Whether you’re decluttering or trying to earn extra income, there comes a time for everyone to get rid of things you no longer need.
Shoes are the perfect example. High-end pairs of sneakers and other footwear can fetch a high price, and there are plenty of online and local marketplaces you can use to find buyers.
So, before you toss those old shoes into the trash, it might be worth taking a look at them to see if they could be resold.
Many smart shoppers sell sneakers, clothes and other items when they are done with them for cold hard cash. This post is covering where to sell sneakers and how to get started with selling them.
Where To Sell Sneakers For Cash
Brand name sneakers are not a small investment. If you’ve taken care of your shoes, chances are they can be worth money, even if they are used.
Here are some of the places to sell sneakers both in person and online for some quick money.
1. Facebook Marketplace
You might have seen cars, boats, or even homes for sale on Facebook Marketplace, but did you know that this is also one of the best places to sell sneakers for cash?
The Facebook Marketplace is an excellent starting point for selling stuff locally for cash. You can list for free or even list your sneakers in local buy and sell groups without having to pay listing fees.
Plus, Facebook Marketplace is mostly for local sales, which means you don’t have to worry about shipping costs and hassles when you find a buyer.
Some popular sneaker brands to sell on Facebook Marketplace include:
- New Balance
When selling sneakers for cash online, make sure you mention the brand, size, condition, and any important information you can think of so buyers have as much information as possible.
Another excellent option for selling sneakers for cash is to use Poshmark, an resale app that specializes in apparel, shoes, and accessories.
Women’s apparel and sneakers are popular on Poshmark, but you can still sell men’s sneakers as well. Creating an account and listing is completely free as well and just takes a few minutes.
Poshmark charges two different seller fees depending on the total sale price:
- Sales Under $15: Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95.
- Sales Over $15: Poshmark charges a 20% commission.
This fee is a bit high, especially compared to free marketplaces like Facebook. But the platform focuses on higher-end brands, so it’s a great place to sell Jordans, Yeezys, or other expensive sneaker brands.
Buyers also pay for shipping on Poshmark, and you get a prepaid shipping label when you make a sale.
Like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp is an online marketplace where sellers can post sneakers for sale online as well as clothes, home furnishings, furniture and more.
Sneakers and shoes are actually a top selling item on OfferUp, and the platform is a great way to sell your used and unused footwear and apparel for extra cash.
If you’re trying to sell Jordans for cash, this brand is very popular on OfferUp. Same goes for other name-brand sneakers, especially if they’re in mint condition.
Creating a listing is completely free, and most sales are done locally. You can also ship sneakers to buyers, and they pay for shipping, although you pay a 12.9% online-sale fee if you go this route.
And, OfferUp has an awesome list of pre-approved meeting places for local sales that are in busy public areas or near police stations. This helps improve buyer and seller safety, and it’s one of the reasons OfferUp is so popular.
Another great place to sell sneakers is Mercari, a popular selling app in the United States.
The Mercari app is free to download, and you don’t pay to create listings. It also lets you sell just about anything, from vehicles to rare collectibles like Yugioh cards.Women’s shoes are very popular on Mercari, and you find a lot of people selling heels and boots. However, men and women’s sneakers are also popular, especially for popular brands like Nike, Adidas, and Jordans.
People also sell sports equipment on Mercari all the time, so any athletic training sneakers or cleats could be a quick sale as well.
If you make a sale, Mercari charges a 10% seller fee and a 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee. You can read our guide on Mercari fees for a complete breakdown and our guide on Mercari seller tricks for advice on how to get fast sales.
A long time favorite for those selling online, eBay has been helping sellers find buyers since 1995. This online auction site is great for reaching a wide audience. Unique and rare sneakers can also do particularly well here with competitive prices, since eBay is popular with collectors.
If you’re selling designer sneakers or collectible sneakers that are in mint condition, eBay is probably your best bet.
This is because many sneaker collectors actively search for specific types of sneakers and start their search on eBay.
Just note that eBay’s sneaker selling fees are a bit different than its normal fee structure.
- Sneakers Over $100: You pay 8% if you’re a non-store seller and 7% for store sellers.
- Sneakers Under $100: You pay 12.55% if you’re a non-store seller and 11.7% for store sellers.
The lower sale fee for high-end sneakers once again makes eBay a great place for selling Jordans, Yeezys, Nikes, and other expensive sneaker brands.
Extra Reading – Selling On Mercari vs eBay.
6. Consignment Stores
Want to sell Jordans for cash or other high-value sneakers and don’t want to mess with shipping? A consignment store in your area may be able to help you out!
These specialty retailers accept clothing, shoes, and accessories in gently used condition and then resell them to local shoppers.
Some consignment shops offer you cash for sneakers up front, or you may have to wait for your shoes to sell to get paid.
For name brand and designer shoes, you may specifically want to seek out higher end consignment stores that focus on more well known brands. These second hand retailers can often fetch you a higher price.
The main advantage of using a consignment store is that you don’t have to deal with buyers or the hassle of actually selling, so it’s more passive. However, you won’t get full-price for your sneakers, so keep this in mind.
If you’re still wondering where to sell sneakers, you could always try old and trusted Craigslist.
This popular local marketplace is still a popular site to buy and sell items locally. Just pull up the version for your city, and you can post a listing in merely minutes.
Just note that Craigslist does have some history of scammers, so be sure you meet buyers in a public place and have them pay in cash so you know the money is actually yours when you complete the sale.
Extra Reading – Craigslist vs The Facebook Marketplace.
Have high end sneakers like Gucci, Yeezy’s, St. Laurent, Jordan’s or other top brands? GOAT is a sneaker-focused site that helps sellers reach a premium audience of buyers who are looking for what they have to sell.
You have to apply to sell on GOAT which is the main downside. But applications typically only take a couple of days for approval.
You need the SKU number of the shoes that you are looking to sell for your listing. This can be found on the box that the shoes came in, or on the inside of the shoe.
Also note that GOAT charges sellers variable flat fees and a starting commission of 9.5% for sales. You can see the complete fee breakdown on GOAT’s website.
We don’t suggest selling sneakers with GOAT if you just have an old pair or two laying around. But for serious sneaker reselling, it’s one of the best options out there.
One final place to sell Sneakers is StockX, an auction site dedicated to fashionable brands, electronics, and other higher-end goods.
A little different than other auction sites, StockX has you send the items for sale to them so that they can authenticate them before the product is shipped to the buyer.
The advantage here is that StockX is reputable and makes selling collectible sneakers more straightforward. The downside is that this isn’t the right website for selling cheaper or used sneakers.
Also note that StockX has a 3% processing fee as well as a processing fee that varies depending on your sales volume.
Tips For Selling Sneakers For Cash
Now that you know some of the best places to sell sneakers for cash, here are a few useful selling tips to keep in mind:
- Clean Your Sneakers: This is an obvious tip, but clean your sneakers before selling them and taking photos for your listing so they’re as presentable as possible (unless they’re in mint condition or never worn).
- Upload Multiple Photos: Take as many photos as possible of your sneakers when listing online. Also take a photo of the tag of the inside of the sneakers and the sole of the sneakers.
- Write Great Descriptions: When listing, mention information like size, brand, color, condition, and anything you can think of that would help buyers make a decision. You can also mention where you want the buyer to pick up their sneakers or if you’re willing to drive somewhere to exchange.
- Research Competitor Pricing: How much are other sellers listing similar sneakers for? You don’t have to undercut the market unless you want a very fast sale, but price yourself similarly so you actually get buyers.
This Facebook Marketplace listing where someone is selling Nike Air Max Bellas is a perfect example of a good listing. The buyer mentions brand, condition, size, why they’re selling, and the pick up location.
How Much Money Can You Make?
When it comes to flipping money, reselling sneakers is a very popular hustle. This is because sneakers are highly collectible, so the market of buyers is quite large.
In fact, some people flip sneakers as a full-time job or major part of their income.
For example, in this video, YouTuber Frank shares how he earned over $60,000 in profit in one year just from reselling sneakers online:
Now, the thing with sneaker reselling is that a lot of money gets tied up in inventory. So, Frank only had $18,000 in realized profits while the rest was caught up in inventory.
But even so, selling sneakers can turn into a great way to make money online or in-person, and it’s a fun hustle if you’re a sneakerhead!
Extra Reading – How To Flip $1,000 Dollars.
When you are looking to sell sneakers for cash, the good news is that there are lots of options! Whether you sell locally through a consignment shop, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, or sell on a resell app like eBay, Poshmark or Mercari, there are lots of options to make money selling shoes.
To get the best price possible for your items, make sure that they are clean and in good condition. If you need to tidy them up before taking photos, definitely do so!
And remember: photos can be crucial when listing items for sale online. Make sure to take a wide variety of photos at all angles. Also ensure that you have good lighting indoors or take your photos outside during the day to make sure they are well lit.
Best of luck with your selling endeavors!
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Kim Ritter is a frugal living expert, blogger and mom of two from small-town Iowa. What began as an effort to help her family save a few dollars a month has now transformed into a full-time passion to help others save and make money. Kim is also an expert in money-making apps, side hustles, and personal finance. Visit her online at Two Kids And A Coupon and follow her on Twitter for more money tips.