We can all use a few extra dollars here and there. Why not have fun and simplify your life by selling your stuff online for extra cash? Here are a few tips for turning stuff in the garage, attic, and cellar into hard cash.
We'll take a look at venues for selling stuff like eBay, Craigslist, and sites dedicated to selling specific items like old cell phones. There are tons of fun apps and websites dedicated to selling items you no longer use or need.
Once you have cash in hand, you can pay off some debt, save it for a rainy day, or treat yourself to sushi and sake.
1. Selling on eBay
You can sell anything on eBay. Old toys, ugly ties, and painful heels are all perfect items for eBay. The beauty of selling here is that you reach markets beyond your local area. In essence: you photograph the item, post it, and ship it when it sells. It's important to honor your responsibilities as the seller as per eBay's rules.
2. Selling on Amazon
Similarly, you can sell your stuff at Amazon. The online retail giant allows you to sell items as an individual for $0.99 per item sold. If you see a budding part-time job or career selling an unlimited number of items, you pay a monthly fee of $39.99 to sell over Amazon.
3. Selling on Craigslist
Selling stuff on Craigslist is a cross between a virtual yard sale and a local area eBay. It's easy to set up an account and post items with their interface. A word to the wise, check our blog post on avoiding Craigslist scams. You can also sell in your local area on Facebook, they are essentially competing with Craigslist with this service.
4. Sell Clothes Online
There's a strong resale market for used clothes, with plenty of websites to help you put yours up for sale. Always check a site's selling guidelines to see what brands they seek, and the commission they pay.
Poshmark is a fun site allowing you to sell, buy or stage an online shopping party with your friends. thredUP adds a different wrinkle to selling your clothes, they send you their "clean out bag", which you fill with "like new" condition items. They pay 40% of the resale value for items they accept. If you have luxury clothes to sell, try The Real Real, who pay up to 70% of the resale price on authenticated high-end clothing.
5. Sell Books Online
There is a huge market for all types of used books, from textbooks to graphic novels. Powell's is a top resource for selling your books online. Bookscouter is will buy used textbooks as well as general used books. We've already mentioned Amazon, you can sell books there too.
If you are ready to part with your comic book collection, companies like Sell My Comic Books are ready to snap it up, but you may get a better price selling it yourself on eBay. Do your research on the value of your comic collection before selling.
6. Sell Electronics Online
Everything from that old toaster oven to your iPhone 6 could bring in a few bucks. Sell your used desktop and laptop computers, used iPads, televisions, CD players and even old refrigerators to bring in cash. There are plenty of sites specializing in buying and selling used tech.
To sell electronics locally, Craigslist is a good bet. The online service Decluttr is great for selling electronics, as well as used books, CDs, and DVDs. The giant tech review site Cnet recommends five sites where you can sell used laptops. Don't forget to clear your data from computers and phones prior to selling.
7. Sell Used Furniture
Somebody needs your old couch! And that beat up coffee table could snatch a good price if you give it a coat of paint. Make room for the new by selling furniture you no longer need or use.
8. Sell DVDs, CDs & Vinyl Records
Yes, people still use these items! Try downloading the free app Letgo and list your CDs and Movies there. Decluttr stands ready to move your CDs (and books, DVDs, games, and tech!). Just enter the CD barcode number in their handy online tool to start selling to them.
As for vinyl records, they are staging a comeback with those crazy kids and hipsters. Vinyl records in good shape can bring a premium price. Check out the Ebay How to Sell Vinyl Records guide.
9. Sell Sports Equipment
Be honest, when was the last time you used your old skis or tennis racquet? You can sell them, along with basketballs, inline skates, treadmills, ski books, skateboards, helmets, and kayaks. There are several online buyers/sellers dedicated to used sporting goods like Play it Again Sports and Swap Me Sports. You can also hit up the Ebay Sporting Goods Selling Guide to move that old catcher's mitt.
10. Sell Cars
Selling you car online is a great way to pull maximum value out of your vehicle, compared to trading in with a dealership. Craigslist is the first choice of many sellers, but it literally pays to research the best sites for selling cars online.
11. Sell Giftcards
Fish out that gift card you've had in your wallet for 2 years with a $23.73 balance for that chain of coffee cafes you'll never visit again! There are websites specializing in gift cards such as CardPool and GiftCardGranny that will pay upwards of 90% of the card's value. Or you can exchange your gift card for something else.
12. Sell Your Wedding Dress
Chances are, you won't be wearing your wedding dress to go clubbing too often, so why not put it up for sale? You can sell your wedding gown on eBay, but include sites specializing in used wedding dresses in your research before you sell.
13. Sell Makeup
Yes, the future has arrived and you can sell your makeup to Glambot, and other sites who buy your new or unloved makeup. They send you a label, and you ship the makeup to them. Let's face it, makeup is sort of like candy. Fun to buy, but a little bit goes a long way, and you bought too much. Now sell it.
14. Sell Gold & Jewelry Online
Why not sell old jewelry for the value of the gold? The trick is to find an online buyer to give you your fair money's worth. Compare offers from reputable gold buyers such as Sell Your Gold and Empire Gold Buyers.
While you're rooting through your jewelry, take a peek at the eBay jewelry selling guide to take full advantage of the value of unwanted pieces in your collection. Showcase items like necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets to potential buyers around the world. You can also take advantage of dedicated used jewelry sites like Truefacet.
15. Sell Tickets Online
Sell concert tickets you don't need online. Even Ticketmaster lets you resell unwanted tickets, although only for the certain events they designate. Others piling on the ticket reselling bandwagon include Vividseats and Tickpick, where you can resell tickets to a greater range of events. Complete your ticket research with our guide to Best Ticket Sites.
16. Selling Photos Online
Did you know you can sell photos to stock photography sites online? You may have awesome print or digital photos around the house that can be turned into cash. Maybe you are a shutterbug who'd like to make some extra cash. In that case, focus on our guide to selling photos online.
Sell Your Stuff Recap
Now you're primed and ready to clear out that old stuff and turn it into cash money. Do you have your own intel on the best way to sell your old stuff? Please post a comment and spill the beans, we'd love to hear it.
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