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    Default Workin' hard today for a new uke.

    In order to justify getting a new uke that I don't need I've resolved not to spend any money unless it's money I've already spent. In other words, I'm trying to sell a bunch of my stuff in order to raise the funds.

    I had the day off today and I ended up spending almost the entire day creating listings on Ebay. It took me from 8:30 this morning until about 4:30 this afternoon (with about an hour for lunch) to create 16 listings. It's a lot of work taking pictures, looking for faults, writing up descriptions and researching items so they can be priced competitively! It's a pretty big pain so I hope it will turn out to be worth it.
    Last edited by mikelz777; 11-15-2019 at 02:17 PM.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    I’ll bite... So what are you listening for sale? Maybe some of the members here on the forum can help you out.
    Good luck with the sales!
    Cheers!

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    It's kind of niche-y stuff that's going to appeal to a fairly narrow market. I'm selling a bunch of jazz CD box sets and some old-school type comic book collections in trade paper backs and hardcover. I had good luck selling the same kind of stuff to finance past ukes so I'm hopeful.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    What new uke are you hoping to purchase?
    Hope it all works out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    What new uke are you hoping to purchase?
    Hope it all works out for you.
    I'm looking at a Bonanza Homestead uke. It would be in a tone wood I don't have yet, it's a thinline which I don't have yet and I really like the look and the unique design/construction. I also like that they have a satin type finish. The ukes are made in Minnesota and I'm from/living in MN so I like the idea of that connection as well.

    I think the goal is doable. I'm already part way there so $100 to $150 should get me the uke, a hard case and a humidifier.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Its an interesting experience to share.

    Do you think it is easier accumulating the stuff and having a sort of on-line garage sale, or just working through the house selling it over a longer period of time?
    I've kind of done it both ways. It's nice to sell stuff over a longer period of time and just let the balance of my PayPal account build up for some kind of future unknown-as-of-now purpose. It's a lot less stressful and it's fun to think of what you might want to do with the money. I've purchased 2-3 ukes just because I happened to have a large balance in my PayPal account at the time with no solid plans to buy anything else. Then there's the focused approach where you have a specific thing you want to buy so you start looking around the house to see what you might be able to sell that might make that dream happen. This approach is more stressful and sometimes takes a lot of patience because things won't sell as fast as you'd like them to. I've changed my mind about buying some things during the wait so maybe that's a good thing sometimes.

    I went through a long phase of buying up mostly jazz CDs which lasted several years. Lately I've been looking at a good sized box of CD box sets gathering dust and I thought to myself that I easily had several hundred dollars worth of CDs in there. A lot of the sets were out of print. My emotional attachment is no longer there so I knew I could let a lot of them go. I went through a similar but less expansive phase of buying a lot of pre-code era comics and some of the horror/mystery/sci-fi type comic compilations of the kind of stuff I read as a kid. I still like it but now feel I only want to keep a small fraction of what I bought. Fortunately there are a lot of the collector type who look for that kind of stuff. Every now and then I'll think of this stuff and then I get the urge to start listing a bunch of stuff to sell. It's a lot of work so I don't really want to do it on a continual basis so I do it in waves every now and then.
    Last edited by mikelz777; 11-15-2019 at 06:26 PM.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Woot! Just made a sale and practically met my goal already!!
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    There's a NUD just around the corner!
    Yes, it looks like it's going to happen! Depending on what sold, I would have needed as many 6 things selling or as few as 2. Fortunately, one of my most expensive items sold.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    I'm looking at a Bonanza Homestead uke. It would be in a tone wood I don't have yet, it's a thinline which I don't have yet and I really like the look and the unique design/construction. I also like that they have a satin type finish. The ukes are made in Minnesota and I'm from/living in MN so I like the idea of that connection as well.

    I think the goal is doable. I'm already part way there so $100 to $150 should get me the uke, a hard case and a humidifier.
    Nice! I remember Baz reviewing an Oreo and the style really left an impression on me. Even though soprano is my prefered size, I've always liked thin body concerts. Hmm, what can I sell ...
    Glenn

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    Good idea. I'm wanting one of those too. Maybe I'll let go of se Moped parts or country music CDs. Also have some albums I can let go.

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