Back-to-school survey examines how parents transition to "empty-nesters"
TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - As thousands of Canadian students get ready to
start college or university this fall, an eBay Canada research study
released today revealed that parents have plans of their own.
The survey of more than 1500 Canadian adults examined the lifestyle
changes that are likely to occur when a child leaves home for school.
More than 450 empty-nesters - Canadians with children older than 18 who
no longer live at home - were asked to share how they plan to deal with
leftover items, additional space and extra time.
80 per cent plan to get rid of unwanted items due to lack of space.
39 per cent plan to downsize to a smaller home or condo.
30 per cent plan to repurpose a child's room into a home office or
10 per cent plan to purchase a recreational vehicle or motor home.
In addition, the survey also revealed that half of Canadians (51 per
cent) with children older than 18 still living in their household say
they plan to encourage their adult-aged kids to move out of the house
within the next five years.
"Canadian parents have big plans after their children leave home for
school," says Jim Reid, eBay education specialist and trading assistant
who specializes in reselling other people's unwanted items. "Selling on
eBay makes sense for parents looking to downsize or get rid of all the
items left behind. The money made on eBay can be used to redecorate your
child's room into that fabulous office you've always wanted."
Living in Victoria, British Columbia, Steptoe Online Auctions owner Jim
Reid (eBay ID: auction-victoria) decided to downsize
a few years ago after learning that most households contain more than
$1,000 worth of items that the owners don't need or use. After being
pleasantly surprised by how much his items were worth, he converted
selling on eBay into a full-time job. As a trading assistant, Jim
resells people's unwanted items for them. Clients bring their items to
Jim's depot in Victoria and he takes care of the rest, researching
prices, photographing, listing and shipping. He sells about $10,000 each
month on eBay.
Jim offers these tips for Canadians looking to downsize:
Start with baby steps. Choose a room
(possibly your child's room) and take inventory of the items no longer
useful or being used in that room. Separate items into piles of
"keep," "toss" or "sell".
Take photos. Decide which items you want to
sell and take photos from different angles, including close-ups.
Research. Find out what prices of what
similar items have sold for online to help set your starting sale
Set-up an eBay account. Selling on eBay
enables you to instantly access the world market and you could fetch
considerably more than you would at a garage sale.
Consider hiring a professional. If the task
seems too daunting, consider bringing your items to a trading
assistant who specializes in selling on behalf of others. For a small
fee, a trading assistant takes care of everything from taking photos
to shipping the item to the seller.
To find an eBay trading assistant near you, visit: http://tradingassistant.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?TradingAssistant&page=main
Don't know what to sell? Jim offers these ideas for inspiration:
Antiques (dolls, lamps, furniture)
Art (original comic art)
Clothing (designer garments, purses, shoes, scarves and belts,
designer maternity wear)
Consumer electronics (TVs, DVD players, MP3 players)
Toys and hobbies (model trains, teddy bears)
About the survey
The online survey of 1526 adult Canadians, including 473 empty-nesters
(Canadians who have children over the age of 18 but no longer live in
their household) was conducted for eBay Canada by Leger Marketing
between July 19 and July 23, 2010. This method simulates a probability
sample which would yield a maximum margin or error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times
out of 20.
About eBay Canada
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. connects millions of
buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's
largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and
businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online
payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such
as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds
sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around
the world. In Canada, eBay was visited by nearly 8.3-million Canadians
in March 2010. (comScore Media Metrix).
SOURCE eBay Canada
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