to be amazed at what people try to sell stuff for!

(133 Posts)
bored1602 Tue 30-Jun-15 12:05:49

I never fail to be amazed at the value people put on their old junk. I've seen second hand boots, bought for £60, selling for £55 plus money for petrol/delivery. BARGAIN! I had a friend who tried to sell her knackered £100 Juicy Couture bag for £85. I tried to explain that a 15% saving isn't an awful lot considering she'd been using is for years, to no avail.

I wonder if anyone is actually buying this second hand stuff to save a couple of pounds, especially as its often impossible to tell the condition until you pick it up. I'd much rather have a scout through the sales, you'd probably find better discounts!

(That being said, I'm a massive fan of buying second hand, and it was a godsend when I needed to furnish my flat on the cheap)

cedricsneer Tue 30-Jun-15 12:12:55

I agree. I saw someone trying to sell a 23 year old 13hh pony for £3.5k on fb the other day shock. A future of extortionate vet bills ahead for an elderly pony and all for the bargain price of £3.5k!

BettyCatKitten Tue 30-Jun-15 12:33:04

These people are deluded and greedy. There's loads of second hand junk and home made tat selling for extortionate prices on selling sites! I avoid like the plague, unless I fancy a good laugh grin

loveulotslikejellytots Tue 30-Jun-15 12:35:34

My DH is one of these grin

We have an ancient tv, one of the massively wide, heavy ones that go back about 3 feet. Was expensive and modern when he bought it ten years ago, we now don't use it, it's just collecting dust. I suggested putting it on Facebook, free to anyone that can collect. He wants at least £150 for it grin. No one would ever think of paying that for it!

rollonthesummer Tue 30-Jun-15 12:37:17

There are brilliant ones on my local Facebook selling pages. Things like- big bin bag full of girls clothes age 4. £150, no offers.

People reply asking for photos or details and the seller moans and says 'I'm not wasting time doing that or separating items-it all cost me hundreds so you're getting a right bargain!!'

PersonalClown Tue 30-Jun-15 12:38:45

I'm on a few Fb selling sites and the posters that baffle me are the ones that won't consider any offers that are made (No. I want £xx for it. I paid over £yyy)and keeping bumping the same items for months.

If no one is going to pay that price, you'll have to drop it down or give it away!

bored1602 Tue 30-Jun-15 12:42:25

rollonthesummer OMG yes. Or a picture of a vague pile of crap. Who in their right mind would spend anything on a big pile of crap that hasn't been sorted or taken care of (and I'm sure in some cases hasn't been washed).

loveulotslikejellytots shock I bought my 32 inch flatscreen, 5 years old, for £80!! There'd be no point faffing with the pictures and listing and what not if there's no way it'd sell anyway.

I'd never sell anything online that I wouldn't be happy taking to the charity shop. Surely if kids clothes don't fit any more there's sod all you can do with them anyway. As far as I'm concerned any money you can get for them is a bonus when they're destined for the bin anyway.

AlpacaPicnic Tue 30-Jun-15 12:43:20

Oh, god, loveulots - I had the same conversation with a friend who was clearing out his parents house after their death.
Huge old tvs, two of them, which he wanted me to help carry up several flights of stairs, to put in storage, before taking them to a carboot and trying to sell - admittedly only for £25 but I pointed out you can buy a new flat screen tv in a supermarket for £50-60 these days...
I refused to help him move them anywhere other than the tip. He refused to dump them.

We don't talk anymore...

DawnOfTheDoggers Tue 30-Jun-15 12:52:02

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Summerisle1 Tue 30-Jun-15 13:04:49

Never fails to amaze me how stroppy people get when there's absolutely no interest in a wildly over-priced item too. What you paid for something, years ago, has very little relevance to what you can sell it for. Especially very outdated items like elderly TVs or other well-used stuff that can be bought much more cheaply brand new!

Most of these people seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Summerisle1 Tue 30-Jun-15 13:07:14

PS. The other side of the coin is the number of people who want everything for nothing though. So their Facebook page is a constant list of "Anyone got .... I can have?" I'm a great believer in recycling stuff around friends but there's a limit to how much free stuff people can politely ask for. Especially when you never see them offer anything for free themselves.

hibbledibble Tue 30-Jun-15 13:38:16

No point getting annoyed about it.

Things are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them.

If it is too expensive then it won't be sold, and they will just have wasted their time listing it.

rollonthesummer Tue 30-Jun-15 13:39:01

I agree-I've seen requests for 'Excellent condition Lego/Playmobil/Toy Story toys wanted. Very cheap or free as I'm skint. Must deliver as can't drive!!'

bored1602 Tue 30-Jun-15 14:41:36

I agree, that's maddening too. Even if I did have something to give away I certainly wouldn't be trawling through facebook trying to find someone who wants it.

seaoflove Tue 30-Jun-15 14:48:37

Yep, people are deluded and greedy.

I also saw a hilarious eBay listing for the most beaten up Mulberry bag I've ever seen. In fairness to the seller, they were selling it for peanuts (not many people would buy a bag in such a state anyway!) but the listing described all of its many defects, then said: "apart from the defects listed, it's in great condition". No, because of the defects listed, it's in a bloody horrendous condition grin

Nothing about it was in great condition. Not a single square inch!

LL12 Tue 30-Jun-15 14:49:05

Very true Summer, it also bugs me when they say something like "Paid £200 new now want £180". I really don't care what you paid for it new, it's no longer new it's 2nd hand.

Moomintroll85 Tue 30-Jun-15 15:12:51

There was someone on my FB selling page asking for a fiver for one cutting from the geraniums in her garden the other day. hmm

I've given away some stuff but do laugh when people ask me to deliver something that I've offered for free (and I've specified collection only).

My favourite is "highchair/clothes/whatever for sale (at extremely ambitious price), in great condition just needs a good clean" so clean it before you advertise it you filthbag! grin

Magicalmrmistofeles Tue 30-Jun-15 15:29:29

I joined some fb selling pages - I am astounded at what people want - £20 for a second hand kids Boden top - small hole in it!

Tanith Tue 30-Jun-15 15:30:04

The ones that used to shock me were those selling Government published guidance packs that they'd been given free! The original EYFS packs were on Ebay the day we were sent them.

Now that really is greedy!

fastdaytears Tue 30-Jun-15 15:34:03

At the other end of the spectrum though I advertised (Gumtree I think) a bag of maybe 15 ladies tops for £5ish. All Primark, New Look etc and worn. I had one really pushy guy saying he'd come round (gee thanks) and look through and if any were nice enough he'd take them individually. Which would have been 30p an item. Not really how a job lot worked but to be honest if he'd been less rude about it I'd have probably gone along with it and just bitched afterwards.

shoofly Tue 30-Jun-15 15:42:21

Am still laughing tho at the mug who bought my friends daughters battered beyond belief pink converse. The ebay bidding went higher than the price of a new pair - sold, sent off and the buyer gave her excellent feedback. Some people are just odd!

TaliZorahVasNormandy Tue 30-Jun-15 15:46:36

I have a PS4 game that I dont want. On ebay its worth about 99p. I've decided to give it to my Dsis boyfriend, he then can give it to his friends. Sometimes selling stuff just aint worth the hassle.

Number12 Tue 30-Jun-15 16:21:12

Yanbu!!!

I recently wanted to buy a used pushchair off gumtree. Seller wanted £180, I could have bought it new for £200!! I emailed the seller and she sent a shirty reply knocking off a tenner....I left it.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Tue 30-Jun-15 16:29:10

Second hand pushchairs, such fun to be had. Depreciation on them is about the same as a new car. You can't tell people though, unless you've a thick skin and enjoy the shits and giggles.

And no, that silver cross pop you've been trying to shift for nine months isn't worth anywhere near £120.

DancingDays Tue 30-Jun-15 16:37:33

My favourite are the ones on FB that say paid £100 want £80. Then someone helpfully links a online shop selling new for £70 sometimes even offering half that for sellers item.
Seller responds saying No I paid £100 I won't sell for less than £80.

<bangs head on desk> you can buy it new for less.

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