Mike Stranks wrote:
Who buys CD's, or books? You might get 20p each if you're extremely lucky. Seccondhand book and record/CD shops are thin on the ground these days.
I'm buying books - new, secondhand, charity shop all the time. Probably two or three a week.
For general stuff - and the odd specialist gem - charity shops are a happy hunting ground. Usually '3 for £1'. Then when you've read them you just take them back... a 'charity' library!
Much less often, but similarly I'm buying CDs like that - especially jazz and classical.
Apart from really desirable vintgae or high-end industry standard stuff, you can forget about the rest, it's almost worthless.
Err... no. I'm regularly buying and selling good shallow-end kit via EBay all the time. 99% of the time it's good quality and well-cared for. Concertina Chap has already made this point. I'm regularly selling in the high tens and low hundreds of pounds.
Books/CD's etc......and the words "charity shop" says it all.
Sure, I buy CD's and books from charity shops, but I also give them to those shops too, because I can't sell them. I'm also very sad seeing secondhand book shops close, left right and centre. I don't see the internet as a good thing in this respect, it's destroyed a a lot of good things, like browsing in secondhand book/record/equipment shops, meeting people, making friends etc etc. The internet really is a double edged sword.
I'm also selling, like you, what I consider to be useful, "valued" items, but I'm having real trouble doing that, I'll probably end up giving most of it away at the next Sosage meet!
I've sold a few high end items with no trouble at all, they've gone within the first week of advertising, but the other stuff hangs around forever, unless you take a massive loss on it, TBQH, I'd rather give it away.
As for EBay, well, their commision rates make you feel like you've just been mugged.