I knew it was going to be frustrating to sell my stocks but it was REALLY frustrating. I found the paperwork and managed to log on to ComputerShare which handles 3 of my stocks. Two of them were easy to sell online. The third, GM, said it couldn't be processed through the website. I went to the old GM stock info page and it said I had to sell through the ComputerShare web site. I'll have to look in to it more. That one is going to be a big loss anyway. The only thing it is good for is offsetting my gains on the others...if there are any gains.
Then I went to the Mellon site because it manages three of my other stocks. I tried to log in and ended up using the online chat to get my account reset. I finally got past the first password page and it sent me to a second password page. This page said I was supposed to use a log in and password that they sent me in 2002. Gee, I don't think I have that. There was a number to call to find out the password but when I called it was for UPS shareholders only. I don't have UPS. So I called the general help line and the guy had no idea what I was talking about and was no help at all. I was so frustrated that I ended up hanging up on him because he made me so mad. Luckily I am able to use the mail-in form to sell those stocks.
I also have some P&G stock and I had to go to their website to print the form to sell. The last thing was some old company stock but when I called they said I didn't have any shares in my account. I am still confused about that. I don't remember selling them. When I came home I found my 2009 record and it said I still had $500 worth of stock. I hope I still have it and that I can figure out how to sell it.
$3,000 was my goal for all of my stock. I don't know how much it is all worth yet. The ones that I sold online were worth $1,100. That's a good start. I do hope I still have the $500 in company stock. That would certainly help me reach my goal.
So, 2 sold online. 4 mail-in, 1 unknown, and 1 cannot figure out how to sell. Now that I have started the process it is a relief. No more worrying about whether it will go up or down or if it is a good time to sell. I am not looking forward to doing my taxes though. Maybe I can hire someone to do them for me this year if I make enough money on this stock!