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The Best Apps and Sites for Selling Your Old Stuff

by on June 20, 2016
in Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos, Tech 101, Time Savers :: 21 comments

The Best Sites & Apps for Selling Your Old Stuff

Looking to get rid of some old junk? Your unused stuff could be someone else's treasure.

Depending upon what you’re trying to sell, some services are better than others. We scoured online markets big and small, looking for the best ways to help you unload anything from your fridge to your Fendi bag.

Regardless of the service, selling your old stuff isn't exactly a get-rich-quick scheme. Well-lit photos that show different angles of an item are key to drawing interest, as are setting fair prices and crafting descriptive titles with keywords buyers are likely to search for.

We considered the following factors while researching services:

  • Ease of use: Is the website or app interface newbie-friendly?
  • Amount of work: From settling on a good starting price, to responding to buyers, to shipping items, some apps make selling stuff online more work than the profit is worth.
  • Fees: Expect to pay at least 10% of an item's selling price to the marketplace you use – and up to 40% if you use a concierge service that takes care of listing and shipping the items for you.

eBayeBay

Since its launch in 1995, the online-auction kingpin has steadily added features to its marketplace, attracting professional e-sellers and real-world store owners to its original base of regular folks looking to clear out their junk.

A comprehensive selling interface lets you experiment with different selling models – the $1 auction is unbeatable for attracting interest, while setting a specific Buy It Now price can help shift items that the buyer may prefer to get immediately, such as clothing. You can also add in a Best Offer feature if you're up for some haggling, or put a reserve on auctions so that items won't sell unless they hit particular prices.

Best for: eBay works for just about everyone, although its listings policy officially rules out “intangible items,” specifically noting that souls can’t be sold. At any given time, there are around 800 million worldwide listings spanning clothing, furniture, antiques, collectibles and more.

Ease of use: While listing an item on the desktop site involves a lengthy form that asks for time-consuming (but not mandatory) details such as the length of a shirt sleeve, posting via the eBay app is much quicker.

How much work do I have to do? Just posting an item for sale is pretty quick when using the app. Snap a few good photos of the item, find a keyword-friendly title, and type up a couple descriptive sentences. If you've got a lot for sale, eBay offers features for more experienced sellers, including estimated prices and in-depth analytics for tracking your sales. The flip side is that you can end up spending an inordinate amount of time trying to craft the perfect listing.

If you just want to get rid of your things, the eBay Valet service lets you mail in certain types of items -- including like-new designer clothing -- for eBay staff to sell. The service commands a fee of between 20% and 40% of an item’s selling price (items that sell for over $500 are charged on the lower end; under $50 at the higher end) .

Fees: Your first 50 listings each month are free to post whether you go for auction or fixed pricing (though upgrading with bigger photos or premium visibility in search results costs extra), after which each listing costs 30 cents. eBay also takes 10% of the final selling price of each item (before shipping costs). If you use PayPal – and eBay makes it a requirement for certain listings – it charges an additional 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.

eBay is waiving all fees on its eBay Valet service through June 30, 2015.

Good for getting rid of old stuff? There's a good market for broken electronics, so if you have a smartphone with a busted screen, or a laptop older than your niece, chances are another eBayer will want to strip it for parts.

Overall: Selling on eBay takes the most effort, but can turn the most profit. However, the site has gotten some flack for its seller-unfriendly buyer protection policy, where sellers foot the refunds for items that don't arrive or are claimed to be significantly different from the description.

Find it here: ebay.com, iTunes, Google Play

GoneGone

This iOS app sits between sellers and buyers to take care of the entire listing process, including determining the highest selling price based on similar products, checking your item, and sending you boxes with prepaid mailing labels to post into the Gone warehouse. If you live in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle and Austin, you can arrange for a real live person to come over, pack your item, and ship it.

Gone analyzes transactions for thousands of electronics from online marketplaces across the world to arrive at the selling price for your item. The item is then posted at this price on the Gone marketplace awaiting a buyer. Sellers can post their items online via the iOS app, or by SMS..

Best for: Gone works well for selling electronics in good condition. A 32GB Wi-Fi/4G iPad Air 2 received an estimate of “up to $484”, compared to $290-$350 in completed listings on eBay – though that said, the price is only confirmed after the Gone team verifies the quality of your item.

Ease of use: Getting your stuff into the marketplace is all done via the app. You snap at least two -- and up to four -- photos or videos of the item to be sold, add a quick description, and upload it to Gone for price appraisal.

How much work do I have to do? Not much. Once you upload items to Gone, you'll get an estimated earning (minus packing, posting, and other costs), at which point you can either reject or accept the listings. After that, you'll receive boxes and mailing labels to ship items to the Gone warehouse, where they’ll be inspected then put up for sale within a day. If you allow it to access your email, the app can scrape your inbox for receipts of stuff you bought online in order to automatically populate the items’ description boxes with the pertinent details.

Fees: Gone factors its fees into the suggested price for your item, so that whatever the selling price is, is the full payment you’ll receive. Once your item sells, you receive your earnings as a PayPal transfer, Amazon gift card or check.

Good for getting rid of old stuff? No. Gone only takes on consumer electronics – think computers, tablets, smartphones, or headphones.

Overall: If you don't want to go through the laborious process of spit-shining your gadgets, photographing them, and stressing out over how much to sell them for, Gone does it all for you through in an easy to use interface – and charges less in fees than eBay's similar Valet service.

Find it here: thegoneapp.com, iTunesgonesms.com

OfferUpOfferUp

If Craigslist is an online version of the classifieds, OfferUp is a tech-savvy version of Craigslist. It sports a gorgeously intuitive, picture-heavy interface for buyers to find anything from appliances and antiques to clothing to electronics in their respective locations.

Like eBay, both buyers and sellers are rated after transactions, and like Airbnb, both can opt for additional validation through real-world ID scanning, as well as linking Facebook and email accounts. The service encourages sellers to stay local with face to face transactions, and avoid shipping items without the buyer seeing them first.

Best for: Just about anything in your home, from heavy appliances to small decorative items.

Ease of use: Modern, fresh-looking Android and iOS apps make it especially easy to stroll around taking pics of all the things you don't want before uploading each with a keyword-friendly title and short description. Buyers can then browse by neighborhood – which can give you an edge when hawking an old electric kettle that could sell simply because it's the nearest one to a prospective buyer. Buyers can message you from within the app – a good idea in case of disputes.

How much work do I have to do? It takes about half a minute to post a listing, and you don't need to bother with shipping. As with Craigslist, for the sake of staying safe when meeting with virtual strangers for the transaction, it's a good idea to meet buyers in a public location.

Fees: Selling can be more profitable for certain items than other sites, as there are no fees, and you can be paid cash in hand.

Good for getting rid of old stuff? Yes. With thousands of new posts every day – compared to eBay's hundreds of thousands – there's less competition for your old stuff, and many neighborhood buyers may pick your everyday junk over someone else's simply because it saves them gas or shipping fees.

Overall: OfferUp is like a cross between eBay and Craigslist, with no-fuss, in-person transactions, and trust features such as seller ratings and user validation.

Find it here: offerupnow.com, iTunes, Google Play

VintedVinted

There are dozens of fashion reselling sites out there, but Vinted offers an additional feature: the option to swap items without incurring any fees.

If you prefer to make some cold hard cash, it's also an easy option for putting stuff up for sale. Where high-fashion-centric sites such as Vestiare Collective require sellers to send in their prospective items for checking before sending on to the buyer – thus lengthening the time before you get paid – Vinted lets sellers and buyers conduct their own exchanges, with seller ratings and the option to follow particular sellers and brands.

Best for: Clothes that are in good condition, from mass market fashion to designer brands, though the bulk of listings seem to be for mainstream fashion.

Ease of use: You can post items for sale via the web and iOS and Android apps by simply uploading a few pictures, inputting the brand, size, and condition of an item, and then writing a short description. If you're up for a swap, you can add that as an option, allowing other swappers to get in touch for a fee-free exchange.

How much work do I have to do? You'll have to figure out the best price for your item, buy postage materials, and ship items yourself.

Fees: Listing items is free, but if you sell instead of swap, you'll incur a 19% fee (which is fairly standard for fashion reselling - similar secondhand clothing sites take 20-40%). However, Vinted hangs on to payments until the buyer confirms they've received the order and it's as described (up to a max of three days), so you may end up waiting a week for money to be deposited into your account. A nice feature is that if you buy an item on Vinted but don't like it (and can't return it), you can relist that item for sale without incurring the fee.

Fees are currently capped at $5 until the end of 2016, so if you’re selling anything for $25 or more, you’ll officially be getting your money’s worth. 

Good for getting rid of old stuff? If you clean, iron, and shoot good pictures of your clothing, you could turn a tidy profit, though that 19% transaction fee can make sales of less expensive items more trouble than they're worth.

Overall: A low-fuss way to sell mainstream fashion for a teen-to-twentysomething audience.

Find it here: vinted.com, iTunes, Google Play

TradesyTradesy

This sophisticated clothes reselling marketplace focuses on branded fashion from j. Crew to Louis Vuitton, with items displayed in a magazine-esque design that showcases editor's picks and categories such as “unique and surprising shoes.”

Sellers can compile a personalized homepage or “closet” showing items for sale as well items they've liked from other sellers. Users can follow sellers and brands in order to keep track of new items.

Best for: Designer bags and accessories, with somewhat lesser demand for high-end clothing and shoes.

Ease of use: The site and iOS app are streamlined and stylishly designed, with a simple interface for uploading photos, noting brand, size, and color, and setting the price, including a calculator to show what you'll earn after fees. Listings are active until they sell, without the time limit that some other sites impose.

How much work do I have to do? It's minimal. You take a few photos of each item (which Tradesy edits and cuts out onto a white background for that pro storefront look), select the brand and category, and either choose Tradesy's proposed price for the item or set your own. When a sale goes through, you'll be sent a prepaid, pre-addressed mailing label and box to mail items directly to the buyer.

Fees: Items can sell for anywhere from under a hundred bucks to thousands of dollars. There are no listing fees, but the site charges an 11.9% commission (or 9% if you keep your earnings on Tradesy to spend on-site). Its refund policy is seller-friendly – if a buyer returns your item because it's the wrong fit or style, you'll keep all your earnings and Tradesy takes care of the refund.

Good for getting rid of old stuff? Only if it's branded and in good condition.

Overall: It’s great for selling your pricier items to fashion-savvy shoppers, however Tradesy has a smaller user base than eBay, so you may get fewer interested buyers.

Find it here: tradesy.com, iTunes

ChairishChairish

This beautifully designed site and iOS app focus on the reselling of unique or designer homeware, as well as antiques and jewelry. The site’s homepage shows timely curations of the available products, such as barware in time for Father's Day, or items from “New Miami Sellers.” A couple hundred new items are posted each day, with the site's catalog filtered by designers, styles, and cities, so that buyers can hunt down anything art-deco in Chicago, for instance.

Best for: Vintage or antique furniture, house accessories, or jewelry in good condition.

Ease of use: The online form for posting items contains helpful fields for first-time sellers, with options for noting the condition of your item (anywhere from “excellent” to “needs work”), its dimensions, your description of it, and whether you'll allow local pickup – handy for minimizing the odds of fickle buyers returning items for no good reason.

How much work do you have to do? You're the one to set an asking price, as well as a minimum price, but if you can't decide, Chairish can suggest a price that's likely to help you sell your item quickly. You can't just list any old item, either: Chairish must approve the listing based on your pictures and whether there's demand for the item’s particular style. After that, the listing will be live within five working days. If an item doesn't sell after 30 days, you'll be encouraged to drop the price.

Fees: There's a 20% commission fee, and buyers have 48 hours to return shipped goods. Payment isn't credited to your account until the return period ends. (If a buyer picks up in person, then the return period ends at the time of pickup and you'll presumably have been paid cash in hand.)

Good for getting rid of old stuff? Not unless it's quite valuable: there's a minimum listing price of $75 for each item.

Overall: Good for selling high-value homeware to people who are likely to appreciate it.

Find it here: chairish.com, iTunes

CraigslistCraigslist

Over 60 million people use Craigslist every month, posting anything from jobs to event listings. The buying and selling of secondhand goods represents a brisk trade on an overflowing marketplace that still looks like a 90s-era message board (the iOS and Android apps are much more polished). It's often the place to pick up a bargain from people who just want to get rid of their stuff.

Best for: Nearly anything in your house, particularly big things such as appliances and furniture. Smaller items like clothing or accessories are better suited to other sites.

Ease of use: Without the need to fuss around with lengthy posting interfaces or a middleman to give you the thumbs-up on a listing, Craiglist is an extremely easy way to get your stuff out to prospective buyers. As long you write a descriptive title with the keywords a buyer is likely to search for and choose a fair price, you're likely to be able to move your stuff.

How much work do you have to do? If you're keen to sell, you'll have to be on the ball with responding to interested buyers, some of whom may test you with low-ball offers that seem designed to insult. Choosing a fair price may also be tough for some, though you can always note that you're open to haggling in order to draw more interest.

Fees: There are no fees for listing items for sale. You may have to price your items a little lower than you think, though, as buyers are often expecting a good bargain when they head to Craigslist. But cash in hand coupled with a no-refund policy makes a convincing case for posting here.

Good for getting rid of old stuff? Yes. And if you just want to get rid of stuff, you can list it for free.

Overall: Craigslist is still the juggernaut for getting rid of bulky items, with no listing fees and less businesslike transactions.

Find it here: craigslist.org, iTunes, Google Play

updated 6/20/2016 with current information on all sites and apps

[Images: garage sale via Shutterstock, eBay, Gone, OfferUp, Vinted, Tradesy, Chairish, Craigslist]



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want to buy and sell things

From MATT FREDERICK on September 23, 2015 :: 1:21 am

IIIIIIIIIIAA

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Craigslist sux

From melvis on September 29, 2015 :: 1:09 pm

I have tried to sell stuff on Craigslist and only rarely does it ever sell. Too many spam ads just post and post over and over and push your ad to the last page. Unless you update every 10 min, good luck getting your ad seen!
Another site needs to take their business seriously

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I agree about craigslist

From Peter Michaels on October 14, 2015 :: 3:07 pm

Findinium.com does not have the ability to flag posts so your ads don’t get removed by your competitors.

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Really?

From Rusty on May 31, 2016 :: 8:45 am

I’ve sold on Craigslist forever with pretty much 100% success. No one stays on the top of the page for over one day without cheating. I list only once per sales… then let the results come in. You don’t need to cheat or break the rules. Success is ALL about your title and search words. IF people are searching for your type of item, AND your price is right, it will sell (sometimes the same day). If Not? Rewrite your crummy add, make your price reasonable, or find another item to list. Last national comparison I read “Craigslist is still the Jugeernaut of online sales” Komando.com. But you think it rarely results in sales? Sheez

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There is another road ahead

From Dhruv Upadhyay on September 30, 2015 :: 11:29 pm

Guys, if you are pissed off with selling your old stuff on different website may be its time you should take a look at http://www.xigsa.com

Have a look and decide if its worth or not.
Good Luck !

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Free appraisal for antiques and collectibles

From Oscar Nyquist on October 06, 2015 :: 3:59 am

I would recommend the site Barnebys for free appraisal on your antiques and collectibles. They also list over 600 auction houses around the world with current and realized prices, hence it is a big chance that you can find out how much your objects or similar objects have been priced.

I personally think Barnebys is the google for art. I always start there and then you see where you end up.

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Another option to sellling online

From Peter Michaels on October 14, 2015 :: 3:11 pm

eBay and craigslist are not your only options. http://findinium.com is a great site for selling your stuff.

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Yerdle!!

From Marian Kneisley on November 04, 2015 :: 6:55 am

Yerdle is a great way to sell unwanted items! You get $35 + a free shipping credit when you sign up! It’s completely free, sign up here http://yerdle.com/i/tia-portis smile

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Great New Site

From Dan on January 06, 2016 :: 3:26 am

Also try listing on Gripbid.com or just advertising on it. Its a new site but free to list unlimited items and no upfront membership fee’s .  Its a fairly new site but really nice site. Been on the site for three week’s and sold over 35 items…Best luck I have had so far…I have sold on so many sites in the past 7 years…so far this is the best one yet.

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Craigslist vs offerup and backpage

From DaisyStar on January 10, 2016 :: 2:26 am

I’ve been having really low craigslist traffic this year - I’m told that many of the colleges block it (meaning half of the internet users in my city cannot access craigslist). Switching to offerup and backpage.  Also noticed that craigslist “refresh” wasn’t sending listing to top, and there’s vendors that bury my ads under dozens of multiple spam ads.  4/5 of craigslist customers are also “fake check” scammers.

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Trove is good too

From Max Mackey on January 11, 2016 :: 3:00 pm

I’ve done well on Trove before - https://www.usetrove.com/

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Wallop

From kk on February 16, 2016 :: 10:16 am

WALLOP SITE IS A TOTAL SCAM. PLEASE BEWARE

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Agreed!

From Antonio Alb Mar on March 01, 2016 :: 5:56 am

Hey! You have my sympathies, I totally get your point about CL. You should try to use price comparison sites, specially if what you are trying to sell has a IBAN/UPC code, you can sell right away. My personal favorite would be https://www.bonavendi.com, but there are a few of them!

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Great article!

From PawlikMarcin on March 12, 2016 :: 5:27 am

How to help yourself leading business online without eny effort? You just have to choose right apps! I use some of the following ones: https://simplytick.com/blog/index.php/2016/03/10/the-top-20-most-popular-free-apps-in-the-shopify-app-store/. Have you ever heard about them? If yes, do you enjoy using them?

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Trade Items Online Free

From Vexo on March 14, 2016 :: 8:09 am

Vexo is a new app where you can sell and buy unused items online for free. Earn vexo currencies by trading through this app. With these vexo currencies you can buy anything you wish within the vexo community.

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Chairish.com: Unforgivably Unprofessional Vintage Furniture Middleman

From Andrew Lago on March 30, 2016 :: 9:06 am

Chairish app is okay but Chairish.com stinks. Eventually sold a couple of mid-century modern pieces. Didn’t offer free shipping so buyer decided to purchase pick up and delivery through Plycon, Chairish.com’s furniture-moving subcontractor. Plycon contacted me to arrange pick up (at a Manhattan Mini Storage location). Gave me a 3-hour window. Driver never showed up but claimed that he had. After emails and phone calls between Chairish, Plycon, and myself, and after repeatedly being stonewalled and lied to and basically being told that I’m lying, I decided that I had had enough. Chairish told me that I had no choice but to go through Plycon. Really? Part of what made this a circus is Chairish’s insistence with using their preferred method of communication—email. I had to dig around just to find their 800 number (855-549-9990). Even after talking to them asking for a return call, they instead would respond via email. After annoying them a bit (but how else to resolve?) , Chairish became completely unresponsive: stopped following up, stopped being helpful at all once it was decided at some point that I was a problem customer. Finally, I called the buyer to have her pick up the furniture. 6 weeks later buyer still has the furniture and I’m still trying to get paid $1800 - 14% commission = $1548. Avoid Chairish.com like the plague. Chairish.com treats sellers like they’re trash by employing tactics to drive down prices, forcing sellers to work with Plycon, their clueless and unprofessional furniture-moving subcontractor, and providing horrible customer service.

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free sites to list and buy

From G-man on June 14, 2016 :: 11:31 pm

Heres a free site that just like craigslist but goes worldwide http://www.ebayclassifieds.com... and this one too http://www.adhuntr.com/ and http://www.discoverstuff.com/ and https://claz.org/

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Free App to Buy/Sell Stuff

From John on June 30, 2016 :: 3:55 pm

Try out the free app ‘obo’ for Android users. Just getting off the ground now, so upload everything you would normally sell on CraigsList and tell your friends to do the same.

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The only problem I have

From Ryan Slodden on July 13, 2016 :: 7:16 am

The only problem I have with Craigslist is that it takes too long sometimes to actually sell something. Some of these were good but I didnt see any price comparison sites on here. I had a bunch of video games and dvds I wanted to sell and I tried to use Amazon and Gamestop but I only a fraction of what they were worth and Gamestop makes you physically go to the store. I really only use price comparison sites for around the house stuff now, there are a few good ones out there. Usually I just use Bonavendi because its easy and you can scan stuff with your phone but I know there are some others. Here is a link if anyone is interested: https://www.bonavendi.com/ by the way I liked the article its rare that I actually read the whole thing and I did with this one haha

Cheers!

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Mercari

From Seller Lady on August 20, 2016 :: 1:29 am

Mercari is a good site to sell stuff, its free and the first 2 hours of posting my item, it was sold, I was so shocked and ever sense I have been posting and rofiting very good…. I also like Listia

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I was not satisfied on

From Matt on August 28, 2016 :: 2:56 pm

I was not satisfied on how competitive those sites are, making it hard to sell products online, so I created my own free flea market online: http://fleamerica.com/
It’s a targeted niche, so you won’t be having your used goods competing with Truck sellers or something. raspberry
Give it a try, it’s free.

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