Have you ever looked around your house and taken in the number of things you have laying around?
When I moved out of my old apartment, I got rid of a lot of stuff. I’m talking about bags of things; clothing items, shoes, trinkets, and random household goods I seldom used. I donated most of what I could and discarded the rest. In all honesty, it’s embarrassing to write this sort of thing.
In developed countries, we are fortunate to live in a world of surplus. It doesn’t matter if it’s food, apparel, technology, or some other good…you want it, you got it!
Now, I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of minimalism. I think that being less materialistic can make you happier, but I’m not so naive as to think I am personally a minimalist…I mean, I ran a phone farm for crying out loud (who needs 10+ phones?).
Anyway, the true point of this post is to break down some of the best apps to sell stuff online or locally in case you wake up one day and realize you could do with some good old fashion purging.
Selling locally or using apps to sell stuff in your neighborhood is a very fast way to make some extra side cash while decluttering your home. If you are sitting on boxes of things you don’t use anymore and want to make some easy money online, this is the post for you.
Time to break down the 15 best selling apps!
The Best Websites & Apps To Sell Stuff Online
If you aren’t keen on selling locally or meeting people in person to exchange goods, these online marketplaces are the perfect way to make some quick cash by letting go of items you don’t need anymore.
Decluttr is one of the easiest ways to sell unused tech items online. If you want to make fast cash and get rid of unused electronics in your home, this is the first place to look.
Items you can sell on Decluttr include:
- Cell phones and tablets.
- Video games and consoles.
- General tech and wearables.
Decluttr is a leading platform for buying and selling tech products because the process is streamlined. Simply download the free app, enter the barcode of the item you want to sell, and get a valuation. You’re guaranteed the initial price Decluttr offers, and they even send you a shipping label to print out plus pay for all shipping costs.
Decluttr payments are processed the next day after they receive your items. However, your items must be in good condition and meet Decluttr’s selling terms and conditions. Shipments that don’t meet these standards or are deemed fraudulent are not returned.
Poshmark is your best friend for selling used clothing for extra cash. If your closet is full of stuff “you just can’t wear anymore,” it’s probably worth listing the higher quality items on Poshmark.
Selling on Poshmark is simple:
- Download the free Android or IOS app.
- Take pictures of the clothing you want to sell.
- Upload them to your ‘closet’ through the app.
It’s that fast. Plus, when shoppers browse your profile, they can view your entire closet very quickly. This is how top Poshmark sellers can develop a reputation, repeat customers, and make some serious cash.
Listing items on Poshmark is free, so you just have to handle shipping (Poshmark sends a prepaid shipping label, however). Poshmark charges fees for each item you sell. For sales under $15, the fee is a flat rate of $2.95 (U.S.) For sales above $15, the fee is 20%.
While popular brands sell best on Poshmark, you can view the extensive list of accepted Poshmark brands to understand the scope of this platform.
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that eBay is a major player in the world of buying and selling things online.
eBay was founded in 1995. The company earned more than $10billion in 2018, and is an incredibly massive online ecommerce player in both the U.S. and globally.
Figuring out how to sell on eBay and turn a profit is hard. The market is crowded, prices are competitive, and your profile/ratings matter much more than on other selling apps. In many ways, your eBay profile is like building an online store, so you have to ensure buyers are taken care of and that orders go out on time.
Regardless, there is money to be made on eBay. Get rid of unused items in your home to build up your seller profile, and don’t be afraid to dabble with eBay flipping either with the revenue you generate!
If you’re looking for apps like Poshmark, Mercari is a platform that should definitely be on your radar.
Mercari brands themselves as ‘The Selling App,’ and that’s for good reason. With the Mercari app, users snap a photo of the item their selling, ship it (printable shipping labels are provided), and get paid. It’s that simple.
Mercari takes a 10% fee for sold items. With a wide variety of categories, new and used items, and over 150,000 daily item uploads, the sheer size of the Mercari marketplace offers great opportunity for sellers.
Plus, right now, Mercari is offering a $5 credit for listing your first item on the Mercari app. If you want to quickly sell stuff online and make some easy cash, I’d definitely recommend taking advantage of Mercari.
Etsy isn’t the most straightforward way to sell stuff online for cash. However, you might be better off putting in some extra effort and opening your own Etsy store depending on what you want to sell.
Etsy is an amazing marketplace for selling vintage items, crafts, clothing, art, and jewelry. If you’re selling many items, it would be easy to start your own Etsy store and to even make some simple alternations to some of your inventory for a more thrifted, boutique feel.
Sellers on Etsy pay $0.20 for listing an item, and listings are active for 4 months. Sellers also pay a 5% transaction fee and a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee. This sounds steep, but opening your own Etsy shop offers longer-term potential to build an ecommerce presence than just dumping your items on an online marketplace.
Extra Reading – My Etsy POD Dropshipping Experiment.
The best way to explain Depop is to call it ‘eBay meets Instagram.’
On Depop, users create profile pages where they show off and sell their fashion looks. Like Poshmark, the idea here is to get rid of your clothing or to profit from reselling thrifted finds. However, the influencer flavor is what makes Depop so interesting.
Depop is based in London, but has users across the world. Sellers can add hashtags and product descriptions to make their listings stand out. Plus, if you get featured on the Explore Page or start to trend, you’re basically Depop famous and in for some serious sales (or brand deals).
Depop fees are 10% for all sales.
If you want to try another app like Poshmark to sell unused clothing, Vinted is a great alternative. The platform is available in the U.K. and U.S. and also relies on a simple selling process to entice vendors.
Once you download the free Vinted app, you can take pictures of your wardrobe items and list them for free. You pick your prices, and as long as you ship your items within 2 days, you’re golden.
Vinted buyers are responsible for covering shipping costs. Unlike Poshmark, Vinted doesn’t charge a fee for selling. However, the app used to charge a pretty hefty fee for selling, and competition in the online selling app marketplace has hurt Vinted.
Currently, Vinted is gasping for breath. Some sellers are making it worth, but I would only use Vinted as a secondary sales channel if anything.
Apps For Selling Stuff In Your Neighborhood
Selling locally has numerous advantages and disadvantages to selling online. On the one hand, your local market is always smaller than the internet. However, selling locally is often faster than selling online, and you don’t have to worry about shipping, lost/damaged orders, returns, or online scammers.
The following apps and websites are a great way to sell stuff locally. Just remember to always vet your buyers, use your head, and to arrange for sales in a public place and to never meet buyers alone!
If you’re looking for a website like Craigslist, Letgo is definitely a great place to start your search.
Selling is simple on Letgo. Sellers use the Letgo app to take photos of the merchandise they want to sell and to create listings. Buyers can contact sellers through the Letgo app or website to buy.
Letgo is great for local sellers because buyers can quickly filter for results based on city or zip code. Additionally, buyers can also apply a radius filter to narrow down results, which will help ensure you only get offers from people within driving distance.
The best part, Letgo doesn’t charge any fees. You can pay to boost your listing, but there aren’t any hidden fees to cut into your profits. However, Letgo doesn’t handle payment processing so this is truly a local selling app.
Let’s be real here: the Facebook Marketplace used to be an absolute wasteland. Between the amount of scams, junk, or ridiculously high offers that used to plague the platform, it was basically unusable legitimate for buyers and sellers.
I don’t know what Facebook has done, but Facebook Marketplace has never been better. I regularly check Facebook Marketplace for deals when I’m looking for tech or kitchen appliances, and the deals are solid…my friend just got the most amazing espresso machine off of Facebook for more than 40% off.
Facebook is the largest social platform in the world. Plus, Facebook Marketplace doesn’t charge any fees for sellers, so there’s really no harm in listing your merchandise for sale to see if local buyers bite.
Extra Reading – How To Make Money Writing Reviews.
If you’re looking for a website to sell stuff locally that has a large buyer base and emphasizes safety, I’d recommend looking at VarageSale.
VarageSale connects local buyers and sellers to exchange goods across pretty much any category you could think of. However, the verification process required to use VarageSale is my favorite part.
To become verified on VarageSale, you have to connect with Facebook to verify your identity. Plus, a VarageSale admin must review and approve your profile. This added level of security is certainly reassuring.
VarageSale does not charge a fee to use the platform. The company has received some impressive funding from Silicon Valley, so it seems as if this operation is still in pre-monetization phase and willing to sweeten the deal for users.
OfferUp is a similar platform to VarageSale in that there are some awesome measures in place to protect buyers and sellers.
On OfferUp, users have to link their Facebook account to use the platform. Plus, OfferUp uses a rating and feedback system which encourages buyers and sellers to review their experience. For frequent sellers, this feature is great as it will allow you to build up your reputation, potentially attracting more buyers.
Recently, OfferUp has included the ability to sell online, not just locally. OfferUp doesn’t charge fees for local listings. However, sellers pay a service fee when a shipped item sells, which is a minimum of $1.99 or 12.9% of the sale price.
5miles is probably one of the cooler seller apps in this list, and that’s simply because of the different features this platforms offers.
In many ways, 5miles is sort of like a cross between eBay and Facebook Marketplace. You can sell pretty much anything on 5miles, including cars, clothing, art, and home goods. Additionally, listing items is simple…just download the app, snap a photo, and list your item for free.
The idea behind 5miles is to buy and sell locally; within 5 to 50 miles to be exact. However, 5miles isn’t just a simple buy-sell marketplace.
5miles also has a bidding section known as 5miles Dash. Bidding is free, and you only pay if you win, so this can be a more exciting way to list items for sale locally.
5miles fee structure varies depending on your membership type (free vs. paid) and the category you list in. Checkout the 5miles fee page to learn more.
Carousell is an online marketplace that started in Singapore. Recently, Carousell has expanded into other parts of Asia and the United States. If you aren’t selling on the other apps or websites in this list, this could be a suitable alternative.
Listing items for sale with the Carousell app (IOS or Android) is very fast. Plus, you can sell almost anything on Carousell, including cars and property.
Carousell is free to list on in the United States, so take advantage of free listings while they last (the Singapore version charges fees).
If you live in the UK and want a robust app to sell things, Shpock might be your best friend.
Shpock, or ‘Shop in your Pocket,’ is a leading marketplace app in the UK with more than 10 million users according to the Google Playstore. On Shpock, it’s incredibly easy to buy and sell items locally within the UK.
Sellers can list an item with the Shpock app in just a few minutes, and there are no listing fees. Plus, Shpock uses an internal wallet and payment system so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash or scams.
15. CPlus For Craigslist
There’s no denying that Craigslist is basically the ultimate way to sell stuff in your neighborhood. However, the antiquated system is a pain to use, and offers aren’t always that local.
CPlus is a free Android and IOS app that makes selling locally with Craigslist much easier. Through CPlus, sellers can list, edit, and renew listings. It’s also easy to communicate with interested buyers. Plus, the app is more buyer-friendly as well, and enables easy geo-based searching and filtering options.
There are plenty of ways to make money online or to improve your finances. However, many online money making ideas require time to get going, and it’s sometimes best to make due with what you have around you.
If you currently feel a sense of guilt or ickiness when you open your closet, your garage, or a storage area in your house, it might be time to let go of a few things.
The internet has made it incredibly easy to list things online or to sell stuff in your neighborhood. Take a day to pick out what you want to get rid of, and try some of the websites or apps to sell stuff mentioned in this list.
You might get hooked and find yourself thrifting for more inventory. Or, at the very least, you’ll make some solid side cash and simplify your life while helping someone else out.
Tom is a 23 year old recent college graduate from Canada with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and marketing. This Online World is all about providing people with honest ways to make and save more money by using technology. To learn more about Tom, read his About Page!
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