Step 29 – Liquidate Your Assets


List your stuff online. 

If you are regular reader of this blog, you will find numerous (some might even say, excessive) references to kijiji.ca.

I love this website.

This has been our first line of defence in liquidating our assets.  [Some people use Craigslist, though I’ve found …uh, better success with kijiji. Fewer seedy people… fewer dirty underpants for sale… fewer ads for “massage parlours”].

Some tips for selling things online:

  • Start early. The longer your stuff is out there, the better chance you have of catching the interest of someone who will pay you a fair price for it.
  • Price fairly. Do your research to find out what your item was worth new, and what others like it are selling for online. You’ll get fewer people lecturing you on overpriced goods if you price your stuff reasonably.
  • Post lots of pictures. People really do respond to the visual stimuli – use it to your advantage.
  • Add lots of detail to your ads. When people have to ask for lots of information, it wastes your time and theirs, and delays prospective sales.
  • Make your ad stand out. Tell a story. Give funny details. For example, I add the line: “Whatever you do, do not look at my other ads” to tease people into viewing my other ads.
  • Reply promptly. The faster you reply to inquiries, the more success you’ll have capitalizing on people’s instant gratification reflex.
  • Be prepared for low-ballers. There are some people out there just looking for the deal of a lifetime. They’ll offer you $10 for something worth $500.  To combat this, decide ahead of time what is the lowest you’ll accept for a certain item, then politely reply with “Sorry, that’s too low for me.” Sassy responses only result in online harassment, so don’t waste your time.
  • Negotiate price online. You’ll come out on top if you agree to a price ahead of time rather than negotiating at the door.
  • Use common sense when setting up a meeting place. You can meet in a public place, take someone with you, let someone know where you’re going if you’re going alone. If you’re not comfortable with people calling and texting at all hours, don’t put your phone number on the ad.
  • Be prepared for no-show-ers. I’d say about 1/3 of the people who say they’re coming to pick something up do not show up.  You can email a reminder on the day of to remind people to show up. And be polite in following up with no-show-ers (i.e. Hey, I figure you’re not able to make it today. I hope everything is OK – let me know if you’d like to reschedule).
  • Disregard the crazies.  The internet is chock-full of loonies, lonlies, lollies and trolls. Don’t engage with ANYONE who baits you.
  • Watch out for scams. There are jerks out there on the internet, making their livings stealing from you and me. Key words to tip you off to these people include Pay-pal, money transfer and requests not to text back. Do not engage. You can report them to kijiji and forget about it.
  • Repost. Repost. Repost.  As often as you can stand it, delete your old ad and repost it in as a new ad.  It will keep your ads at the top of the pile and makes all the difference in the world.  Do not leave old ads up, or make multiples of the same ad.  Kijiji shoppers find that SUPER annoying.

Here is how we’ve done:

Item Asking Price Amount received
Art Three panel canvases 30 25
Blank canvas (1×3) 35 30
Pair of Massive Canvases 150 75
IKEA flower canvas 10 10
Beatrix Potter Art 50 20
Moroccan Canvas 15 15
Framed horse photo 30 20
Moroccan Canvas II 15 10
Music Painting 35 15
Scotland mounted poster 35 15
Collage Picture frame 40 25
Teal, Black and white canvas 125 120
Colourful Bedroom Canvas 125 50
Pair of Nautical Pics 40 30
Dog Painting in City Park 50 30
Sports and Outdoor MEC Backpack 35 35
MEC Sleeping Bag 135 135
Women’s Bike 350 300
Women’s golf clubs 75 75
Large Cooler 30 25
Elliptical Machine 125 100
Ski Goggles 30 30
Ski Goggles 15 15
Air Mattress – single 20 15
Pair of Patio lounge chairs 50 40
Golf Caddie 30 30
Bike Rack 40 35
Bird Feeder 20 10
Men’s MEC Sleeping Bag 85 50
Men’s Golf Clubs 500 500
Women’s Outdoor Cleats 30 30
Men’s Outdoor Cleats 30 30
6 Birdhouses 50 40
Women’s Rollerblades 45 46
Mini Cooler 8 8
MEC Gators 8 8
Hockey Socks 10 5
Small Grey MEC Backpack 15 10
Orange OR Backpack 15 15
Large Blue MEC Backpack 15 10
Men’s Mountain Bike 225 150
Men’s Indoor Soccer Shoes 30 20
Tennis Rackets 100 60
Electronics Battery Charger 15 10
The Clapper 20 18
iPod dock 100 75
CPU Case 10 10
Joystick and Flight Sim Games 25 25
VCR/DVD Combo 40 40
Other iPod Dock 30 20
Flat Screen Sony TV 175 175
Fitbit 85 70
Computer Speakers and Sub Woofer 15 10
Samsung Galaxy S3 – broken 30 30
Underwater Camera 10 10
Garage Space Heater 20 20
Printer 40 35
Purple iPod Dock 20 20
Tube TV 10 10
Bluetooth Earpieces x2 25 20
Hair Straightener 30 25
Computer Speakers 10 5
Books and Movies Bibles 5 5
Black Stallion DVD Series 30 20
WWII DVDs 6 6
Disney VHS Collection 25 25
Piano Book – Les Mis 10 5
Piano Book – Hunchback, Newsies 20 20
The Office Season 9 10 10
Star Trek Seasons 1-3 100 50
Furniture Craft Bin – black 15 15
Built-in bookshelf 75 75
Built-in Bookshelf – small 40 40
Purple Chair 35 25
Oak coffee table 75 60
Corner Shelf 250 200
Green Couches (2) 175 125
Craft Bin – white 20 15
Four IKEA coffee tables 50 70
IKEA Kallax 75 75
Red Wicker Chair 40 35
Little Filing Cabinet 10 10
Piano 2400 2000
Wet Bar 100 80
TV Stand 40 30
IKEA Computer Desk 50 40
Rolling Office Chair 20 20
Bar Stool 45 40
Dining Room Table (and 8 chairs) 600 300
King Bed 200 200
Clothing Tea Party Hat 50 30
Wedding Dress 200 150
Lip Purse 35 35
Kitchen Blender 20 15
Bridesmaid Dress 20 20
Food Processor 150 150
Minifridge 100 100
Kitchen scale 8 5
Table Runner 15 12
Apple Pealer 15 10
Electric Can Opener 10 5
Electric Hand mixer 10 10
Cream Table Cloth 10 10
White/Green Dish set 60 60
Deep Freeze 40 35
Automotive Rooftop Carrier 120 120
Chevy Cobalt Car 1000 1000
Toyota Highlander SUV 5500 4500
Crafting/Hobbies Cards 5 5
Cat Door 50 30
Misc. Fabrics 10 10
RC Park Flyer Airplane 70 60
Settlers of Catan Seafareres 35 25
RC Jet 60 60
RC Transmitter/Controller 40 25
RC Helicopter 100 80
Air Master RC Float Plane 150 100
Battery and Charger 20 20
RC Accessories 50 50
Jet-a-pult 50 40
Spitfire 100 140
Field Box 25 25
Trumpet 1000 900
Pet Stuff Cat Tree – blue 35 35
Cat Feeder 75 40
Fish Tank – fully loaded 100 90
Dog Kennel 30 30
Dog House 150 100
Bin of dog balls 15 10
Dog Bed 25 25
Dog collars and bed 40 35
Leash, poop bags, clippers 10 5
Cat Crate 30 15
Cat Tree 80 75
Lighting Aztec Lamp 50 50
Pair of teal lamps 35 30
Pair of lampshades 30 15
Trio of lanterns 35 35
Black lamp 20 20
Antique Lamp 15 15
Black Lamp 15 15
Tools Scroll Saw 225 180
Drill Press 85 70
Belt and Disc Sander 50 50
Band Saw 100 90
Jig Saw 50 40
Steel Toed Work Boots 100 40
Home Décor Red Couch Pillows 35 20
Decorative Boats 8 8
Teal Pillows 12.5 5
Nautical Reversible Duvet Cover 10 10
Queen Duvet Cover and shams 30 30
Other Aircast boot 50 45
Cash box 30 25
Single French Horn 250 200
Garden Ladder 75 45
Maple Syrup 15 10
House Plants 5 to 25 3 to 15
Plant pots 5-40 5-35
Bathroom Scale 30 20
Poker Set 50 40
Boggle 5
Toothpaste/Tin Foil 15 10
Christmas Decorations 35 15
French Door 75 80
Space Pen 20 15
Office Chair Mat 15 5
Cream Area Rug 100 80
Teal Area Rug 225 180
Face Creams 20 20
Music Stand 40 30
Kitchen Faucet (1 handle) 40 30
Shoe Rack 15 15
Kitchen Faucet (2 handled) 20 20
Shoe Rack 8 8
Carry On Suitcase 15 15
Two Binders 5 3
Totals 19913.5 16472

5 thoughts on “Step 29 – Liquidate Your Assets”

  1. Yes, Kijiji is a great website. I hope Gumtree is just as good!

    Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we’ve collected over the years!?

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