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The family that plays together, … {GIVEAWAY}

2012 June 4
by Emily Hill

…stays together.

Of course you could totally complete that sentence in so many other ways, like:

…laughs together.
…creates memories.
…drives each other crazy by day three.

But even if you call them “family adventures” rather than “family vacations” (vacation?!? what vacation?), summertime is the perfect opportunity to vacay—or staycay—with the family.


kids at the beach

This summer we’ll be traveling to California for our annual trip to visit my parents. This trip will include a stop at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park in Vallejo, complete with refillable amusement park mugs and overpriced cotton candy. With the cost of tickets, food and souvenirs, we’ll need to start saving now so we can enjoy every exhausting minute at the park.

Throw in a possible Magic Kingdom trip in September and you’re talking some serious saving. Fortunately we have more than enough crap stuff that would sell well on eBay, and family trips to Six Flags AND Dinseyland (hello, new Cars Land!) makes for a serious incentive plan.


disneyland

If you have a  family vacation or staycation in mind and could use a little extra spending money for the trip, consider making selling on eBay a group effort. Let your kids know they can keep whatever profit they make for items they sell on eBay—you won’t believe the toys and electronics they’re willing to part with for the sake of making a little extra cash!

And I bet you could easily find some items worth “trading” for that upgrade to a hotel suite complete with extra bedroom and locking door.

Here are some ideas of items selling well on eBay right now:

  • Sporting goods (golf clubs, tennis rackets, athletic apparel, bikes, skis)
  • Seasonal clothing (swimsuits, maxi anything, skirts, summer dresses, sandals)
  • Patriotic outfits and accessories
  • Electronics and toys (always a hot item no matter the season)
  • Travel gear (luggage, computer and camera cases, name-brand carriers)
  • Back-to-school items (I know, right? But the end of June through July and August are great months for selling items like shoes, backpacks, sweaters and jackets for fall.)

Yes, you can even sell larger items like watercraft, bicycles and camping gear on eBay thanks to eBay Classifieds. You can also opt for “local pickup only” when listing an item that wouldn’t ship well (or would cost your entire vacation budget to send via UPS).

So spend a Saturday going through the garage and a few closets. I bet you’ll put together an impressive pile of items to list on eBay. You could even make one of those barometer goal chart thingies to keep track of your progress because you know, the family that sells together, plays together.

And eats cotton candy.

And sports matching Mickey Mouse ears.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

eBay is giving away one (1) $100 eBay gift card!


That means you can buy an extra DVD player for that 10-hour drive to southern California! To enter, leave a comment telling me about a recent item you sold or a current item you have listed. Nothing listed right now? How about something you have sitting around that definitely needs to be on eBay? (REQUIRED)

NOTE: You MUST include your eBay seller ID in your comment!

For extra entries, you can do any/all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do (each one earns you an extra entry).

  • “Like” eBay on Facebook (or tell me you already have).
  • “Like” ITRML on Facebook (or tell me you already have).
  • Subscribe to ITRML (or tell me you’re already a subscriber).
  • Tweet about this giveaway with @eBay in the tweet and leave the URL.

This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, June 15th.

Note: Winners are notified via email. If no reply is received, a new winner is drawn.

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for free is this REALLY my life? updates via RSS or email.

Disclosure: As an eBay Parent Panel member, my eBay-related posts are sponsored by eBay. My opinions, thoughts, views and love of buying and selling (basically selling so I can buy) on eBay are mine, all mine. And yes, I really do the eBay thing; check out my eBay seller ID: emihill.

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  1. June 4, 2012

    Ok, you’ve given us our activity for the night… scrounging around our house for items to sell!

    We’ve done a little selling on ebay, and are definitely going to step it up this summer. We’ve sold quite a few tickets to sporting events, and seasons 3 & 4 of Lost.

    My seller ID is pablohp. I like ITRML, subscribe, and also just like ebay on fb. I don’t tweet… yet. ;)
    Jeanette´s deep thought ~ Thank You TeachersMy Profile

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  2. June 4, 2012

    I’ve got a hot tub, 2 snow mobiles, size 6 wedding dress, and a white gold wedding ring set that I’ve been trying to sell on Craigslist and KSL. You’ve just inspired me to try and sell them on eBay!! My seller id is: makeitworkmom (surprise).

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  3. June 4, 2012

    I already like ITRML on FB!
    Camille´s deep thought ~ A Fisherman’s “Black Friday”My Profile

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  4. June 4, 2012

    I’m one of ebay’s 3million fans on Facebook!
    Camille´s deep thought ~ A Fisherman’s “Black Friday”My Profile

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  5. June 4, 2012

    I’m already a subscriber to ITRML
    Camille´s deep thought ~ A Fisherman’s “Black Friday”My Profile

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  6. June 4, 2012

    Retweeted your tweet! Can you tell I really want to win? :)
    Camille´s deep thought ~ A Fisherman’s “Black Friday”My Profile

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  7. FaithJ permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Nothing listed right now, but I have a pair of amazing Delman flats that are a little too big for me, I need to sell them on eBay! I love both shopping and selling!

    eBay ID: strmcooper

    fashionkitten03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  8. Katherine permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I have an old set of china that needs to go ID mkjmc

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  9. Katherine permalink
    June 4, 2012

    LIke ebay on FB kathy P

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  10. Margaret Smith permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Nothing listed right now, but I do have a older iPod touch that I’m going to put up for sale when I get a chance.
    I love ebay!
    Thanks so much.
    Ebay id: Rickpeggys

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  11. Margaret Smith permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I like Ebay on FB (Margaret E. Smith)
    Ebay id: Rickpeggys

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  12. Margaret Smith permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Follow you on FB (Margaret E.Smith)
    Ebay id: Rickpeggys

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  13. Margaret Smith permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I’m a subscriber.
    Ebay id: Rickpeggys

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  14. Margaret Smith permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/209712289694220288
    Ebay id: Rickpeggys

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  15. Jessie C. permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I have quite a few brand new kids outfits that can be listed to sell

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    Jessie C. Reply:

    rosebudmania

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  16. Jessie C. permalink
    June 4, 2012

    “Like” ITRML on Facebook

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  17. Jessie C. permalink
    June 4, 2012

    “Like” eBay on Facebook

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  18. Jessie C. permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Subscribe to ITRML

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  19. Teh Doll permalink
    June 4, 2012

    We are about to put up a Coach purse my husband boss gave him.
    fallenkain is our Id
    I use ebay all the time buying my dolls.
    This will be our first time selling..

    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Teh Doll permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Like you on facebook
    Teh Doll
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Teh Doll permalink
    June 4, 2012

    email subscriber CONFIRMED
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. gail permalink
    June 4, 2012

    i need to put on ebay some old electronics (123sellingteacher)

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  23. gail permalink
    June 4, 2012

    liked ebay on fb

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  24. gail permalink
    June 4, 2012

    liked you on fb

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  25. June 4, 2012

    We recently sold a watch on ebay and I bought some license plates. We collect a plate from everywhere we travel.
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes´s deep thought ~ Berry Yogurt SmoothieMy Profile

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  26. Ann Fantom permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I would like to sell my daughter’s Leapster video game cartridges that she doesn’t want any more.

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  27. Ann Fantom permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I liked Is This Really My Life on FB: Ann Fantom

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  28. Ann Fantom permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I liked eBay on FB: Ann Fantom

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  29. Ann Fantom permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I’m an email subscriber

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  30. Amanda Sakovitz permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I currently have a MAC lip gloss selling on ebay
    ebay id: rounder375

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  31. Amanda Sakovitz permalink
    June 4, 2012

    i like ebay on fb as amanda sakovitz
    ebay id: rounder375

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  32. Amanda Sakovitz permalink
    June 4, 2012

    i like you on fb as amanda sakovitz
    ebay id: rounder375

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  33. Amanda Sakovitz permalink
    June 4, 2012

    email subscriber
    ebay id: rounder375

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  34. ky2here permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I have a $1200 red carpet clutch just sitting in the box.

    ky2here at msn dot com

    ebay ID ky2here

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  35. ky2here permalink
    June 4, 2012

    like Ebay FB as kyhere here

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  36. ky2here permalink
    June 4, 2012

    like is this REALLY my life? FB as kyhere here

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  37. ky2here permalink
    June 4, 2012

    https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/209820757860171777

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  38. Jennifer Marie permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I do not have anything listed on ebay right now, but I really need to put my maternity clothes on ebay to sell them!!

    ID is lilnursejen

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  39. Jennifer Marie permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I like ebay on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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  40. Jennifer Marie permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I liked ITRML on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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  41. Jennifer Marie permalink
    June 4, 2012

    subscribed to your emails

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  42. M Williams permalink
    June 4, 2012

    I recently sold makeup. My ebay id is myprayerpillows203

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  43. M Williams permalink
    June 4, 2012

    “Liked” eBay on Facebook as RC Morrison

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  44. M Williams permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Subscribed to ITRML

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  45. M Williams permalink
    June 4, 2012

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/SouthernPurse2/status/209851094610878464 My ebay id is myprayerpillows203

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  46. Crystal F permalink
    June 5, 2012

    The last thing I sold on ebay was baby clothes. It’s one of the easier things to sell on there. thank you!

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  47. Crystal F permalink
    June 5, 2012

    I’m a facebook fan of ebay!

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  48. Rebecca Graham permalink
    June 5, 2012

    The last item I sold was hair conditioner and it was sold to a buyer in France.
    Ebay ID; rhoneygee

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  49. Renski permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Video games – we have tons of video games that could be sold on ebay. (my son heard me and is starting to put away some of those games – hmm…. it worked!)

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  50. Renski permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Renski P likes ebay on facebook

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  51. Renski permalink
    June 5, 2012

    Renski P likes ITRMl on facebook.

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  52. FaithJ permalink
    June 7, 2012

    I liked eBay on Facebook as Faith Jayne.

    fashionkitten03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    eBay ID: strmcooper

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  53. Kyl Neusch permalink
    June 7, 2012

    sell some toys

    bleushman

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  54. Tina M permalink
    June 7, 2012

    I sold Two Hollywood Movie Money certificates for 14.99
    Id: merle847

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  55. Tina M permalink
    June 7, 2012

    Like” eBay on Facebook

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  56. Tina M permalink
    June 7, 2012

    follow you on facebook

    [Reply]

  57. Tina M permalink
    June 7, 2012

    subscribe via email

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  58. Judy S permalink
    June 7, 2012

    I sold some sporting tickets awhile back made about $50.

    ID is hobbitx2

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  59. Judy S permalink
    June 7, 2012

    fan of ebay on facebook
    Judy Sue

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  60. Judy S permalink
    June 7, 2012

    fan of yours on facebook
    Judy Sue

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  61. Judy S permalink
    June 7, 2012

    subscriber to your emails

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  62. angie permalink
    June 7, 2012

    The last item I sold was AMC gift cards.

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  63. June 7, 2012

    alli! Thanks a ton! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com GFC: janna@feedyourpig

    Ebay: princessjanna
    Janna Johnson´s deep thought ~ 25 Disney Reward Points!My Profile

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  64. Emily permalink
    June 9, 2012

    I would like to post my snowboard on EBAY!

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  65. Emily permalink
    June 9, 2012

    I like Ebay on FB!

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  66. Emily permalink
    June 9, 2012

    I already like ITML on FB!

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  67. Emily permalink
    June 9, 2012

    I am already a subscriber of ITRML!

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  68. June 10, 2012

    I have my previous cell phone sitting here on my desk that needs to be listed…stat!

    Ebay id: flyingmonkeys83456

    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  69. June 10, 2012

    I “Like” eBay on Facebook

    Ebay id: flyingmonkeys83456

    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  70. June 10, 2012

    I “Like” ITRML on Facebook

    Ebay id: flyingmonkeys83456

    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  71. June 10, 2012

    http://twitter.com/won2x/status/211908778382200833

    Ebay id: flyingmonkeys83456

    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  72. June 10, 2012

    I subscribe to ITRML

    Ebay id: flyingmonkeys83456

    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  73. Teh Doll permalink
    June 11, 2012

    “Like” eBay on Facebook

    Teh Doll

    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Claire permalink
    June 11, 2012

    I have a designer dress sitting around that I bought on final sale. It doesn’t fit me, so it should probably go on eBay!

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    Claire Reply:

    eBay name is piratebuddha, sorry!

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  75. Tamar permalink
    June 12, 2012

    I am selling a pleo dinosaur. It’s robotic and green. My User ID is pr18.

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  76. Erica C. permalink
    June 13, 2012

    I recently sold a DVD for a few bucks.
    my ebay id: skalobster11

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  77. April V. permalink
    June 14, 2012

    I’d love to sell my wedding dress on ebay but I’m afraid there is no market for it at the moment.

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  78. Shirley Hicks permalink
    June 14, 2012

    most recent items i sold on ebay was Norelco razors

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  79. Jill L permalink
    June 14, 2012

    I have a whole bunch of my daughter’s dresses that would do nicely on ebay.

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    Jill L Reply:

    my id is tutugirl0516

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  80. Jill L permalink
    June 14, 2012

    “Like” eBay on Facebook – Jill Lear

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  81. Jill L permalink
    June 14, 2012

    “Like” ITRML on Facebook – Jill Lear

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  82. Jill L permalink
    June 14, 2012

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/chipdip2010/status/213440003550883840

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    Jill L Reply:

    Oops, retweeted as the first one didn’t have @ebay in it.
    https://twitter.com/chipdip2010/status/213440330404605952

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  83. Jill L permalink
    June 14, 2012

    I’m a RSS subscriber.

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  84. June 14, 2012

    matt ryan mini helmet

    user: bubbles_tiger
    freebies city´s deep thought ~ GIVEAWAY: 100 5×7 Postcards From PrintRunnerMy Profile

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  85. joseph gersch jr permalink
    June 15, 2012

    ebay beefbiscuit1 I sold an ipad

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  86. Linda Meyers-Gabbard permalink
    June 15, 2012

    We just sold a Super Amp Bluetooth
    ID: MSZSMIZZ

    LADYBLUEEYEZ1960 at aol dot com

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  87. Linda Meyers-Gabbard permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I already “Like” eBay on Facebook -Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    Ebay ID: MSZSMIZZ
    LADYBLUEEYEZ1960 at aol dot com

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  88. Linda Meyers-Gabbard permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I “Like” ITRML on Facebook – Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    Ebay ID: MSZSMIZZ
    LADYBLUEEYEZ1960 at aol dot com

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  89. Linda Meyers-Gabbard permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I Subscribe to ITRML by email – llmg1960 at gmail dot com

    Ebay ID: MSZSMIZZ
    LADYBLUEEYEZ1960 at aol dot com

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  90. Geoff K permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I have a brand new humidifier that I’ll never use that I should list on Ebay!

    My Ebay user ID is: guettel25

    Thanks!
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  91. Geoff K permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I already like Ebay on facebook: Geoff K

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  92. Geoff K permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I already like you on facebook: Geoff K

    [Reply]

  93. Geoff K permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I’m already an email subscriber: gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  94. Teh Doll permalink
    June 15, 2012

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mommyluck13/status/213689364859990017

    @mommyluck13
    Shannieteaparty
    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

    [Reply]

  95. Debra F permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I have a brand new guitar hero game for ps3 that I want to sell on ebay soon

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    Debra F Reply:

    sorry forgot to put my ebay id which is fairydancer35

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  96. Debra F permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I like ebay on Facebook
    Debra Ford

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  97. trisha mckee permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I have a poster of DreamGirls signed by Jamie Foxx that I have been debating about selling.

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  98. trisha mckee permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I liked ebay on facebook under name Trisha RIdinger McKee

    [Reply]

  99. Helen permalink
    June 15, 2012

    I have some old jewelry I could sell on Ebay.
    User ID: helenwlopez

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