One of the ways to help bring in extra income to pay down debt is to sell items on E-Bay, Craigslist, etc. I have read this tip on a number of blogs, debt web sites, etc. I have done this often to bring in a little extra cash over the years. Before I ever throw anything away I ask myself can I sell this on E-bay. Electronics are always good items to sell. Anytime I upgrade an item, video cameras, digital cameras, cell phones, video game systems etc. I always sell my old ones on-line. You can sell just about anything, just run a quick search and you'll find just about anything.
I might have one of the top ten E-bay stories of all time to share in my humble opinion. Here’s goes:
About 6 years, ago I listed my wife's 1992 Honda Civic for sale on E-bay. I was hoping to use E-bay as an advertising tool and have someone locally buy it. I live in the NY area. I had the car listed for $1500 it was a 12 year old, it ran great, and was in good shape. My wife was the original owner. I had a number of local inquires about the car. E-mails asking if the could come look at the car and if we could work a deal outside of E-bay. I was willing to go that route, but they buyers never panned out.
The auction continued to progress and it was finally ended and won by a guy name Caesar. He contacted me and set up a date to pick up the car. He wanted to know what airport was closest to me. I asked him were he lived. California. I explained that this was a 12 year old car and I really wasn't sure if this would be the best investment. I asked how he planned on getting it home, and he said he was going to drive it. I tried, but couldn't talk him out of it even with a number of potential local buyers. He was determined to purchase this car. Caesar was going to take a red eye flight from CA to NY, pick up the Civic and then drive it cross country. This would be a sort of home coming for the Civic, my wife is from CA and we made the same cross country trip in the same Civic in 1998, but that's a story for another day.
Caesar booked a flight and he had a date on when he would arrive. I just thought that he wouldn’t show up and I would contact one of the other bidders.
This is where the story even gets better. So the day he was to arrive I get a knock at my door at 7 AM, as I was getting ready for work. I have to admit I was a bit surprised he made the trip. I open the door and there stood Caesar a man about 5 feet tall with no arms. That’s right no arms. I tried to conceal the surprised look on my face. He also had a friend with him. I went outside and after a once over and a test ride they purchased the car.
Caesar sat in the back seat of the Civic and called his brother on his cell phone, using his foot to hold the phone. His brother transferred the money for the car via PayPal. I went inside to verify that the funds were in my account and I gave my wife a quick update. She could not believe what I told her. I went back outside and handover the keys. There were no plates, no insurance, but off they drove. I contacted Caesar a few times about a week later to see how his trip went and how the car did on the long ride. I never did hear from him again. To this day I'm still not clear how he knocked on the door.
The question that I still can not figure out was what was his plan for the car? I looked back at my PayPal account and I sold it to him for $1200, but with 2 one way airfares from CA to NY and cost to drive the car cross country. Caesar was well over the book value of this car.
Looking back over my PayPal account I found Caesar’s e-mail address and have contacted him once again to see if he’ll respond.