Boxes of unwanted toys, books and games? Unlock the cash and teach your children the value of their toys and clothes while you’re at it.
Ebaying can be a great way to get some cash back for some of those old toys and clothes that are piled up in your families cupboards. Getting your children involved can be a fun way to spread the workload and help them understand that their possessions have a value (and bashing them against the wall will reduce that value). Even more exciting for them is that they might be able to earn some pocket money for selling their stuff!
Many parents on Roosterbank are doing just this – encouraging their children to Ebay things and then passing them a share of the proceeds which are boosted to their Roosterbank account. By setting it up on your account (you need to be over 18 to have an Ebay account) you can keep an eye on the uploads and transactions while letting them think about what they want to sell and what they are willing to accept for it. Once they have trialled it, you could even let them loose on your own stuff to Ebay and share the profits!
If you’re looking for other ways to unlock cash and teach your children some lessons, check out our family budgeting post.
Our top Ebay Tips*
- Get the Ebay app. If you have a smartphone, the Ebay App makes uploading stuff extremely easy and your kids if they are used to using your phone already, they will love doing it. It’s also a good way for you to monitor things as you get notifications.
- Keep it safe. Don’t use your real name as a username and make sure that you manage any messages with bidders rather than your children. The app (above) will make sure you are able to do that easily.
- Brand names sell well. People like the reassurance of a well-known brand but before you sell something, make sure you check out whether there items being auctioned similar to it that you
- Don’t be afraid to put a minimum amount on an item. If its precious and you want to make sure you get a good price, put one on. If you just want to get rid of it, consider a listing without a set minimum.
- Give an honest and detailed description. The more detail you give, the more confidence your buyers will have.
- Don’t forget to weigh your items and cover the packaging. Sometimes it easy to forget the cost of postage and packing. You can use the Royal Mail Price Finder online.
- If you’re selling toys from the same range, consider batching them up. It saves on postage and packing for the buyer and could be a more attractive offer.
*these are our tips we have found useful when selling our own things on Ebay. Make sure you read ‘getting started on Ebay’, check their terms and conditions and speak to friends who have ebayed.