If you’re looking to make some extra money or start a part-time job, selling items online may be the answer. Chances are you have something around your house that you no longer use – something that other people might spend a lot of money on.
Many websites and apps allow you to list used items for sale – here are the best apps sell things And make the most money in the process.
You can sell just about anything on OfferUp, from toys your kids don’t want to used cars. OfferUp has a website and mobile app to easily list your items for sale. It’s a free marketplace, so with a few exceptions, you don’t have to pay to list or sell items.
On average, OfferUp-promoted listings get 14 times more views than regular listings. OfferUp sellers can also pay a one-time fee to promote an item for one to three days.Users who want to pay a monthly subscription fee to always have a promotion listed in the top 50 can use the “Promote Plus” feature Relevant search results for any time of the month.
While there are no fees for cash transactions on OfferUp, there is a service fee if you ship an item. That would be 12.9% of the sale price, starting at $1.99.
Tips for Using OfferUp
If you want your item to sell quickly, use a detailed description that includes searchable keywords. You can use the chat feature to negotiate prices and plan parties. Turn on notification settings so you can quickly respond to potential buyers.
If someone pays you via OfferUp, you can receive your money for free via regular bank transfer. If you activate its Quick Deposit feature for a fee of 50 cents or 1%, whichever is higher, you can receive your funds immediately after settlement.
2. Facebook Marketplace
With Facebook Marketplace, you can sell items for local pickup or offer delivery. There are no fees for listing or selling local pickup items paid for in cash. Accepting payments using apps such as Venmo and PayPal may incur fees. Shipping costs for shipping items will be paid by the seller or buyer in accordance with the agreed terms of sale.
Certain products are prohibited from being sold through Facebook Marketplace, so please review Facebook’s terms and policies before posting anything for sale.
Tips for using Facebook Marketplace
Buyers are more likely to believe the sale is legitimate when the photos of the item are original rather than professional photos taken from an online store. Facebook recommends that you let buyers review any item they’ve purchased from you to make sure they want it before you accept payment.
Poshmark is best known as a platform for selling designer clothing, shoes, and accessories, but you can also list items that fall into specific categories, including electronics, home decor, pet products, and cosmetics.
There is no fee to list your items for sale, but Poshmark does charge a fee per sale. If your item sells for less than $15, Poshmark will charge $2.95. Anything $15 and above will incur a 20% fee. Your earnings accumulate in your account, from where you can transfer it to your bank.
Tips for using Poshmark
People can follow your Poshmark store, so if you list similar items frequently, you may get repeat sales. You can also increase sales opportunities by offering discounts to customers who purchase multiple items from your store.
Poshmark does restrict the sale of certain items, including:
- Items you list as “inspired by” brand names
- Medical Products/Medical Claims
- counterfeit brand
- electrical appliances
You can sell almost anything you own on Mercari, with the exception of offensive, illegal and related items that are not allowed by most selling platforms. There are no in-person meetings, so plan to ship your items to buyers. Listing your items for sale is free, and Mercari charges a 10% fee on all sales. Mercari charges an additional 2.9% payment processing fee, plus 30 cents per sale. Essentially, you’ll pay 12.9% plus 30 cents per sale.
On November 1, the payment processing fee will increase to 2.9%, plus 50 cents per sale.
Additional fees for Mercari
Payments accrue in your Mercari account for transfer to your bank account. As long as you transfer $10 or more at a time, you won’t incur any fees. If you transfer less than $10, Mercari will charge $2. If for some reason the payment is returned to Mercari, you will be charged a $2 fee.
Tips for Using Mercari
Beware of scammers. If someone asks you to make a sale outside of the site where your item is listed, say no. Mercari’s terms prohibit this. Mercari offers up to $200 in shipping protection, all prepaid labels and Mercari Local deliveries may be lost or damaged.
Regular transfers of your earnings to an external account may take a few business days, but you can pay $2 to transfer Instant Pay to your bank. You can initiate instant payment transfers for up to $500 per month. Keep in mind that even if the transfer is “instant”, it may take up to 30 minutes to see the balance in your bank account.
Decluttr works a little differently than other sales sites. Instead of selling from person to person, you sell to Decluttr and their team handles the rest. Decluttr might be a good choice for your used books, tech and LEGO branded bricks.
To sell an item, select the appropriate category from the Decluttr website and search for your specific item. You can search for books by barcode, brand name or ISBN. Decluttr will ask questions about the condition of your item and provide a price.
If you accept, you can print the label and ship the item to Decluttr. You can drop items to UPS for easy shipping. Once your item arrives, the Decluttr team will inspect it and payment should be made to you within 24 hours. You can choose to receive payments via direct deposit or PayPal.
Tips for using Decluttr
While Decluttr does not charge any fees, shipping costs and handling charges are included in the price you provide. You may earn more on other sites. The biggest benefit of Decluttr is that your sales happen quickly. You don’t have to wait for the right person to buy your item.
eBay is one of the founders of the concept of buying and selling items online – a digital marketplace that dates back to 1995, when it launched as AuctionWeb. According to Statista, as of July 2022, eBay is the most visited online shopping site after Amazon.
You can sell just about anything on eBay, from sneakers to watches, electronics to toys. Listing your first 250 items per month is free for most categories, but you’ll pay a final value fee, which is a percentage of the sale amount, and 30 cents per order when your item sells. When your item sells, eBay Transfer funds to your linked checking account or Visa or Mastercard debit card.
Tips for using eBay
According to eBay, the perfect listing has four elements: a descriptive title, a clear item description, high-quality photos, and a competitive price. If you’re not sure what price an item should be priced for, eBay recommends that you check prices for similar items.
One of the advantages of using eBay over other platforms is that you can make offers instead of selling at a fixed price. This allows buyers to make offers for your item, and you can choose to accept or reject them or make a counter-offer.
7. 5 miles
The 5miles app is another option for selling locally, especially to people within 5 miles of your current location. In addition to selling things, you can also sell services, post jobs, and even post garage sales. You can sell almost anything on the platform that you can sell on other apps, and most items are free, but there is a 10% fee for items sold.
Tips for using 5miles
You can allow users to pay through the app or pay you directly. 5miles claims that using an online payment system can increase your chances of selling that item by 30%.
To make selling on the platform more secure, the app provides a list of safe exchange area locations for handing over purchased items to customers. These are well-lit areas that are monitored.
The best selling apps are the ones that finally help you sell things easily and quickly for a reasonable fee. Before choosing an app, first decide if you will be selling niche items such as clothing or a variety of items, then choose an app that will allow you to sell everything on a single platform. Next, consider fees, review the app’s terms and policies, determine how you’ll be paid, and review any buyer protections the platform may offer. Once you’re ready to list your items for sale, review and implement any tips the platform offers for pricing items and encouraging sales.
Andrea Norris and Gabrielle Olya contributed reporting.
Information was accurate as of October 18, 2022.