Where to Sell Stuff Online

Looking for the best sites to sell your stuff? In this article will show you the most popular ones.
Selling belongings online or IRL isn’t just a great way to declutter and avoid landfill waste—it’s also big business.

Best Online Marketplaces

eBay

The OG online selling site, and you can sell pretty much anything here, but there is a remarkable market for clothes, specifically. Currently, eBay has 182 million active users, so your products will have a vast audience, but plenty of competition, too. To outshine your competition, make sure to take plenty of photos and use the “Buy It Now” method rather than auctioning to get full value for any designer items.

Amazon

It’s the world’s biggest marketplace, and hosts sellers of all kinds, so selling your electronics here is a good way to make sure to get an audience. While it offers familiarity and marketability, Amazon also has many regulations for electronic commerce, including being unable to sell unlocked phones. The company will take $0.99 per item sold, plus a referral fee of eight to 15 percent.

Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist

These websites and apps don’t always take a cut of your sales, but you’re responsible for connecting with your buyer, meeting up in person and making the exchange. It’s definitely a different style than the online auctions and sales. If you’re not comfortable handling all the logistics yourself and then meeting up with a stranger, you should probably stick to online only.

Depending on what you’re selling, you can arrange to meet your buyer in a public place (many local police stations offer a “safe haven” for such sales) or have a friend hang around while you make the sale. The simplicity here is the key: no packing, shipping or fees, just cash in your hand. But unlike many online-only sales sites, these marketplaces don’t have any guarantees or protections if your buyer turns out to be a flake.

Best for Clothes, Crafts and Arts

Poshmark

The ideal selling destination for those vending designer apparel, accessories, and even certain home goods. It’s organized a little bit like a social media site, which means to gain traction, you must be active by sharing and liking your listings. Poshmark takes a flat fee from listings that profit less than $15, and a 20 percent commission from any profits more than $20.

Etsy

If you’re interested in selling your handmade arts and crafts or vintage collectibles, Etsy is where it’s at. You pay 20 cents to list an item and then a 5% transaction fee on the sale price of the item, not including shipping. If you use Etsy Payments to process your payment, you’ll be charged an additional 3% plus 25 cents.

thredUP

ThredUP is an online consignment store offering to buy your clothing and sell gently used clothing online. The platform bills itself as “the largest online consignment and thrift store.” Founded in 2009 as a men’s shirt-swapping company, thredUP is today a consumer resale marketplace touting representation of over 35,000 brands.

Depop

Depop is an online marketplace used by more than 15 million registered users. It was originally started as a place to buy and sell clothes, like Poshmark or other online thrift stores — and while people still use it that way, it has also expanded into a place where people can set up online stores for their own brands, whether it’s clothes or something else.

Depop describes its site as a place “where the next generation comes together to discover new items … transforming what fashion looks like.” It’s set up a lot like Instagram, with photos and profiles appearing in a feed so users can scroll through and see what they like.

Instagram

Instagram is increasingly becoming a go-to app for shopping. Although we’re used to Insta as a place of interacting with the accounts and people we follow, plenty of people have turned its platform into the opportunity for a side hustle, especially if they already have big followings. Sell your clothes on Instagram by creating an account solely dedicated to the clothes, and promote that account with your normal one. While it can be lucrative, Instagram doesn’t have built-in selling features for personal accounts, so be prepared to organize communication, payment, and shipping all on your own.

Best for Electronics

Swappa, Glyde, Gazelle

These sites aren’t so much marketplaces as resellers. They give you a quote on your smartphone, laptop or tablet, and then you send it to them.
The sites are pretty similar, in essence, so you can compare quotes from each one and find the best offer. You’ll likely get a lower price for your electronics than if you sold them yourself somewhere like eBay. The draw here is how easy these sites make it to get quick bucks for your electronics rather than having them gather dust in your drawer.

 


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