Is your PlayStation 4 lying around, unused, taking up space and collecting dust? Whether you’ve upgraded your console or simply don’t use your PS4 anymore, you can sell it online to make some extra cash.
Making a quick dollar might sound pretty great, but you may have some questions, like where to sell used electronics like your PS4 and other gaming equipment (like a Nintendo Switch), and which online marketplaces will help you maximize your profits. In this article, we’ll break down the best places to sell your PS4, and we’ll help you develop a smart selling strategy so you can ensure you’re making top dollar. Let’s take a look at the best places to sell your PS4 online.
Note: Some online marketplaces change their fees often, so listing fees, selling fees, shipping fees, and payment processing fees are subject to change. Be sure to check the current fee structure before listing your PS4.
Facebook Marketplace is one of the most widely used online selling platforms, and it’s particularly popular for selling video gaming equipment like the PS4.
Facebook introduced Facebook Marketplace in 2016 in response to users creating a growing number of local “buy, sell, and trade” groups. Facebook Marketplace is a versatile platform because you can sell your PS4 and other items to anyone, anywhere, and ship the buyer your goods. Or, you can sell to someone locally and arrange a meetup.
The Facebook Marketplace is actually the second-largest marketplace (based on monthly active users), second only to eCommerce giant Amazon. And, some buyers and sellers prefer Facebook Marketplace to eBay because they can see mutual Facebook connections before engaging with potential buyers. It’s also convenient to be able to communicate about the item using Facebook Messenger. While eBay facilitates payments via PayPal, Facebook Marketplace doesn’t get involved in payments or shipping.
eBay is another excellent option for selling your PS4. Compared to Facebook Marketplace, It’s more difficult to reach local buyers on eBay, but the PS4 is relatively easy to ship. eBay has 134 million active buyers, and the app receives 3.67 million U.S. visitors monthly, so you’ll reach a large pool of potential buyers.
One downside to selling your PS4 on eBay is that some buyers may try to take advantage of eBay’s buyer protection program by claiming that their purchased item doesn’t work or arrived damaged. However, eBay has some stipulations that help protect sellers. According to Liveabout.com, “A used item purchase is rarely refunded for breakage, even if it was originally a high-quality, brand-name item. Notably, eBay usually rules that previous use has resulted in normal wear and tear and that buyers knowingly take a risk when buying a used item that the item may break soon after purchase.” As long as you’re fair and transparent about any defects or damage on your PS4, chances are you won’t find yourself in the midst of a dispute.
OfferUp is a newer player in the online selling platform space. Launched in 2011, the OfferUp app is only available in the U.S., but it’s been downloaded more than 90 million times and has 20 million monthly active users. The average OfferUp user visits the app for 19 sessions every month. As of 2020, OfferUp had 56 million yearly buyers and sellers.
While you can sell various different items on OfferUp, video gaming consoles and accessories are among the most popular categories on this app. One of the biggest benefits of using OfferUp is that you can sell your PS4 to someone local and pay no fees, however if there aren’t many OfferUp users in your area, you’ll reach fewer potential buyers. You can also sell and ship your PS4 to a non-local buyer. OfferUp’s service fee for non-local sales is 12.9% of the final selling price (not including shipping), with a minimum of $1.99.
Craigslist has been around for many years — nearly 30, in fact. It was the world’s first online classified ads platform when it was founded in 1995, and it has stood the test of time. Craigslist gets an estimated 250 million visitors per month, and more than 80 million classified ads are posted each month.
You can reach both local and non-local buyers on Craigslist. There are no listing fees, and Craigslist doesn’t take a percentage of the sale price for items like a PS4 (though they take a percentage in some unique situations, for significant sales like real estate and vehicles).
Electronics are among the most popular items advertised on Craigslist. If you’re in a populated area, you’ll find dozens of listings for video gaming equipment on your city page. If you live in a less populated area, you should consider listing your PS4 on multiple city pages, including the largest cities near you, if you’re hoping to arrange a meetup.
Mercari was founded in 2013, and you can sell a variety of items on the platform, including your PlayStation 4, PS4 accessories, and PS4 games. Mercari doesn’t have listing fees, but they take about 10% of the item price for a completed sale. You’ll also pay a payment processing fee of 2.9% + $0.0 on the total amount you receive from the buyer.
Mercari also facilitates local sales on Mercari Local, which provides an alternative to meeting up with your buyer in person. After your PS4 sells, you’ll schedule a pickup by a Mercari driver (via Uber, available anywhere Uber operates) who will deliver it to the buyer. The fees are $15.99 for items smaller than a microwave (22x30x25 inches) and under 50 pounds, so your PS4 certainly qualifies. Mercari also promises to let you know if standard shipping would be cheaper than Mercari Local, helping you keep more of the profit when you sell your PS4.
With so many online marketplaces to choose from, it’s difficult to decide on the best place to sell your PS4 if you’re not already an experienced reseller. That’s just one reason to partner with Sella to sell your PS4.
Our experts do all the hard work, like prepping your PS4 for sale, taking high-quality photos, writing and monitoring listings across 5 or more marketplaces, and even negotiating with buyers and arranging meetups. If you want to sell your PS4 without hassle or a time commitment, get started with Sella today.