Selling your stuff online is a great way to make some extra money and recycle old clothes and other goods. Online marketplaces like Amazon have been popular for many years, but now, more and more apps to sell stuff are available.
These apps cater to both casual and more serious sellers. They’re accessible on Android and Apple devices and can help you clear out any unwanted items you have. Working with these apps has both benefits and downfalls, and each app comes with a different set of operational guidelines for online sellers.
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Decluttr is an app that allows you to sell DVDs, CDs, books, cell phones, and other tech. Decluttr works slightly differently than other marketplace apps. Instead of selling directly to buyers, the app will give you an instant valuation of the item and you can ship it immediately to their facility. This can be a plus for sellers looking to get rid of their items quickly.
Decluttr valuations are contingent on the condition of the item, and you’ll receive a payout once the item is received and assessed. If the item arrives in worse condition than it was valued at, your payment may be less. Decluttr does offer free shipping to sellers, which is a plus of working with this app.
Etsy is a staple marketplace app for sellers. Things like vintage clothing and accessories or handmade art and goods are a great fit for Etsy. Whether you’re looking to sell a few items or start your own online business, selling on Etsy can be scalable to your needs.
It should be noted that Etsy charges a listing fee of 20 cents per item, as well as a sellers’ fee for sold items. While this is one of the more expensive platforms for sellers to partner with. However, it offers some of the widest variety as far as what can be sold, and allows sellers to ship internationally.
Depop is one of the many apps to sell clothes currently on the market. Sellers on Depop can post images of their items along with short descriptions. Depop also has a host of custom tags that allow sellers to pick from different international sizes and brands.
Depop partners with PayPal, which facilitates seller payouts, as well as collects the 10% sellers’ fee the app charges. Additionally, Depop sellers can choose to charge their buyers shipping costs or have them deducted from their sale profits.
Depop is another scalable platform that allows for casual and serious sellers to find success, and Depop sellers can post as many items as they want on the platform at no cost.
Poshmark is another online marketplace for used clothes and home goods. You can even find discount designer brands, like Louis Vuitton and Gucci on the app. Poshmark is a more socially inclined selling app that incentivizes sellers and users alike to engage with posts.
Poshmark charges sellers’ fees two different ways — for items listed under $15, sellers pay a flat fee of $2.95. For items listed over $15, Poshmark charges 20% of the sale profit. Shipping for orders made through Poshmark is paid for by the buyer, which can be a plus for sellers looking to ship across the U.S. and Canada.
NextDoor is a great way to sell things in your local neighborhood. While not specifically a sales app — designed more for neighborhood communication — you can post items under the “For sale” tab and arrange sales directly with your neighbors.
By selling locally, you can cut out any shipping hassle altogether. Additionally, because NextDoor isn’t specifically a sales app, it doesn’t charge any kind of sellers’ fee.
Facebook Marketplace can be another good option for selling locally. Facebook Marketplace can be viewed by anyone with a Facebook account, but sellers can choose to share posts directly with their friends, making it easy to connect your items with the people around you.
You can list items on the marketplace for free, but all sales are charged a 5% sellers’ fee, which is one of the cheaper sellers’ fees on this list. You can sell all kinds of items on Facebook marketplace, including technology, furniture, pet supplies, baby items, clothes, and more. You can find the whole list of eligible items through Facebook’s help center.
Perhaps one of the oldest institutions for online selling, eBay has evolved to where businesses can manage inventory and track sales through the app. You can sell virtually anything on eBay, from clothes to furniture to collectibles.
eBay also partners with PayPal, meaning that the sellers’ fees may be steeper as both institutions will be taking a cut of your sale profit. However, eBay has without question one of the largest buyer audiences due to its age and reputation, and is more suited to selling large ticket items worth hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.
What You Should Know Before Selling Your Items Online
Before you start listing your items for sale on these apps, there are some things you should know as a seller. First of all, anything you sell on these apps may be subject to sellers’ fees.
This means that the app may take some portion of your sale. These fees can range between 5% and 20% of the sale price. Some of these apps also have payment portals, like Etsy Payments, which may collect an additional charge for payments made through them.
Another thing you should be prepared for as a seller is shipping. These platforms may provide shipping labels, but packaging and associated shipping fees are typically the responsibility of the seller.
These fees can influence the prices you set for your items, as well as whether you want to sell locally or widen your scope to national, or even international.
Finally, you’ll want to be sure not to list the same item across multiple apps. Some of these apps take automatic payments, where the seller doesn’t have to accept the transaction for the buyer to be charged.
If you’ve already sold the item on another platform, this can leave buyers paying for something that is no longer available. To avoid this, it’s best to list one item on one platform at a time.
Finding the Best Selling App for You
Choosing the right selling app for you can come down to a few different factors. Questions you should ask yourself when you’re deciding between selling apps may include:
- What kind of items are you looking to sell?
- Do you want to sell locally or internationally?
- What will the shipping process look like?
- How quickly do you want to get rid of your things?
App fees are also a factor that can help you decide — you may be able to get more for an item listed for international shipping on Depop than on NextDoor, but Depop sellers’ fees may reduce your overall profit.
It may take a little bit of management, but using apps to sell things online can be lucrative and easy to manage if you take the time to set your store up the way you want it.
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