10 Best Websites for Selling Your Unwanted Stuff
Online options save time, are not weather dependent, and generally garner higher prices for the seller.
How to make money from your unwanted stuff:
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 (unless they’re using these tips for success), instead opting for online selling options. Online options save time, aren’t weather dependent, and generally bring higher prices for the seller.
The best of the local options:
This free service allows you to buy and sell all your goods, with the understanding that everything is negotiable. After messaging an interested buyer through the app, the seller arranges a time for the buyer to inspect the item, then pay the pre-discussed price or negotiate a different one. Your personal contact information is protected, and everyone is rated, à la Uber and Lyft, so you can feel safer meeting with a stranger (in a public place, of course). That being said, some things you just need to throw out and move on.
Take a picture or video of the item you want to sell (a piece of clothing, a car, or even your home) and post it. Then the app will use LetGo Reveal, its image recognition/AI technology, to suggest a title, price, and category. LetGo is free and its simple interface has made it one of the top 50 free apps in the iTunes app store. One catch: You can’t get paid via the app. Payment must be by check or cash and in person. With all that time you’re saving, maybe try organizing one of these things in under 30 minutes.
NextDoor is becoming a favorite free method for people to sell their stuff to the local community. It’s especially beneficial to avoid 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 method of payment and where to pick up. Many sellers like the convenience of neighbors picking up something from their homes, but that’s up to you. Maybe you already have a great relationship with your neighbors, but we can guarantee they will never tell you these things.
5miles is a fun and easy way to buy and sell items and services from your phone. Snap a photo, enter a short description, and begin selling to thousands of potential buyers within seconds. 5miles uses your phone’s GPS location to reach multiple buyers and sellers in your area. And making an offer is as quick and easy as sending a text message. It’s hard to overestimate the value of selling locally, since postage and shipping costs may eat into your profit. Plus, 5Miles helps you find a safe meeting point for the exchange of the merchandise. 5Miles also helps local service providers promote their small businesses. Whether you’re a photographer, handyman, hairstylist, landscaper, or more, 5miles has thousands of users searching for your skills. If you want to add more tech into your tiding, try these best apps for organization and productivity.
The best of the national options:
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.
Check out this option when you want to sell cell phones, tech, CDs, DVDs, games, and books. 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 (no judgment—but it may say something about your personality).
If you’re making a habit of selling stuff, then it might be worth using Amazon Marketplace or eBay. Those 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 asks 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 (like the sometimes less-than-safe Facebook Marketplace). But if you’re only interested in unloading surplus miscellaneous stuff occasionally, then this is the way to go.
Plus, try this system to get rid of an item a day and declutter your life.