How to free up the cash in the attic ; Sell your old clutter for Pounds 100s MONEY [Sunday Mirror (England)]
(Sunday Mirror (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MILLIONS of households are missing out on the chance to make hundreds of pounds... because they are hanging on to old clutter.
January is always a tough month, with Christmas credit card debts to clear, tax bills to pay and more energy price hikes kicking in. But you could help to ease the pain by selling off all those unwanted items.
According to recent research by the Co-operative Bank and the Co- operative Insurance, British households have an average Pounds 2,813 worth of items gathering dust in their attics.
James Hillon of the Co-op says: "At a time when many people are struggling financially, it is surprising to see how much earning potential those items that are rarely seen or used could actually have.
"While there are always heirlooms and it e m so f emotional value that we can't bear to part with, selling a few of the less sentimental things online or at a car boot sale could be a great little earner when times are financially tough."
Many people already sell their junk on eBay, but there are several others.ites you can choose from to sell your unwanted items...
CDS AND DVDS
MANY people now download the music they listen to or the films they watch, which contributed to the demise of HMV and Blockbuster last week, but there is still a market for DVDs and CDs that are no longer wanted.
Just visit the website musicmagpie.co.uk, enter your item's barcode into the "valuation engine", and it will tell you how much it is worth.
You can also sell games, gadgets and clothes via the site.
MORE than 49 million old or unused mobiles, worth around Pounds 1billion, are lying around in British homes, according to research by the website compare mymobile.com.
Half of the population has at least one unused handset, and 14 per cent have four or more .
Websites such as compare mymobile, envirofone.com, mazumamobile.com, mopay.co.uk and mobile2cash.co.uk all buy old phones, and pay as much as Pounds 150, depending on the handset. Visit mobilevaluer.com to find out which company will pay the's t.
All you have to do is put in details. of the make and model of the phone and the site comes up with various offers.
You will usually be asked to send the phone in a jiffy bag to a freepost address. and you'll then be sent the cash.
GET quick cash for other gadgets, such as iPods and games consoles, at gadgetpanda.co.uk.
For example, an iPod Shuffle 4th generation would sell for up to Pounds 15 via the site, while a Nintendo DSi XL can make you up to Pounds 45.
Just send your gadget to a free-post address., and you will then either be sent a cheque or payment into your Paypal account if you have one.
Several other websites let you sell gadgets, including gadgets 4everyone.co.uk and cashinyour gadgets.co.uk, so always get plenty of quotes to make sure you get the best possible price.
CONSUMERS in the UK have an astonishing Pounds 30billion-worth of clothes lying unworn in wardrobes and drawers., according to waste reduction firm WRAP.
It claims that the average household owns Pounds 4,000 worth of clothes and a third of them have not been worn for at least a year.
If you own outfits you no longer wear, you can sell them for cashonline at clothesagency.com or marketplace.asos.com.
The Clothesagency site handles both second-hand and new clothes and accessories. There is a Pounds 1.25 fee for each item you list during a 28-day period, but you don't have to pay endof-sale commission.
With marketplace.asos.com, you get unlimited free listings with no monthly charges, but the site takes a 10 per cent commission on each sale.
THE amount of time it takes Brits to save for a deposit to buy their first home has increased from only a year in 1995 to over eight years in 2012, according to Barclays.
LLOYDS TSB home insurance, which last year paid out Pounds 39m on claims for frozen and burst pipes, is urging homeowners to protect their properties by keeping the heating at a minimum 10C.
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