Sell it on eBay – My Story

by | Jul 8, 2010 | jahlberg

Until recently I’ve never sold anything on eBay, Craigslist, or any other auction type site. I never wanted to spend the time and effort to deal with selling my old stuff and having to then work with the buyer to ship it and get the payment. Years ago I looked in to the Sell It On eBay stores, but they just had a piles of junk all over the store, no sense of customer service, and no one seemed to care about the things I wanted to sell – not to mention they charge 40% plus expenses to sell my junk.

I avoided the whole eBay thing like the plague  – until now. My paradigm shift happened earlier this year when a client wanted to sell some old server and networking equipment. All of it was nearly 10 years old, off the books so no value to the client at all. For us to sell the equipment on eBay, it would have cost more for our time to sell it then we expected to make. We checked in to recycling it all and that turned out to be a $1,500 expense (the client had a lot of old equipment….). We were in a lose/lose situation. Luckily I mentioned my predicament to my uncle, who, unbeknownst to me, has a side business of selling things on eBay/Craiglist for people and companies. I was intrigued.

As it turned out, he “gets it” and could do what I needed in a much better way. As part of his business, he handles everything – from picking up the items for sale, taking pictures, custom boxing and all of the shipping, coordinating the item pickup if local, and even cleaning the items up for the highest resale value. He also charges a much more reasonable 30% plus the usual eBay/PayPal fees while adding so much value and customer service, that it is well worth the money.

So for my client it was a win/win. They went from having to spend $1,500 to recycle the equipment to making over $1,500 from the resale. The client experience went so well that I figured I would try selling some old things I had around the house. When I was young, single, and in college I used to be a professional photographer and used to ride an Italian 10 speed racing bike. I had not touched the bike in close to 20 years (I bought a mountain bike years ago) nor had I touched the camera gear since I did not have a dark room any longer and digital has been the new standard for years. I figured no one cared about old 35 mm camera equipment or an old dirty bike. I was hoping to get a a couple of hundred bucks tops, but with no effort on my side, it look like my items will sell for close to a grand. Heck, much of the things I sold I bought used 20 years ago and I got more than what I had originally paid.

It turns out that Glen has sold pretty much everything from cars, motor-homes, antiques, to computer equipment. Want to sell some old stuff and don’t want to deal with it? Do what I do and let Glen take care of it all for you. His contact information is below.

Glen Griessler
Cell – 630 854-7839






John Ahlberg
CEO, Waident

CIO in the corporate world and now for Waident clients. John injects order and technology into business process to keep employees productive, enterprises running, and data safe.


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