Catching up with the Rest of Society

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I’m in my 20s.  But I’ve never had an iPhone.  I don’t know how to download an app.  (Are those free?  Or do they cost money?)  I obviously don’t have a data plan.  I already think music has gone downhill drastically, so I can’t even listen to the radio.  I skyped once four years ago and the quality was ridiculously shoddy so I haven’t tried it again since.  I know I’m going to have to catch up on these things eventually.  If I want to function in the world when I’m an old lady I’ll need to keep up on things.  But I really just don’t want to.  I’m perfectly happy with how we all functioned with technology circa 2005.  I’m a 57-year-old stuck in a 20s body.

So it was a big achievement when I sold my first item on Amazon last week.  I listed it…maybe two weeks ago.  When you sign up you have to give them your bank account or debit card number.  I don’t like doing that, but I know it’s a website I can trust, so I did.  It was pretty easy to list my item, which was a Wilton 3D cake pan.  I just looked to see if someone was already selling it, which they were, and listed mine a few dollars cheaper.  Someone bought it, I got an email, and I shipped it.  I think I’ll get paid by Amazon either next week or the week after.  (The first time they pay you is 21 days after you sign up, but they only pay you for items that were shipped between days 14 and 21, so you have to wait two weeks until you get your money.)

Here’s how the money worked out:
Listed at $29.99
Plus Shipping (determined by Amazon) $6.99
Minus Sellers Fees (charged by Amazon) $6.54
Minus Actual Shipping Costs $10.69
I kind of feel like I got ripped off by Amazon.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m excited as all get out.  This thing I was never going to use anymore just put almost $20 in my pocket for that Christmas shopping I haven’t really taken care of yet.  But I only saw a few cents of that shipping charge.  Then had to pay a lot more than they charged the buyer in the first place to actually get it there.
I have a couple of Christmas ornaments I’m trying to get rid of.  My friend’s going to teach me how to do it all efficiently on eBay.  He’s amazing.  I’ll make these pictures into links whenever we get a link so you can see how I’m doing.  You can click on the pictures of the ornaments to see how I’m doing.

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7 thoughts on “Catching up with the Rest of Society

  1. Christa

    I’ve also never sold anything online…and I own a TracPhone. Not so technologically advanced, huh? I do plan to sell a few things on E-bay, though (soon, I hope!).

  2. femmefrugality

    Like minds! lol I was all mad when I HAD to get a phone with a qwerty keyboard bc they didn’t have anything else. I cheated on the ebay thing a little. He’s literally done all the tech work. But I’m learning. If anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it on here!

  3. Niki

    That is a lot of fees, but at least you made a profit.

    We are getting new phones sometime this month, my husband has to turn in his work phone because he is switching jobs but we need to update our caveman phones.

  4. jlcollinsnh

    My daughter has been selling some of my old books on Amazon. It is an easy process and it’s good to see them go to new homes, but A does nip you on the costs. Also, seems expensive for the buyers….

  5. femmefrugality

    Amazon’s process is a lot easier, but ebay is a ton better for both the buyer and seller in my opinion. Have you tried It’s an extension of ebay and just does books. Amazon only charges the buyer shipping for paperbacks…even if you’re mailing a hardcover. So a lot of times on top of the fees you lose money on shipping.


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