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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
My wife is a shopping GENIUS!
Last night, Allie went to JC Penney because they sent her yet another flyer in the mail about their fabulous sale deals. We have a credit card with them, which is why we get the flyers, and in my desire to reduce our debt, we have had more than one debate over whether it is worth keeping a card to be on the mailing list. However, she went, and I can't argue any more.

The bad news is she spent $204.46 at a time when we really didn't have the money, so nearly all of that went straight on the Penney's card.

The good news is that the sale was massive (40% off of sale and clearance prices!) and she actually got $1668.80 worth of clearanced, name-brand, mostly summer, boys clothes for that price. For example, a boys Izod, short-sleeved shirt, originally $24, for $1.66! If you do the math, her total purchase was 88% off the retail prices. Wow.

Now, all these clothes are not for our sons, though some of them are, but the vast majority are for sale on eBay. Next Spring we will be uploading auctions and reaping the benefits of her shopping prowess. If you think about it, we are providing a valuable "middle-man" service at a modest profit. We aren't getting rich by any means, but the "extra" money helps us. A shirt and pants we buy clearanced in the Fall for a total of $3-5 might sell next Spring for $15-20 or more, if we are lucky. But not only do we turn a profit, the buyer gets the clothes still new with the tags and waaaay below retail. Win-win, baby!
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From: elricsgirl Date: October 11th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ebay rocks! I'm not ashamed to say that I get all of my kids clothes on ebay! We got their entire fall/winter wardrobes for less than $200.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 11th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, eBay is of the devil is addictive like heroin Rocks! It rocks even more when people buy our stuff, instead of the other way around!
From: elricsgirl Date: October 11th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
What's your user name on ebay?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 11th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
We sell the clothes and most things through my wife's User ID.

Go here to see her eBay "About Me" page. Right now, all we have up are some Halloween costumes for lil guys/gals.
psychfringe From: psychfringe Date: October 17th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
a tshirt for a buck 66?
that...is slick

what a great idea!
Im ashamed to admit that ebay scares me a little bit...*L..Id love to go looking there but I have no idea how it works.
it looks very over whelming..good thing for you, most other people aren't dough-heads like I am..:)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 17th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ebay is awesome! Ebay is amazing! Ebay is of the devil.

It really is pretty easy to use, though; especially if you are just shopping. Selling is a little more complicated, but still pretty easy overall.

You should try it! You should stay away from it! Really. ;-)

Oh, and HI! Friend o' Schmimi and Kjillane!
psychfringe From: psychfringe Date: October 18th, 2004 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Ebay is of the devil
I'll have another go at it...Im tired of being the last person on earth not doing the whole ebay thing..
it reminds me of when debit cards came out..*points to me* last person on earth to actually use them.
i still get scared transferring funds from one account to the other..dont tell anyone
good day to YOU friend-o-thescnmimi-and kjillane
{yano when i first saw that user name, I thought it was Kill Jane.....i might have to look into my dyslexic tendencies..;)}
mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: October 19th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

the wonders of eBay...

If I can do eBay, anyone can! Just a year and and a half ago, all I would attempt to do on the computer was play TextTwist and Solitaire. Now we have to have separate computers (with chairs 2-3 feet apart!) so we don't argue about who gets to be on the computer when! Ebay is an awesome way to get good stuff at great prices, but you do have to READ EVERYTHING on an auction. Make sure you are aware of how much the shipping will be BEFORE you bid. Other than that, just have fun looking!
P.S. I am "the wife"~or the "false boss" as our five-year-old likes to call me!
psychfringe From: psychfringe Date: October 19th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the wonders of eBay...

i love your icon...
its gorgeous!
ill have a gander at Ebay sometime when I dont have a passle of family hanging around and i can concentrate..:)

good luck with your clothing sales!Thats an awesome idea, btw!
mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: October 19th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the wonders of eBay...

Thanks! The icon was a "welcome aboard" gift from aspiring2live, and I love it too! Truly, if the rest of the world fell apart, I would have all I need...
Few things relieve stress for me better than shopping when I get outstanding deals, so this is the perfect job for me! Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you have. I am still learning new stuff all the time (especially since they seem to change something every week!), but I am always happy help if I can.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: October 19th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shhhhhhhhhhhh...you're giving away all your secrets!
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