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Old 05-05-2011, 07:37 AM
Location: West Orange, NJ
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so....one of the ways i help support purchasing new items that replace old, but still good items is by selling the old item. certain things i probably would wait much longer to "upgrade" get upgraded a little faster this way. now, is this "frugal"? i'm not sure since i'm still usually spending some money, but sometimes i just sell some old things that are sitting around the house.

so right now, i'm selling my old blackberry. i got a new "smartphone" because i no longer need a blackberry forced on me by my employer, and i get the discount earlier because of the company i work for. so i bought a new smartphone for $150, and it's looking like it'll be easy to sell my blackberry for $100+ (multiple responses on craigslist already).

craigslist has really changed the way i think about buying (some) things. i don't assume i will recoup a substantial amount of money, but i've sold completely junked laptops for $100 (no battery, fried hd, etc). it's unbelievable what people will pay for things!
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:48 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I've sold a cell phone, sofa, doggie clothes (brand new that my dog didn't like), watch on craigslist. I put an ad up so I don't have to clutter my house with items that are not needed and/or can't return to the store for a refund. I've probably bought more things on craigslist than I've sold though.
I think it is frugal to sell your previous item if you are upgrading to another model of similar item (a cell phone is a good example). At least recoup some of the money on the upgraded item and it doesn't sit around the house unused.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:13 PM
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I've sold guitars, guitar accessories, amplifiers, pet cages, old board games... Anything I don't want, I will give an honest try at selling it. I like to buy second hand items cheap, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Location: SoCal desert
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Years ago when he went into hospice care, my Dad gave me his "coin collection". He wasn't a collector ... if it looked interesting, or it was a silver dime, or a silver dollar, or a $2 bill, or an old penny, or for whatever reason ... he stuck it in an old 1940's tool kit. He also tossed old jewelry in that he found on his daily walks. Rings and watches.

When Dad passed away in 2001, the tool kit went into the closet because I didn't want to look at it.

Yesterday I pulled it out and took it to a friend-of-a-friend's coin shop. It took the guy over 5 hours to sort through it.

I guess you could say I upgraded from old money to new money.

Let's just say that when I walked out, I was a real happy camper. Thanks, Daddy!
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:22 PM
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by Gandalara View Post
...when I walked out, I was a real happy camper.
Good for you! Use it in good health.

Does this mean you're ready to move out of the desert now?
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:23 PM
Location: SoCal desert
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I'll be here a few more years because of family responsibilities.
But I'm happy enough to bounce right out of the state
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