Everyone seems to be jumping on the tidy-up train and getting rid of all that unnecessary stuff that’s collecting dust. And, fewer people are bothering with the commotion of hosting a garage or yard sale and instead are opting for online selling options. Online options save time, are not weather dependent and generally garner higher prices for the seller.
The Best of the Local Options
OfferUp This free service allows you to buy and sell all your goods but with the understanding that everything is negotiable. After IMing with an interested buyer, through the app, the seller arranges a time for the buyer to inspect the item and then either pay the pre-discussed price or negotiate a different one. All your personal contact information is protected, and everyone is rated, à la Uber and Lyft, so you can feel a little bit safer arranging a time to meet up with a stranger (in a public place, of course).
LetGo Take a picture or video of the item you want to sell (it could be a piece of clothing, a car or even your home), post it, and then the app will use LetGo Reveal, its image recognition/AI technology, to suggest a title, price and category of the item. LetGo is free and its simple interface has made it one of the top 50 free apps in the iTunes app store. The catch is, you can’t get paid via the app. Payment must be made by check or cash, in person.
NextDoor NextDoor is becoming a favorite free method for people to sell their stuff to the local community** PEOPLE SELL IN GROUPS?. It’s especially beneficial if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of shipping or meeting someone far from your home (and it’s a great way to get to know more neighbors!). Just post a picture to the proper category, discuss with potential buyers over private messages, and negotiate how you want to be paid and where to pick up. Many sellers like the convenience of neighbors picking up something from their homes but that’s up to you. Trying to be a good neighbor? Here are 20 things that drive your neighbors crazy.
The Best of the National Options
Poshmark Use this app to sell unwanted items in your closet by uploading a picture and negotiating directly with buyers. Poshmark pays for the shipping and takes a small commission on everything you sell. It’s one of the easiest ways to clear your closet of extra clothes, shoes and accessories.
Decluttr Check out this option when you want to sell cell phones, tech, CDs, DVDs, games and books. Simply download this app and enter the details about the phone or computer you want to sell, or scan barcodes of old DVDs, CDs and games. The key here is that Decluttr will pay you directly; they’ll tell you how much they’ll pay for all of your items, send you a shipping label, and then pay you within one day from when they receive your old tech. Oh, and they also delete any personal data you may have forgotten to remove from your devices. Using Decluttr may pay you less than what you could get on eBay, but it’s perfect if you’re low on time and just want to get rid of stuff from your cluttered, dusty office.
eBid If you want to make a habit of selling stuff, then it might be worth using Amazon Marketplace or eBay. Those two platforms require you to keep prices competitive because there are so many sellers, and you have to pay a fee to sell your items. eBid has no fee to list your items but does charge a reduced fee, compared to eBay, at final sale. It’s auctioning function plays to smaller markets than its larger competitors but if you’re only interested in getting rid of some surplus miscellaneous stuff every so often, then this is the way to go.