Do you have heaps of old-stuff just lying around at home, eating up space and collecting dust? Are any of those still usable (old electric fans, a couch nobody uses), collectible (vintage comic books, CDs from the 1990s), or historical (old paintings, ancient sculptures)? Well, you could simply sell them off. A bit of extra cash is always welcome, you’re uncluttering your house at the same time, and sometimes it’s nice to know that your old possessions have found a new home where they can be appreciated… no? Selling off your old stuff is actually pretty easy… all you need is:

A sharp eye: Not all of your old belongings are fit for sale, while some that look like junk might fetch a nice price. So, closely examine anything that you would like to part with.

A market: Garage sales, as in actual garage sales, are pretty rare in Indonesia. Your best bet is to sell them to second-hand shops, through classified ads, or online.

A bit of research: Try to get a rough idea of the going price of anything you’re trying to sell, and how the item’s condition (original packaging, damage, accessories availability, etc.) might affect its final price.

A bit of spit and polish: Take good care of the things you’re trying to sell, and try to make them look presentable. Wash and press old clothes, dust-off and polish old jewelry, try and repair old electronics, and so on…

Honesty: When advertising your old stuff, note down any known damage, missing parts, major dents and scratches, and so on. Coming across as a trustworthy seller will count for a lot.

Good documentation: Selling off an old laptop? A complete specification listing would be a good idea. Clothes? Size and material should be noted. Including a good set of photographs of each item (including shots of any shortcomings) is an even better idea, especially if you’re selling online.



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