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another bloody yank Jul 8th 2011 1:22 pm

Family selling everything they own on ebay
 
Cars, property, tools, house and everything in it including clothes, kid's toys and the food in the fridge. This guy is a member of another site I frequent which is where I heard about this. Interesting way to do it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...d=246390520789

nethead Jul 8th 2011 1:41 pm

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Hmmm interesting, hope he meets his reserve. Are his in-laws moving with him? I can understand selling the house, cars and large pieces of furniture in one auction, but to sell everything! And he has a tons of tools, how would he be able to replace all of those? I don't quite get that.

another bloody yank Jul 8th 2011 2:05 pm

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Originally Posted by nethead (Post 9483062)
Hmmm interesting, hope he meets his reserve. Are his in-laws moving with him? I can understand selling the house, cars and large pieces of furniture in one auction, but to sell everything! And he has a tons of tools, how would he be able to replace all of those? I don't quite get that.

I thought selling the tools was pretty drastic as well, I think he'll end up regretting that. I doubt he'll make enough on the sale of everything to replace them. I guess he's planning on not needing them anymore. On the other site (where he posted the link to the auction) he said that they are keeping one pickup truck to use for the move and transport to their new location. He's hoping not to have enough stuff left after the sale to fill the bed.

Bill_S Jul 8th 2011 2:33 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 

Originally Posted by another bloody yank (Post 9483030)
Cars, property, tools, house and everything in it including clothes, kid's toys and the food in the fridge. This guy is a member of another site I frequent which is where I heard about this. Interesting way to do it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...d=246390520789

You want that lift and tow truck, don't you? :)

another bloody yank Jul 8th 2011 3:20 pm

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Originally Posted by Bill_S (Post 9483131)
You want that lift and tow truck, don't you? :)

Wouldn't mind the whole shop... Don't even need his tools.;)

bevinva Jul 8th 2011 6:21 pm

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I'll check back and see how they did.

Sally Redux Jul 8th 2011 6:31 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 
Bit weird.

Endless pictures of pliers didn't seem that tempting.

Mummy in the foothills Jul 8th 2011 6:48 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 
It looked like he had a shop in town too where the tow truck was. I bet he has a whole shop of tools there too.
I know Dh used to have a full set at work and another here at the house. He has doubles of just about everything.
Pretty drastic way of moving :lol:
I hope he meets his reserve.

N1cky Jul 8th 2011 6:53 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 
I thought it was quite sad looking at the pictures of his kids bedrooms, it's a big thing on your kids moving them away from everything they know without leaving their stuff behind

nethead Jul 8th 2011 7:25 pm

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Originally Posted by N1cky (Post 9483570)
I thought it was quite sad looking at the pictures of his kids bedrooms, it's a big thing on your kids moving them away from everything they know without leaving their stuff behind

Very true :(

The bid has almost doubled since I looked this morning, but still not at the reserve.

Ash UK/US Jul 8th 2011 7:32 pm

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Wow! I wonder if the reserve will be met.

Sally Redux Jul 8th 2011 7:35 pm

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Originally Posted by N1cky (Post 9483570)
I thought it was quite sad looking at the pictures of his kids bedrooms, it's a big thing on your kids moving them away from everything they know without leaving their stuff behind

Yes does seem very harsh.

another bloody yank Jul 8th 2011 7:55 pm

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Originally Posted by Sally Redux (Post 9483540)
Endless pictures of pliers didn't seem that tempting.


:rolleyes:


"The tool boxes are completely full top to bottom with top of the line tools like Snap on, Matco, Mac Tools, Cornwell, Craftsman, SK, "

:tounge_smile:

Sally Redux Jul 8th 2011 7:56 pm

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Originally Posted by another bloody yank (Post 9483691)
:rolleyes:


"The tool boxes are completely full top to bottom with top of the line tools like Snap on, Matco, Mac Tools, Cornwell, Craftsman, SK, "

:tounge_smile:

It seemed like the house and cars were just incidental extras :lol:

another bloody yank Jul 8th 2011 8:05 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 

Originally Posted by Sally Redux (Post 9483692)
It seemed like the house and cars were just incidental extras :lol:

We've been looking at houses lately. Just browsing around on the internet really, not ready for anything serious yet. Still, it's an experience that does a great job illustrating the difference between what is most important to her and what is important to me in a property. Found a place on 4 acres with a great shop, 30ftx50ft, concrete floor and everything but she didn't like the floorplan of the house.:rolleyes:

Sally Redux Jul 8th 2011 8:09 pm

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Originally Posted by another bloody yank (Post 9483712)
We've been looking at houses lately. Just browsing around on the internet really, not ready for anything serious yet. Still, it's an experience that does a great job illustrating the difference between what is most important to her and what is important to me in a property. Found a place on 4 acres with a great shop, 30ftx50ft, concrete floor and everything but she didn't like the floorplan of the house.:rolleyes:

:lol:

Good luck with the search.

GeoffM Jul 8th 2011 8:59 pm

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Wow. Up to $125,000 at the moment (almost double from when I looked earlier). I could never take the kids' stuff though; morally wrong for me with such young kids. Loads of tools but I would never know which was a left handed screwdriver anyway :unsure:.

Good luck to them though.

avanutria Jul 8th 2011 11:20 pm

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I'm guessing the kids have already pulled out their treasures, and perhaps mum and dad have offered to buy the rest of the stuff off them for cash!

It said there are seven people living in the house but I can't figure out who the seventh is. Mum, dad, two kids, (two) inlaws and...? Are there three inlaws there?

another bloody yank Jul 10th 2011 2:31 pm

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Up to $190K with 2.5hrs left, reserve still not met.:huh:

AmerLisa Jul 10th 2011 3:32 pm

Re: Family selling everything they own on ebay
 

Originally Posted by another bloody yank (Post 9483092)
I thought selling the tools was pretty drastic as well, I think he'll end up regretting that. I doubt he'll make enough on the sale of everything to replace them. I guess he's planning on not needing them anymore. On the other site (where he posted the link to the auction) he said that they are keeping one pickup truck to use for the move and transport to their new location. He's hoping not to have enough stuff left after the sale to fill the bed.

I agree. My husband left his tools in the UK (not nearly as much as this guy is selling!) and has found buying them up again is costly and annoying....

GeoffM Jul 10th 2011 6:18 pm

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Originally Posted by another bloody yank (Post 9486517)
Up to $190K with 2.5hrs left, reserve still not met.:huh:

Closed with no further bids.

JAJ Jul 11th 2011 1:27 pm

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The reserve is around $270k which is probably quite a lot more than what the house would sell for on its own.

It doesn't make sense to bundle items like house and cars together - if he wants to sell the cars, it would usually make more sense to sell them to someone who actually wants a car.

As for tools, as others have said it would be smarter to keep them and ship them to new home. Same goes for house furnishings - most house buyers will have furnishings of their own, it would be better to keep and ship rather than plan to replace.

zargof Jul 11th 2011 2:17 pm

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Originally Posted by JAJ (Post 9488274)
The reserve is around $270k which is probably quite a lot more than what the house would sell for on its own.

It doesn't make sense to bundle items like house and cars together - if he wants to sell the cars, it would usually make more sense to sell them to someone who actually wants a car.

As for tools, as others have said it would be smarter to keep them and ship them to new home. Same goes for house furnishings - most house buyers will have furnishings of their own, it would be better to keep and ship rather than plan to replace.

Maybe he did it this way in the hope that the publicity would make some moron bid more than everything was worth.

Sounds like it didn't work...

candy wy. Jul 12th 2011 10:55 pm

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Originally Posted by zargof (Post 9488348)
Maybe he did it this way in the hope that the publicity would make some moron bid more than everything was worth.

Sounds like it didn't work...


Seems he has relisted..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:WNARL:US:1123

GeoffM Jul 13th 2011 11:21 am

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Originally Posted by JAJ (Post 9488274)
The reserve is around $270k

Just wondering how you know this? I guessed it would be somewhere between $200k-$250k, might be way off though.

Actually I think he should have put a longer listing time on it. Yes, it generated media interest but a week isn't enough for it to trickle through to the less obscure outlets, or less obvious places like here, where he could have picked up some more bids.

rebs Jul 13th 2011 2:12 pm

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Originally Posted by GeoffM (Post 9492730)
Just wondering how you know this? I guessed it would be somewhere between $200k-$250k, might be way off though.

He mentions the reserve in his associated website - I think it might also have been mentioned in one of the answers to questions raised on the original listing.

bevinva Jul 15th 2011 1:49 am

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From my experience it's bad enough sorting through your own stuff when getting ready to move without going through somebody else's things when you get there. Maybe he should just auction the house itself on ebay and then have a local auction for the contents.

Scouse Express Jul 17th 2011 7:53 pm

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-14178696

Look what happened to this Ex-Pat, apparently as a result of selling stuff on-line, intending to move back to Blighty.

Jim.

GeoffM Jul 17th 2011 11:03 pm

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US $261,099.99
Reserve price not met


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