Looking to sell stuff online?
Whether you’re decluttering your home and want to turn that clutter into cash, or you have a product you want to sell online, this list has you covered.
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Selling Stuff Online With an Online Store
Have a product you would like to sell online? There are dozens of websites and apps to help you create your online store, but these two are by far the most widely used and accepted in the ecommerce space.
Right now the most well-known website and app to build an online store is Shopify with over 2.5 million shopify stores as of January 2022.
Shopify is a subscription-based software that allows anyone to quickly set up an online store so they can sell their products. What makes Shopify so popular among it’s current users is the how simple Shopify has made creating your online store. If you can create your own Facebook profile, then you can create your own Shopify store.
Right behind Shopify in popularity is BigCommerce.
BigCommerce also allows you to create an ecommerce store (online store for physical and digital products or services). Currently there are over 52,000 online stores using BigCommerce.
Etsy is a great online marketplace when you’re looking to sell unique items. If you are someone who is looking to sell handmade crafts, art, collectibles, handmade jewerly or other unique items, Etsy is definitly the place to sell your stuff online.
Selling Your Old Phone Online
Next up is selling your old phone online.
Well all of us have an old phone stashed away in a drawer somewhere and believe it or not, that old phone may be worth some serious money!
BuybackBoss (Most cash for old phone)
BuybackBoss is another great place to sell your old phone because they guarantee the MOST money when it comes to selling your old phone. However, you do have to prove it to them.
Since everyone today has a mobile phone, you probably also have an old phone lying around somewhere, right?
Turn that old phone into quick cash by getting the highest price for your old phone – guaranteed.
They have three simple steps when it comes to selling your old phone.
First it only takes 30 seconds or less to get your quote. Then, you simply ship your used phone for free and even track your shipment as well. Once your item is shipped, you get the choice of getting paid via check or through PayPal.
Also, if you do happen to find somewhere online that offers you a better price, you can simply send them an email (explanation on their website) with a link to the higher offer. Once they see the better offer, they will update your offer to beat their competitors and notify you once it’s ready to go.
With a Trustpilot rating of 4.8 out of 5 and the best-price guarantee, BuybackBoss is a no-brainer for selling your stuff online.
OC Buyback is perfect if you have an iPod, tablet, Smartwatch, AppleTV or GoPro that you need to get rid of. Also, if you have are selling your old phone, definitely compare the price with BuybackBoss because of Buyback’s highest price guarantee.
It’s extremely simple to get started with OC Buyback. First you just need to select the device you are selling, ship your device for free (or drop off locally for free) and the get paid!
You can get paid via a mailed check (USPS First Class Mail) or get your money sent to your PayPal instantly (or up to 24 hours).
Also, there is no limit on how much you can sell on OC Buyback. Therefore, it may not be a bad idea to take some of that “junk” your friends are throwing away and turn that into some quick cash!
OC Buyback currently has a Trust Pilot rating of 4.6 out of 5. Not quite as high as BuyBack Boss, but still worth taking a look at.
Best Place to Sell Old Electronics
If you’re selling other electronics beyond your old phone, the best place to go is Decluttr.
If you have other electronics besides a cell phone, Decluttr is one of the best ways to sell your unwanted stuff online. Here’s how it works:
- First, you go to the Decluttr website to get the link for the free app and get a free instant evaluation of what you’re selling.
- Once you accept their offer, simply put into a box for shipping and they will send you a pre-paid shipping label.
- Next drop your package off at any UPS store, with any UPS driver, or with an authorized shipping dealer (you can search by your zipcode on their site)
- As soon as Decluttr receives your package, they will pay you the very next day by Direct Deposit, PayPal, by Check, or they will even make a donation to a charity of your choice on your behalf!
Decluttr is also a really safe way to sell your items because you aren’t selling to other individuals. Instead, Decluttr buys your stuff directly and then resells it on their site.
Categories you can sell on Decluttr:
- CDs and DVDs
- Video games
- Gaming systems
- Apple products such as iPods, iPads and iPhones
- Lego sets
I know. The Lego thing kind of threw you for a loop, didn’t it! It doesn’t really fit in with the other categories Decluttr sticks to, but apparently there’s a serious market for used Lego sets!
Get the App:
- Decluttr for iPhone and Android
Best Places to Sell Anything
These next three sites will allow you to sell anything you have to an extremely broad audience.
OfferUp is now one of the most popular places to sell anything online — including any services you want to provide. The OfferUp app is extremely user friendly and allows you to post your items for sale in a matter of minutes. Whether you have items you want to sell or you have a service you would like to promote, OfferUp is the top place to get started.
OfferUp also offers shipping services which facilitaes the process of the buyer paying for shipping and then sending you a prepaid shipping label. This service allows you to sell anywhere outside of your local area.
- Electronics and Media
- Home and Garden
- Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories
- Baby and Kids
- Toys, Games and Hobbies
- Sports and Outdoors
- Collectibles and Art
- Pet Supplies
- Health and Beauty
- Business Equipment
And many others as well, including Collectibles. You could sell in just about any category on this site.
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The original place to sell stuff online. Craigslist is still a great place to sell stuff online, but as you can see there are now more places than ever to sell stuff online.
Another classic when it comes to selling online is eBay. However, if you’ve made it this far then you already know all about eBay. Moving onto the next on the list.
Amazon Seller Marketplace
Amazon has a popular program for selling your stuff online. The Amazon Seller Marketplace allows you to sell a variety of items online, including used items in many categories, as well as new items you’ve made or bought at a discount.
- Amazon devices and accessories
- Kindle devices and accessories
- Automotive and powersports parts, tools, equipment and accessories
- Baby gear (new only, excluding clothing)
- Beauty (new only)
- Business products
- Camera and photo
- Cell phones
- Clothing and accessories (new only)
- Collectible coins
- Fine art collectibles
- Grocery and gourmet food (new only)
- Handmade items (new only)
- Health and personal care items (new only)
- Historical and advertising types of collectibles
- Home and garden
- Industrial and scientific (new only)
- Jewelry (new only)
- Luggage and travel accessories (new only)
- Musical instruments
- Office products
And many more. Listing and selling fees apply, and the prices you’ll pay for selling stuff on Amazon vary based on how many items you plan on listing or selling in a given month and other criteria. For certain membership levels you’ll pay a monthly fee as well as individual listing and selling fees.
Given Amazon’s market share, the amount of exposure your items get could easily make up for the fees you may have to pay to sell.
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Do you shop on Amazon? Here’s a list of companies that will pay you in the form of Amazon Gift Cards.
Best Places to Sell Clothing and Accessories
Before selling your clothing and accessories on sites like Craigslist and OfferUp, here are a few sites that are best for clothing and fashion.
Poshmark lets you sell fashion clothing and accessories online. You can search by who you want to shop for (i.e. women, men or kids), by brand name, or by item (i.e. shorts, dresses, handbags, etc.).
When you sell an item on Poshmark, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label to send it out. They charge a small commission based on the dollar amount of the transaction as well.
- Women’s clothing
- Men’s clothing
- Kids’ clothing
- Jewelry and accessories
Posh’s Posh Protect program, along with their customer service team, helps ensure you get authentic items when you buy, and that you get paid promptly when you sell.
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Depop is sort of an online flea market type of a site. Lots of fun vintage items on this site. Browsing through the listings was like taking a serious step back in time and was really fun. You use the app to buy and sell, and there are no fees or commissions paid.
There are no specific categories listed; the site just says “Find something that means something”. Most of the listings that I found on the site were clothing and accessory type items such as shirts, hats, jeans, jewelry, etc.
Most of the sellers on the site listed shipping fees to appeal to those who were buying from out of the area. The site is pretty simple and easy to use with the app, so if you have some cool, different or vintage clothing or accessories, this could be the way to go.
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With Vinted you can sell or buy used second-hand wardrobe items such as shoes, clothes, and accessories. There’s no cost to list or sell with Vinted, and like many other selling sites these days, users have to create a profile in order to enhance safety and security.
- Women’s clothing, shoes and accessories
- Men’s items
You can meet up in person if you find a local buyer, or ship and get payment via PayPal.
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Best If You Only Want to Sell Locally
Do you want to sell locally? Here are a few great places to get started.
While Facebook Marketplace does allow you to sell outside of your area, this is a great option if you only want to sell locally. I would recommend joining free groups in your area that are for selling in your local area only.
It’s free, you just need to set up a Facebook account if you don’t yet have one.
The premise behind 5miles is that it will help you buy or sell anything within 5 miles of your location, but when I looked online I was relieved to see that they offered plenty of buying selections in a broader range, up to 40 miles or so away from where we live.
It’s free to list and sell on 5miles, just like it is on Craigslist and similar sites.
- Cell phones
- Women’s clothing and shoes
- Electronics and computers
- Baby and kids
- Auto parts
- Jewelry and watches
- Sports and outdoors
- Collectibles and art
- Garage sales
You can search by category, by specific item or by city. This is an easy-to-use site that seems to be pretty popular in many large metropolitan areas.
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Best Places to Sell Textbooks
Have some old textbooks lying around? The good news is those books are usually worth a lot of cash!
Cash4Books buys your used textbooks and other books. As with Decluttr, all you have to do is enter the ISBN (the number at the bottom of the barcode) of the book you’d like to sell and they’ll give you an offer price.
Once you’ve entered all of the ISBN numbers for the books you want to sell, and accepted the Cash4Books offer prices, they’ll send you a free prepaid shipping label that you can use to pack up and send your books to them.
After they’ve received the books and had a chance to assess their condition, etc., they’ll send you your earnings via PayPal. The site says that on average it takes about two weeks from the time you click “Sell my books” until the time you get your cash via PayPal.
Although the site buys all types of books, it looks as if the biggest payouts come from up-to-date used college textbooks.
If you’re a recent college graduate, know someone who is or can find newer versions of college textbooks at garage sales, this could be a great way to make some cash.
Her is also a complete list of selling used college text books.
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Best Places to Sell Furniture
Many people make the mistake of selling furniture on sites that allow you to sell anything. Start with the sites that go beyond just selling stuff online and have a focus on furniture.
Chairish is an online consignment store where you can sell used items in a number of categories. The site says it takes less than two minutes to list your item, and that you take home 80% of the sale price.
That’s a much higher percentage than what many brick-and-mortar consignment shops will offer to pay you since they have to cover space rental costs and employee pay and benefits.
You can sell items on Chairish to local people or ship the items out of state. Chairish helps you organize shipping arrangements too. This could be a good venue for you if you have lots of art deco or vintage items for the home.
- Art and mirrors
And more. Listing is free, the site has great tips on how to take the best photos to sell your item, and they have 24/7 customer service support as well.
Get the App:
- Chairish for Android: No Chairish app for Android users as of yet
- Chairish for Apple
Where Else To Sell Stuff Online
Mercari allows you to sell your stuff online without any listing fees. However, you will pay a selling fee of 10% of the listing price, so be sure to price carefully. In other words, if you list something for $100 and a buyer bargains you down to $50, you’re still paying Mercari a $10 selling fee.
If you end up selling to a buyer who wants an item shipped to them, Mercari will help you do that by offering to print (and charge you for) a shipping label, or you can ship on your own.
The “other category” can include a variety of items such as automotive (they even had cars listed in addition to auto parts), daily and travel items, musical instruments, office supplies, pet supplies and more.
As I searched the site looked like they had many items for sale in all 50 states, which indicates Mercari is a well-known and well-used site.
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Dealo touts itself as a “faster, safer way to buy and sell anything”. The site itself has very little information about how Dealo works, who is using it and where or what the fees are. Categories are not listed either, however the site states you can register, list or buy within 30 seconds.
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With Varage Sale you can list your items for sale and then meet up with buyers in your neighborhood. There are no categories listed for searching on this site, but there is a search bar that allows you to enter what you may be looking for, along with your location so you can find items near your home or work.
You need to sign up with Facebook or an email account so they can verify who you are – all buyers and sellers have to go through a verification process before they’re approved to buy or sell on the site.
In other words, you can browse the site’s listings, but both buyers and sellers need to sign up in order to get access to contact others within the site. This is a safety precaution that many buying and selling sites are implementing these days.
No listing or selling fees and no charge to bump your listing to the top of the site. A great alternative to the traditional garage sale.
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Tradyo helps people buy and sell right in their local area. The site seems to be European based, however there were plenty of listings in my major metropolitan area in the U.S. Listings are free, and you can use instant chat to connect with potential buyers.
I typed in my zip code and found several items available for sale nearby. Then, just for fun I typed “90210” in the search bar (the only out-of-state zip code I know off the top of my head; yeah, I know – I’m dating myself), and there were a lot of listings for that area as well.
- Art, antiques and collectibles
- Autos, cars and other vehicles
- Baby and kids
- Books and comics
- Car accessories and parts
- Clothing and fashion
- Electronics, cell phones and cameras
- Free stuff
- Gaming consoles and games
- Garage sales
- Health and beauty
- Home and furniture
- Sporting goods and exercise
- Tools and equipment
Lots of categories to choose from, and Tradyo is a site that is easy to use.
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SocialSell has a variety of listings in many areas in the U.S. Their website isn’t worth heading to at this writing; the apps have all the information you need for buying and selling.
- Men’s apparel
- Women’s apparel
- Household and yard
- Children and kids
- Collectibles and memorabilia
- Sports and fitness
And more. Like Craigslist there are no listing or selling fees. Mandatory user profiles help keep sellers and buyers safe.
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Shpock is a mobile marketplace bringing millions of buyers, sellers, and businesses together. Currently there are over 10 million active users with over 100 million product searches through their site.
There are no listing fees or selling fees and the app makes listing your items and communicating with potential buyers easy.
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Don’t Get Ripped Off (Here’s How)
Now that I have shared some of the more popular apps for selling stuff online, I want to take just a few minutes to talk about online selling and buying safety.
The world is full of con artists and other unsavory people, and it’s important to make sure you’re ahead of the game when it comes to online scammers in the selling and buying marketplace. Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful when it comes to avoiding scams when you go to sell stuff online.
Don’t Deviate From Normal Payment Options
Most sites have you pay one of a couple of different ways: you can meet in person and accept cash or a cashier’s check, or you can accept a PayPal payment if you’re shipping an item.
When selling something and meeting a person directly we only accept cash – never a personal check or money order. We will accept a cashier’s check for big ticket items, but we always call and verify with the bank it’s issued off of first.
Have a First Come, First Served Rule
Don’t offer to hold items for people that may never show up unless you have a good and valid reason to do so. Holding items puts you at risk for losing out on selling your item.
If someone wants your item bad enough they’ll find a way to make it there quickly.
Beware of Giving Second Chances
If someone doesn’t show up or doesn’t do what they’ve promised, be wary. In our case with the lady who wanted to buy our furniture but never showed up, she asked if she could come another time. We didn’t answer.
We like to follow the “Screw me once, shame on you, screw me twice, shame on me” mantra when selling stuff online. If someone disses us once we won’t give them a chance to do it again.
Meet Up with Potential Buyers in a Public Place if Possible
We don’t follow this rule always, but many times we’ll meet buyers at a central location as long as it’s somewhere with a lot of traffic, such as across the street from the local police department or at a big box store such as Walmart.
It’s important to not put yourself in a situation where you’re in an isolated area with strangers.
Never Meet Up with Buyers Alone
Always bring somebody along if you’re meeting up with potential buyers too. I don’t recommend ever going alone, simply for safety reasons.
Always Tell Somebody When You’re Meeting Up with a Potential Buyer
When you’re meeting up with a potential buyer – whether alone or with somebody else – always, always leave information about where you’re going, who you’re meeting (leave the contact info you’ve been using to communicate with them), what you’re doing and when you expect to be back.
Tell your loved ones to call you and check in if you’re not back when you say you expect to be back. It probably wouldn’t hurt to bring pepper spray or some other item to protect yourself if need be too.
If Something Seems “Off”, Go With Your Gut
When you’re selling or buying something online and something seems off, it’s probably best to pull out of the deal. If someone is offering you way too much for an item, or is trying to finagle some weird payment arrangements other than what is typical, I’d bail on the deal.
There are many scam artists out there who offer to give you “this” if you’ll do “that” when you’re doing online selling and buying. For instance they’ll arrange for third-party payment, or send you over what you want and ask you to give them back the difference, or other similar odd types of requests.
These requests often come with a sob story that will play on your emotions in hopes that you’ll ignore the warning signs in an effort to help. Don’t fall for it. The world’s struggles are not all on your shoulders.
Stick to the rules and make sure you’re paid as promised with no goofy back and forth stuff. Selling stuff online can be a lucrative income source, especially if you’ve got a house full of unused stuff.
Just be sure to use selling sites and apps the way they are intended and keep a leg up on potential scam artists. This way you’ll maximize your income and make big strides toward reaching all of your financial goals and dreams.
As you can, there are so many options for you to sell your stuff online. Selling apps for both iOs and Android are picking up in popularity and people are looking beyond just eBay and Craigslist to buy your stuff. You can literally sell anything online. From cars, to selling refrigerators, to clothes and even old phones, you have money sitting in your house in the form of “stuff”.
But, if are still looking to make money beyond selling, then check out the top side hustle ideas.
What have you used to sell stuff online?