Give Yourself a Nearly $2000 Raise
Let’s face it, no matter who you are or where you live, we’re all looking for easy ways to put a bit of extra money back in our pockets. Some of us are saving for an African safari vacation, others have their eye on a home entertainment system. But what if someone told you that you could put nearly $2,000 back in your pocket? You’d jump on it, right?
There’s an incredibly easy way to make those dreams a reality, and many Canadians are already taking advantage of it – it’s called the second-hand economy.
Anytime a second-hand item is bought, sold, swapped, or donated – that all contributes to this economy. In Canada, 85% of us are already doing just that and last year exchanged a whopping $28.5 billion-worth of second-hand items.
We’re here to tell you the secret that those participating in the second-hand economy already know – you can earn and save a lot of extra cash!
So, what’s in it for me?
By buying, selling, trading or donating no-longer-needed items, you can actually put an average of $1,959 per year back in your pocket. What’s better is that this is actually more than the average pay raise for full-time employees in Canada.
It’s nice to know we can give ourselves our own raise, courtesy of the second-hand economy.
The money you save can be put towards everything from groceries to gas, your hydro bill or better yet, help feed your hobbies and passions. On top of that, finding new homes for still-useful items is environmentally mindful and saves over 2.3 billion products from going into landfills each year.
How to get involved
It’s easy! The most popular items in the second-hand economy include clothing and fashion accessories, furniture, entertainment items, baby clothes and accessories, as well as toys and games.
You probably have a garage, room in your home or box under your bed, filled with items that fall in these very categories. There’s likely some sports gear that’s been barely used or grown out of, or an item of furniture that simply doesn’t suit your décor style anymore. These things are really just extra cash lying around – if you don’t need them, you can sell them to someone who can put them to use. Or, maybe you’re looking for a great deal on a gently used TV, video game or stroller – someone else is likely looking to have it taken off their hands. Almost anything you need can be found in the second-hand economy and the savings mean extra money for you.
Ways To That Raise
Looking for an easy route to that raise? Here are some tips for earning those dollars faster:
- When selling, ensure your listing is clear and includes product details, brand name, size and price, as well as its history and condition history (particularly if it’s a big-ticket item like a TV), and the item’s condition.
- Photos are everything online, but don’t use stock. Take some time to think about good lighting, different angles and clarity for your listings. Buyers want to see the actual item.
- Research a fair selling price based on similar ads and retail prices. If you’re eager to sell, mention your price is flexible and you’ll accept a “best offer.”
- For buyers, make sure to use specific key terms in your search to find exactly what you’re looking for, including any model numbers or features that will help you narrow down your search.
- If you’re on a specific hunt for furniture, valuable jewellery, or larger ticket items, expand your search beyond your neighbourhood to increase your chances of finding treasures at great prices.
- Do your research to verify you’re getting a fair deal. Take a look at similar listings and retail prices to compare and evaluate the offer.
So, save a little here. Sell a little there. And soon you’ll see how the second-hand economy can put more money in your pocket, so you can spend on what really matters to you.
Now, go get that raise!
Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!
If you’ve bought or sold used items, swapped, or donated, you’re already an active contributor!