Up until 2014, I was a Trade Me fiend. I lived second-hand deals: every lunch time was spent scouring the website for good deals, every weekend was spent searching around the house for forgotten items I could flip through the site for a small profit. But then I got a job, and I kind of forgot Trade Me even existed. Until now.
Turns out Trade Me is still around. And, so long as the country stays at or below level 3, it’s open for business.
I spent this weekend clearing out my bedroom (just my bedroom! I have so much more shit scattered around the house) and found an absolutely heinous amount of other man’s treasure (otherwise known as “junk shit I’m never gonna use again”). Old, unplayed copies of video games. Rusty instruments. A couple of dusty shelving units and a crappy old windows desktop. It’s all gone on Trademe, and I’ve already sold about half of it.
So have a look around your house this weekend. Spend an afternoon sorting through the boxes shoved under your bed. Clear out a shelf or two. And chuck it all on Trademe. If you’re strapped for cash, it’ll get you a few bucks. If you’re already loaded, it’ll free up space.
What have you got to lose?
(Pro tip: People often complain that Trade Me takes a cut of every sale. It does. And it sucks. But it’s important to note: Trade Me only takes a cut if your goods are actually sold through the site. If you’re smart – and I’m not saying I sometimes do this – you can put an item up and leave a couple hints in the bio that you’re open to selling the item person-to-person. Doesn’t work all the time, but it sometimes saves you a little moolah.)