The Downsides to Selling Online

I’m a hustler, I love making money through selling things online, or advertising something online and having someone come collect it. It’s a real buzz and works wonders towards helping your savings accumulate.

But damn there’s nothing more annoying sometimes than selling stuff on the net and I’m going to tell you why.


 Time wasters are the bane of my life. The constant messages, the plethora of questions and then you get rubber eared. It’s like people revel in wasting other folk’s time. These people seem to think we don’t have lives at the other end of the screen. Which brings me on to…


 Don’t even get me started; the amount of times I’ve sat about waiting on someone to turn up, at the agreed time, who then turns out to be a ghost. Infuriating. Why? I wish people at least had the common courtesy to just let you know they weren’t coming, I’d rather that then them just patching me, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.


 I love a bargain as much as the next person but c’mon, let’s at least be realistic with one another, and not damn right insult someone. If an individual is looking for £30 for an excellent quality item, don’t waste their time (or your own) and try and offer them £5, it’s just rude. People try and undercut me all of the time now and I’m getting fed up with it. I now list my items for more than I ideally want for them because I just know the ways of the world now and can’t be bothered being undercut all of the time.


 When it comes to fees, sometimes it’s not worth selling at all, especially on the likes of eBay. I’ve basically gave stuff away when I’ve sold on there. You start the bidding at 99p, because eBay always egg you on, and try and convince you that it’s the best way to sell. Then the item sells for £1 (sometimes £2 if you’re really lucky and people are feeling flush that day) + postage. By the time you post the item, eBay takes a cut, PayPal take a cut – you’re left with plums. It’s all for nothing, a wasted trip to the post office, a wasted ‘sale’. In most cases you may have just given it to charity in the first place or stuck it in a clothes bin.


 The people who expect gold-dust from your second hand goods. Those who scrutinise your stuff like you’re the scum of the earth, and always try and find fault in it, so they can knock something off the price. Ain’t so snooty now are you Carol?



 The amount of perverted and unnecessary messages you will receive when selling your goods online is absolute crazy. Especially if you’re selling old clothes, or shoes, expect your phone to ring off the hook (usually from unknown numbers). They request photos, they try and lure you in to ‘sexting’ just to get them off. Honestly. I could tell you some stories but I’ll save that for another time.

I actually wrote this post a while back when I went off on a tangent because three people had messed me around when I was selling something online; I rediscovered it in my drafts and was like: why did I not publish this? 

So yeah, let me know if you have ever stumbled upon any of the folks mentioned above, or if you have any good stories about selling online. I love hearing from you guys!



  1. November 29, 2018 / 10:18 am

    I always love the idea of selling things online but the hassle that comes with it always makes me just take my things to a charity shop! I once was selling tickets to a concert and the girl who was buying off me didn’t tell me she didn’t want them until 2 days before which was too late for anyone else to really want them! So I lost out on like £40! Nightmare!

    Love, Tabitha 🖤

    • Pauline
      November 30, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Shazza. Completely agree. Why do so many people ask ‘is this still for sale?’ Then you say yes. Then you hear nothing from them. I need to come up with a new question back! Like. Why are you asking. Are you interested or just winding me up. Drives me batty xx

  2. December 20, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I don’t mind the hagglers–as long as you do it on the app! It’s kind of expected in the US. But don’t let me show up to the police station with my bulky baby item and suddenly 20 is 2.

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