Some people throw out stuff they don't need any more, some give it to charity and some keep it in the basement. I know, I've done it all. There are also people who create a web site to sell it all, just for the heck of it.
I'm a retired IT guy who has too much stuff if I ever hope to downsize our home, so I'm practicing my web-development skills and getting rid of stuff at the same time. My motivation is to clear out the excess, and, as you will see in the next section, to benefit some charities. Maybe along the way I'll learn something about online marketing as well. Most of these items are on Kijiji, but this lets you see other items you may like at the same time.
While it would be much easier to just call one of the Charities who pick up your stuff and convert it to cash as fast as possible (or junk it if it takes too long), I'd prefer to see the stuff I lovingly kept over the years go to a good home at a reasonable price.
But then I thought, why not let some of the charities that I support benefit from this as well, and maybe make my life easier as well, because there's (I hope) less incentive for buyers to get really picky about the price if it's going to charity anyway. So here's the deal: the first $100 of each sale that I receive through prepaid sales on this site will be donated to charities of my choosing, in my name, in the same year that I receive the payments. That makes it easy to administer, because I can get all the details from the PayPal account, in December.
At present, I'm leaning towards the Oakville Hospital and the Toronto Star children's funds. I think the above is fairly straightforward and unambiguous, but feel free to ask questions if it's not.
If you like the item but not the price, you can click "Make an Offer" (with or without comments) which adds your (non-binding) offer to a list on the database. Several times a week I will review this information and possibly make adjustments to the prices. I will also make adjustments if something has been sitting for too long. I may email some of the top "offerers" to let them know the price has changed.
Or, of course, you can haggle by phone, text or email, but as one of my objectives is to reduce my hassle-factor and another is to generate funds for charity, please don't waste your time with low ball offers and don't even consider changing your offer on my doorstep - thanks!
When you see something you like at the price you like, you have two choices: prepaying through PayPal or paying in cash when you pick up the item.
To use PayPal, click on the PayPal "Buy Now" link and you'll be taken to the secure PayPal site. If you have already joined PayPal, you know how this works. If not, you'll have to enter some name and address data and a credit or debit card. (Optionally, you can join PayPal at the same time.) Either way, I won't see any of your financial data. I'll get an email from PayPal and I will email you to arrange for collection of the goods. Because there is only one of each item, there is a tiny possibility that two people may be entering data at PayPal at the same time for the same item. In this case, I will refund the payment to the person who completed payment last.
If you don't want to prepay through PayPal, send me a message, and we will arrange a meeting in person. In this case, the terms will be exact cash, in bills no larger than $20s. While I will try to honour the "first-come, first served" principle, the reality is that many people say they are coming and don't show, and so I won't hold an item for more than a few hours unless it has been pre-paid. I don't like it when people don't show up when they said they would. You don't like finding out it's already sold. Save all the hassles by pre-paying. You also get to use your credit card, which I can't process in person.
Items will remain "available" on this site until they are paid for, at which time they are marked "sold" and are no longer shown by default (although they are still there if you know the URL.)
In general terms, this is like a garage sale. You look at the item (in this case, the description and photos) and if you decide to buy it, it's yours - no regrets, no returns. You may examine, and to the extent that it's feasible, you may test the item, before you accept it. If it deviates significantly from the description, or fails to work, then I will refund your payment if you prepaid, via PayPal.
If you merely change your mind, I will deduct a handling charge of $10 and refund the balance, if any. If you didn't pre-pay then I will content myself with saying nasty things under my breath and sell your email address to a casino site (just kidding, I don't know any casino sites.)
If you pay for an item and fail to make arrangements for pick up, or fail to show up for a scheduled pick-up, then I reserve the right to sell or dispose of the item and/or assess a handling charge and refund only part of your payment, whichever appears reasonable in the circumstances, after contacting you via email.
I'm not trying to be hard-nosed about these conditions, but considering the money is heading to a charity, I don't want to be spending my time chasing details, so your cooperation is much appreciated!