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My first eBay auction

It’s taken sometime, but I have started my first eBay auction: a Sony TCM-818 Cassette Recorder. I got it some years ago for Christmas, but in recent times it has been gathering dust on a shelf, so I decided to get rid of it. Starting bid is £5 (well… £4.99) – it comes with an AC power cable too.
Registering was interesting, mainly because of the amount of information I had to give to be able to sell anything. However I am reassured that eBay are making this many checks to avoid fraudulent sellers. And I was glad to see it suitably localised for the UK – the ability to accept Switch payments, for example. PayPal doesn’t yet accept Switch, which is one reason why I don’t like it.
The ultimate masterplan is to auction a brand new Siemens A50 phone, though I want to wait until I’ve had some succesful auctions and built up a good profile first. I have another 3 items to auction in the meantime.
Why do I have the phone? Well, I’ve changed my phone tariff (and phone number – if you know me and want to update your records please email me) – I now get 100 free minutes to Vodafone and landline phones per month, and 50 free text messages per month. There’s no line rental so I only pay for calls to other networks. So hopefully, it’ll save me some cash.
Anyway, to get this tariff, I had to get a new phone. So, the guy in Phones4U recommended that I buy the cheapest phone on offer and then sell it – although I (probably) won’t be able to make much back, ultimately I’ll save money in the long run.
So I now have to print off a run of ‘I’ve changed my number’ leaflets. Fortunately I’m going out tonight to meet up with some friends from college so I’ll have chance to give a few out. Ironically it’s the first time I’ve been out in York, despite having “done” Bradford already.

2 Comments

  1. Why don’t you just text everyone your new number with those 50 free texts? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Could do. Actually I only have about 45 left this month now…