“It’s in the lower drawer towards the left side” my husband continued his effort to give me the direction on the phone. He was guiding me to locate the brand-new phone which he received from his company in 2016 and was still lying somewhere among his mountain of electronic devices – completely unused!! I wasn’t so enthusiastic to sell it due to my previous experience.
Does this happen with you? Isn’t this become a common scenario? With higher disposable income we all tend to buy products which often lie unused in our homes and our desire for upgraded device never ends. In both the scenarios we have some unused products. Won’t you like a solution to put them to good use?
Let me share my story. I had purchased a laptop cum tablet for my brother as he wanted a handy multipurpose device which he could use at home and while travelling to work. We ended up spending a good amount of money in it. He used for few times, but the enthusiasm died down since he got a new office laptop within 15days. Since all his work was stored in his office laptop his preference for it increased and the personal one kept gathering dust and taking up space on the shelf.
Hmm! It seems a dead-end, doesn’t it?
I read about recycling the gadgets which were hardly used. I thought of selling the same. We won’t get our full amount, but we could put it to some good use. My experience was hilarious and frustrating too. Thankfully my name was not on display but after sharing it on a website I got messages within hours. I thought it’s so easy. My first impression was like Wow! I realised the nuances later!!
To share my experience with you guys…
99% people will still ask you for photos and product details irrespective of your effort to share all of it beforehand, phew! It would be like one-liners every few hours and multiple people asking the same question. (You think – tumhe bechna hai so its ok you need to do it).
- Madam, product laptop hai ya tablet?
- Kitna purana hai?
- Kitne GB ka hai?
- Screen Size kya hai?
- Charger hai?
- Out of Warranty hai but apke paas Invoice hai?
You will find people who will negotiate with you like you are in the vegetable market. Yap that’s true. If you quote a price it will start at 50% negotiation point. Even if you mention that we are not looking at any negotiations. You will get a revised price every day plus or minus. If you agree with a price point then again they will ask for negotiations. (Like seriously). Galati se if everything works for you they expect a doorstep delivery. You would end up discussing few meeting points for days and then Gayab! Lost in transit.
When you don’t reply you would get daily prompts, however, when they don’t respond for weeks, its ok. (Kisko bhechna hai?)
Some people would close the deal and vanish suddenly out of the blue like no one ever existed. One person actually negotiated so hard and finally, we reached a mutual selling price. He asked for the contact details and pictures to be shared on WhatsApp. He sounded all gung-ho about it. Once we shared all the details, he stopped responding. We get an Amazon review from his side after a gap of 15 days saying I think I don’t want to buy because there are mixed reviews of the product. (My reaction was “Are you serious, were you sleeping all this while? Why waste someone else’s time ya….grrr”)
Since it’s a gadget be ready for some terms which no one understands but would be asked to you. Once you reply after putting a lot of energy. You would never get any responses back.
I agree we are selling unused or old products, however, being a seller doesn’t entitle a buyer to always have his way out. I wish there was a hassle-free website.
“Found it. It was not on the right but the left drawer. What’s wrong with your sense of directions?”. I breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, the search ended after 30mins. Before I could say anything he smsed me a site and asked my opinion on selling the unused phone on the website:
This is how it works –
They mean what they say Selling Simplified! #CleanUpCashOut
Knowing my husband, he must have scanned this website from every possible way. Before ending the call, he said:
“Guess What? Use coupon code CLEANCASH for an additional Rs.250 on the sale of your gadgets. Isn’t it just WOW. Let’s use it immediately”
Well. That’s how I intend to spend the next weekend. #CleanUpCashOut. How about you?
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge.