How “valuable” are your valuables?

Capitalism only works if the money keeps moving; this is true for both an increasing economy and a reducing economy. But even when it’s working, only those at the top are truly profiting. That leaves the rest of us to fight for the left-overs, hoping to scratch out some value before the next crash.

“One man’s junk is another man’s merchandise.”

We try to buy products at a discounted price, finding the best sale price, the most valuable coupon, or a screaming deal from a wholesaler. Why? Because no one wants to *knowingly* over pay for any item.

When we sell, we try to get the most from the next buyer, touting the best physical attributes that the product has, while minimizing the flaws so they aren’t as apparent. Advertisers use the rule “Accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives” to help boost a sale price. Dealers tend to ask (and get) a higher price for the same item that a private individual is selling. Is this because their product is of a higher quality or is it because they have more savvy salesmen?

When times get tough, people resort to different ways to make a buck. Auction houses will sell your valuables for a fee that is equal to a percentage of the sales price. Their incentive to get you the best price is a larger fee for them, but since they have no financial stake in the item, no matter what it sells for, they will make *something*.

Ebay and other on-line sales sites tend to take a smaller percentage fee for a sale because you (the lister) is the one doing the work (taking pictures, listing the ad, following up with buyer questions, accepting a payment, and arranging for delivery). They also like to find other ways to get other fees from the seller. They have a knack for “nickeling and dimeing” you until your profit margin is reduced to a minimum.

Craigslist is one option to selling an item without paying exorbitant fees, but the quality of the typical Craigslist shopper is not the same level as you might find on a pay site. You get what you pay for, right?

Yard sales are one last-ditch effort to make a few bucks while (hopefully) cleaning out the closets (probably to make room for other “stuff” that we think we can’t live without).

Donating items to a charity is one way to get a tax break, which isn’t as good as cash in hand, but it’s still better than nothing.

Our lives are cluttered with stuff that fills our minds with ideals that have no actual bearing on how happy we are in life. Yet these ideals are ingrained in the very fiber of our being. Why do we continue to think we HAVE to get some value out of everything?Because it’s been beat into our heads, from every direction, from the day we are born to the day we die. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

I have often regretted selling an item but I have never regretted anything that I gave away.



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