Did you know that selling your gently used items or never worn clothing is actually saving our Planet and helping other people in need? It’s true! Although many of us would like to get a return on our investments by selling online, we are also living in a more eco-friendly and humanitarian way when we do so. Here are some interesting facts to prove our point:
1. Reduce Carbon Emissions
According to Practically Green buying gently used can decrease your carbon emissions by 27.1 pounds. From cutting down trees in the Amazon to farming cotton, companies are consuming resources at a breakneck pace. As products are being manufactured, there are a huge amount of dyes, fabrics, colorants and other materials polluting Earth. After production, products need to be packed and shipped. More carbon emission. Through online buying of these items, both the buyer and seller win.
2. Prevent Waste
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 4.5%, or 4 million tons of all waste sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. Additionally, the total amount of waste generated per year in the US is over 4.6 pounds per day. Although we are getting more aware of the problem, we still have a long way to go. By buying gently used items or clothing, you are helping reduce this immense problem. Through selling online, you are limiting the amount of waste by allowing others to reuse items that you no longer need or want. Why not help our communities, families and environments?
3. Support Good Causes
Many online consignment stores and companies have organizations to which they contribute a portion of their proceeds. Whether it be helping families dealing with cancer, giving to the blind, creating more literacy or other forms of social issues, these companies are helping others. If you are buying or selling online, you are inadvertently helping our communities fight these common problems.
4. Give Back to the Local Community
When you use an online consignment story or eBay drop-off center like easysale, you are supporting your local community. No bureaucracy, no big companies that take no responsibility for their action, but a hardworking business that is going to want your business and work for it.
5. Save Energy
Used goods do not require the energy that new products do. Electricity and oil consumption are greatly reduced by reusing what we already have. Let’s help conserve our precious resources.
Next time you think about throwing out your watch, grandma’s china or a cocktail dress worn only once, consider recycling. You will be giving back in more way than one.
Not sure when or how online consignment or an eBay drop-off service could be useful to you? How about these ideas:
1. You are moving.
2. You have valuable items that you don’t want to sell at your garage sale.
3. You want to sell items that you no longer use but that are still in good condition.
4. You are dealing with the painful loss of a family member and have the need to handle estate item selling.
5. You don’t have time to sell your items online or would like the expertise of a seasoned seller to guide you.
6. You are upgrading your business and would like to sell your used computer and phone equipment.
7. You have bought designer clothing or other accessories, never used them, and would like a return on your investment.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. The options for online selling are endless. And remember, easysale is always here to help!
At easysale, we have sold many unique Star Wars pieces. We thought it would be fun to put together a few facts and figures about this epic film. Take a look below:
- The original film was made on an $11 million budget. The film grossed $215 million in the US and $337 million overseas during its original release.
- It was originally named “The Star Wars” but changed fairly early in the creative process to “Star Wars”.
- Director George Lucas’ original contract with Fox was for $150,000. This was for writing and directing the film. However, he insisted on total creative control and 40% of merchandising. The merchandising would later become a bigger income maker for Lucas than the actual film itself.
- Lucas’ dog Indiana, an Alaskan malamute, inspired the character Wookiee Chewbacca.
- Merchandising for the film was not ready to accommodate the huge demand for the first Christmas after the film’s release. In fact, Lucas and the Kenner Toy Company created the early bird certificate boxes. These boxes, which were empty, promised the receiver that they would get the figures once they had been made. The figures arrived two months later.
- The music composer, John Williams, received an Oscar for his score for Star Wars. This music was named the greatest film score of all time by the American Film Institute.
- Star Wars is the most successful movie-related toy line ever sold, with 250 million figures sold between 1978 and 1986.
- A scuba regulator was used to create the breathing effect of Darth Vader.
- Upon watching the film for the first time, Fox executives fell asleep and even considered not releasing the film.
- The only characters to appear in all of the films are C3PO and R2D2.
In the not so distant past, the only way to shop was to go out to a local retailer or mall and find your perfect gift, specialty item, or collectible. You might have gone several miles or towns, fought the heat or cold, or gotten completely exhausted listening to your children complain about how long it was taking. After all of this, you may not have even found that something unique or special that you were looking for! Well, today all that is changing.
With the advent of the Internet and online shopping from both a desktop computer or mobile device, modern consumers literally have the world at their fingers. We can shop for handmade glass in The Czech Republic, ceramics in Italy, or even Indian silver right from our browsers. All you have to do is search for an item on the Internet, and you can always find what you are looking for.
The statistics are clear. Consumers have taken online shopping seriously. Online shopping is projects to grow exponentially in the future. In fact, a projection released by Forrester Research states that US shoppers will spend $327 billion in 2016, up 45% from $226 billion this year. This is great news for the potential buyer, but offers an outstanding new market and demand for the seller of products online.
Let’s say that you have an heirloom that you can no longer find a place to store and would like to sell. You are no longer limited to bring it into one location for selling. Now, you can sell it online to the entire world. You never know who might be in the market for that Hermes bag, Herend collectible or Star Wars action figure. What you do not have use for today just might be of special interest to someone else.
In addition, the advent of social media platforms like Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook have given online consignment shops a way to actively engage audiences and consumers that only 5 years ago weren’t accessible. The world’s marketplace has forever changed…..will you be taking part?
At easysale, we pride ourselves on not only our high level of service and support, but also our embracing of this new marketplace. If you have an item that you would like to sell, leave it to an expert to handle the legwork. We handle the selling of your item from start to finish. All you have to do is bring it into our convenient location and pick up the check once it has been sold. Why not check out our free online value assessment, as well as extensive information about online consignment here: Easysale.