I sold something on the web today.
Ok, I realize that isn't groundbreaking, but as a heavy user of the internet going back to the days of dial-up, it is nonetheless a milestone for me.
Sure I have talked about selling things online. Talked about it for years. I have a sizable collection of stuff in my basement that has escaped donation solely because I have promised myself (and more importantly my wife) that I would sell it one day.
But selling stuff online is not as easy as buying stuff online. Sure it's easier than having a garage sale, but it still takes a bit of effort, and before this weekend I never actually made the effort.
Then my wife realized that we had $800 worth of high-school textbooks aging in a closet. And with new editions coming out almost every year, it was possible that that pile of books would be completely worthless if we didn't act soon.
After 6 months of increasingly frustrated reminders Showing great initiative, I sprang into action this past weekend, set up a seller account on Amazon and started entering ISBN codes for the textbooks. The process was straightforward, and amazingly within 48 hours I received an email notification that one of the books had been purchased.
I printed out the buyers address and with some help managed to address an envelope and put postage on it. Thanks Liz. A couple minutes ago the mail guy picked up the package.
I am a peddler of used textbooks an internet retailer!