It’s not uncommon to start off the new year with the urge to declutter your space, and purge unwanted items. In fact, I think it’s a great idea to rid yourself of unwanted and unused items that are taking up space in your home. But, if you’re going to go to all the work of sorting through your things, most of which probably have value, you might as well try to make a little money on the side while you’re at it. There are numerous websites that you can utilize to sell your unused items, and below I’ve listed a few of the most popular.
Selling on Craigslist is very simple, and you can list just about any item on Craigslist, too. Craigslist is a great option for large items as you don’t have to worry about shipping costs. The most commonly sold items on Craigslist are cars, furniture, real estate, baby and children’s items, and event tickets. Craigslist is a free service, so you don’t have to worry about paying a fee to sell your stuff. However, after you list your item for sale you are responsible for responding to inquiries and setting up the transaction details yourself. The ease and convenience of Craigslist makes up for any odd or awkward moments you may encounter while making a deal.
As the largest social network Facebook is full of different groups for trading, swapping, and selling. There are groups specifically for the purchase and sale of children’s items, household goods, and designer clothing just to name a few. You need a Facebook account to join specific sell and buy groups. Some of these groups are public, however others may require approval first. Like Craigslist, using Facebook groups is free, and a great option for large and heavy items which are too difficult to ship.
As one of the original online marketplaces, eBay has just about anything you can think of and more! A benefit to selling on eBay is the sheer amount of users looking for specific items. It does cost money to sell items on eBay. When you list an item for sale on eBay you’re eligible to be charged a listing fee. If applicable you can be charge a fee for each listing per category. Once the items sells, you’re charged a final value fee.
A personal favorite of mine, Amazon is a great website you can use to sell your unwanted books, CDs, DVDs, games, and more. Almost any item can be sold on Amazon, as long as the Amazon system recognizes it. A cool feature of Amazon is when a user searches for a particular item, the used offerings show up along with the new. So, essentially your item is only one click away from the same items Amazon visitors are searching for daily. Like eBay, Amazon collects a fee when your item is sold. Amazon collects the money from the buyer, and deducts the applicable fee. The fee to sell can be different based on a variety of factors, and a full list of fees can be found on the website.
Etsy is the most popular marketplace for homemade products, artwork, and other collectible items. There are over 30 categories of items on Etsy that include handmade scarves and hats, vintage pottery, and collectible Pez dispensers just to name a few. Joining Etsy is free. Upon joining you setup your own online shop to sell your items. Each listings costs .20 USD when the listing is published. Each listing lasts four months or until the item is purchased. After a sale occurs, Etsy charges a 3.5% transaction fee based on the item’s sale price.
Decluttering and purging your possessions is a win-win situation. You get to free up your personal space all while putting extra money in your pocket.
Which are your favorite websites to your stuff?