I realized this week that ebay is right for me. I like that it's a form of recycling. I like that it puts things that might once have been discarded into the hands of someone who wants them.
My son just sold Hogwarts Castle lego set for $200 on ebay. It went within moments to a woman for her son. When you sell an item on ebay, you sometimes have interact with the original owner, as we did in this case. It's sort of sweet to know who's buying your stuff--it feels sort of neighborly & recalls for me early days of exchange. The only drawback to this personal touch is that you feel very bad about returning anything.
Anyway, maybe because I have this blog, I can retrace the clothes I've loved over a couple years' time. About a year ago, I wanted this Anthropologie Rione skirt but wouldn't dream of paying $118 plus shipping. I gave up following it after a while, though it eventually went down to $19.95.
Last week I found the skirt on ebay for $40 in my size. It's still a lot of money, & likely the seller got it for $19.95, but I don't mind. I think it's pretty fantastic to find that it still exists.
Here it is on me. I think I can wear it three seasons with a bunch of tops. It isn't quite as A-lined as I expected; it's more of a pencil shape. I wore it for a dozen hours yesterday, & it didn't wrinkle at all, which was awesome. I enjoyed having pockets. My boss said I looked elegant.
Sure, someone's turning profits, someone's exploiting our obsession with celebrity memorabilia, & mass retailers do sell goods on ebay.
But lots of other people are just selling used things that they know are worth something & may bring joy to someone else.