Laid off? Bring in some extra money without risking your unemployment.

Laid off? Bring in some extra money without risking your unemployment.

If you or someone close to you is laid off, there’s a way that you can earn some extra money without disqualifying yourself for your unemployment check.  A lot of the workmen that I know do not spend that much time on the computer.  This is very unfortunate, as many construction workers get laid off.  Even if it’s only temporary, some people feel like they have lost their identity when they can no longer perform their skill.

If you’re waiting to get the call to go back to work, why not spend some of that free time selling stuff on Ebay?  I bet that there are a lot of things in your house that you no longer use, but could fetch you some money by putting them up for bids.

Everything that is used in construction is worth serious money.  Hand tools, power tools, batteries, pneumatic tools, tool storage, meters, compressors, Personal Protective Equipment, and it just goes on and on.  Even used Carhartt clothing has value on Ebay.  Codebooks fetch high dollars, even the old ones!  And so do industry standard books and other similar items.  Many electricians buy a new electric code book each time it comes out.  All you need to keep is the most recent one!  I imagine that this is the case with plumbers and HVAC technicians, as well.

Ebay has set up their website so that construction equipment is in its own category.  It is a subcategory off of the Business and Industrial main category.  Pretty much anything you can imagine in construction can be found on Ebay.  Surveying equipment, concrete tools, pipe benders, thread cutters and dies, scaffolding, winches, straps, and hoists are all items that regularly sell on Ebay.  If you or someone in your household has done this type of work for a living, chances are that there are some things of value that are just waiting to be passed on to the next guy.

And with Ebay’s new price structure for listing fees, you can list up to 50 things for free each month.  You can list auctions starting at any price you want and you will only be charged if the item sells; there is no insertion fee.  If the item does sell, you will be charged 9% of the final value.  So you really don’t have anything to lose. 

But the best part is the sense of accomplishment and the feeling of contributing to the family that the otherwise unoccupied person will gain.  Of course the extra income is great, too.  And you might even find that your basement or garage gets cleaned out in the process.  Also, by selling construction items, you are helping another workman put food on his family’s table.