rough go of things last week. What do I mean by kickin' the tires? And what can we learn? Here you go.
1. When you're at a yard sale, see if what you are about to buy actually works or has the necessary pieces and parts. The first step with this is to actually ask the seller if it works, has all the pieces, etc. My cousin almost bought a wagon this weekend that was BROKEN. And I can't tell you how many times I've asked a seller to go back in the house and see if she can't find those Pat Pat rocket action figures.
2. Test your electronic toys BEFORE you sell them. I am so bad about this. I always assume it works, but sometimes it just doesn't. At least if you know, you can be up front with your descriptions and there will be no surprises when your package arrives. Though I must say, in all my glorious laziness, sometimes my listings say, "This toy may or may not work with batteries. I don't know though, I haven't tested it!"
3. Don't feel the need to send your toys with batteries. You can if you want to, of course, but remember it makes your package heavier to ship (especially D batteries). It is enough to tell your perspective buyers that the item has been tested, it works, and will require batteries.
4. If you kick the tires and find something doesn't work or a battery compartment is corroded, don't despair. Sandpaper is your friend and that is often all it takes to reestablish a working connection.
5. If you are selling clothes, dress ups, etc., examine your item closely in natural light. Look for rips, stains, tears. How many times have I sold something only to find a missed stain when I'm packaging it up?
Do you have any kickin' the tires stories or tips to share? Please do so in the comments!