As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, you will start seeing signs that spring is finally here. This will likely get you in the mood to push the refresh button.
When it comes to our homes, that means cleaning, organizing, and maybe even some purging. And now that most people are staying safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak, what better time to declutter your unworn clothing, old gadgets, and unused toys and sporting equipment that have been accumulating in your various drawers, closets, and garage space.
Though some items are better for donating, you should consider selling others. Cashing in on your clutter can give you some wiggle room in your budget or help boost your emergency savings during these uncertain times.
But with so many different places to sell your stuff online, you may feel overwhelmed about where to start. The good news is, there are plenty of sites where you can sell your items online and ship to buyers, so you don’t have to worry about meeting up with a stranger, although even in-person sales can be safe when practicing social-distancing guidelines.
To help you get started, check out these top sites for selling your stuff.
1. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook isn’t just for staying in touch with family and friends. You can sell just about anything on Facebook, from furniture to toys to cars, through its Marketplace platform. You’ll appreciate the added benefit of being able to check a potential buyer’s social profile to verify their identity.
You may even have a mutual friend, which gives you an added layer of security, especially when arranging in-person transactions. If you already have a Facebook account, it’s easy to get started. Just use your computer or the app to post an item for sale.
After you upload a picture and item details, a category is automatically chosen along with a suggested selling price based on similar items that were recently listed or sold. You can then chat with potential buyers through the Messenger app to discuss details and negotiate the price.
When it comes time to sell, you have two options: meet with buyers in person or ship to those who live outside of a reasonable driving range.
Best known for its auctions and person to person sales, eBay is a one-stop-shop for all your selling needs. This global marketplace reaches millions of users across hundreds of countries, providing the opportunity to reach a greater number of buyers looking for your specific items.
You have the choice to set up an auction where buyers can place bids over a three- to seven-day period and include a Buy It Now price for those shoppers who may not want to wait for the auction to close. You can sell just about anything on eBay, from a used car to designer clothing to gadgets to books.
Use the eBay app to upload pictures and post items for sale quickly. Review the site to find similar items that have recently sold to determine the best selling price. eBay also offers pricing suggestions.
Once an item is purchased, the buyer is prompted to pay you via PayPal. eBay charges two main selling fees, including an insertion fee when you create a listing and a final value fee, both of which vary depending on what you are selling. With several shipping options, you can find one that appeals most to buyers based on price and shipping speed.
The more you sell on eBay and provide top-notch service such as speedy delivery, the more you can rake in positive reviews to make you a top seller and attract more buyers for future sales.
The Swappa online marketplace focuses on buying and selling used electronics that include smartphones, laptops, tablets, cameras, video game consoles, and more. Unlike most other marketplaces, every device listed here is reviewed by a support team to make sure it meets company standards.
All devices must be fully functional, and phones must be ready for activation on their designated wireless carrier at the time of sale. The support team uses verification photos to ensure the device matches the description, and they even check device codes to ensure it wasn’t reported lost, stolen, or blacklisted.
Swappa is the only selling site that checks the electronic serial number before a phone can be sold online or locally, giving buyers extra peace of mind when shopping for used gadgets. You can choose to either ship items or make a sale in person through Swappa Local.
Gazelle makes selling your unwanted gadgets a breeze since they pay cash upfront for your old Apple, Samsung, and Google tech, including smartphones, tablets, and MacBooks. This means there’s no waiting period, such as with an auction site where they pay you after your gadget arrives at their warehouse.
You will receive payment by either Amazon gift card, PayPal, or via check, depending on your preference. Gazelle even offers free shipping for items worth $1 or more, so there’s no added out-of-pocket expense.
First-time users can snag a $5 bonus for their first trade-in. Enter item details for a purchase price estimate to get started.
5. Rapid Repair
Just because your device isn’t working doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Sites like Rapid Repair buy broken gadgets such as iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Microsoft Zunes. It buys these broken devices for parts to use for repairing customer goods — the primary focus of its business.
Just go to the sell your device page to fill in the details and get a bid.
The average American throws away around 81 pounds of clothing per year. However, many frugal shoppers are hoping to score pre-owned threads for less, so taking a few moments to sell your gently used clothing can help you rake in some extra cash (or at least some money back on all those things you bought in the first place).
For women’s and kid’s clothing, check out an online clothing consigner like thredUP. It does all the work of taking pictures of each garment, posting item details, and shipping to buyers. It takes a large commission for each sale, but considering there’s little work on your part, it’s an easy way to unload your unwanted clothing.
You’ll need to request a clear out bag on their site to get started. You fill up the bag following its suggested guidelines for preferred brands and send it back free of charge. Then, sit back and relax while thredUP does all the work of selling it for you.
This online peer-to-peer resale marketplace is ideal for selling women’s luxury and designer fashion, including pre-owned bags, shoes, and clothing directly to buyers. Selling on Tradesy is simple and seamless. All you have to do to create a listing is upload a few photos, add item details, and set your price.
You choose the preferred shipping method and review your earnings breakdown before publishing to make sure the potential sale is worth your time. When your item sells, you ship it directly to the buyer, and you can cash out once your earnings become available in your account.
You can transfer funds directly to your bank or PayPal account or opt for the balance to be sent on a debit card to use where you please.
If you have recently gotten married and are looking to unload your wedding dress, accessories, and decor, there are second-hand sites designed specifically for used bridal goods. Stillwhite, for example, is a pre-owned wedding dress marketplace that charges a one time fee of $20 for each listing.
You can upgrade to a $30 premium listing if you want to post additional or larger photos, get a homepage gallery listing for greater visibility, or add a video of you wearing your dress. To determine the value of your wedding dress, search for similar used dresses, styles or designers to find a fair posting price.
For wedding decor, post items for sale in the classifieds section of WeddingBee, a wedding planning community.
The average American has up to $300 in unused gift cards lying around their home or in their wallet. While gift cards seem like the perfect gift, some gift-givers just don’t get it right.
Instead of letting retail and restaurant gift cards go to waste, consider selling them for cash. Sites like CardCash buy unwanted gift cards for up to 92% of the card’s value. You can even trade an unwanted gift card for one to a more preferred merchant such as Amazon, eBay, or The Home Depot to get up to 11% more value back.
Still, it’s a good idea to compare purchase offers from other gift card buying sites to make sure you get the best selling price possible.