Earn a few extra dollars on items you no longer use
Remember that old saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? No matter how much you think you’ll never get a dime for your old wheelbarrow, gaming system, dress, or baby toys, there may be someone out there right now looking to buy what you’re about to donate or throw away. So instead of adding to the landfill or paying someone to get rid of unused items, consider selling them to that potential eager buyer waiting to purchase those things.
The following selling apps will help you list, market, and sell your items online—helping you to declutter and pocket extra cash. It’s a win-win all around.
Facebook is available in 70 countries with upwards of 1.5 billion people accessing it—that’s a lot of potential buyers. You can choose to keep the sale local, and arrange delivery or pickup and payment. If you need to ship the item, Facebook provides the shipping label and takes a 5 percent selling fee. Payment for a Facebook Marketplace sale is made through Messenger. Sellers can try to help items sell more quickly by boosting a listing as an ad for a fee.
An ideal app for selling locally, Nextdoor connects you with your neighbors. You can list items to sell or give away for free. For sale items, you work out pickup and payment with the buyer. If a listed item isn’t selling, you can “boost” it by discounting it—this will bump it up to the top of the feed. Once you reduce the cost of something, you can’t increase the price again.
Established in 1995, eBay has more than 182 million users worldwide. Users can sell products either through a fixed price or an auction that lasts 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. While eBay sellers can ship products to another city, state, or country, others also can list items locally for buyers in your area. Local selling is ideal for bulky items that cost a lot to ship. Payment is through PayPal, credit, or debit card. Although known for big-ticket items, you can find smaller items on eBay as well.
CPlus for Craigslist
CPlus is a third-party app licensed by Craiglist. With Craigslist's established audience, this app has a far reach. It also includes features that help increase sales, like notifications for both the seller and the buyer. When buyers show interest in an item, CPlus sends a message to the seller. When a new listing pops up, interested buyers are notified. The geolocation feature lists new ads in cities surrounding the seller. Payments and pickups are made in person.
Tradesy is an app for listing designer clothing. You can list clothes using photos that Tradesy will clean up, so they look professional. The app will only allow the sale of genuine, high quality fashion with slight wear. Tradesy takes a flat fee of $7.50 on sales less than $50.00 and 19.8 percent on sales of $50.00 or more. Sellers can withdraw money via transfer, PayPal, or debit. If items don’t sell fast enough, you can reduce the price or add them to a Tradsey Sale.
OfferUp and Letgo
OfferUp merged with Letgo in 2020, and the app is ideal for buyers. It has a seller rating that offers buyers a decent idea of the seller's standards. You can list items to sell within 30 seconds, and you can sell nationwide or locally. Local sales are free, and you set up payment and exchange with the buyer. OfferUp has a feature called "Community Meetup Spots" that lists brightly lit areas with video cameras for safe interactions. For distance sales that require shipping, OfferUp charges a 12.9 percent or minimum $2.00 fee, and payment is made through the OfferUp app.
Ideal for buying and selling clothes, Poshmark prides itself on having about 25 million items from 5,000 different brands listed on its site every day. You can sell your items with pics and descriptions, and you also can use Posh Stories to create videos. Poshmark also has Posh Parties that are events within the app for buying and selling with like-minded “friends.” Poshmark takes a flat fee of $2.95 on sales under $15.00 and 20 percent from sales $15.00 and over.
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