This is a useful book based on a great premise – that the best use for most of your clutter is to put it on eBay and convert it to cash. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, I would definitely recommend skimming through this quick read for ideas. I found it useful, even though I’ve personally sold a TON of stuff on eBay.
Years ago, when eBay was still relatively new, I went on a 2-year mission to get all the junk out of our house by mailing it to Iowa. Still, Lowe has some suggestions here that I hadn’t considered. For example, when he discusses selling old games, he points out that “you might find that even if your games are in good condition, you’ll make far more money selling individual pieces then you will by putting the entire thing on sale.” Also, that you can sell the instruction manuals, which I completely wouldn’t have thought of.
Having said that, there are some limitations to this book. Outside of needed editing for repetition and some minor grammatical errors, the biggest issues are focus and expectations. The author spends probably half the book on general decluttering advice. It’s useful advice, mind you, but it’s not focused on the title theme of decluttering for cash. The bigger problem is that his claims of making THOUSANDS just aren’t realistic for most people. It would appear that the author started with an insane amount of stuff. “I began with my movie collection, followed by my role-playing games, video games, art, stamps, and many other things. In the past, I had made a $100 here and a $100 there selling things, now I was making $3,000 or $4,000 extra per month.” If you don’t collect that many different types of saleable collectibles, your numbers will be MUCH lower. Or if you don’t have his volume. At various points, he admits to having collected over 100,000 stamps and to having discarded/sold over 5,000 books. Honestly, I used to run an online bookstore and even IT didn’t have 5,000 books!