Earlier this month, I made it official. I’m no longer a hardcore PC gamer. Even though my PC hasn’t been hooked up since our move in July, and I haven’t played League of Legends or any other video game since December of last year, the possibility of me returning to my gaming ways, although unlikely, was always still there. Earlier this month, I posted my PC and all of my gaming accessories up for sale on craigslist and facebook marketplace. There’s no turning back now… Unless I buy a new setup!
This past Saturday, I sold one of my 23 inch widescreen gaming monitors for $100. Not too shabby, considering I bought it for $169.99 in July of 2014. For the past 5 months, the monitor hasn’t been doing anything except gathering dust in our closet. $69.99 for 3 solid years of gaming, it has definitely served me well. The process of selling it was quite simple too. All I had to do was set up an account with craigslist, post the specs in the description, and take some quality pics of it with my phone. I’d be lying if I told you all of those quality pics of my items for sale were taken by me… I had to enlist the help of my wife Karen since she is the guru of all things photo. Thankfully too, since photos are probably one of the biggest deciding factors for buyers when online shopping. Once she took photos of all of the hardware, all I had to do was copy and paste the info and pics to facebook marketplace. Double the exposure to shoppers with minimum effort. Once the potential buyer of my monitor expressed interest, we set up a time and met up at the local bank and exchanged the goods for cold, hard cash. Bam! That easy.
With those simple steps, I now have for sale:
- my other 23 inch widescreen gaming monitor
- gaming keyboard
- gaming mouse + mousepad
- gaming headset with mic
- PC tower with upgraded graphics card (pretty dated now though)
It definitely helps to take good care of your products as you use them, increasing their resale value. And a huge plus if you happen to have some of the original boxes/packaging. I’m hoping now is a good time to be selling my items for those last minute Christmas shoppers.
Now all I have to do is sit and wait, and respond to any questions. If after a week or so there is little interest, I can knock down the price with one click of a button. I should be able to get a few more hundred bucks out of the stash, and if not, I’ll just lower the price with hopes of freeing up some more storage room in our closet!
Have you ever sold your used products online using craigslist or facebook marketplace? Have you ever bought used items using these services? What are your experiences with it so far? Any tips or tricks to get the most bang for your buck? Share in the comments below! And Merry Christmas!