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Ebay Update

April 3rd, 2010 at 06:44 am

So I think I'm pretty much done with ebay in terms of seriously making some good money with it. Over the past week I've had problems with 4 different buyers. Two of them bought high priced items and never paid. One bought something from me on half.com (ebay's media site) and wants a refund because she bought the wrong book. And another person bought something from me, paid, and then wants a refund because he never intended to bid so high. Buyer's remorse I guess.

I recently sold one xbox which the buyer never paid for. I opened a dispute so I should be getting my fees back for that. Then I sold 2 broken xboxes a couple of days ago. One of them, the buyer hasn't paid yet. Yay for that. Then I'm trying to fix two more and then I'll be trying to resell those. I also have a couple of other things around the house I'd like to sell but then I'm done with ebay for a while.

I will continue to sell things here and there but it's too much work to try to make some good money on it. I'm trying to come up with other ideas to make money. I really don't want to have to get another job.

I spent about $10 yesterday on food. My sister is having Easter lunch over her house on Sunday and I asked her if she wanted me to bring anything. She asked if I could bring an appetizer. I bought stuff to make queso dip and chips. And then I bought stuff to make a pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

I'm a bit stressed lately. I just wish everything will resolve itself quickly. My head hurts.

I'm in a talkative mood tonight.

March 29th, 2010 at 06:01 pm

Last week I was talking to my older sister about how I wanted to buy my own house. She basically told me that I'd fail because I didn't have a high income. I was furious that she would think I'd fail. She was furious because she thinks I have no idea what I'm doing. My sister and her husband make $100,000 a year. I made $12,000 last year (not including bonuses which I get 4 times a year and my income tax return which I count as income because it goes straight into my savings account). I can totally see why she would think I couldn't afford a house of my own.

But here's the thing. It's not about how much money you make. It's about what you do with the money you make. My sister bought her house for $2xx,000. The house I want to buy is 1/3rd of that price and it's actually a really, really nice house. Almost nicer than her's (lol)! Sometimes I read the blogs on here and see that many of you have monthly mortgage payments that are higher than my monthly income! I'm like, man, I want to have that much money! But I don't NEED a $2xx,000 house. My sister spends close to $150 per week on groceries. I could easily spend less than $20 on groceries and still make nutritious meals because I don't buy expensive meats all the time and I shop using sales and coupons. I can't remember the last time I bought something for myself that wasn't a necessity. My older sister bought her husband a $1300 TV for Valentine's Day. I went on a short vacation last month. I bought a $2 box of cereal and a $1.59 quart of milk for my breakfast. I set a limit on how much I could spend eating out. I always picked one of the cheapest items on the menu. Water to drink only. If my sister and her husband went on the same vacation I did, they would have spent 3 times the amount I spent on food alone! I have one friend who spends $1200 every year on Christmas gifts. She buys for maybe 8 people. I buy for 7 people and last year I spent about $300 on really nice presents. She spent $40 on a trivet for her sister. $40! FOR A TRIVET! WHY?! I have a coworker who is a single mom living with her own parents. She really wants to move out of her parent's house so she can start her own life with her daughter but she can't afford it. On her lunch/dinner breaks at work, she spends $10-12 every time! I bring food from home and my meal costs no more than $1!

I do understand that unexpected expenses come up. That's why I have an emergency fund. And if my emergency fund dwindles down to nothing, I'm not afraid of using credit cards because I'm absolutely responsible. Am I never going to buy a house because an unexpected expense may or may not come up that I might not have the cash for? I have a friend who has almost $500,000 in medical debt. Is she never going to buy a house of her own because she has a serious illness?

I'm going to take this one day at a time. I'm going to make smart choices. Dental insurance. Medical insurance. Hazard insurance on the house. If an unexpected expense comes up, so be it. I'm never going to be a millionaire. This is my life. And my happiness. I'm going to do the best I can.

What I've Sold on ebay Recently

March 29th, 2010 at 04:40 pm

I wanted to figure out how much profit I've made over the past few weeks on ebay. Here's what I sold and how much profit I made on each item. Some items I actually made a dollar or two more on because I seem to make my shipping a little higher than necessary but I'm not including that in my totals. The text books I actually bought a month ago on ebay in hopes to make a few extra dollars reselling them. I bought about 6 of them and have sold 4 already.

Rock Band-17.60
Mario Party 8-20.07
Legend of Spyro-7.76
A book, cd, and 2 dvds that I made about 50 cents on each-2.00
Thrillville-4.19
Grand Theft Auto-6.11
Physics Textbook-3.86
Business Textbook-23.46
Management Textbook-11.34
Accounting Textbook-27.44
Rollercoaster Tycoon-3.65
Xbox 360 Hard Drive-11.86
Estee Lauder Cream Samples Lot of 2-6.93
Exorcism of Emily Rose UMD-1.18
Estee Lauder Cream Sample-1.05
Evanescence Anywhere But Home DVD-2.00

That comes out to 150.50. I know I said in my last post that I've made close to $300 but I remembered I had to refund an $130 item. Also, I sold an Xbox 360 but I highly doubt the buyer is going to actually pay for it so I'm not counting it yet. We'll see what happens with that one.


Currently I have two broken Xbox 360s listed, a broken cell phone, and a Playstation game up for auction. I have a couple of other things I'd like to sell but I need to borrow my sister's camera to take some pictures. Honestly, I just want to make a few extra bucks, get rid of some of the junk I'm not using, and get some more positive feedback. I've ordered a couple of items that I'll be testing to see if I can make a good profit on within the next couple of weeks. I'll keep this updated when I find out how well these items sell. Crossing my fingers!

I'm just a kid with a lot of goals.

March 29th, 2010 at 03:46 pm

I've never been like other people my age. I got my first job at age 14. I worked in a small coffee shop 2 days a week. I would spend my tip money (which was a measly $10-15 a week) usually on school lunches. I never let my parents buy anything for me. My parents were certainly not poor. But I never did understand kids who expected so much from their parents. Luckily for my parents, my sisters and I were appreciative of every little thing they did for us. I have friends and coworkers who depend on mommy and daddy for so much when it comes to money. I have a friend whose parents have put a certain amount of money in her bank account every week since she was born so that she could buy her own house. I have multiple friends whose parents bought them their first car. What?! I saved every single dollar from my $60 paycheck when I had my first job. And up until a few months ago, I saved probably 75% of my paychecks.

In November, I moved out of my parent's house and in with 2 friends and my sister. Long story short, it's really not working out with my roommates and they have agreed to let me and my sister off of the lease on June 1st. I want my own house. Not to rent. To buy. I have enough money for a down payment and then some. I really want to do this on my own however I'm hoping to rent out one room to a carefully chosen friend so that I will be able to save some money every month.

I also really, really love to travel. I'm currently planning a European vacation with a friend next summer. It's going to be expensive but it'll be well worth it.

I am on a quest to make more money. I tried college for two semesters and I didn't like it. Truthfully, I couldn't qualify for financial help and I don't feel like paying school debt for the next few years of my life in hopes of getting an extra $10,000 a year. So I work in a grocery store. I don't get paid much but I am able to currently save half of my paychecks and even when I get my own place, I'll be able to save about $100. I'm not OK with living paycheck to paycheck. So to add to my income, I'm trying my hand on ebay. I've been selling some things around the house and I've made about $300 over the past couple weeks. When I've run out of things to sell, I have an idea of a couple things I can sell to make at least $200 extra per week. Adding that to my paychecks from my regular job, I'll be able to save at least $500 a month. I'll have to decide what to do with that extra money. I'd like to build up my emergency fund because the deposit will take up a lot of it. And then I'd like to add to my vacation fund. I'd like to have about $3500 in there by next summer.

We'll see how things go. Wish me luck!


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