Consumerist Neighborhood Garage Sale

We’re selling some more of our old electronics on eBay. Everything is currently at $.99, except for the laptop which is up to $20.50.

We invite you to join our garage sale and post links to your eBay auctions in the comments. We talk about it enough as a way to help make some extra scrizzle and pay down debts, we figured why not make a party of it?

The first set of speakers are the only items that work perfectly. The rest are in some state of semi-brokenness.
TWO 250 Watt Pro Audio Studio Monitors Used Sound Great
Gateway Solo 5300 CL Used Broke CD/R, Blank Hard-Drive
AIWA NSX-Aj20 Compact Disc Stereo System
LG VX4400 (Verizon Wireless) FlipPhone. Doesn’t Turn On
LG VX3200 (Verizon Wireless) Used. Dead Screen
Motorola T720 (Verizon Wireless) Flip Phone. For Parts

Pull up a chair, there’s more space on the folding table, add your eBay goods in the comments. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. LocalYokel says:

    I’ll join the garage sale, I’ve got an amp here that needs to be sold:

  2. belch says:

    100% Transferable JetBlue Airways Travel Credit $253.00. The link is

  3. AcidReign says:

    …..Old school folk like me use a 4 ohm speaker setup. I’m happy with my AMR studio monitors from the Reganomics-era, anyway. Indestructible.

    …..I’m hesitant about the whole reconing deal. I see you folks blow speakers out like I do! Chances are, you can find higher capacity driver for that speaker. I’m kinda surprised. JBLs were always tough as hell back in the 70s and 80s!

  4. rlue says:

    I see you’ve got a couple cell phones up for auction there! I don’t know whether your local Verizon branch participates in a program like this, but at mine, there’s a donation box for old/broken cell phones that an organization refurbishes to donate to victims of domestic violence (through a battered women’s shelter).

    After trying to Google the name of the program, though, I’m disheartened to offer the following:

  5. filmwallah says:

    here’s some really old school mac stuff…
    it works…if you have the old macs to go with it

  6. bringafajita says:

    Seagate 160gb hard drive. New, never even opened. Got it for graduation, but I already have one.

  7. Crazytree says:
  8. crankymediaguy says:

    So, basically, Consumerist is selling its broken crap on eBay, rather than recycling it.

  9. formergr says:

    How exactly (and where) does one recycle broken stereo parts? I would say selling it to someone is a way of recycling it– it’s being used and is (ostensibly) not going to a landfill.

  10. Toof_75_75 says:

    You guys are pretty rough on cell phones, it seems…

  11. Secularsage says:

    Funny. I’ve been doing the garage sale thing too. There are lots of video games, game merchandise and DVDs going up in my auctions over the next few weeks:

    Some of the things I’m listing tonight/tomorrow:
    -A Super Nintendo with a bunch of games
    -About two dozen video game strategy guides
    -Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for PS2 with guide
    -About twenty more Xbox, PS2 and GC games
    -About forty more DVDs, many of them great movies I’m just done watching
    -A bunch of TV series, including Beavis + Butthead Season 1, Ren + Stimpy Season 1 and 2, Aqua Teen Hunger Force vol. 1 and 3, and more!

    Oh, and did I mention they all start at $.01? A few auctions have closed for that, too! You gotta love getting stuff for cheap. :-)

  12. Cap'n Jack says:

    Xbox with tons of extras starting at only $50!!

  13. sl1m says:

    I use those same Pro Audio 250W Monitors and let me just say, they are AWESOME! The sound quality is impeccable.

  14. foghat81 says:

    New in box Targus 7 port USB 2.0 Hub. More to follow….

    (such as a sealed Wii :))

  15. CineKal says:

    If only you didn’t require PayPal, I’m surprised you advocate it here. It has a rather notorious reputation.

  16. aparsons says:

    Just a few days ago, Ben was bragging about being debt free and putting away 40% of his income….

  17. mainfr4me says:

    I’ve got a bunch of odds and ends going out.

    Linksys USB WiFi Adapter (802.11B)

    Two different auctions for LCD screens with brackets (great for the project types, takes RCA input):

    Wrecked my car on mother’s day so I’m selling off as much gear as possible. More listed later.

  18. Jon Mason says:

    @aparsons: I think he’s saying that other people should use it as a way to pay down their debts, not that he has them…

  19. Baz says:

    Selling stuff on eBay is recycling – and it’s much less toxic to the environment.

  20. Nearsite00 says:

    Check out my girlfriend’s porcelain Pillsbury Doughboy calender on eBay now!

    Please buy it, we’re having a daughter in August and this money is going towards her baby seat. Just think, YOU could be the one responsible for saving a young girl’s life someday….

  21. MariSama44 says:

    You sure do go through your cellphones quickly.

  22. anonyguy says:

    My wife has a bunch of our stuff on ebay:

    -Anne Geddes Baby Book
    -Regular Xbox Madden 2005
    -Regular Xbox NFS:MW
    -Nintendo 64 with some games and stuff
    -Regular Xbox with some controllers
    -Olympus CAMEDIA 3.2MP Camera
    -Initial portable DVD player
    -FUJI APS camera
    -Sony Minidisc Player with accessories
    -TI Graph Link Cable
    -Kitty votive holder
    -Calla Lilly vase
    -AR 6′ HDMI-DVI cable

    We are also selling our very good, but broken DLP TV. It needs a light engine and rather than invest the money we just bought new. Here is the listing:

  23. informer says:

    Requiring Paypal is the height of hypocrisy. What incentive do terrible companies have to change if people, especially so called “consumer advocates,” keep saying “Yeah they are an awful company, but it’s convenient so I’ll give them my money anyway.”

  24. Ben Popken says:

    @informer: I’m more likely to get scammed by non-paypal buyers than by paypal.

  25. brettv04 says:
  26. informer says:

    @Ben Popken: That may be true, but I wish people stuck to their principles a little more.

    As an aside, why not accept Postal Money Orders as well?

  27. Marsupial says:

    Hmmm… anyone like Adult Material?

  28. mac-phisto says:

    @informer: postal money orders are commonly counterfeited & frequently used by nigerian advanced fee scams. i personally encountered these myself once. very close to the real thing, but just counterfeit enough to notice a fake (if you know what you’re looking for).

    also, just for the record (b/c ppl seem not to know this) – travellers’ cheques only come in $20, $50, & $100 denoms. & gift cheques in $10, $25, $50, & $100 denoms.

  29. informer says:

    @mac-phisto: Right, but making an ebay payment is not the same as an advanced fee scam. Simply don’t accept PMOs that aren’t the exact amount, and don’t send the item until you’ve gone to the post office and have the cash in your hands. (I’m not sure why you are talking about traveler’s checks though…)

    ANYWAY! This is all really beside the point. What I was trying to get across is this: corporations would probably treat people a lot better if people stopped putting up with their shit, instead of caving because it’s convenient.

  30. dohtem says:

    Nice items. I have had that same Aiwa stereo since college. Mine has taken a beating but still works well. I still remember paying $139.99 for it at BestBuy.

  31. FREAKHEAD says:

    May I suggest you remove the picture with the Windows License Key, or at least obscure it. I know its WinME but still.

  32. mac-phisto says:

    @informer: i had a friend scammed with $500 traveler’s cheques on an ebay transaction, so i thought it would be a good aside. i told him they didn’t exist. he didn’t listen. dumbass.

    i get your point. it’s unfortunate that there is not a comprehensive transaction system OUTSIDE paypal that would work as efficiently & come with the protections that it comes with. i guess you could run your own credit card checkout, but i don’t think the benefit would outweigh the cost.

  33. informer says:

    @mac-phisto: Right, but it’s pretty easy to avoid advance fee scams. Simply don’t accept POMs that aren’t in the exact amount, and don’t send the item until you are walking out of the post office with the cash in your hands. (I’m not really clear on why you brought up traveler’s checks.)

    IN ANY CASE! All this is really besides the point. What I was trying to get across is this: companies would treat their customers a lot better if people would stop patronizing establishments that have consistently poor service, instead of caving because it’s more convenient (especially when credible alternatives exist).

  34. informer says:

    Sorry for the double post, i thought my comment got eaten.

  35. redearth says:

    I am in for this too: