Are you tired of tripping over that old guitar you never play or constantly rearranging your closet to accommodate clothes you haven't worn in years? We've all been there, and it's time to break free from the clutter!
Luckily, we live in an era of online marketplaces that make it easy to sell your stuff online. Statistics show consumers spent over $3.25 trillion on online marketplaces in 2022. With such a figure, you can be sure that these virtual marketplaces offer a world of possibilities for turning unwanted items into cold, hard cash.
But hold on tight, because listing an item on these sites is no walk in the park. That’s why you should hire an expert like the Sella team to help you list and sell your items.
But before you get to that part, you need to know the best marketplaces to consider. That’s why we’ve prepared this article to break down some of the best places to sell your stuff online and give you a glimpse of what it takes to list your items there.
You’ll come across hundreds of sites when trying to sell your stuff online. Here are some of the best options:
When it comes to online selling, eBay is the heavyweight champion. It boasts 133 million active buyers. Also, eBay’s app is used by 3.67 million people in the U.S. every month, so you’re sure to reach an extensive user base.
You can sell almost anything under the sun on eBay, from electronics and fashion to collectibles and weird stuff. However, you'll need to buckle up and prepare for a thorough listing process that includes several steps, such as:
If you’re a casual seller, you won’t pay anything to list on eBay. However, eBay will keep a percentage of your final sale price, which varies depending on the item you’re selling and the sale amount.
If you're looking for a more localized approach, Craigslist is the place to be. This online selling site has been around since 1995 and has stood the test of time to become one of the best local online marketplaces. Craigslist gets over 250 million visitors every month from over 70 countries.
The best thing about selling your stuff on Craigslist is that you won’t pay a listing fee. Listing an item on Craigslist is relatively straightforward, but it’s also a process. You need to:
After this process, you should be prepared for negotiations, as buyers often seek a deal. While Craigslist may lack the convenience of shipping, it offers a direct and personal selling experience.
OfferUp takes the best of Craigslist and adds a modern touch. This app-based marketplace is only available to users in the U.S. Although it’s a relatively new entrant, OfferUp’s app has been downloaded over 90 million times and registers 20 million monthly active users.
You can sell anything locally on OfferUp, including clothing, automobile, and electronics. The process for listing an item on OfferUp is as follows:
OfferUp will charge you 12.9% of your item’s final price (excluding shipping), with a minimum of $1.99. One advantage of this marketplace is its robust safety standards to protect its users. Before you meet a buyer, you can check out their profile and read reviews.
The Mercari marketplace was started in 2013 to create a global marketplace where anyone could buy or sell. The marketplace has 20 million monthly active users and 2 billion listings.
It is a good place to sell your stuff because you can sell almost anything, and listing your items is free. However, Mercari will retain 10% of the sale price when you sell an item. You will also be charged a payment processing fee of 2.9% + $0.50 on the completed sale plus the item’s shipping price.
The listing process includes these steps:
With Mercari, you can skip the physical meetup by having a Mercari driver pick up and drop off your item to the local buyer. That’s an extra safety layer and a good way to save time.
Facebook Marketplace has been around since 2016. Today, it’s one of the largest marketplaces, growing alongside the number of monthly active Facebook users.
This platform is convenient because it leverages your existing Facebook network, allowing you to sell to people you may already know or share mutual connections with. Selling an item on Facebook also requires some effort. You should at least:
Engaging with potential buyers, responding to inquiries, and organizing meetups can require time and effort. You won’t pay a listing fee when selling on Facebook. However, the platform will take a selling fee of 5% per shipment or charge you a $0.40 flat fee if your shipment is less than $8.
No matter which marketplace you choose, there’s a listing process involved, and let’s be honest, it can be quite daunting and time-consuming. However, don't let that discourage you from turning your clutter into cash when you can delegate the burdensome aspect of selling online to experts like Sella.
Our team will do the legwork, including preparing your stuff, taking the best photos, and writing compelling descriptions. We will then list and monitor the listing across different marketplaces, negotiate with buyers, and arrange meetups. Get started with Sella today to sell your stuff hassle-free.