Generating Interest in Your Ad by Listing for Others

People often put stuff out on the curb without advertising it. You can easily spot this because the stuff just stays there for days on end, and it’s “good stuff”.

If it’s crap, you can’t tell, but if it’s good stuff, it’ll go.

Here’s an example of something good, that was left out up the street. I figured it could generate interest in my junk. It’s a little kiddie beemer:

I got nearly 20 requests for it before I even looked at a message. It was taken within an hour. I wish I snagged that and posted it for sale!

They also had a car seat that was gone within the day:

Meanwhile, I got two requests for my junk.

Let’s face some facts: people don’t want this furniture and wood stuff.

I am happy I got a couple requests.

I might need to sand down the nightstand and see what it looks like underneath the paint. That was my original plan. I think it could then sell for $10 or a bit more if they’re painted.

I know these items are good. They are quality. The problem is, people don’t know, and it’s only DIY-ers who can appreciate these items. By turning them into “retail” product, I should be able to dispose of them.

Site’s Going Away

This blog has terrible traffic. I think it’s just a mismatch between lots of different things.

The ebay name declutter69 was just my name. I decided I wanted a different name for the store, eventually, but had already used declutter69 🙁

I had been clutter blogging over on ebay with the name, and then wrote an ebook about decluttering with craigslist with the name. It was thematically consistent the way I saw it, but it wasn’t quite right for the reader.

“declutter69” should be about tossing things out, and organizing.

“zombies of the information society” should be a catalog of items for sale.

Neither should be a blog about reselling.

Duh, isn’t this basic branding 101? I have read instructions about not making this kind of mistake, but I just made it. It seems stupid, but it’s not that hard to fall into this mistake of not seeing things from the customer’s perspective.

So, the blog is going away, soon. Not sure exactly when, but soon.

The free ebook will still be here.