Looking for the best ways to sell your stuff online? If you want to put extra money in your pocket, there’s no shortage of apps and websites that will help you sell your unwanted items.
In this article, we’ll cut through the clutter of options and give you the best ways to sell stuff online for top dollar — including anything from furniture to clothes to accessories to used electronics. And most of these places are free.
Best ways to sell your stuff online: Table of contents
- General online marketplaces
- App marketplaces
- Selling electronics online
- Used clothing selling
- Selling collectibles, antiques & more
General online marketplaces
You can’t talk about selling used items online and not mention eBay. The popular online marketplace was at the forefront of selling used merchandise on the Internet in the 1990s.
To get started, you simply create an account, list your items, upload pictures (eBay automatically does this for most items), and you’re up and running! You have instant access to an online marketplace of more than 160 million people.
The great thing about eBay and it’s competitors is that you can sell pretty much any general merchandise (anything that’s legal) there. That means that anything from collectible toys to designer handbags to spare engine parts is fair game.
For a step-by-step how-to on maximize your eBay selling experience, check out our article on the secret to making extra money with eBay.
Of course, eBay is far from the only game in town. Because of eBay’s fees, which can be up to $0.35 per item plus 10% of the sale price of the item, other players have gotten into the market of selling used merchandise online.
Some of the competitors include:
|Bonanza||~ starting at 3.5%|
|eBid||A flat 3% fee|
|Etsy||3.5% of the sale price and 3% plus $0.25 for payment processing|
|Facebook Marketplace||No fees apply|
If you just want to sell something quickly, there are location-based smartphone apps that allow you to sell almost anything to people in your neighborhood!
But, you’ll want to remember to abide by each app’s safety guidelines, especially if someone is coming to your home to take a look at what you’re selling.
Letgo is just one of many apps that makes it easy to get started. With this app, you simply snap a picture of that you’re selling, enter the price, post and wait for a buyer!
You can add more pictures and edit the auto-generated description to make your posting more appealing to potential buyers.
In addition to Letgo, you may want to check out these similar apps:
Selling electronics online
Have you recently upgraded your cell phone and found yourself wondering what to do with your old device?
Some people put their old cell phone in their dresser drawer, never to access it again. But if you’re money-minded, you may want to see what you can get for it on the open market.
Decluttr is one of several sites you can use to unload old gadgets for a profit. The way Decluttr works is simple. Just log on to get a quote for your phone, tablet, wearable or other tech item.
If you like the quote you see, simply create an account, click “Complete Order” and get ready to box up your gadget and send it in.
Decluttr sends you a postage paid form via email that’s pre-addressed to be shipped to their headquarters. Just print that up, slap it on the box and take it to a UPS drop-off point.
Once Decluttr receives the package, you’ll have next-day payment via direct deposit!
Meanwhile, here are other places to get the most money for your electronics.
- Swappa.com for video games, home tech, laptops, tablets, iPhones, Androids and other smartphones
- Gazelle.com for Apple TV, iPods, all Apple computers, Android and Apple tablets, iPhones and Android smartphones
- Gizmogul.com for iPhones and Android smartphones, iPods, Macbooks, Android and Apple tablets and smartwatches. A dollar from each transaction is donated by Gizmogul to help build schools around the world
- BuyBackWorld.com for game consoles, Apple desktop computers, iPhones and Android smartphones, iPods, Macbooks, Android and Apple tablets and smartwatches
- NextWorth.com for all smartphones, tablets and wearables
- Glyde.com for all phones, tablets and video games
TIP: If it’s specifically a phone you’re looking to sell, SellCell is a great free site that aggregates offers from across the web in real-time and does the comparison shopping for you. That means you don’t have to go to each site individually to get a quote. But their service is limited to the resale of phones.
Remember, before you sell any phone or other gadget, read this to find out how to secure and wipe your devices clean first!
Selling designer clothing and wedding dresses online
Although you can sell clothing on many of the sites mentioned above, if you have any designer clothes or a wedding dress to sell, check out these sites to get the most cash for them!
Selling designer clothing
These sites are great for selling clothing in general, and designer clothing in particular:
Selling wedding dresses
Selling collectibles, antiques, precious metals and musical equipment
Selling collectible items or antiques
If you have collectible items you want to sell, Collectors.com is an invaluable resource when it comes to getting top dollar. In addition, Statricks is another good resource to check the value of an item you have.
If you think you may have something that is worth $1,000 or more, you should really get an appraisal. The American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, and the International Society of Appraisers can help you find qualified, local professionals.
If you have an engagement or wedding ring you need to sell, IDoNowIDont.com is an online marketplace where you can sell diamond rings and other jewelry to buyers safely and risk-free.
Meanwhile, if you’re selling precious metals like gold, there are a lot of ways you could go. You could sell your gold at a gold party, local jewelers, pawn shops, or mail-in buyers.
According to Consumer Reports, the best way to get top dollar for your gold is to sell it to gold refiners. However, since refiners buy in bulk, you may not be able to sell to them if you don’t have enough gold. That’s why the next best place to sell your precious metals is a local jeweler or pawn shop.
Before you sell, make sure your gold does not have any antique value that would trump its meltdown value. When you’re ready to sell, do these things first:
- Weigh your gold using a simple kitchen scale. Use an online calculator like Dendritics.com to convert the weight into pennyweights or troy ounces — the most common measurements for gold — to determine its value.
- Check today’s prices. Kitco.com tells you the day’s current price of gold as a guideline.
Musical instruments and equipment
It can be difficult to get what you want for musical instruments when selling to a music store or pawn shop, since these places have to turn a profit on the items they sell.
However, Reverb is an app specific to musical instruments and equipment where you can list your items. eBay is also an option for instruments and musical equipment.
Getting rid of things you’ve had for a long time can be a sentimental experience, but it can also be really liberating.
If you have a lot of stuff you want to sell, it can be overwhelming to think about how to sort it and figure out the best place to sell it. Here’s a tried and true way to figure out what you should probably get rid of:
- Go through each item in your house and put it through the two-year test. If you haven’t used or worn something in at least two years, that might be a clue you really don’t need it.
- Next, put all those items in a central location and sort them by category.
- After that, search the items online to get a good idea of how much they’re worth.
- Head to the appropriate places above to get them sold!
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