But how should you sell your things? Well there are several options and that all depends on what you are trying to sell, how many things you are trying to sell, how much you want to get for it, and what your own selling preferences are. Here's a list of some of the ways to sell things, what it's best for, and the pros and cons.
Now this is not one that I have experience with but obviously most people now what a garage sale is and how it works. You have to be willing to part with items for very cheap, but if you have a lot of things to sell, it can be worth it. Make sure you set up early because that's when the real shoppers come out. And also it pays to advertise (yes that means you might have to invest some money into advertising but it will attract a lot more people and get you more money in the end).
What it's best for: Selling large volumes of things.
Pros: You can sell a lot of your things quickly
Cons: You have to give up your Saturday or Sunday. You have to pay for advertising.
This is what I use most often. Take a look at all the things I'm selling: http://www.ebay.com/usr/dancecarmenh. Now ebay's not for everyone. It takes a lot of practice learning how to get your items noticed, learning how much to charge for everything, etc. But I've been doing it for many years and like it because it just takes a little time to set up and then I just have to wait. Do all those things sell right away? Certainly not. I've had to relist things many times but eventually it sells (like I said, somebody out there wants it). You get 50 free listings a month. I only sell small items on here because I'm nervous about pricing the shipping for large items. If there are a lot of similar items for sale, I make sure mine is the lowest price at least by a few cents. This gets it more noticed since most people put them in order by price and usually that will start a bidding war that will drive up the price by the end of the selling period. I may do a more in-depth look at how to sell on ebay later but this is just an overview.
What it's best for: Selling small items
Pros: Once you get the hang of it, it's really simple. You're in control of prices.
Cons: You can lose money if you don't plan correctly. Sometimes you have to deal with annoying people.
I listed my first things on Amazon a couple months ago and still haven't sold them so it's a learning process. Take a look: My Amazon Listings. Why I chose to list these on Amazon? Apparently they're worth a lot of money and they're my guinea pigs. So far, I'm not liking it because it's taking so long to sell. But it might be worth the more money I will get than the price I would have listed it on ebay. There are a lot of restrictions and rules on Amazon as to what you can and cannot sell as an individual and it has to sell for quite a few dollars to be worth it, unlike ebay which you can make money by selling things cheaply.
What it's best for: Selling things that are worth a lot.
Pros: Amazon gives you the price for shipping which should definitely cover it. Large base of customers that trust this site more than one like ebay.
Cons: Can take a long time to sell. Fees are more expensive than on ebay.
Sell to Amazon
Ever look at an item on Amazon and it said, "Sell Us Your Item"? For certain items (I've generally seen it for electronics), Amazon wants to buy them from you to resell. You only get Amazon credit not cash but it is quick and easy and they pay for shipping. Generally you can get more money by selling it yourself, but it is easier.
What it's best for: Selling things quickly.
Pros: Quick and easy and hassle-free. Don't have to deal with buyers.
Cons: They give you far less than it's worth.
Other places to sell things:
- Used movie, CD, book, and game stores often buy your old media. Only worth it if you have a lot of items because they just give you around $1 or less per item (Check out Rasputin in the Bay Area)
- For books, especially textbooks, check out book buyback sites. It's instantaneous and they pay for shipping. Bookscouter.com compiles a list of places for you.
- For furniture, try antique stores and used furniture stores. They buy items too.
- For jewelery, if the piece is unique then go to antique stores. If it's generic, you're probably better off selling it to places that buy for the gold or silver and gemstones. Make sure you shop around though.
- For large items, Craigslist. Good old craigslist. Be cautious on this site, but it's great for things like large furniture, bikes, cars, etc. that have to be sold locally.
Taking the time to clean stuff out and sell it can make you quite a few extra dollars. Let me know of any other ways you like to sell your old stuff or any areas you might like me to explore further.