Cult of Less Blog

An attempt by Kelly Sutton to own as little as possible.

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Monday, September 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

Here We Go…

I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches on the first “version” I guess of the site. You’ll see that I’ve put together a pretty simple list of everything I own. There are a few things that should be pointed out about this system.

I figure I have 70% of my belongings documented.

The Categories

I’ve sorted all of my belongings into three different categories:

  • keep
  • sell
  • ship

These categories are exactly that, the things that I will keep, sell and ship. The things I’m keeping are not for sale. The things I’m selling still have some sort of value to the world, or I think that it makes sense to sell them. Then there’s everything that I am shipping, which I think will be of interest to the most people.

The things selected to ship are things that I either despise, thing I am embarrassed to own or things have little value (to me). Everything I own is in working condition, so this is definitely the “another man’s trash is…” section. These things are more valuable for someone else to own and use in their life than they are for me to have them.

The Cost

While you may see many things listed at a price of $0, everything has an eyeballed shipping. I am not going to lengths of computing the shipping down to the last penny via a FedEx/UPS/USPS API. I also slightly value my time and must drink beer occasionally. If you don’t think the shipping cost is justified, don’t buy it. I won’t budge on shipping rates. It’s a waste of my time and yours to haggle.

Hack: you can always rationalize the shipping as shipping and handling. And by handling I mean beer handling, specifically by me.

The Motive

So what’s my motive behind developing a system like this? Why not just use Freecycle or Craigslist? A software system, albeit an objectively simple system, still takes time and extra effort.

There are a few reasons for doing the site. Mostly, I wanted a coherent space to catalog and transact. Automating the system takes out some of the overhead that I might experience with another site. I can be delivered the exact information that I want.

Also, I wanted control over the look.

Coming Soon

This site is not complete. It is the first iteration of an ongoing project. In the future, I’ll be adding list sorting, a button (whose purpose I keep secret for now) and slight tweaks here and there.

Someone asked me in an email if I will be opening the site up to the outside world. The answer is: yes, but after I’m done. I want to make sure what I’m pushing out is a tested product.

Notes

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