This must be my first rant on the blog since its creation. Hope you enjoy the poorly and hastily written words.
Earlier in May I made it my goal to become more like my younger self and not only eliminate lifestyle creep, but also rid myself of all useless possessions. I started doing that by donating a garbage bag full of clothes from our storage locker. Next I donated and threw out a bunch of small items that I knew I couldn’t sell. And last, but not least, I started to sell some of my collectables online. Boy is that annoying and difficult.
I spent a few days after work going through my various collections, taking photos of them and listing them on Kijiji. I got some immediate responses. The first person wanted a huge discount and for me to meet him “halfway” at a central location. Well, that “halfway” spot was a 40 minute drive for me on a day without traffic. We live in Toronto, where last week it took me 30 minutes to cover 3 km on a busy Friday evening.
Since I was eager to make my first sale and get rid of some stuff, I agreed to both – the discount and the meet up. Luckily my wife came with me because the guy kept changing the meeting spot as we were driving up and she was giving me updates. Anyways, after we made it to the new spot, the guy was nowhere to be found. No response from him either. After 10-15 mins, he said he will be late. After another 10-15 minutes, he said he will be there in a bit…and that kept going on. I honestly lost it after 1 hour and decided it wasn’t worth it. I texted the guy that I am leaving. About 10 minutes later he had the nerve to call and tell me that in 5 minutes he will be there and if I can wait…and give him an extra discount. Some people, man. Anyways, after wasting almost 3 hours of my time and my wife’s time, I was pretty bitter, but fortunately another person got in touch with me and offered to meet me at our condo and pay the full price. Yes! Lesson learned – if not in a rush, don’t settle and stand your ground.
Another lesson I learned was to add “pick-up only” tags to my posts, which as I am finding out are largely ignored. Another buyer that ignored the tag asked if we can meet up at the same location as the first person. After my first bad experience with such meetups, I will be avoiding that central location like the plague. I explained to her that the item is for pick-up only knowing that someone else will probably buy it later if she didn’t want it. Guess what happened then – like a rational person, she offered to cover the shipping costs if I were to send it to her. I agreed, she paid half up-front and I mailed the package. Yup – don’t settle and stand your ground.
I am not enjoying the process, but for the sake of reducing my possessions and making some side money, I will keep at it. I will stand my ground knowingly that the items I have are sought after collectables that can be easily sold, but it just might take some time. I am in no rush…and I am done venting.