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Old 02-12-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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I say part time jobs are easy to get. Especially the $10 to $12 per hour ones.

The mistake many make is thinking they can work say 20 hours per week and earn 1/2 of what they presently earn. Mainly wrongo on that thinking.
Are they really paying that much in Columbia for part-time retail type jobs? My wife and I were thinking about retiring there and that would be a great hourly rate. They are only paying around $8.50 here and this in CA, which usually pays more than the southern states.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Are they really paying that much in Columbia for part-time retail type jobs? My wife and I were thinking about retiring there and that would be a great hourly rate. They are only paying around $8.50 here and this in CA, which usually pays more than the southern states.
It is profoundly depressing to think that there are people willing to work for $8.50 an hour.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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It is profoundly depressing to think that there are people willing to work for $8.50 an hour.
I need to correct myself. The minimum wage now in CA increased to $9.00 effective on July 1, 2014, but still that's the starting wage at Target and not too much more at Starbucks according to what the baristas tell me.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Near the In-n-Out
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I've been doing the same thing and made a little money too.

However, there are two things to look out for on Ebay now when you sell items:

1. Sellers can no longer leave negative feedback for buyers. This means there is no way to let the Ebay community know when a seller gets the shaft from a buyer.

2. No matter how a Seller describes his items for sale "AS IS", "NO RETURNS", etc, the buyer can demand that the seller accept a return of the goods and return all of the amount that the buyer paid (including the return shipping cost) if the Seller's description does not match the actual condition of the goods. No matter what the actual condition of the goods, Ebay always sides with the Buyer, except for really high dollar items (which actually gives the Seller an edge).

You might be able to sell an item as "for parts only" and avoid some of Ebay's onerous buyer oriented policies, but who wants to do that and get only low dollar bids when the item is in good condition?

The really bad news is that some buyers are actually pulling a scam where they demand a refund of their money from the seller and then ship a box back to the seller which contains rocks (to still weigh the same as the original item). Even in these situations, Ebay sides with the seller and will take the money out of the Seller's paypal account to reimburse the fraudulent buyer.

All of this has come about because Ebay now only cares about increasing the number of buyers who use Ebay, rather than protecting the rights of sellers.

This situation is well documented in Ebay's policies and in forums on the web.

Seller beware.

Thanks for the head's up EP.

Yes, I've heard of these scams. One seller sold a vintage radio and the buyer sent it back with different guts that didn't work. The seller eventually was refunded his money after a lot of back and forth. What a PIA.

Luckily, I'm not relying on Ebay income as my main source of income. That would be very stressful. I set up a separate bank account just for Ebay.

I'm happy to be getting something for stuff that's not be used and just taking up space.
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Old 02-13-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've retired twice and gone back to work both times. Both started off as part time but they bumped me up to full time pretty quickly. So, right now I work 40 per week and love it.
This doesn't tell anyone anything unless you tell us what type of work you do and where you live and your age. You could be a janitor or a scientist - living an area with 3% unemployment - or your field is so in-demand and/or rare, unemployment rate is irrelevant. It does make a difference.


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Honestly I think you would be best served to just work the additional 4 years. I just don't see any upside to quitting now and then having to work 25 to 30 hours a week to pay for health insurance.

Sure, a job for 6 or 8 months would be nice - but realistically, you're not likely to find such a job that would be willing to hire you. And I cannot help but think that you're going to end up taking a big paycut. And we're not talking about something to get you a little pocket money - we're talking about NEEDING a part time job to get by.

After retirement? Sure, when you don't have to rely on the income. But quitting early and then trying to find something that'll pay you enough and not be too hard on you physically? Assuming you can get past the whole issue of age discrimination?

I wouldn't do it. YMMV.
I agree with this. No fan of early retirement unless you have all your bases covered and have a nice cash reserve, to boot. Lack of health insurance requiring that you need to/must work is not a worry-free retirement, imo. OP should stay put. That four years will go by fast enough. Jobs no longer grow on trees - and the employers are NOT waiting for you. Further, your SS benefit (assuming you're not exempt), grows significantly, as well. You may live a very long time in retirement, you will see the effects of inflation every year. Having to work part-time pretty much indicates thoughts of retirement are premature.
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