We all like to have a little bit of extra money in our pockets and plenty of us sell our old stuff when money is a little tight or we need a good declutter. But where exactly are the best places to sell your old stuff?
I have used a variety of websites and apps over the years – even tried some places to sell IRL but I have finally found my favourite few. Of course, these all have their pros and cons but here is my rundown of the best places to sell your old stuff .
Facebook Selling Pages
I don’t know about you but I have a whole plethora of selling pages for my local area. I live in a tiny village surrounded by a number of fairly big towns and cities – and I am in close proximity to them all, meaning I can take advantage of the selling pages. After some luck and some success, I have a new rule. Only list a few things at a time (up to 20 so bumping the posts up the page takes a matter of seconds, not hours) and add something else once something has been sold. I managed to make £70 the other weekend just for listing some stuff we no longer need. I actually have a few things listed now that have some interest and also have a couple of items sold subject to collection.
What are the positives? Quick and easy sales, no selling or Paypal fees, restricted to local area
What are the negatives? Be prepared for people to not turn up (and not let you know or come up with a totally unbelievable story). People try to get items for the lowest they possibly can so list with a price slightly higher than what you want.
I haven’t used Ebay for a few weeks now but I tend to use these for higher value items or larger items (collection only). Over the years I have made quite a bit on the website – especially as the app makes listing items so easy. I’ve only received one piece of negative feedback in my entire time of being on the site (from someone who took 3 weeks to pay because they were apparently abroad and they took umbrage to the fact I relisted after such a long time) and it can be a good place to sell your old stuff if you have the things that people are looking for.
What are the positives? Items can go for quite a bit of money.
What are the negatives? Ebay often side with the buyer even if the buyer is in the wrong.
Whilst this isn’t my favourite, this has been handy in getting rid of some of the bigger items in my house. I don’t use it regularly but it has definitely been instrumental in selling some of the larger items at decent prices – always handy if people aren’t biting on Facebook or Ebay.
What are the positives? Larger items go very well.
What are the negatives? I am very wary of what information I give out on Gumtree as there are a lot of strange people about.
Local car boot sales/ table top sales
Finally, local car boot sales or table top sales are great for selling your old stuff – but mainly if you just want to declutter, not actually make some decent money from them. From experience as both a seller and a buyer (who loves a bargain and will not hesitate to haggle!), people don’t want to pay much at these types of places. Expect to sell things for less than you may necessarily want.
What are the positives? You can get rid of plenty of your items and have an empty car boot on the way home. If your main aim is to declutter, then great!
What are the negatives? Be prepared to sell things for less than you may want – this is why car boots and table tops are much better for when you simply need to declutter or not make a huge amount of money.
These are just a few of the ways I sell my old stuff and have had varied success from. These are definitely the best places for me – Depop, Vinted, Shpock and other such websites and apps don’t work anywhere near as well for me. What places have you found are the best to sell your old stuff?