Maybe you happy folks out there in the interwebtubes can tell me if my family is taking advantage of me or if I’m being a selfish jerk.
I make some side income by garbage picking or going to Goodwill and buying things, fixing them up, and re-selling them on Ebay or Craig’s List for a profit. Over the years I’ve gotten a pretty good eye for knowing what will sell for profit and what won’t. And of course, if I’m not sure, a quick Ebay check would let me know what things sell for.
My family knows that I do this and sometimes I help them sell things on Ebay.
A few members in my family recently were offered a few big items (a boat, a scooter, 4 boat motors) for free. They jumped on the chance and then dropped off the items with me. They wanted me to fix up these things (since they all were broken) and sell them on Ebay (except the scooter which the family member wants to keep).
I looked each of these things over and came to the same conclusion for each. (A) The cost it would take to fix them would be more than any profit you could make, (B) none of these particular models are selling well on Ebay or Craig’s List, and (C) I don’t know how to fix them.
That’s right, folks, there are some things that even your blue collar guy can’t fix, and luckily, I can admit it!
My family members were pretty disappointed to hear this, but have been insisting that I fix these things anyway. I don’t want to be a miser about it, but I have a full-time job already and fixing these things for free (and they’re costly repairs that are needed) will take a lot of time and a lot of money, and I’m not even sure I can do it!
An added note here is that these big things are all sitting in my garage, and now that winter is closing in on us, I need that garage space for my snow plow, my wife’s car, and our daughters’ outdoor summertime play stuff. I’m not really happy with a garage full of broken stuff that isn’t worth it to fix!
So what do I do?
I want to tell them that
- if I’m going to try and fix anything, they’re going to have to pay me to do it.
- if they’re not able to pay for these things to get fixed, then they need to be out of my garage ASAP (or I’ll start charging a storage fee?).
- I know what these things will sell for, and it ain’t worth the fix!
What do you guys think? Is my family taking advantage of me? Or maybe I’m being a royal jerk? What’s the best way to get this stuff out of my garage (short of burning it down)?