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What was the first item you sold on eBay?

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I found out the other day that my college e-mail address is going to be closed. I haven’t used it officially in years (just have e-mails forwarded from it), but originally, it was my eBay contact e-mail. I figured now would be a great time to look back and see what my first item that I sold on eBay was!

Well, last week, I divulged that I am not a “cool” kid. So, if you had to take a guess, you’d probably be right. My first sold item on eBay was a video game.

nintendo ocarina of time collector's gold edition n64 ebay

I couldn’t find my listing’s original picture. It was definitely not this cool.

When the N64 Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time came out, I had saved up enough for this game with all of the birthday and allowance money. I pre-ordered it, getting the special deluxe super awesome gold edition, and my parents let me take an advance on my allowance to cover the last bit. On top of that, my mom paid the sales tax out of love (thanks mom!).

I played the crap out of the game. Beat it multiple times. It was a really great time of my life where every waking free moment was spent playing video games. Now, I look back fondly and love the fact that I actually had free time. 🙂 Kids are awesome and fun, but they require so much attention!

So, the big question came in 2010. Do I sell anything on eBay? This game was the first of many from my collection. Over time, my collection grew very large, and I knew that I didn’t have time to play any of the games. I’d buy a game nearly every time I went to Game Stop, bring it home, play for a few days/weeks (if I was lucky), and then I wouldn’t have time.

I’d get busy with school, life, or some other new shiny game. I’d walk by my TV unit and would see the stack of games that weren’t getting any love. All of this created a feeling of a backlog. Whether it’s around the house, at work, at school, or apparently even video games, a backlog can really stress you out.

Finally, I had enough. I started selling some of my games. And one of my favorites was the first to go.

I listed it on auction, and it ended up selling for $10.49 and was shipped to Canada. I remember printing out the invoice and bringing it to the post office. I paid full price on shipping! *GASP* I probably made $5 on the game after fees if I was lucky. Oof. I could sell the same game for $45 EASY now. Just goes to show you that eBay is like the stock market. You don’t know which games will go up or down in price.


Video games have been a big influence on my life. I always read a lot, but these games were like interactive books. They told stories, required strategic interaction, and were just amazing visually. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I hear the music from the games from my childhood.

Hopefully, selling them will give someone else that same feeling. I get a relief that it’s out of my house and someone wanted it. At the worst, some other 30 year old is able to relive their formative years for a while until life comes smacking them in the face again.

I’ve mostly moved on from playing video games and instead fill the time with re-selling on eBay. And even though it’s different, I’m OK with it!

What was your first item you sold on eBay?

P.S. I do still buy/re-sell video games, but they’re a lot harder to come by on the cheap side. People finally realized that they have some value!

P.S.S I’m still enjoying the benefits of the #NoNoiseNovember Challenge! Feel free to follow along or let me know if you’ve tried it. Even a quiet morning or long drive without radio will make you feel refreshed!

Comments 17

  1. Wow. I haven’t the slightest idea what my first item sold was. I don’t keep old emails so I have no clue. But cool that you do!

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  2. I had accumulated stuff to sell for quite awhile but was petrified to “put my toe in the water”. I finally listed a discontinued Scentsy warmer, and it sold in 2 hours! I panicked because I didn’t know a thing about shipping and didn’t even have a box for it. Two years and a couple thousand sales later, I never list anything unless I have the right size polybag or box that it will ship in.

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      Isn’t it funny? Before you do something new, it’s always scary and then you look back and think “what the hell was I waiting for?” It’s just like me and the DSLR. I have also tried to limit my “tough to ship” items. On limited time, you need to be able to streamline as much as possible!

  3. I’ve dabbled off and on with Ebay since 2008 so I don’t remember my first sale. I do remember what got me hooked on eBay selling though. It was a terry cloth Hawaiian shirt from the 50s that I paid $1 for and sold for $200!

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  4. I sold with my mom starting at the age of 14 or so, but the first thing I sold on my own account was my boyfriend’s Harry Potter books, 1-3. He had never read them, and it really bothered me to have unloved Harry Potter books sitting around. I still have the set I started getting in middle school and then finished in college. I think I sold them for like $15. That was about 10 years ago.

  5. Oh man what a freaking awesome game! I know I still have that sitting in a box with my 64. I think I need to go and get that out right now and start playing! I think my first item was a convex bubble glass picture frame or something crazy hard to ship. I remember being happy with my 15 dollars in profit on that item.

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      Hey man, those N64’s can sell for a good amount especially with the right game. You’re looking at $100+ if you have Ocarina plus the system! 😛 Nothing is safe in my house!

  6. I’ve been selling items on and off since 2008. I have no idea what the 1st item was that sold.

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  7. Back in the day when I first started I was into Depression glass. I don’t remember which piece I sold first but I had to get some of the glass out of the house before the foundation collapsed. I do remember that I took a check and waited a week for the check to clear before shipping. The best thing I ever sold was my husband’s motorcycle, twice.The same one sold twice because the first buyer bid on it by “mistake”. No problem, relisted and sold for more.

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      I generally stay away from glass items.. just such a pain to ship! Clothing takes longer (although glass isn’t that quick of a seller either) but the shipping is just so damn easy.

  8. I started selling in 2005 when I was 19. I saw how much my college roommate was making off selling her childhood stuff so I gave it a shot and listed and sold a white American Eagle summer dress. It sold for $17 and I shipped it before I received the money order in the mail – big mistake. I never received the money order. Baptism by fire!

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