Make Money Selling Used Stuff
You can sell your stuff and get money for it. There are hundreds of websites to sell used things online. You already know how to save tons of money shopping and use coupons to profit.
The procedure of selling is actually the same on every website:
Step 1. You register, load a photo of your pants-bag-pet-whatever, specify the price and your location.
Step 2. You discuss the details like payment, shipping or meeting.
Step 3. Ship an item and get paid.
Step 4. Finally, your mission is complete: you’ve sold the stuff you are tired of. So, get down to buying something new and useful!
Sites to Sell Things Online Profitably
Amazon is a great place to unload books, CDs, DVDs, and games, but there’s so much more that you can sell here. Basically anything with a barcode can be listed on the site as long as Amazon recognizes it. I’ve sold many items here, including a VHS-to-DVD converter, water bottles, headphones, and tons of other gifts .
Craiglist.org – one of the oldest classified ads site. The interface looks as if it’s 1999. However, the site audience is huge. Choose your state or enter your ZIP code and then post your offer. Check, what if your friends desire to get your old phone?
eBay - With so many users looking for all manner of “stuff,” it’s a safe bet that you’ll be able to unload whatever it is you have to offer. A good trick of this trade is to start the bidding as low as possible. This will help miscellaneous and low-value items sell quicker, but it will also encourage buyers of the higher-priced items to start bidding early.
eBid.com is a great eBay alternative for sellers. The fee is about 3%, which is lower, than the eBay rate. The auction model is quite similar, so if you want to earn more, give a try to eBid.
Decluttr is an online platform where you can sell CDs, DVDs, and video games. Just enter the items barcode on the site to get a quote. Decide which items you’d like to sell (must be between 10 – 500) and send them in using a pre-paid shipping label. Once items are received, Music Magpie will send you a check.
Cash 4 Books is an online portal where you can sell new and used books. Grab your books and heda to the website, here you’ll be able to enter each book’s ISBN, which is a A 10 or 13 digit number that can be found on the back cover or inside the front cover of almost all books. Once you have entered each code, you’ll receive a quote for each book. Next send your books in with a pre-paid shipping label. Once they receive your books you’ll be paid either via check or PayPal.
Poshmark is a way that individuals can sell women’s fashion clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Download the application on your iPhone, create an account and then start taking photos of the items you wish to sell. Once the item sells print out a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label and send off your item. When the buyer receives the item, Poshmark will deposit 80% of the sale price into your account. Payments are made either via direct deposit or check.
Threadflip.com is a website where you can sell designers’ clothes, bags, accessories and jewelry. Threadflip keeps a lists of fashion designers that they accept, so you can check in advance, if your thing is appropriate or not. Threadflip is your destination for buying & selling fabulous fashion.
Swappa.com – a dedicated website for cell phone sales. If you want to get rid of your mobile gadget profitably, go to Swappa.com. Here you can sell iPhones, Android devices of any carrier or unlocked phones. Swappa is a user-to-user marketplace for gently used mobile devices.
Safety, simplicity, and the human factor make Swappa better.
Another option would be selling your items to a local consignment shop. The main advantage of these second-hand shops is that most of them focus on one type of product. For example, there are consignment shops dedicated solely to clothes, books, musical instruments, furniture, electronics, antiques, and even automobiles. Because of this, you may be able to get a better price at a consignment then you would at a pawn shop.
No junk devices
- Only gently used, ready to activate devices allowed
- No blacklisted or blocked devices
- No cracked screens or water damage
How to decide where to sell your stuff
This decision tree will help you decide which venue makes the most sense, depending on the type of goods you plan to sell and their condition. First, you’ll want to determine whether you have any items that are valuable—say, worth $1,000 or more. If you’re not sure, you can look for similar objects in reference books or on websites for collectors. For example, if you think a piece of furniture might be a somewhat valuable antique, check out “Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2014 Price Guide” (Krause Publications, 2013). You can also find a price guide to more than 900,000 antiques and collectibles at Kovels.com. If you determine it might be a valuable object, it’s probably a good idea to have it appraised.
Tips on how to add character and value to your items.
If you manage to get a good deal on an item then you can add some value to and character! I will list some things you can do to increase the two.
- Clean Your Items - Clean your DVD cases, cleaning your clothes, ironing your clothes etc just think, would you buy an item that was dirty and looked neglected? Try to improve an items appearance as best you can. If you have an item that is worth allot of money take it to someone who could possibly restore the item to add value.
- Stories - If you bought an item that was old and had a story behind how it was obtained or made etc make sure you remember this story and tell it to your potential buyer! This can add depth and character to your item and could once again seal you a good deal. I have sold items that people have bought just because the story behind it was interesting and the buyer wanted to share the story with friends, so bought the item to better tell the story.
- Pictures - If you are selling your items online make sure that you take the best quality pictures that you can, use backgrounds that enhance detail on a particular item, no shadows in pictures, no bright reflections etc. Take multiple pictures if you can to highlight any damage or unique features.
- Descriptions - This can make or break a sale. Give the best possible description of the item you are selling possible. Research what you are selling to the point where you know everything there is to know. There is nothing more awkward than buying an item from someone that doesn't know what it is worth or even what the item is used for.
Last edited: 27/04/2016