1/7/15

How Much is Your Stuff Worth on Ebay?

You can find the value of your stuff on Ebay by checking the price that similar items have sold for.  Here’s how:

1.  Search.

Head over to Ebay and type the name of your item into the search bar.

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2.  Find Items Like Yours.

You will see a listing of similar stuff currently for sale.  On the Ebay screen (usually on the left) there are options with check boxes.  Use these to find items that are similar to what you have.  For instance, always check the “Condition” boxes to match if you have a new or used item.

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3.  View Sold Listings.

Scroll further down through the Ebay options and you should see an option to show only “Sold listings”.  Check that box.

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4.  See the Prices.

Now you see a list of items that sold on Ebay and how much they sold for (the price in green color).  Usually there is a range of prices, depending on the item condition, whether it had a special feature, etc.  This gives you recent data about how much your stuff is worth on Ebay.

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Note: If you are ready to sell your stuff, you can click “Sell one like this”.  That gets your item in the right category and pre-fills part of the Ebay selling form.

Selling a Baby Carrier, Sling, or Wrap on Ebay

Baby carriers, slings, and wraps sell great on Ebay.  They are high-priced new, so there is demand for used and discounted-new carriers.  Also, most are easy to ship and not fragile.

I have sold several baby carriers on Ebay.  They were always bought within a short time at good prices.  Demand and price depends partly on the brand.  Some that currently sell well on Ebay include:

Carrier and Sling brands: Ergo, Beco, Baby Bjorn, K’tan, Boba, Chicco, Infantino, Maya, Boba, Kelty, Tula, Kinderpack, Deuter, Osprey, Evenflo, Stokke, Chicco, Obimama.

(An example Ergo sold on Ebay is shown below, with 33 bids!)

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Wrap brands (woven and stretchy): Moby, Obimama, Uppymama, Didymos, Oscha, Sakura Bloom, Girasol, Natibaby, Ellaroo

(An example Didymos sold on Ebay is shown below, with 20 bids.)

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Here are tips on selling your baby carrier, sling, or wrap on Ebay:

1.  Pictures. 

Take many clear photos showing all angles of the carrier or wrap.  That way the Ebay buyer knows exactly what they are getting, and you are unlikely to get a return.

2.  Price.

Set your price by checking out what other similar carriers, slings, or wraps have sold for on Ebay.  See how to check Ebay selling prices here.

3.  Fakes.

Several baby carriers have had counterfeit models enter the market.  If you have a real one, document features (in photos or text) that show it is authentic.  For instance, maybe you bought it from an authorized retailer, or include a photo of the labels.  Showing that your carrier is authentic lets you charge a higher price.  There are websites that explain how to recognize fakes – for instance, here’s a site that shows a fake and real Ergo carrier side by side.

4.  Recalls.

A few baby carriers have been recalled due to safety issues.  A quick Google search on your baby carrier will help you determine if yours is included.  I’d recommend not selling a recalled carrier on Ebay due to potential liability issues that may come back to you.

5.  Instructions.

If not including an instruction manual with your carrier, sling, or wrap, consider including a page of basic instructions or safety notes - you can print these from the manufacturer’s website.  If not used properly, some slings can be harmful to babies, so it’s a useful extra step that doesn’t take much effort.  Alternately, you could just write down the manufacturer’s website, or point the buyer to a site like babywearer.com.

11/27/14

Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

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To save time this Thanksgiving, you can order fully-prepared Thanksgiving dinners for take-out.  Just place an order, schedule a pick-up time, then heat, and eat.  Most of these take-out dinners include a main dish and sides, some include rolls and dessert.

Here’s where to order Thanksgiving dinner in 2014 (click each for more info):

Thanksgiving Dinners from Restaurants

  • Boston Market.  Take-out turkey or ham dinners. Offers Thanksgiving catering too. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving (in 28 states)
  • Buca di Beppo.  Turkey dinners to-go for 3+.  Open on Thanksgiving. (in 26 states)
  • Cracker Barrel.  Turkey and ham dinners to-go for $60. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving (in 43 states)
  • Luby’s. Turkey, ham, or prime rib take-out dinners. (TX, OK, AR)
  • Marie Callender’s.  Complete dinners from $100-$150, including dessert and coffee. Restaurants open Thanksgiving Day. (western US)
  • Mimi’s CafĂ©.  Turkey dinners, just side dishes, and brunch Thanksgiving take-out. (in 23 states)
  • Shari’s.  Turkey and ham take-out dinners. Open Thanksgiving Day (in CA, ID, NE, OR, WA, WY)

Thanksgiving Dinners from Grocery Stores

  • Albertsons.  Turkey dinners. (western and southern US)
  • BI-LO.  Turkey or ham dinners from $50-60.  (in GA, SC, NC, TN)
  • Copps and Pick ‘n Save.  Ham or turkey dinners; save $10 when you order 2.  (in MN, WI, IL)
  • Dillons. Turkey, ham, prime rib, and gluten-free options. (in KS, NE)
  • Food Lion.  Turkey and sides for $30 – turkey is not pre-cooked.  (in AL, DE, GA, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV)
  • Fresh and Easy.  Turkey, ham, or beef roast dinners from $60-70. (CA, NV, AZ)
  • Fresh Market.  Turkey dinners.  Unique dessert options at additional cost. (eastern US)
  • Gelsons.  Many dinner options from $46 to $175. (Lost Angeles area)
  • Giant.  Turkey or ham dinners for 2 or 6-8 people. (in MD, VA, DC, DE)
  • Harris Teeter.  Turkey, ham, or prime rib dinners for $50. (in in GA, SC, NC, TN, VA, FL, MD, DE, DC)
  • H-E-B. Turkey or ham dinners. (TX)
  • Hy-Vee.  Dinners for 4+ people. (in IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, WI)
  • Ingles.  Thanksgiving take-out for $30-51. (in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA)
  • Kroger.  Turkey, prime rib, or ham dinners. Gluten-free options.  (Includes Baker’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, QFC, Smith’s stores.)
  • Price Chopper.  Turkey dinners with pie. (in CT, MA, NH, NY, PA, VT)
  • Publix. Turkey dinners starting at $40. (in AL, FL, GA, SC, TN)
  • Raley’s. Turkey or ham prepared dinners. (CA; includes Bel Air and Nob Hills stores)
  • Safeway.  Turkey, ham, or prime rib pre-cooked dinners. (Vons, Dominicks, Genuardis, Carrs, Tom Thumb, Randalls offer Safeway Thanksgiving dinners too.)
  • Shaw’s. Turkey dinners for $50. (in ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
  • ShopRite. Turkey or ham options, starting at $50. (in CT, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
  • Sprouts.  Turkey and ham dinners for 2 to 8 people. (in AZ, CA, CO, GA, KS, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)
  • Stop & Shop.  Ham or turkey dinners to-go.  Has a 2-person option also. (CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI)
  • Wegmans. Turkey and ham holiday dinners.  Offers pre-sliced turkeys. (in NY, PA, NJ, VA, MD, MA)
  • Whole Foods.  Regular, organic, vegan, and gluten-free Thanksgiving choices.  (national)
  • Winn-Dixie.  Turkey or ham dinners; one choice includes rotisserie turkey breast. (in FL, AL, LA, GA, MS)

If you can’t get to the store, you can cobble together Thanksgiving dinner from Amazon's offerings, delivered to your door.

Though they don’t offer complete pre-cooked dinners, Aldi and Trader Joe’s have Thanksgiving foods at decent prices.

Wherever you decide to order, hope everyone has a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in 2014.

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