others selling the same or similar items.  And trust me, people buy crap.  There are A LOT of people who buy A LOT of crap on eBay.

There is a very cool new tool I just learned about that lets you search for what people have sold the same or similar items for.

When searching eBay

Look in the right hand column

On the left side you can filter your results to show or not show certain things.

First you can select if you want to see auction style listings or the buy it now type.

The second and really useful feature is the show “completed listings” option.

This will show you all of the sales that have completed in the past for that item so you can see exactly for what those same or similar items sold for to see if its worth your time selling it on ebay.

 

I just did a search for this camera battery and charger and there are a lot of cheap Asian after model versions not selling on ebay so its not really worth my time trying to sell mine, so I will probably just give it away.

side note: Does anyone need a used Canon SD110 battery and charger?

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore.  Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.