Originally Posted by KayleeZoo
Caneel, you make a great point. Where I live, people from the lower cost of living areas of town flock to the nicer neighborhoods for garage sales to buy stuff to take to the outdoor flea market to resell. They want to pay pennies for high quality stuff in good condition- $.25 for GAP and Hanna Andersson clothing, $10 for a used Maclaren stroller, etc. I would rather donate my really nice stuff to someone who needs the quality to last them for several years because they can't afford to buy it again than sell it for a ridiculously low amount. Same for Birkenstocks that I had bought and worn maybe 2-3 times apiece before baby #4 increased my foot size 1/2 size- people wanted to give me $1/pair. We had good success at our sale, eventually, but for all the lowballing I had to put up with? Never again.
Yep, you got! Not only do they wholesale for their yardsales, they love to pick trash at the community clean up days. And if they can make cash off of someone else's junk, good for them, just leave me out of your harassing haggling. What does bother me is seeing the old carseats lined up for sale. There is a house down the street from me that does a yardsale a month in good weather and she sells 10-20 carseats each time. Some of them are so old the plastic shells are yellowed and the padding worn through.
My friend tried to sell a Maclercen stroller and was harassed by a guy that came back a couple of times during the day, insisting she sell it to him for something like $5. I seem to remember she told him she would call the cops if he came back again.
I had similar frustrating experience with resale shops. I had a manager get VERY upset with me when I wouldn't take literally pennies per piece for really good infant and toddler stuff. I politely said no thanks, she asked me what my problem was and I said I will be donating it instead. She was pissed!
So we decided no more selling, we would donated it to people we knew could and would use it. Once we got burned, I am 99.99% sure we gave someone a load of stuff (Britax carseat, winter clothing, boots, brio train stuff) who sold it at a yardsale. I gave it to her no strings attached so techincally, she was free to do whaever she wanted with it. After that, I was much more careful in my wording when I offered things to people.