Everyone knows: we’re in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Apparently a pandemic, an older generation obsessed with owning all the goods, and more catastrophic crises are not great for the economy.
We’ve heard this constantly over the past year: The cost of living is rising while wages are stagnant. The news feeds our anxiety: Fuel is more expensive. Food is more expensive. The rent is more expensive.
Hell, we know!
For the past six months to a year – after paying my rent and bills, buying my food (honestly, at this point I wish I didn’t have to eat to survive) – I don’t have much left in my account other than some change for a drink with which to cry my pity and a dodgy party to make me forget everything.
So I started thinking: How can I make more money? Or more specifically, how to make more money without leaving my room, talking or physically interacting with people (years of working in horeca made small talk with people enemy number one) or adding dozens more extra hours to my 38 hour work week.
The first thing that crossed my mind was to sell my underwear online. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
In the end I took the step because of a TikTok . In fact, some viral videos on TikTok made by this guy named Pilipili, who has made a habit of interviewing beautiful girls and asking them how much money they have in their account.
It always goes something like this:
“How much money do you have in your account?”
“Three hundred thousand dollars.”
“Three hundred thousand dollars?! How come you have so much money?”
“Selling Sofia Gray my knickers.”
Being impulsive and (slightly) stupid, I didn’t realize it was most likely a hidden ad for Sofia Gray – “the #1 global marketplace to buy and sell used panties”. I should have read the comments: “This is obviously an ad.” I didn’t research at all how hard it would be or what I would have to do. I signed up for $40 (for three months) in five minutes.
At this point I started doing a little research, starting with the most logical place: Google. “How to Sell Panties Online”.
The first thing I found was that my dreams of making three hundred thousand dollars had little chance of coming true. Most first-time sellers were making maybe two hundred dollars a month (if they even made those) and it would have been a slow start. In fact, sellers who already had a loyal and avid following on sites like OnlyFans or Instagram were most likely to find success. I didn’t have any.
I also discovered that Sofia Gray is neither listed in …