Your Junk Is Another Man's Treasure

Do not discard the unwanted items lying around your house. Instead, trade them for cash on bidorbuy.

(26 October 2009) So, you need extra cash? bidorbuy is the place to go. It is simple to use, there are no listing fees, and the site has systems in place to ensure fast and secure payments. In the last three months (July - September 2009), 6,300 people sold 235,000 items on bidorbuy, to the total value of R75 million.

“Anyone can sell on the site”, says bidorbuy managing director Andy Higgins. “Rummage through your attic, tidy up your garage, dive into your closets, and sort out everything you know you will never need. Instead of allowing all that treasure to clutter your life, exchange it for much-needed cash.

What kinds of items cluttering your home have a good chance of being sold on bidorbuy?

The answer is, says Higgins, practically all of them: “People will buy just about anything: old toys, art, golf clubs, bikes, designer purses, electronics, books, costume jewellery. That is only a small sample of the items you could sell on bidorbuy”.

Of course, some things sell better than others. In general, you should look for anything that was more or less valuable when you bought it. Things that always sell well are practical items that may be too expensive to buy new: furniture, tools, laptops, home appliances, designer clothes, music instruments, etc. Clean the items intended for sale scrupulously. Make sure that everything is useable and in good condition. Moth-eaten designer clothes will only land you in trouble with your customer! 

Regarding how much you can expect to make from selling you clutter on bidorbuy, “that depends on the condition and age of the items”, says bidorbuy managing director. “You could be surprised at what people will pay for just about anything you have at home. Do note, however, that heavy items, like pieces of furniture, may not sell well because the cost of shipping can obliterate the bargain price for the buyer. As a general rule, you may expect to get about half of the retail price  for well-preserved designer clothes or electronics. In any case, turning forgotten items into immediate cash can be very rewarding.”

Higgins says that sellers need to take a good photo of the items, write an accurate and short description, give it an attractive title - and start selling: “It literally takes minutes to register as a seller on bidorbuy”, he adds.

While some people sell on bidorbuy from time to time, just in order to get rid of an unwanted gift or a never-worn jacket, for others the whole exercise may turn out to be the beginning of a viable online venture. Many bidorbuy sellers work hard on their regular day jobs and sell on bidorbuy in the evenings. Others have made trading on the site their primary source of income.

For those who lack confidence, bidorbuy maintains a list of trade brokers who can sell for them. They will take a percentage, which is to be agreed between yourself and the trade broker. 

About bidorbuy

bidorbuy is South Africa's largest online marketplace. Established in 1999, the company has created a safe and convenient way for people to buy and sell goods online. As a virtual trading place that brings buyers and sellers together and allows them to buy and sell virtually anything in an exciting auction format, using the Internet, bidorbuy has created a thriving online marketplace.