I’ve been selling online for years and years. I don’t own a business or anything, I just sell my own stuff. I like to think of it as a past-time/sideline/hobby. As many of you know I’m a bit of a shopper so if I can make some money back on items I’ve bought and no longer want/need then I’m happy. Several times a year I have an overwhelming need to declutter and I’ll start sorting out clothes, homewares, books etc to sell or donate to charity. My last purge was just before Christmas. I knew that alot of new stuff would be coming into the house so I wanted to rid myself of items I no longer used. Selling your stuff online is a great way to make a bit of extra money for yourself.
I get a real kick out of selling items online. Just recently I’ve fallen back in love with ebay after years of not bothering with it. I used to sell lots of my clothes on ebay but overtime I got less and less money for them so stopped putting the effort in to selling them. I used to put that down to the fact that more and more people were selling their stuff and so there was more choice for buyers and so items were selling for cheaper, or not at all. But now I’m back on the ebay bandwagon and I’m selling more stuff than ever. Which leads me nicely onto my first tip…
TIP 1 – GET THE APPS
Back in the day ebay was the main platform for selling your items. I remember how time-consuming it all was – taking pictures on your camera, uploading them onto my computer and then filling in all the necessary ebay selling fields. Eurgh!
Now there is so much choice as to how to sell items online and my advice would be to get the apps…all of them! See which one(s) are best for you. I’ve used many seller apps and will give you a brief run-down of the pros and cons of selling on the five apps I have experience using.
Pros – Slick and easy to use. Brilliant if you have lots of small items to sell and want to do it quickly. I use ebay to sell clothing, books and small homewares. Ebay are very good at suggesting the best method to sell your item (auction or fixed price), as well as a suggested price for posting. Great if you’re a newbie to selling online as you are almost being ‘walked through’ the entire process.
Cons – Not many! Although be aware ebay take a cut of your earnings – dependant on the final price.
Pros – Easy and fast to list items as you don’t need to put in postage etc. Gumtree is used to sell items to people local to you. I use it to sell furniture and household items that would be too large and expensive to post. Listing items are free and Gumtree don’t take a cut of the sale. If you want cash-in-hand, then you’ll like Gumtree.
Cons – Not great if you’re not a people person. Buyers will be coming to your house to view and/or collect items from you (hello, small talk!). Also, be prepared for time wasters who text/phone/email you, appear very keen, but then never show! And be prepared for buyers to barter with you.
Pros – You can create a very attractive profile page where all your items on sale can be seen at the one time. It’s an up and coming app very popular with young people and fashion bloggers who want to sell their clothes.
Cons – I’ve had limited success with this app. The buyer search function is no-where near as detailed as the likes of ebay, and the user numbers wouldn’t be anywhere near as high as ebay either.
Pros – It’s like a newer version of Gumtree, most suitable for selling items to people in your local area.
Cons – It’s not the easiest to use or the best looking app and could do with a bit more development to make it more user friendly. I’ve had limited success with this app, which again is probably down to a relatively low user base.
Pros – If you’ve got designer gear, then this is the app for you. You’re more likely to get good money for investment pieces like high-end handbags and shoes than on the likes of ebay.
Cons – Be prepared for Vestaire to take a cut of the final sale (around 25%). Each item has to be vetted by the Vestaire team before it can go on sale.
TIP 2 – TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS
You don’t need to be an accomplished photographer but if you want to sell your items and make decent money on them, then make sure you capture images of each item in the best light. Choose to photograph items on a plain floor/background where there is plenty of natural light. Take photos at different angles so the potential buyer has a good grasp of the condition of the item you’re selling.
TIP 3 – DON’T SKIMP ON DETAIL
Definitely do not try and pulll the wool over buyers eyes when it comes to selling online. If there is an imperfection or fault with the item then let the viewer know about it. If you don’t, it’ll only come back to bite you on the bum later! Honestly describe your item and give accurate information of sizings, dimensions, material and condition. If you don’t give good enough information then you will turn people off or end up receiving tons of questions from prospective buyers!
TIP 4 – YOUR JUNK IS ANOTHER PERSONS GEM
Don’t think you can only make money by selling new, unused items online. There’s still alot of people out their who love to buy second hand books, homewares and shoes! You might be surprised at how sought after your old gear will be! But at the same time, be realistic about what you are likely to get for some secondhand goods like DVDs, CDs and baby clothes.
TIP 5 – DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before you list an item for sale, check out what price similar items have sold for. Think about what app would be best for you and if your items needs to be posted, find out the going rate for posting packages. You don’t want to end up underselling your goods or possibly even loosing money on the sale! And at the same time, you don’t want to not sell items because your idea of its worth is unrealistic. A little research will go a long way, I promise.
Disclosure: This post is in no way sponsored and all views and experiences are personal to me.