Monday, May 26, 2008

I love eBay

There is probably nothing that you can't find on eBay. Is that a double-negative? It doesn't sound right, but it's what I want to say. I have searched for so many things, and very rarely have I been disappointed.

My daughter loves knee socks. She will only wear knee socks. No ankle socks, fold-down socks, sport socks. Knee socks. We bought some pretty cute ones at the Gap in the fall, but now that it is spring they of course can't be found. Except on eBay. I got three new pairs for $15 including shipping, which is what I paid at the mall before taxes and fuel.

I have also dropped a few coins on the oh-so-rare Webkinz charms that are damn near impossible to find. I think this is because people have scooped them up and are hawking them on eBay. I have looked for these for over 6 months and seen nary a one. I was so excited to find a seller in my hometown, which saved me a ton of shipping fees. I bought eight and a Webkinz elephant plush. They are so friggin' cute. I wish I had thought of finding a bunch to sell.

So I got to thinking I should sell something. I have lots of things. Specifically one thing. Brace yourself, dear reader, for I am about to share my dirty little secret with you. I...usedtobeaTupperwarelady. Yes, that's right. Except for the cliché bouffant hairdo, I was your typical, annoying, sell-anything-to-your-friends-and-family Tupperware pimp. I have been on the wagon for 6 years now. Basically since I got a real job. Don't get me wrong, I loooove the plastic. I still get excited when I see a new item, a new colour, a SALE item! But I don't buy anymore. Because I have 6 cupboards full in my kitchen. And 4 large boxes in my garage. Of brand new and demo Tupperware. I have consolidated down from 7 boxes, but I'm done with open houses and sales. So there it sits.

I figure it's depreciated enough that as long as someone pays the shipping, I don't care what it sells for anymore. So last weekend I listed one lot of six Tupperware keychains. Just enough to dip my toe in the water. Small investment. Cost me about $3 originally. I got a bid the next day at .99. Woohoo! The day before the auction closed, it hit $5.61. I was elated. The next morning I streaked to the computer, and it was up to $18.50! Holy crap! I didn't even bother to check again until minutes before the auction closed. $32.95. Oh. My. God. For 6 lousy (albeit cute!) little keychains. Plus shipping. How sweet is that?

So now I'm hooked. Out came the digital camera, and I'm arranging Tupperware models for their photo shoots. I feel like Austin Powers, with less chest hair and better teeth. Yeah baby! I've got 12 more items listed, one of which is ending in 2 minutes. Er...I've got to go!


Carrie said...

About a hundred years ago, I too wasatupperwarelady. There, I've said it outloud. Cool financial score on the keychains!

We actually bought a car on eBay. Oh yes we did. Yes. We are in Wisconsin and drove to Illinois to get it for about $1000 less than what the going price was here.

Isn't it fun to find out that you have something someone else wants?

Miz Dinah said...

Wow! That's awesome. I would have a hard time making such a large purchase without physically fondling it first. But $1000 is $1000. Saving money while getting what you want feels so good, doesn't it?

My mother wasatupperwarelady too, back in the day. I think it's what you do when you're a stay-at-home mom and need to get out of the house. I think she made more money than I did though. I think she provided basic living needs like food and clothing with it. I spent all my profits on more Tupperware! Cheers my plastic sistah! ;)