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Nov 302011

So, last month I posted about how I was going to have a Virtual Yard Sale. I told you I’d have my item(s) sold before November was out. According to iCal, November is out after today. Oops?? In fairness, I also honestly told you I’m a procrastinator and a damn good one, I might add!

Well, it’s clear I’m not getting anything sold by the end of today but I did get my first item posted!! Finally! The truth is, I have put off selling on eBay for fear it would just be too much work. This is coming from someone who knows his way around the internet! Wait, I have a blog that I built myself! LOL

Okay, so now I feel a little stupid being intimidated for selling on eBay when I’ve built this blog! Okay, so yes I am on the eBay Parent Panel but I’m a regular parent like the rest of you. I’m not an eBay Selling Expert and I won’t claim to be one! What I will do is show you what I did so you can give it a whirl yourself!

My Bugaboo stroller has been sitting in the trunk of our car for almost a year now, unused. We’ve wanted to sell it for sometime and I’m glad to say that as of last night it’s on auction. So here’s how I went about putting it on eBay:

I created an account on eBay which was super duper easy. eBay makes it very easy to show you how to navigate and with big, bright buttons like this it wasn’t hard to see where to go next!

One thing that I really loved was that eBay gave you the choice to actually search for your item. I typed in, “Bugaboo Cameleon” and it came up in a list of choices. Once I selected it, I was taken to another window where I would fill in all the details of my listing. One of the things that’s so daunting about having to list an item to sell (usually) is that you have to write up this whole big description for your product, BORING!

Well guess what? I didn’t have to do that!

eBay automagically put a description right in there! Of course, I had a choice to use it or not but how cool is that? It had all the specs and details of the stroller! Further down I was given another option to add my own details about the sale.

Next up was to add pictures. I had several options for adding pictures, including keeping the pictures on my own server which I obviously could have done. Instead I opted to keep the pictures on eBay’s servers. What does this mean? Basically I clicked on a button to upload pics, browsed to them on my hard drive and viola!

You could argue either way about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing but either way eBay has a ton of options! Even though there are so many options they do a great job of providing you with information. One thing that started to confuse me were the fees associated with selling. There were fees for starting prices, fees for reserves, fees for “Buy it Now” options, and many more fees. Now, let me point out that the fees are very nominal but you’ll want to read about what you think you’ll need and weed out the things you don’t need. Like I said, eBay does a good job about giving you the required resources to make your decision.

One of the biggest things I was concerned about was the shipping. Now normally if I had a smaller item it wouldn’t have been a big deal but I was selling a stroller and had some accessories. There were some tools that showed me what shipping costs would be based on package sizes and weights. Honestly, I just wound up estimating the weight so I could get the post up knowing I might just have to cover the cost of a few bucks if I was off. I didn’t really care too much since this was a higher priced item. Had I been selling something for $20 I probably would’ve spent more time nailing down the costs so I didn’t lose anything. Again, I’m guessing with smaller items this is much easier and less confusing.

All in all, it took me about 20 to 30 minutes to go through the form. Of course this was my very first time doing this and I know the next time I post something it will take minutes. In fact, eBay let’s you save your listings as templates so you can knock them out the more you do! All in all I’d say it was a much easier process than I had anticipated. I think this goes back to the saying, “Anticipation of fear is worse than the fear itself” or something like that. Anyway, the point being that eBay makes it super easy to post items and they have really thought of everything.

This is the first time I’ve ever listed and it is an expensive item so we’ll see how I do. Once my stroller sells I’ll give you more details about how I set my pricing, my reserve, and my “Buy it Now” pricing. I’m expecting this first run might not go as smooth but that’s okay, it’s a learning experience. At this point I’m actually less concerned with something going wrong and more concerned with getting addicted to selling stuff! You know what? That might not be a bad addiction to have!

Check out my listing here!

I am a member of the eBay Parent Panel which is a paid sponsorship between eBay and DadStreet. The views and opinions expressed on this site are mine and cannot be bought. However, I may want to buy yours if I run out of my own.

Oct 192011

I’m now working on my third iPhone. I started with the iPhone 3Gs, then upgraded to the iPhone 4, and now just got my hands on the iPhone 4S. Yes, I’m a self admitted Apple Fanboy and have the devices to prove it! Really though, who are we kidding? Apple makes amazing products but they don’t exactly fall in line with your average parents budget. That’s okay though!

With my last 2 iPhone upgrades I either paid very, very little or nothing out of pocket. Now you could always sell it on eBay under a typical auction style. This is a great way to get the most money back from your phone. However, the last time I searched for an iPhone on eBay it returned 11,320 pages full of iPhones for sale!! With so many phones available I can only imagine how long it must take to sell one. If you have some time then I would definitely go this route as you could get upwards of $400 depending on model and condition.

However, if you’re reading this then you’re likely a parent. You’re also likely a parent that values their time and just wants to get the money for their old phone…like now! Well, eBay has helped those of us who are sensitive of the time we have to get things done by creating a dedicated site!! If you’re thinking about upgrading your older iPhone or other smartphone to a 4s (BTW, I totally recommend it!) check out eBay’s Instant Sale Site!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Go to eBay’s Instant Sale Site.

Step 2: Find your phone.

Step 3: Answer 4 easy questions

Step 4: Accept offer, print shipping label, and ship for Free!

Step 5: Wait 5 business days and collect money via Paypal!

That’s about all it takes and in a weeks time you can be on your way to upgrading to your new phone!

Now keep in mind that the longer you wait, the less you’re probably going to get for your phone. Also note, that as of this writing the eBay Instant Sale site is only going to be active until October 20th. 

I am a member of the eBay Parent Panel which is a paid sponsorship between eBay and DadStreet. The views and opinions expressed on this site are mine and cannot be bought. However, I may want to buy yours if I run out of my own.

Oct 182011

I love social media, parenting, and of course all things “techie”.

Well there’s an iPhone/Android app that shares the same passion and it’s called Red Rover! This mobile app is designed to help you connect with friends in your area. What’s cool is that the focus is on connecting with your “IRL” (in real life) friends when they’re out and about on the town with their families. Facebook and Twitter are essential for anyone’s Social Media Tool kit but what’s nice about this is the app is designed to be used when you’re really doing things.

Out at the park with the kids?

Going to a local festival with the family?

Heading to the beach with the little ones?

Red Rover makes it quick and easy to let your “IRL” friends (and not the whole world) know where you’ll be so they can meet up! There’s a lot of other cool features associated with this FREE app that I plan on sharing with you!

What’s even more cool is that I’m now part of the Red Rover team and will be managing Social Media outreach in the San Francisco Bay area as well as throughout California. You can find me tweeting on the @RedRoverSF account so please follow that account so we can hang out there too! Of course, I’ll be using the account to support your use of the app but I’ll also be talking about family activities and resources.

I’m excited about joining this great team and look forward to sharing more with you in the future.

To download the app for iPhones click here! To Download the app for Androids click here!

RedRover from RedRover on Vimeo.

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