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Old 10-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Much depends on where they live. Many will not buy without having the item in hand. Those who do can balk at shipping costs. So a big metro region around a major city is easiest. Same for living east of Cleveland and north of Washington, D.C. About 100-million Americans in the "Northeast". Same with the Pacific Coast. Lots folks spread in a thin line from San Diego, CA to Vancouver, B.C.

In those areas are specialists for many items of "living". Antique stores, re-sale shops, consignment operations and the rest. Buyers already know to use them.
Auction houses are another. These types either buy outright or attach a percentage fee to the end buyer.

The advantage of this is the sheer number of calls one may receive. Having moved an entire household five times in five years, there is much to be said for getting the item sold & gone over the last dollar of value.

There are also charitable and non-profit operations that will remove items conferring a tax deduction. Not always considered is that getting rid of an old, out-of-tune piano to one of these is a life-saver (weight, size, bulk). Sometimes one can arrange that a three-way deal is made for cash to one, and items to another, and the move of the "problem" done between those two.

Etc.

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