If you are in need of saving money like me, and would like a simple place to start, try saving on shoes. They are the first thing you really put on in the morning before you go out, and one of the last things you take off before going to bed. Shoes can be expensive, especially designer shoes, and if you are into many different types of shoes like running and jogging shoes or dance and sports shoes, chances are you have invested quite a lot of money on just shoes. Specialty shoes like the ones just mentioned are usually more expensive than the common casual every day shoes and it is usually due to the fact that you are paying for quality. Your feet are important and deserve special treatment over other parts of the body therefore you shouldn’t necessarily scrimp on the quality of your shoes. So what is it we are suggesting you try out as you are scratching to know? Before you go out to stock up on more shoes, take a moment to think about how the internet can help you find the shoes your feet deserve at the cheapest prices.
The used shoe niche market is expanding its size thanks to the internet’s ability to link buyers with sellers. Normally used shoes go straight to charity, which is a great thing in itself, however because the internet’s ability to stretch advertisements across the country at astoundingly cheap prices if not for free, people are now placing their used shoes for sale on various online marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist for starters. People are now beginning to realize that used shoes have a salvageable value greater than the cost of shipping in addition to the charitable tax credit. This is a great concept for men and women who either need or desire higher quality shoes at the lowest possible prices. When you purchase used shoes you are recycling and helping the shoe owner recoup a portion of the original cost of the shoes and rewarding him or her for taking such good care of them.
Like cars themselves, shoes depreciate over time and wear. Certain types of shoes depreciate quicker than others such as soccer shoes which probably last a single season. Other shoes have a long depreciation life like dress shoes, which like mine probably are worn once or twice a year for a certain special occasion. These shoes are still sitting in my closet, look brand new and were worn with a pair of new dress socks which have also been worn just the same. My designer dress shoes cost me $100 and I’d hope that they would be worth at least half that for only been worn twice. I could put an ad for them for $25 and I’m sure they’d be gone within the week, off to their new owner and happy to be part of a new family where they will get a little more attention than before. Any shoes that have been “gently worn” (a common description for used shoe advertisements) usually sell well if the starting price is above a few bucks.
Buying used shoes is so easy. Try out a search on Google using keywords like “cheap”, “used” and “shoes” or Craigslist under the “for sale” section or try out a search on eBay in the “Clothing, Shoes and Accessories” category. These types of searches will yield great used shoe listings where you can buy them or bid on them. Once you purchase your cheap used shoes you’re going to be receiving them at your doorstep (eBay) or meeting somebody in person (Craigslist). When you are dealing with used shoes they are coming from real people who own the shoes and have had experience using them. Some of them might even be a little emotionally attached to them; who knows. A used shoe advertisement will usually come with pictures as well as a detailed description of the condition of the used shoes. Pictures never tell a lie unless they are Photoshopped, so if the ad states that the shoes are “gently worn” and they look thrashed, then you should move on to the next advertisement.
Selling your used shoes is easy. You can recoup some money if you use the right strategies and you might even be able to afford those new shoes you always wanted after you sell a few pairs. First join the eBay community and click “sell an item” or post a local ad in Craigslist for free. Take some pictures, describe the item with detail: include the shoe make, model, year, condition, and price. Sound familiar for all you car enthusiasts? Like I mentioned before, shoes themselves have a life like cars. They are our vehicle of transportation. In fact shoe soles are made from the same rubber plants that we use to make the tires of our cars. Why not spread the word, recycle: buy or sell your cheap used shoes today.