Buying Stuff that You Don't Use

by AnneE
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While I don't do this a lot, today I am listing on Amazon and Ebay some items I bought new and they are still unopened in the box. Either they were for a project that I just haven't gotten to, or I didn't need them as I thought I did.

I feel like a bit of an idiot for these dumb purchases. Do other people make dumb purchases too?

At least I'll recoup some of the money by selling them. Wish I had thought to do it at Xmas time -- as a couple of the items are potential gift items. Oh well... live and learn, right?
  • Profile picture of the author Rewbert
    I wish you the best in getting your money back If they are electronics i recommend you to sell them as soon as possible as there's nothing developing as fast as electronics.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnneE
      Originally Posted by Rewbert View Post

      I wish you the best in getting your money back If they are electronics i recommend you to sell them as soon as possible as there's nothing developing as fast as electronics.
      Yes, you are right about that. Actually the one item I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was selling as close to the purchase price of 3 or so years ago as it is. I will be sellng soon, motivated not so much by maximizing the money back as getting it into my Paypal account quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Been there, done that. In the west we're trained from a very young age to buy, buy, buy. It takes a conscious effort to stop.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneE
    Well -- some success. I have received $220 into my Paypal account and therefore initiated a $200 transfer to my bank account. I feel just a bit less financially stressed and I still have a couple items that are very likely to sell within the week. It beats just staring at an empty bank account.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
      Originally Posted by AnneE View Post

      Well -- some success. I have received $220 into my Paypal account and therefore initiated a $200 transfer to my bank account. I feel just a bit less financially stressed and I still have a couple items that are very likely to sell within the week. It beats just staring at an empty bank account.
      Good for you. One of the things I recommend in a report I wrote on financial freedom is selling stuff that you don't use. If it's just taking up space, why not have the money even if you're selling it at a loss.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I have recently done just the opposite.
    I bought something and used it.Now there is none really available for sale, unless you are willing to go this route:
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyb23
    I got a top of the line bluetooth headset for my iPhone a year or so ago. I thought I'd use it all the time... Haven't used it once since setting it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    Originally Posted by AnneE View Post

    While I don't do this a lot, today I am listing on Amazon and Ebay some items I bought new and they are still unopened in the box. Either they were for a project that I just haven't gotten to, or I didn't need them as I thought I did.

    I feel like a bit of an idiot for these dumb purchases. Do other people make dumb purchases too?

    At least I'll recoup some of the money by selling them. Wish I had thought to do it at Xmas time -- as a couple of the items are potential gift items. Oh well... live and learn, right?
    A lot of people have these problems. They make such useless purchases. It is indeed a smart idea to sell them as soon as possible, than waiting.
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  • Profile picture of the author omgcheley
    Lol I just bought netflix, skype unlimited phone calls, and something else online and I don't even use. But I'm going to cancel this month for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author williambrown
    I read a lot of articles about online shopping and yes it is scary how we try to buy things online and then we realize that we don't need any or half of the stuff that we purchased.
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