The Top 3 Places to Sell Your Stuff Online

by Alexa Mason · 7 comments

It’s not yard sale season — so what do you do if you have a bunch of junk you need to unload? Selling your stuff online can be an easy and effective solution.

Selling your unwanted items online is definitely nothing new, but as time progresses, different platforms have popped up, while others have faded into obscurity.

If your “get rid of” items are starting to pile up, here are three websites where you could sell your stuff today.

Facebook Garage Sales

Facebook garage sales are my absolute favorite place to unload my unwanted stuff. Unlike listing your items on Craigslist, you won’t instantly be bombarded with tons of phone calls and texts from buyers wanting more details on the item.

Instead, interested buyers can send you direct messages or simply comment on your post. You can then add a comment to the post clearing up the most asked questions in one place, where everyone can read them.

Plus, with Facebook Garage sales, it’s so simple to send your item back to the top of the feed. You simply type a comment on your post, and it shoots straight back to the top. (Just don’t do this too much. Most yard sale groups have rules on how often you can do this.)

The best thing about selling your items on Facebook is the exposure. Many people are obsessed with Facebook and check their news feed every few minutes. This is good for you, since it means you’ll have a large and engaged pool of potential buyers.

eBay

The most attractive thing about eBay is that you don’t have to worry about meeting someone in person. You simply list your item online, and then ship it to the purchaser. While shipping items can be a hassle, eBay is the best method for people who don’t like meeting up with strangers.

Another good thing about eBay is that you can very easily research the popularity of the items you’re selling, as well as their going rate. You could even use eBay as a tool to price items you’re selling on other platforms.

Craigslist

Craigslist is my least favorite place to sell unwanted items, due to the fact that my phone blows up with calls every time I list something on the site. I always give the option to be contacted by phone or email, but it seems like Craigslist buyers prefer to call.

Even though I haven’t been particularly thrilled with my Craigslist selling, I know a lot of people who have had a ton of success — especially with bigger items like cars or appliances.

Just Start Selling

Selling your unwanted items online can be an awesome way to generate extra income. Some people even manage to make a business out of it. It’s important, however, to not be too trusting.

If you have to meet up with a buyer, bring someone else to ride along with you. And, of course, it’s always better to meet in a public place than have a buyer come to your home.

Overall, if you need to clear out your unwanted items before garage sale season, selling online with one of these three websites is a great option.

Which one of these sites is your favorite/least favorite? Why?

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John S @ Frugal Rules January 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

I’ve not thought of using FB groups though it does make sense that it would work pretty well. We use Craigslist quite a bit and other than the scammy emails we’ve had pretty good luck with it ourselves. We’ve also used Ebay – last time was to sell our car and it worked out great.

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Brenda Harjala January 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

Craigslist is also my least favorite place to sell or buy things. But for big items, like a vehicle or even a snowboard, Craigslist is the only place I’ve used.

Ebay has been my “go to” for both buying and selling small items. It’s fast, you can see reviews of the person you’re selling to or buying from, and it’s as close to Amazon, IMO, as you can get. I haven’t considered FB Garage Sales, I’ll check it out!

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Alex January 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Facebook garage sales is a super idea. You can even create it as an event and have friends visit to acquire the goods. Though this might seem a benign event unless you’re offering tea and biscuits!

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Bert January 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

E-Bay provides the most support for a regular vendor.

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property marbella January 31, 2014 at 2:15 am

All three are good, it depends on what you’re selling, some more expensive things could E-bay be best and cheap things are probably Facebook best.

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James@Finance Education January 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm

There are lots of online sites that will take our advertisement for free, but it’s only worthwhile when people in our locale actually use these sites. Different people prefer different sites for selling and different sites for buying expensive or low price items. I came across Etsy which is the best online place for selling homemade and not vintage items. But Etsy charges $0.20 on each listing item. It is more community driven than eBay and you could build up a greater clientele there. And about eBay, I save large item lots and lower valued items for eBay. If you want quick money this may not be your best option for selling. Because you may have to wait a few weeks before they clear your payment.

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aleena February 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

James is totally right that there are lots of online sites that will take our advertisement for free, but it’s only worthwhile when people in our local actually use these sites. Different people prefer different sites for selling and different sites for buying expensive or low price items. I came across 10dayads which is a best online place to sell almost everything and ITS FREE!!!. This is an online classified website where you can list your Items with VIDEO not just pictures. Here the buyer can even see your items in a working condition which actually help to make a quick decision for buying. they provide a facility to buyer to contact you VIA enquiry form or email. Its Easy, Fast & Everywhere.

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