Selling to tech junkies
via gazelle.com You just can’t help yourself—every time the tech industry announces a new gadget you gotta have it. (Find out if your technology is making you sick.) Trouble is, you need cash to buy the shiny new device. The Gazelle website may just be the answer to satisfy the tech junkie in you. You can trade-in Apple and Android devices to make cash to buy the new gadget you’re coveting. Just look up your device on Gazelle and answer a few questions about its condition and lock in your price. “The quote provided is good for 30 days, so you have time to think about it and transition to a new device before sending the old one in, “says Yanyan Ji, SVP Marketing and GM, ecoATM Gazelle. We send you the packaging and pay for shipping so all you have to do is put the box back in the mail. Once the device is received, we’ll inspect it and if your description matches, we’ll send you your payment in the manner you selected.” Bonus: If your device arrives at the Gazelle warehouse and value goes up, they’ll pay the difference.
Make me an offer
via itunes.apple.com The OfferUp app is another local option to make extra cash using the website or app. Simply snap a photo, write a description and price it. It also has additional pricing options that lets the buyers know the seller has set a firm price or if they are open to negotiations. If you’re open to negotiations, you may stand a better chance of selling your stuff. The haggling can be done via the in-app messaging. “It helps buyers and sellers communicate without trading personal information and our ratings system allows them to learn more about each others’ transaction history before they connect,” says Natalie Angelillo, vice president of community at OfferUp. Of course, there’s always a chance the buyer will back out so it’s important to check the user ratings of the buyers when considering an offer.
via artofhappymoving.com Selling stuff online can be intimidating but when you use Facebook groups to sell your items, Ali Wenzke, the founder of The Art of Happy Moving, says there’s an element of trust and respect that goes into the transaction. Unlike some apps, these groups require approval from the page moderator. “Typically, you need to be a neighborhood resident or within a certain distance from the neighborhood to join,” says Wenzke. To find a group near you, just type in “yard sales near me” and a list of virtual yard sales in your area will pop up. Find the one you like and click the “join” button. If you meet the groups criteria, you’ll be accepted and can start posting. Read the rules carefully because every group is a bit different. “It’s important as a seller to be reasonable with your pricing. Negotiating over price happens less often with Facebook than with sites such as Craigslist, so keep that in mind when you list your item,” says Wenzke. Since you’re dealing with neighbors and friends, reputations are a stake and it’s less likely you’ll have no-shows after a deal has been made. Any issues like that are usually resolved quickly with a moderator who listens to feedback about habitual “bad” buyers or sellers.