Set a Dollar Limit to Decide Whether Your Old Junk Is Worth Selling
We've all got clutter, and sometimes selling that stuff is a great way to make a bit of extra money. But, as Unclutterer notes, sometimes it's just a time suck—and you don't get as much back as you thought.
So, they recommend setting a dollar limit to the stuff you're willing to sell:
I’ve set a dollar limit for myself; anything that I don’t think I can sell for that amount or more gets donated rather than sold.
I also tend to sell in the ways that are easiest for me. For example, I’ll sell used electronics through services such as Gazelle and GreenCitizen, which offer a fixed price. I could make more money, perhaps, using eBay — but I find eBay to be difficult for a very infrequent seller like me. For items other than electronics, I’ve sometimes used Craigslist.
. . .Another consideration: Depending on your tax situation, getting a tax deduction for a donation may remove some of the sting of not getting cash in hand from a sale, if you decide against going to sales route.
I used to think selling stuff for $20 or $30 was worth it, but between the time to sell it, the hassle of buying packing materials and dealing with the Post Office (or UPS, or whoever), I've found that my limit is a little higher than it used to be. Find where your sweet spot is and remember it—you'll probably save yourself a lot of hassle in the future. Hit the link for more tips on selling your old stuff.