Make cash from old goods

There’s an age-old saying, caveat emptor, meaning “let the buyer beware”. However, sometimes it’s up to a private seller to make sure that the goods they’re selling are in good enough condition. We’ve put together some tips to help you figure out whether you’re doing the right thing by selling an old, used or faulty item. Fix it up If you’re thinking of selling a faulty vehicle or piece of machinery to make money, how about first checking if it can be fixed? If it can, then you can sell it once it’s repaired – potentially for more money. Be honest If you can’t afford repairs, but you’ve checked that the item can be fixed, just say so in your ad. Honesty is always the best policy. You might get paid less for the goods than you wanted, but at least your buyer is aware and can take any necessary safety precautions. If you decide not to sell If you can’t sell something as is, try selling for parts. Look up the wanted ads in the relevant section on DoneDeal for people looking for specific items. You can also contact your Local Authority to see what items can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. Play it safe Don’t dare chance not telling a buyer something’s not quite right – it could cost you more than you bargained for. As we were told by the National Consumer Agency for our buyer beware article: “If an individual sells a product and knows it is dangerous and/or damaged at the time of the sale, then there is the potential for a civil case to be taken against them.” Buyers are people too Think of your buyer as someone you know. Ireland is so small your buyer probably knows someone you know. How would you feel if someone you really care about spent a lot of money on something that didn’t work? Age matters If an interested buyer seems to be under 18, or if you’re selling goods that really need the input of an adult, ask to deal with their parents. No parents, no sale. Read our piece on responsible selling to new drivers. Other options for making money Have a look around your home to see if there are other items in perfect nick that you can sell. How about that formal coat you only wear to winter weddings, or the bike you’ve been meaning to cycle? Take a look at our articles on ideas on how to make money by selling items on DoneDeal. #Electronics #MakeMoney #ClothesampLifestyle #Wedding #Declutter #HouseampDIY #Motor