You’ve heard the expression “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” Well now add “Make Cash” to that list.
If you’re like me, you have tons of old stuff sitting around your house that you no longer use. Whether it’s clothes your kids outgrew or old appliances that you’ve had replaced, the Internet can turn your garage into a goldmine.
What Can I Sell?
When it comes to identifying items worth selling, I would encourage you to think of the old adage “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” You never know what somebody will want or need, and you better believe the Internet will help you find that special someone. So don’t pass over an opportunity to make a few bucks while gaining some precious extra space around your house.
What Sites Should I Use?
While there are tons of websites out there, I would recommend using eBay.com or craigslist.com.
On eBay, you will find postings from around the world for everything under the sun, from antique lamps and clothing to a Buick.
It has two main options for selling your used goods, auction-style or a fixed price format. You can choose between these two formats based on how quickly you’d like to sell it and how firm your asking price is. Please note: there are some small sellers fees on eBay so please be sure to read the fine print. Also, you will be responsible for shipping your item so make sure your selling price covers shipping and packing costs.
If you’d like to sell more locally and don’t mind a little more legwork, Craigslist is a great option. Listings are free and you can sell directly without dealing with shipping. If you’re uncomfortable about inviting a stranger to your home, you can always offer to meet in a public place (but if you’re selling Whirlpool appliances that may be a little trickier.)
Essential Tips for Selling Online
Once you’ve determined how you’re going to use to sell your items, here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a listing:
- Do your homework: Check for similar postings to see how much other items are being sold for. This will give you a better idea of the market and what details you might want to include in your listing.
- Use quality photos: Seeing is believing. Make sure you have good photos with quality lighting so that viewers can best see your product.
- Be detailed: It’s important to provide key product details. If you can, link to the product’s website with more details.
- Be upfront: It’s important to be honest about the condition of your item. If you’re using eBay, deception can very negatively impact your seller status, and if you’re using Craigslist, your buyer will be seeing the product in person so there’s no use hiding flaws. Most items on these sites are used, so wear is expected.
This guest post was written by Michelle Anderson.