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Is it me or has it become harder to sell things on Classifieds or anywhere else?

has it been harder to sell pre-loved good online?

  • yes. more price cuts needed

  • no. about the same as 2022

  • really depends on the category or item condition

  • I am just here for the responses


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It hadn’t occurred to me that a fellow asking about the appropriateness of wearing a hat to a job interview would be wearing the thing once he was seated and the interview was under way.

But, to go off on yet another tangent …

When was the last time you saw a hat rack in a waiting or reception area? My lid typically stays atop my noggin until I’m called to see the doctor or the accountant or whoever.
Unless it is a church or someone's home the hat stays on my head. Thought about converting to Judaism so I could legit leave my hat during services but laziness got in the way.....again.
 
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That’s the world I and a whole lot of other people knew. Goods of all sorts went from uncle to cousin to cousin to brother to sister etc., etc., etc.

If there were any stigma attached to it, it didn’t stick to me, not in my early years, anyway. It was only later, when I found myself in the company of the better off, that I got the sense that our stuff was on the shabby side and that others perceived it that way, too. This realization wouldn’t have much troubled me had it not so troubled the Old Man, who seemed pathologically incapable of not sizing himself up relative to others.
My parent's living room from 1950 was an exact replication of the 1950's. They moved into their new home bought new furniture, paid cash except for the dining set that they didn't pickup til early 1951 having purchased it on layaway (what a concept!). It sat that way for decades as my father passed away later in that first decade and the living and the entire house became a museum of 1950's living....a living time capsule. When we sold the house after my mother passed away in 2012 many of the pieces were still in use. Chrome dinette, dining table, buffett & chairs, stove.
 

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We have a row of pegs next to the accessible bathroom that are supposed to be used for hats, but they are seldom so used. And as a result, we have a beer box absolutely bulging on any given day with lost headgear of all kinds (one of the kids used to indelicately refer to this as "the lice box.") Most of the hats are the usual knit beanies or "Dad Hats," but occasionally something more elaborate will show up. Owners come to claim them about half the time, and every six months the unclaimed go to Goodwill.
 

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I still feel much the same. Virtually every TV show is a repackaging of the same shows from previous years, and so on, and so on. The same with so many movies. How many more times is a James Bond theme going to be an "inside job"? How many more times is Batman going to save the world?

The thing with the nineties is that. while I was living thru them, I felt like they had no style of their own. Everything felt like a regurgitation of the dreariest aspects of the previous three decades. Nothing was interesting. Nothing was distinctive. Nothing was worth bothering with. It's like being "nostalgic" about a brown paper bag. Which I guess is something you could get nostalgic about now...
 
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I still feel much the same. Virtually every TV show is a repackaging of the same shows from previous years, and so on, and so on. The same with so many movies. How many more times is a James Bond theme going to be an "inside job"? How many more times is Batman going to save the world?

I learned one thing from James Bond movies. You never want to be 003 — it’s the red shirt of British espionage.
 

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Speaking exclusively from eBay leather jacket selling - I've had pretty good luck this year. I definitely get more movement on my items on eBay though I would prefer to sell on TFL since eBay takes a cut and alerts the IRS at the end of the year with my annual revenue.
 
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I'm still considered very much an atavist by many around where I live, for the simple fact that I still refuse to have or use a cellphone. I'm not trying to be twee in this refusal, it's simply that I've never had one, and I can see no good reason why I should. I obviously have a computer, but for a lot of reasons I refuse to let it be the center of my life. As for the way I dress, well, I believe that everyone should dress in a way that looks good *on them.* And you don't want to see what I'd look like in a band t-shirt and velveteen yoga pants. And I'll also acknowledged that, being in show business, there's been a certain career advantage to dressing in a way that fits the environment in which I work. Being a sort of "living trademark" can be job security, and when you're a sixty year old woman with no other means of income that's something you need all of that you can get.

As for "rose colored" atavism, I'll just point out that anyone who's followed my writings around here over the past eighteen years knows if there's anyone on this site who doesn't "romanticize the past," it's me. Nor do I, or will I, romanticize any aspect of the present.

I’m reminded of a coworker from 30 or so years ago who had no computer, had no intention of acquiring a computer, and saw no reason why he would ever want one.

Another coworker and I told him the day was coming when he would have a computer, for the very reason he had a car — he would need it to participate in the economy. He would need a computer because everyone else had a computer.

I stay in touch with this fellow, online, of course.

The day is already upon us. I could function in this economy without a smartphone, but it would be more difficult and ultimately more expensive. My daily routines aren’t the same as everyone’s, but they are typical of many — most, even, I’d guess.

I don’t fetishize the thing, though. My current one is the cheapest iPhone they got. It has a smallish screen, which happens to be cracked. But it does what I need it to do and lots I really don’t. And that’s the biggest drawback to the things. A person can easily find himself burning up the hours in matters that really don’t need doing.
 
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My parent's living room from 1950 was an exact replication of the 1950's. They moved into their new home bought new furniture, paid cash except for the dining set that they didn't pickup til early 1951 having purchased it on layaway (what a concept!). It sat that way for decades as my father passed away later in that first decade and the living and the entire house became a museum of 1950's living....a living time capsule. When we sold the house after my mother passed away in 2012 many of the pieces were still in use. Chrome dinette, dining table, buffett & chairs, stove.

Gotta wonder if your mother was leaving things unchanged in the perhaps unconscious desire to hold onto pieces of life as it was before your father died.
 
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Gotta wonder if your mother was leaving things unchanged in the perhaps unconscious desire to hold onto pieces of life as it was before your father died.
Possible, but poverty played a larger role. Single mom, no skills, 3 kids, 2 preteen, one an infant. To her credit in the last years of her life she endeavoured to clear out 60+ years of accumulated 'stuff' to save me from having to dispose of it (but not all of it!). It was fun to read ALL my report cards from Grade 1 thru 12. Apparently I was a stellar student in grades 1 thru 3 then from there I entered into a downward trajectory that lasted all the way thru university.
 

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