If you feel like you’re drowning in old clothes or books that you just don’t use, it’s time to hop online and get to selling. Turning a few bucks from the comfort of your home has never been so easy. There are countless marketplaces for buying and selling your items, no matter how nichey they are. But what are the best sites for selling your used items?
Keep reading for the best online markets for every category.
Best for lightning-quick auctions: eBay and Amazon
Two of the biggest names in the game are ideal if you’re trying to sell-off your stuff in a hurry. Since they are two of the most highly-trafficked online marketplaces, you’ll probably be able to sell your items much faster than you would using a smaller, niche platform. And you can sell just about anything on either eBay or Amazon—clothing, books, gadgets, kitchenware…they really run the gamut.
That said, you probably won’t turn as much profit using eBay or Amazon, because both sites charge relatively high selling fees. On Amazon, sellers have to pay 99 cents on every item sold, plus a “referral fee,” which is 8 to 20 percent of the ultimate sale price. Meanwhile, media items like books and DVDs come with an additional $1.80 closing fee. Over on eBay, sellers have to pay the site 10% of the closing price on all auction items.
Best for local trade-offs: Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist
Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist aim to help you exchange items in your area, which makes them ideal places to sell items that are hard to ship. Couches, chairs, televisions and bookcases typically sell pretty fast on both sites. Neither of these platforms charge a fee on sales, and they allow participants to negotiate and settle prices on their own.
The downside is that you and your buyer are responsible for the trade-off, so you’ll have to make arrangements to meet in person and to facilitate the payment. Remember to abide by safety protocols like meeting in public during the daytime, so you don’t end up getting duped. And amid the pandemic, remember to wear a mask when welcoming a buyer into your home.
Best for vintage and unique clothing: Poshmark
Poshmark is like an online thrift shop, specializing in men’s and women’s clothing and shoes. As with any thrift shop, Poshmark’s inventory is eclectic and unpredictable, which makes it a fun place to shop on any given day. You never know what you’ll find. Poshmark is geared toward a younger crowd, featuring a social media component with the aim of building a friendly community of buyers and sellers.
But, Poshmark comes with fees. For all sales under $15, Poshmark charges its sellers $2.95. For anything exceeding $15, you’ll have to pay 20% of the total price.
Best for one-of-a-kind or homemade items: Etsy
Have you spent your quarantine time developing a new artistic skill? If you’re looking to turn creative hobbies into a business, Etsy might be the place. That’s because it fosters the sale of unique, handmade items, like wall art, knitted blankets, bespoke jewelry and more. Sellers pay 20 cents to list an item, and then a 5% transaction fee on all sales, excluding the cost of shipping. Additionally, if you use the Etsy Payments feature to process your transaction, you’ll have to pay another 3% plus 25 cents in fees.