Look at the financial side of eliminating clutter:
The most common means of eliminating clutter is selling it online or hosting a sale at a defined location. A sale allows you the honor and privilege of people coming over to your house to snub their noses at “stuff” you worked hard for to buy. Then if someone finds something they want to buy, they talk you down on the price you are asking.
If you analize a home sale or online sale at different websites, here is what you will discover. The average sale will only allow for you to get 5 to 25% of the original purchase price back on an item. In fact, a large portion of the individuals that frequent sales will be vendors or brokers looking for items to resell. They will talk you down on the price so they can make a larger profit.
However, if you look at the bartering system, most individuals who barter, will trade at the 50 to 70% of the original purchase price. Heck, I’ve even seen 100%+ traded! (For the true entrepreneurs, the above statement might have turned on a light bulb. Go to any of the online resellers sales page, purchase an item for cheap, and then trade it for something you need at a higher value.
Don’t think it’s possible; well, I do it! It doesn’t matter where the item came from or how much you paid for it, what matters is that both parties agree that the items traded are close to equal value.
You might be thinking, well I’ll just put the item on a classified page online or on an auction website. The statistics behind used items that are sold on those sites are only about 25% to 50% of the original price. Again, barter values are generally higher than most means of reallocating your treasures.
Another idea to consider about bartering is that you aren't paying sales or service tax on items that are traded. If you were to go sell items on one of those online message boards or auction sites, what are you going to do with that money you receive? Most likely you are going to turn around and spend it on an item you want and what happens? You pay sales tax. When bartering there is no sales tax involved!
Bartering can be fun and profitable. I assure you, that once you get started, you won’t want to quit whether you are doing it as a hobby or a business. iusebarter.com lets you explore the endless possibilities of trading.