Back in 2020 (before Covid) it was so much easier to sell your belongings and you could actually make a little money to purchase something else. Today it has become so hard to sell anything – sometimes you can’t even give stuff away for FREE.
I have been checking the Buy and Sell groups in my area and there are many items for sale and no comments. The same ads seem to be there forever. There are likely newer things that are selling like Air Fryers or Keurigs or maybe absolutely needed items like dressers, etc. – older items not so much! Vintage and old (sturdy) furniture is just not popular anymore. People want lighter, smaller, easier to move around furniture. I am sure its very discouraging for people who just want to make a few bucks.
Antique Shops and other small businesses are struggling and many have closed down. Garage Sales are a lot of work and really bring in little money. Unless its a fun pastime or hobby for you its really not worth it.
We tend to think our stuff is more valuable than it actually is especially if we paid a lot of $ for it. We think that we “should” be able to get some money for it. Right? However, it seems that no one wants to buy our things. Why?
Why has this changed? Some thoughts from peers……..
“I could buy this item new for fairly close to that price from a discount store. That way I know its new and it might even come with a warranty”
“The current economy has changed. Any money I have is going to rent and food and other basic needs items”
“I can get stuff I need or want from FreeCycle sites on Facebook or Charity Shops”
“Everyone is decluttering, the charity shops are full and some even shut down their donations during busy times”
“It’s an inconvenience to drive around the city when I can just get things online” (sometimes cheaper too)
“I already have too much stuff and I have been working on not acquiring”
Why have most people decided not to sell their stuff?
“The money I could make is not worth the hassle of bartering, no shows, scammers, my time, etc.”
“If I am working on downsizing, decluttering and organizing, trying to sell some of my things just slows down the process”
“I know I am not going to get the $ back that I paid for the item. It’s not worth my time to try and sell the item. I have already spent the $ (maybe years ago) so I just want it gone.”
“It is so much easier to give things away for free. It feels so good to give things away knowing that they will go to someone who is in need.”
“Most people are not interested in collectibles that I have inherited from my parents. It’s just better to donate them.”
I believe that more and more people are wanting a simpler life. There is a trend for people to be more conscious about what they purchase and what they bring into their homes. There is the awareness that if you buy something and then you decide you don’t want it or need it, how do you dispose of it.
Have you tried to sell your stuff without success? Or maybe the opposite has been true…….What has been your experience?