I first heard of the term “ebay storage” over the holidays and it has changed my life, mostly on the philosophical side. But, a bit on the practical side too.
First, what the heck does this mean? Why are you buying stuff on eBay just to put it in storage? No, I overheard it used in the opposite direction! For example, “I’m putting this roller hockey stick in eBay storage.” Wait, what? Ooh, that’s kind of weird, and clever.
At least that was my initial thought. However, I kept thinking about this off and on over the last month or so, and finally began to understand it’s brilliance. Things that are not unique and do not increase in value faster than a mutual fund can be put in eBay storage.
eBay Storage: Selling stuff on eBay you don’t currently use, and buying the equivalent back when you need it.
Time for a convincing example. I have an extra Kinect sitting in my closet. I do not need it now or in the near future, because I only have one Xbox to plug Kinects into. I can sell it for $100 on eBay. Now I have $100 to plug into Star Wars, or a Wilco concert. Or realistically, groceries.
If I do need that Kinect later, you can guess where I’ll find one. That’s right, eBay. And, it will probably be cheaper. Or, there will be a newer version, making my old one worth less than $100. But, I’ll probably never need another one. Everyone wins with eBay storage.
So what’s the philosophical shift? When I’m storing something now I have a new question to ask myself: How often do I use this and am I attached to this specific one? If I don’t use it often and I am not attached to it, it goes into eBay storage!
I’m a minor hoarder. I’d rather put things in a labeled box than get rid of them. You never know when you’ll need half a dozen extra computer mice. Also, I hate disposing of books. I was on track to be buried with my own little library of accumulated books, some of them even read by me. However, eBay storage has saved me from a life of increasingly heavy residence changes. Now I can pack light(er) for the next move.
On the book front, I’ve made two changes this January. First, I sold all my law school textbooks from last semester on Amazon. Amazon storage. I will always be able to get equivalent books back, and that won’t be necessary anytime soon. Second, I got a library card and have been using it. I am no longer attached to a specific copy. Instead, I am keeping track of my books on Shelfari. Virtual bookshelf ftw!
The next time you’re putting something away, don’t forget the eBay storage option. Now, is there anything in eBay storage I need retrieve…