Could you use some extra money?
Okay, it was a dumb question. In today’s economy, virtually all of us could use a little extra cash, either to make ends meet or for that occasional special treat.
The key to getting a little more spending money might be sitting right in front of you, or hidden away in some closet at your home.
Everyday thousands of people are improving their cash flow by selling items on the Internet. Websites like eBay, Half.com, Etsy, and Craig’s List are designed to connect you to people who want to buy your stuff.
This series of articles will introduce you to online selling and give you the tools and hints you need to earn some extra cash in your spare time. Some people are creative enough and work hard enough to make a full time career out of selling online through sites like eBay.
Here’s some great news: If you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you’ve already taken care of your biggest expense to get started as an online seller. You’ll also need a regular checking account and a Paypal account.
Paypal is an online payment and banking system. Sites like eBay use Paypal for almost all their sales. Go to Paypal.com to open your account. You’ll need your checking account information. Signing up easy and Paypal is basically free.
Once you have a Paypal account, do a little exploring. Look around your house for things you aren’t using anymore then get on your computer and go to www.ebay.com and start browsing through the thousands—no, millions—of items people are selling. Can you find any of the stuff you have sitting around your house?
If so, there might be an anxious buyer waiting for you out in cyberspace.
Next time we’ll show you how to really get a good idea how much you can expect to make when you sell something on eBay and the basics of listing your items.
Okay, I thought I was just sort of being crazy when I recently wrote that you should gather up all your Charlie Sheen stuff and list it on eBay.
Crazy like a shark.
A book of poems Sheen self-published some 20 years ago entitled—and I’m not making this up—“A Peace of My Mind,” is doing quite well on eBay. When I checked it, seven bids had pushed the slim volume up to nearly $600. An autographed copy of the same poetry book with a starting bid of $2,000 didn’t have any takers so far.
I offer my own Charlie Sheen poem:
Roses are red
Charlie’s gone mad
before all of this
just his acting was bad.
When I did a search for “Charlie Sheen” I got more than 12,000 items found on eBay. While it’s true that the United States has lost a great deal of its manufacturing to Third World nations where the average yearly wage is $12.42, there is one segment of manufacturing where we still dominate:
T- shirts designed to cash in on celebrity burnouts.
There are currently about 8,000 Charlie Sheen t-shirts on eBay.
And they say Americans don’t show initiative any more.
By the way, I’d love to hear your Charlie Sheen poetry, especially haiku.
I suppose if you have any Charlie Sheen items, now would be a good time to put them up for auction on eBay, although some people might consider it wiser to wait until he’s dead.
Sometimes celebrity memorabilia increases after an untimely demise.
I reviewed my collection of DVDs and I don’t have any Charlie Sheen merchandise. Drat!
Frankly I wouldn’t wait until he chokes on his own vomit. I would list Charlie Sheen items for sale on either eBay or Half.com right now. First of all, the improbable might happen and he could survive this flameout. If he does, it will rank right up there with the time Chuck Yeager lost control of the X-1A and plummeted 51,000 feet in 51 seconds before he was able to somehow right the aircraft and land safely.
And if the what-looks-to-be-inevitable does happen and Sheen moves on to star in that great sitcom in the clouds alongside John Belushi and Anna Nicole Smith I don’t think our interest in him will last long.
In other words, it’s highly unlikely that Charlie Sheen will ever be a hotter property than he is today. All the agents, lawyers and entrepreneurs (aka porn stars and strippers) that are currently hovering around him like vultures over roadkill are indicators of this truth.
So gather up your autographed copies of “Major League,” copyright your recipe for “Tiger Blood” and offer them up for sale on eBay before it’s too late.
I have just two words for people who think they can wait until tomorrow to cash in on this narrow window of financial opportunity: Beanie Babies.