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How to Sell Cassette Tapes

Updated February 21, 2017

The cassette tape was introduced by the Philips Company in 1963. By 1968, cassette tapes had turned into a £97 million industry. The popularity of cassette tapes only increased with the introduction of portable cassette players, such as the Sony Walkman in 1979. However, cassette tape popularity declined rapidly with the introduction of compact discs in the 1980s and today cassette tapes are considered obsolete.

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  1. Create a seller account. To create a seller account, you will need to provide eBay with a credit card, debit card or bank account number. In addition, you'll have to select the payment methods you will accept (such as PayPal). To create a seller account, click on the "Start Selling" link.

  2. Create your listing. Once you set up a seller account, you will be given the option to "Create a Listing." Creating a listing involves selecting various seller preferences. For example, you can choose to sell your tapes using an "Auction" method, where your tapes go to the highest bidder, or a "Buy it Now" method, where you designate a certain purchase price.

  3. Manage your listing. As you wait for someone to purchase your tapes, it is important to check your account frequently. Often, buyers will e-mail sellers with various questions about the listing.

  4. Go to Craigslist website (See Resources).

  5. Click on the state where you want to sell your tapes.

  6. Click on "Post To Classifieds," and then click on "For Sale."

  7. Click on a category. There is no "tapes" category. However, this is a "cds/dvds/vhs" category and a "collectibles" category.

  8. Fill in the "Posting Form" with the required information, and then click "Continue." You will be asked to provide your e-mail address. When buyers see your listing and want to contact you regarding the purchase of your tapes, Craigslist will notify you through this e-mail address.

  9. Pick a date on which to have your garage sale. Most garage sales are held on weekends because most people are not working.

  10. Advertise your garage sale. You can post flyers around your town, take out an ad in the local paper, or post a notice on the Internet.

  11. Organise your tapes and sit in front of your house on the day of your garage sale.

  12. Tip

    If you are having trouble selling your cassette tapes, consider donating them. Libraries and nursing homes are great places to donate cassette tapes.

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About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.

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