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9 Best Places to Sell Your Old Stuff and Earn Money

Where do I sell my old stuff ? Don't throw your old belongings. If you are no longer wanting them, maybe because you want to buy a different one, the existing one has become a bit older or for any other reason, it's far better than throwing is to either sell them or recycle them.

Selling your old stuff means you are helping poor, also by doing this you are ensuring less wastage in your area, and you know wastage is burnt out to become smoke (carbon dioxide), which is toxic for health. Wastage also requires storage space, and it brings flock of birds to the locality, which can become cause problem for planes.

In this article I am listing best places where you can sell your old stuff and earn some money too.

Pawn Shops

These are shops that buy bulk items from you. They don't pay amount that you might expect but they are good because you can sell all your items to them in one go, without any hassle or spending much time in selling each item individually.

If you have an item which you think will sell for $10, the pawn shop will give you $3 to $4, which is still not too bad, better than nothing!

Garage Sale

If you have a garage in your house, why not utilize it and make money? If your house is at approachable location, you can sell things just like having

your own shop.   you can give ads in newspapers or even put a sign outside your house for people to see.

The best advantage of garage sale is that you get 100% money as no sharing is involved. The cons of garage sale could be managing spaces for cars of people coming to see your items for sale. But that isn't a big problem as people would come for 5-10 minutes only and go.

In your garage shop you can sell anything you like. You can even try selling snacks, popcorn, or any other home made food items to generate extra money.

Flea Market

Flea market is a place where you get a place on rent to sell your stuff. There are also car boot sales, whichever you choose, both are very beneficial for selling the stuff you no longer use and to earn handsome amount of money. Trading in a flee market or car boot sales is also fun and good pass-

If you have any old stuff like unused shoes, electronics, old radios, decoration items,  CD collection, clothes etc you can easily find many customers interested in buying these. You may  have to sell each item individually or you may also find someone who would be interested in buying the whole stuff from you altogether.time.

Consignment Shops

These are shops that sell old or even new stuff on your behalf and you give them some commission on every sale. How much commission the consignment shop owner takes can be negotiated and it can be between 10% to 50%. You can sell many types of items through them like bicycle, furniture, CDs, electronics, computer etc

Friends

In effort to selling your stuff, you can also approach your friends, colleagues as they might be interested in buying stuff from you too. You can email or telephone your friends or meet personally and talk about the stuff you have for sale.

Local Newspapers

You can place an ad in local newspaper classified ads. Thousands of people read newspapers and  people read classified ads with quite interest. There is a little fee for placing the ad but imagine how many people would be reading your ad.

Online free Ads Websites

There are many websites where you can advertise your stuff for free. You can sell any type of items. Example of popular such websites include olx.com and craiglist.com. On both these websites you can sell items from many different countries of the world.

Ebay

You will never find anyone who would never has sold anything at ebay.com. Everyone knows ebay.com as a one of the best online markets, which is reliable, has all the stuff you might need, is secure and sellers on it ships items almost to every part of the world.

You can register yourself at ebay.com for free. After that it's a simple 1-2-3 step to add your item for sale on the website, and it also costs very less to list your item on the website. Thousands of visitors will view your item, and it could sell in a very short time. You could sell anything you like at ebay.com.

Charity or Recycling

If for some reason you couldn't sell your items or you don't want to earn money out of the stuff and just want to get rid of it, it is far better to give it to a charity or recycling agency than to throw it in a trash bin.

You will find many charity and recycling agencies working in your city, you can find them on internet or local newspapers, it's not hard to find them at all. Some charity and recycling agency may even come to your house to collect the stuff from you.

This is how to sell your old stuff, hope you found this article useful. One final advise is that it's far better to give to poor or recycling company than to throwing it in a trash. Always consider environment and the needy, these are part of us, we need to take care of them.

Retirement Age Planning : Useful Tips

Retirement age is the inevitable end to the professional life of an individual which comes at a certain age established by the employer or government, unforeseen disabilities, illnesses or even voluntarily where the individual feels he has had enough and should take a break. The global Retirement age ranges between 50-70 years. Smart people make their retirement plans while they are on job and not when they reach retirement. This smart planning help them save their finances or invest them into things that make their retired life worthwhile. Retirement age planning can be done in several different ways according to the needs of the individual. However, some interesting and important considerations include the following:

  • Firstly, a person must be well informed about the retirement benefits, pension funds, and other old age benefits that the employer provides in order to devise investment plans accordingly.

  • Secondly, one needs to invest in things that are able to give profits when you need them. If the retirement age is close then the investments should be made into short time achievable goals and not just equality but if the retirement age is far then investments should be made into things that will start paying back in later years like insurances, national saving certificates, properties and so on.

  • Thirdly, a rough estimation of expenses should be made keeping in mind the rising inflation rates and predicting what it will be in the next ten years or so.

Once ready with the financial planning, one needs to plan the daily activities that will not only keep him busy but will also provide entertainment and fun. When retired a person can look back to his yesteryears to figure out his great passions, lost interests and activities and resume them like gardening, playing a sport, voluntary services, teaching, reading books, writing or anything else that is off true interest and entertains also. If someone likes painting or constructing then he should start a small business with it. Providing tuition, home based cooking classes or any other part time activity can be picked up to stay busy and active. Reading, Writing, Joining activity clubs, social services etc are some of the most popular retirement activities.

Retirement Age is the transit tunnel of life both financially and personally. People who have spend wisely and planned this transition ahead usually feel less depressed and have certain plans to put to action in the retired life, but people who have lived an adventurous carefree work life find it much more difficult to adjust to the quietness of retired life, but life goes on so its better to indulge into constructive habits at every stage rather than sit back and think of ourselves being useless.

10 Advantages of Plastic Bags

You have heard about disadvantages of plastic bags, but you have never known advantages of plastic bags. Here I list plastic bags advantages to consumers, retailers and manufacturers.

2. These are easy to use.  (Much stronger than paper bags and hold much more weight)

3. These are available in bulk easily.

4. These are convenient to store in bulk. (Requires less space to store than paper bags)

5. No cutting of trees is required to make plastic bags

6. Paper bags are less prone to tearing.

7. Plastic bags require 40% less energy to produce than paper bags.

8. These can be rinsed out and reused instantly.

9. Recycling of plastic bags is easier than paper bags.

10. Plastic bags are multi-purpose and are also waterproof

These were advantages of plastic bags. These advantages are overlooked because of the common perception globally that these bags are too bad for environment.

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Must-Go and Safe Places to Visit in Pakistan

Although travel through any place (I repeat Any place) of Pakistan, as of 2019, is safe, for locals and foreigners alike. 

On the media, it may look as though war is on in Pakistan, it is not the case. A few times in a year, terrorist attacks do occur, but these happen mostly where the defense forces are deployed or at their buildings. Attacks at public places or at tourist sites is very very rare.

Places for Natural Sightseeing

Do not underestimate the natural beauty that is found in Pakistan. The northern areas of Pakistan offers highly beautiful sightseeing, literally that would amaze anyone. The Pakistan's natural beauty is incomparable with natural beauty in other countries.

You will find rivers, lakes, glaciers, mountains and many more places in Pakistan to enjoy and feel afresh. The following is the list of must-must-see places in Pakistan for natural sightseeing as well as for other activities like trekking, walking and relaxing.

Hunza

Hunza is 600kms from Islamabad, the capital. Hunza offers highly beautiful natural sightseeing. Other than that, there are beautiful rivers, villages, fortresses, glaciers and more. This is also a great place for walks, cycling and trekking.

I recommend you to Google these cities one by one and see how these places look in real.

Islamabad

This is the capital and Pakistan and is a highly beautiful city. Whether you are from US, Nigeria or Japan, you are bound to like it. It is also a well-known fact that Islamabad is considered 2nd most beautiful city in the world, after London.

In Islamabad, you will find plenty of dining places, places for hiking, cycling, walking, and relaxing. Not to miss the mention of Monal restaurant at Pir Sohawa, located on Margalla Hills, should also be in your must-go places in Islamabad.

Murree

This hilly station is only 50-kms from Islamabad. It is a cold city that also gets plenty of snow during winters. In Murree you can enjoy the natural sigh-seeing, walk through 'The Mall Road' for shopping, dining, horse-riding and more.

From Murree, you can further travel 70 kms to arrive Muzaffarabad. Around this small city you will find heavenly places like Neelum Valley, Chakothi and more.

Kaghan, Naran

These two twin cities are home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, including 'Saif ul Malook lake', 'Aanso lake', 'Lulu sar', 'Dudi patsar', 'Saral lake'. Each of these lakes should be in your must-must-see places list. In Kaghan, Naran, you will also find plenty of places for walking and trekking.

Chitral

This beautiful city is located at North West of Pakistan. You can get here by taking a flight from Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi.

Chitral comprises many beautiful valleys like 'Kalash Valley'. You have the opportunity for trekking, gliding, rock climbing, walks and trekking.

These were the top must go and safe places to visit in Pakistan.

Islamabad                                                                Hunza                                                                          Passu Cones
    
Karachi

Disadvantages of Plastic Bags

We read here advantages of plastic bags. Now let's find out what are the disadvantages of these bags.  Plastic bags have a habit of flying everywhere. Not only does this look horrific and untidy but they pose a serious danger to birds and other animals that often mistake them for food. Thousands die after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags each year and the worst about plastic bag is that they are not biodegradable. They clog water ways, spoil the landscape and may take 1000 years or more to break down in to small particles.

So will banning them make cities and oceans cleaner and help the environment? This question is common these days and in discussion by several. Some cities have already banned plastic bags while others have adopted taxes on them.

Plastic bags are source to carry purchases mostly. Once they have been used they became part of trash. The real problem is lack of awareness of dealing with them. Before Olympics 2008, china cracked down on plastic bags by banning ultra thin bags. This was a positive step taken in favor of environment. A number of European countries have bag taxes in some form and policies are there to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Imposing taxes, or pricing plastic bags at retail store and other markets affect not only the retailers and big markets but also the consumer behavior. On a daily routine, plastic bags play an important role and help carry things bought. Though paper bags are also in use but comparatively plastic bags' usage is still at large and approximately 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year.

One thing that goes in the environment favor is many stores and markets introduced green bag policy where buyer purchases the bag and can reuse it by bring it again. More and more people around the world are getting aware of environmental issues surrounding plastic bags. The only thing is how best countries can create awareness of minimizing or recycling of plastic bags use and introducing the best alternates.

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