There’s plenty of places to sell your stuff online to make extra cash. Here’s how to use the best platforms to turn almost anything into cash.
If you want to sell some of your extra stuff online, you have options. So many options actually, it can be tough to choose. So we did the legwork for you.
Here are some of today’s biggest players in the sell your stuff online game; the executive summary on each platform’s merits so you can choose which is best for you; and where to go to learn more. We’ve used almost all of them ourselves at phroogal at one point or another, which helped us put together a list of excellent resources other people have already created to help you.
Let’s start with the big one. Amazon is the world’s largest marketplace. If you choose to sell on Amazon, you have access to buyers all over the world.
That does not mean it’s the easiest place to sell your stuff. Onboarding is doable, but compared to other platforms, there are a lot more hoops to jump through. It’s cumbersome. And because Amazon is a global marketplace, there are far more products and sellers all vying for customers’ attention, reducing the chances of yours getting noticed.
However, there’s a great way around that little detail — you let Amazon sell your stuff for you. If you sign up for Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon), then offloading your items can be delightfully hands-free, once you get through the onboarding process.
Basically, you put your items in a box, ship them to Amazon, and the company lists, sells, and delivers them to the customer for you, in exchange for a cut of the sale price. You don’t have to tend the listing or interact with buyers, and you get paid automatically sometime after Amazon clears the sale.
- Amazon’s seller beginner guide is actually quite easy to read. It gives you a quick idea of how involved the sign-up process.
eBay is much better known as the original sell your stuff online marketplace. It’s better for refurbished and used goods than Amazon is, but you can sell almost anything in any condition to almost anyone, anywhere in a variety of selling formats.
Like Amazon, eBay will charge you fees. But if you have items you really aren’t sure how to value, or items in questionable condition, eBay’s auction format is probably your best bet. You’d be amazed what people will buy when they can bid their own price.
- Watch the best practices for “normal people selling to normal people” on eBay.
In its most basic form, Facebook’s Marketplace is one of the easiest platforms to use – you snap your pictures, write a description, and post your item. Conversations with buyers, who are almost always local to your area, are conducted over Facebook Messenger, and you seal the deal in person in most cases.
It’s totally free to use. Facebook takes no transaction fee for sales completed the old fashioned way, and there are no listing fees. You can choose to pay to boost your item’s visibility in searches or place ads.
However, as of 2020, there are a host of newer features including the ability to take payment online through Facebook (which they do charge a fee for) and the addition of shipping options, which expands the audience for your listings beyond the local market.
You do need a Facebook account to use the commerce platform.
- You can learn more through the Official Facebook Marketplace guide (it’s so simple this is almost unnecessary).
- Watch a great 2.5-minute video explaining how it works.
OfferUp, which now also owns LetGo, another popular stuff-selling platform, is very similar to Facebook Marketplace with one major difference: you don’t need a personal Facebook account to use it.
You download the OfferUp app and list your item with photos and a brief description. Negotiation with local buyers is facilitated through the app, and there are no listing fees. You only pay a transaction fee if you choose to accept payment through the app, place an ad, or boost your product listing.
- You can easily learn how to sell your stuff on OfferUp’s guide.
- Watch a short video on how to get started selling on OfferUp.
Etsy has a reputation for handcrafted or unique products, especially vintage items, versus mass produced goods.
Like Amazon and eBay, because you are entering a global market, signing up, making sales and getting paid is a little more involved than using local market apps like Facebook or OfferUp. However, if you have a lot of old (I mean, retro…) clothing, accessories, artwork, or anything else quirky, custom, and reasonably valuable, Etsy might be worth your while.
Etsy charges listing fees and takes a small percentage of sale prices.
- Start with the Etsy official beginner’s guide to getting started.
- READ: Very thorough article for the serious aspiring Etsy seller
Despite a clunky search system and a graphic interface straight out of the stone age, the original digital classifieds platform is as relevant and lucrative as ever.
Craigslist is free to use; an old-school but effective email relay system protects your contact info from internet trolls, and the listing process is about as simple as it gets. You don’t even need an account to use it.
If you’re just getting started selling stuff, or you don’t want to clutter your life with new apps, website passwords or social media accounts, Craigslist is the way to go.
The Decluttr platform is pretty rad. They’ll buy old phones, CDs and DVDs, Kindles, gaming consoles, and a whole host of other tech toys straight from you, then they turn around and refurbish the items and resell them.
They also buy textbooks, and somebody in Decluttr high command must have a huge LEGO collection, because they buy those by the pound, too.
It’s simple to use. You get an instant quote on their website for your items, box them up and ship them out with the free shipping label the platform provides you. If your items pass inspection, you get paid (if they don’t pass, Declutrr will send them back to you for free, too). You’ll get a bit less for your items, but you don’t have to deal with the hassle of selling them yourself.
- READ: Business Insider’s article – This site pays you for your unwanted books, games, and tech devices – and it’s easy and completely free to use.
Gently used clothing, particularly brand name, high-quality pieces, are easy to list on Poshmark. It works pretty similarly to OfferUp: Download the app, upload photos, write a description, list the piece — and you’re off to the races.
This app is not a local-only platform – they get you set up with flat rate expedited shipping on most items. There is no listing fee, but you are charged fees for successfully sold items.
Poshmark also has a sort of social media network built in, where you can follow brands or individuals (buyers and sellers) who are sharing posts specifically about clothing and style. If you wanna get really into it — you can even throw a digital Posh Party.
- Begin your selling journey with Poshmark’s official starter guide.
- WATCH: Beginner’s Guide from a Poshmark entrepreneur.
Need even MORE online platforms?
If you’re not feeling a Craigslist classified, you don’t need Amazon infiltrating your life any more than it already has, or you’ve got something so unique not even Etsy could handle it . . . check our own growling list of marketplaces to sell your stuff online.
Have fun, and go make some cash!