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If you’re looking to make some extra money or need to make money quickly, one of the best ways to make money is to sell things that you don’t use or don’t need.
In addition to making some extra money, selling things you don’t use will also help to declutter your home or apartment.
If you have a lot of things that you want to sell, you could consider a yard sale as a good way to sale a lot of items quickly. But when you want to sell just a few items, or when you don’t have time to spend on hosting a yard sale, there are a number of other ways to sell your things.
In this article, we’ll look at 17 different websites and apps that make it easy for you to sell your stuff.
Some of these websites and apps will be familiar, and others will probably be new to you. Some are general, while others specialize in specific types of products. Some help you to sell your things to people in your local area, while others allow you to sell and ship your items to people in other places as well.
The Best Selling Apps for Making Money
Decluttr will pay you for things like phones, tablets, video games, game consoles, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, LEGOs, and more.
One of the cool things about Decluttr is that you are actually selling your stuff to them, not listing it for other people to buy. That means that you can get paid right away, rather than waiting for someone to buy each of your things. You also won’t have to answer questions from potential buyers.
You can download the free Decluttr app and it will use your phone’s camera as a barcode scanner. Simply scan the items that you are interested in selling and it will give you the value of your item. If you’re happy with that value you can sell it to Decluttr, and if you’re not happy with that value you simply choose not to sell it to them.
Once you accept the value of the items that you want to sell, Decluttr will provide you with a prepaid shipping label and you will send your items to them. When they receive the items they will be checked, and then your payment will be released. Decluttr offers next day payment (the day after your items are checked) by direct deposit, check, or PayPal.
Highlights of Decluttr:
- Sell directly to Decluttr and get paid quickly
- Use the free app to get an instant value of any item that you want to sell
- Free shipping to send the items that you are selling
Craigslist has been a very popular website for buying and selling for several years, and it’s still extremely effective for local selling. You can create a listing for just about any product or service, and with the huge audience browsing the site, many of your items will sell pretty quickly.
Craigslist does not process payments, so you’ll need to meet up with the buyer in person or arrange for payment to be made in some other way. Most transactions are between local buyers and sellers, and Craigslist makes it easy for visitors to see what is available in their city or region.
Craigslist does not have an official app, but the CPlus app is officially licensed and the best Craigslist app available.
Highlights of Craigslist:
- Huge audience makes it easy to sell most things
- Free to create your listing
- Focused on buying and selling locally
Letgo is a very popular app/website that is similar in many ways to Craigslist. Letgo does not process payment. It is intended to help local buyers and sellers connect, and then you’ll handle the payment on your own.
Letgo also has a big audience, so it’s a great place to sell just about anything, including electronics, clothes, baby items, and movies and books. There are even categories for cars, houses, and services.
As a seller, you can list items very quickly by snapping a photo of the item with your phone and creating a listing through the app.
Highlights of Letgo:
- Large audience
- Free to create your listing for just about any product or service
- Focused on buying and selling locally
4. Facebook Marketplace
Like Craigslist and Letgo, the Facebook Marketplace is another excellent option for selling your things locally. You can create a free listing and people in your area can find it. With Facebook’s massive audience, selling on the Facebook Marketplace is relatively easy.
Facebook Marketplace does not process payments. You’ll need to meet up with the buyers or handle payments some other way.
In addition to the Marketplace, there are also Facebook Groups for buying and selling locally in many areas. You can search for a yard sale group in your town and you may be able to list your products there as well.
Highlights of the Facebook Marketplace:
- Create a free listing to sell just about anything
- Benefit from Facebook’s huge user base
- Focused on buying and selling locally
Of course, eBay has been a very popular way to sell things for years. While many other marketplaces and apps have come and gone, eBay is still a great option.
You can sell just about anything at eBay, through an auction or through buy-it-now pricing.
While options like Craigslist, Letgo, and the Facebook Marketplace help you to sell your stuff to people in your neighborhood, with eBay you can sell to people all around the world. That means that you’ll also need to deal with packing and shipping items.
Many eBay buyers will pay attention to the seller’s history and feedback to find trustworthy sellers. This is great if you’re selling a lot of items and selling on a regular basis because you can build up your profile. But if you’re just looking to sell a few things around your house, other options may be better for you.
Items that you sell on eBay will be subject to a fee of 2% – 10%, depending on the category of the item. There will also be a small fee to list an item in some situations.
Highlights of eBay:
- Sell (and ship) to people anywhere
- Better option if you are going to be selling on a regular basis
- Fees are charged for every item that you sell (2% – 10%)
Poshmark is a popular marketplace specifically for fashion. You can easily create a listing for any item that you want to sell. Just take a photo with your phone and give it a description.
Unlike some of the options we’ve looked at earlier, Poshmark actually handles the payment. It’s not focused on selling in your local area, so visitors can buy from users all over, and you’ll ship the items to the buyer. You’ll get a pre-paid shipping label to make the process easy. Once the item is delivered, you will be paid by Poshmark via direct deposit or check.
Selling on Poshmark is pretty easy, and since they handle the payment, that is one less thing you’ll need to worry about. If you don’t want to meet up face-to-face with people buying your stuff, you’ll prefer Poshmark’s approach.
As a popular marketplace, Poshmark has plenty of users, which gives your items more exposure and a better chance to sell. Poshmark is a great option for selling clothes, regardless of whether you have just a few items or if you will be selling on a regular basis.
For sales over $15, you’ll keep 80% and Poshmark will take 20%. Sales under $15 will have a flat fee of $2.95. While those fees may seem high, they do include the credit card processing and also shipping (the pre-paid shipping label is good up to 5 pounds). There are no listing fees.
Highlights of Poshmark:
- Exclusively for selling clothes and fashion items
- Popular marketplace with a lot of buyers
- Poshmark handles the payment, and you don’t need to meet up with buyers
- Sell to people anywhere, not just locally, and get a pre-paid shipping label
Mercari is a popular app that makes it possible to sell a wide variety of products, like clothes, electronics, and even handmade items. You can sell new or used items.
Creating a listing with the app or website is pretty simple, and Mercari has a large base of users to help get your items sold quickly.
Mercari is not based on selling locally, so you can sell your items to buyers anywhere. You’ll get a printable shipping label for each transaction.
When you create the listing you’ll determine if you want to offer free shipping (at your cost), or if you want the buyer to pay for it. If you choose to have the buyer pay shipping, Mercari will help you to determine the right amount based on the weight of the package.
When you sell an item on Mercari, you will be charged a selling fee of 10% (the minimum price is $5 and the maximum price is $2,000).
Highlights of Mercari:
- Sell a wide variety of products
- Not focused on selling locally (ship the item to the buyer)
- 10% selling fee
Swap.com is a popular online consignment shop that focuses on clothes, toys, and baby items. The items you sell can be new or used.
Payment will be processed by Swap.com, and you’ll be paid in cash or Swap.com credit (your choice) after your item sells.
One of the nice things about selling with Swap.com is that you don’t need to meet up with people locally, and you ship all of your items to Swap.com (rather than shipping items to multiple different buyers).
The details of selling on Swap.com are a little more complicated than some of the other platforms and marketplaces that we’ve already covered. For starters, your items will need to be accepted in order to be sold. You can get a pre-paid shipping label to send all of the items that you want to sell. If Swap.com rejects more than 40% of the items in your box you will be charged a fee. The fee is $10 if more than 50% of your items are rejected, or $5 if 40% – 50% of the items are rejected. Swap.com determines the price for items that they accept.
You can choose to be paid in cash or Swap.com credit, and the percentage that you get will depend on the price of the item sold. If the item sells for over $20 you will earn 70% credit or 60% cash. If the item sells for $10 – $20 you’ll earn 50% credit or 40% cash. If the item sells for less than $10 you’ll get 30% credit or 20% cash.
Highlights of Swap.com:
- All items need to be approved by Swap.com
- Swap.com determines the price
- Swap.com handles payments, ships the item to the buyer, and you’ll be paid by cash or credit (your choice)
- The percentage that you get is heavily influenced by the selling price
thredUP is a marketplace of secondhand clothes for women and kids. In some ways thredUP is simliar to Swap.com, but there are a lot of differences in selling with these two options.
Like Swap.com, items that you sell on thredUP must be approved (on average, they approve of 40% of items they receive). Unlike Swap.com, thredUP actually buys the items from you when they are accepted. You won’t wait until your product sells to the end buyer in order to get paid.
thredUP prefers name brand clothes (they accept 35,000 different brands), and the percentage that you receive will be impacted by the brand. Items will also need to be clean and in excellent condition.
Items that you send into thredUP will take two weeks to be processed. If you don’t want to wait, you can pay a $16 fee to expedite the service. Items that are not aceepted by thredUP will either be donated (no cost to you) or shipped back to you ($10.99 fee per box).
When you are ready to send in your items, thredUP will provide you with a pre-paid shipping label that you can print. thredUp will determine the price for items that are accepted.
Highlights of thredUP:
- All items need to be approved by thredUP
- thredUP will pay you for the items that they accept
- thredUP determines the price
- Rejected items can be sent back to you (at a cost) or donated
Tradesy is a marketplace for buying or selling designer bags, shoes, and clothes. If you are looking to sell the right types of items, this can be a great option.
You can list your items for free. To get started you can use the app to photograph your item. Tradesy will improve the photo by removing background distractions. You’ll create the listing using the app, and you set the price (you can also adjust the price later).
Once your item sells, you will ship it directly to the buyer with a shipping kit provided by Tradesy. Tradesy handles the payment and they’ll deduct a fee before paying you for the sale. Items that sell for less than $50 will have a flat fee of $7.50. Items that sell for $50 or more will have a fee equal to 19.8% of the selling price. Payments may be held for up to 21 days to protect the buyer.
Highlights of Tradesy:
- Specifically for designer bags, shoes, and clothes
- Free to list your items, with a fee charged on anything you sell
- Tradesy handles the payment and you will ship directly to the buyer
Vinted is somewhat similar to Poshmark. It is a marketplace where you can sell your own clothing, shoes, and accessories. The kids category also includes things like toys, furniture, and strollers.
At Vinted, you can use the app or website to easily create your own free listing to sell your item. There are no fees for selling, but the buyer will have a few small fees (buyer protection fee of 5%, and $0.70 per item fixed fee).
The money from your sales will be kept in your Vinted Wallet, and you can transfer that money to your bank account.
When you sell on Vinted, you will set your own prices. After someone purchases your item, Vinted will provide you with a pre-paid shipping label for you to send it directly to the buyer.
In addition to selling, you can also trade your items with other Vinted members and simply pay for shipping.
Highlights of Vinted:
- Vinted handles the payments
- You set the prices and send the items to buyers using a prepaid shipping label
- There are no fees for sellers
Gazelle is a great place to sell your electronic devices, like cell phones, tablets, and Apple computers. You’ll be selling your devices to Gazelle, and then they will resell the item(s).
One of the main benefits to using Gazelle is speed and ease of the sale. At Gazelle’s website you can enter the details of the device that you’d like to sell, and you’ll get an offer in less than a minute.
If you’re happy with the offer you can accept it and send your device to Gazelle. They’ll provide you with free shipping, as long as your item is worth more than $1. Once Gazelle has received your item, you’ll be paid by Amazon gift card, PayPal, or check.
While it’s fast and easy to sell your devices to Gazelle, you won’t have any control over the price that you get (although you don’t have to accept their offer).
Highlights of Gazelle:
- Exclusively for devices like phones, tablets, and Apple computers.
- Gazelle will give you an offer for your device
- You don’t have to wait for an item to sell to the end user in order to get paid
OfferUp is very similar to Letgo. It’s a marketplace where you can sell just about any type of item from clothes, to appliances, to electronics, to musical instruments.
Also like Letgo, OfferUp is focused on helping you to sell locally to people in your area, and most sales are made in person. However, OfferUp recently introduced options for shipping nationwide, which means you don’t have to sell items locally.
For items that will be shipped, OfferUp will collect the payment and provide the seller with a shipping label. As the seller, you can determine if you will pay the shipping, or if the buyer will need to pay for it.
After you make a sale, the money (minus a service fee) will be transferred to you by direct deposit.
Highlights of OfferUp
- Sell just about any item locally or ship it nationwide
- OfferUp will collect payment for items that are shipped
VarageSale is another site/app that is dedicated to local selling. You can create a free account to join a local community. You’ll connect it to your Facebook profile, and once it is verified you will be able to buy or sell.
There are communities for many cities, towns, and regions, but not every area is represented yet.
Creating a listing is simple, and you can sell just about anything. Since VarageSale is focused on local selling, there is no payment processed on the site. Most sales are made in person.
Highlights of VarageSale:
- Focused on local buying and selling
- No payments are processed by VarageSale
5miles is dedicated to local buying and selling, but it is a bit different from some of the other options we’ve looked at so far. While you can sell all kinds of different items at 5miles, there are also categories for services, housing, jobs, pet adoptions, and more.
As a seller, you can create a listing easily and quickly. Buyers can make an offer, leave a comment, send a message to a seller, or “like” and item. Most sales are made through local meetups, but there is an option to pay by credit or debit card through the 5miles Wallet.
Highlights of 5miles:
- Focused on local buying and selling
- Payments can be made at in-person meetups or online through the 5mile Wallet
Chairish‘s tagline is “where design lovers buy and sell.” You can sell furniture, decor, rugs, and art through Chairish.
It’s free to list your item for sale at Chairish. You’ll set the price, and Chairish can actually touch up the photos of your item to make your listing more appealing.
Once the sale has been made (Chairish handles payment), Chairish will organize the shipping details. There is a 48-hour return window after the buyer receives the item, and once that return window is over, you’ll be paid for the sale.
The fees for selling on Chairish vary, but you’ll keep at least 80% of the sale price. The fee for items under $2,500 is 20%. Percentages decrease for higher amounts, but you’ll always be charged the 20% for the first $2,500.
If you have the right types of items to sell, Chairish is a great option.
Highlights of Chairish:
- Focuses on items like furniture and decor
- Chairish processes the payment and keeps up to 20% of the selling price as a fee
17. Amazon Trade-In
Amazon’s Trade-In program allows you to get an Amazon gift card in exchange for your stuff. You can trade in thousands of different items like tablets, Kindle e-readers, video games, cell phones, books, and more. You can use the Amazon app to see which products are eligible for the trade in program. Scan the item through the app and eligible items will have a “trade in” button on the product page.
Amazon will provide you with a pre-paid shipping label to send in your items. Once it arrives at their warehouse, the items will be inspected and your payment will be processed within 10 days. You’ll be paid with a gift card that can be used towards an Amazon device.
Highlights of Amazon Trade-In:
- Only certain items are eligible
- You’ll be paid in credit towards the purchase of a new Amazon device.
Selling things around your house is a great way to make some extra money quickly. There are a lot of different apps and websites that help you to sell your stuff, and in this article we looked at 17 amazing options.
If you’re looking to make some extra money, find a few things around your house or apartment that you don’t need, and use one of these apps/sites to sell them.
If you want to take it to the next level by buying and re-selling, see my list of the easiest things to flip for profit.
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