eBay may be the most popular and longest-running platform for selling used goods; it has been on the internet since 1995. You can sell literally anything on eBay, and if the item you’re looking to pass on is a little peculiar this may be exactly the platform for you. When searching for a specific item on eBay, you'll be able to sort by condition - new or pre-owned - which will help you specify your search and save money.
Before posting an item on eBay it’s important to be aware of the site’s fee system. There is a non-refundable listing fee, as well as 10% of the final sale price of the item, which includes shipping costs but not taxes. These fees vary and are calculated based on what your product is, how many, and what kinds of categories it is listed in.
Facebook offers a digital marketplace where users can arrange to buy, sell, and trade with other people in their area. All you need is an active Facebook account, there is no need to register to Marketplace separately. It’s important to note that all transactions are made outside of the app, which means Facebook doesn’t have any legal responsibility for them. Therefore, be careful and always opt for transaction platforms that offer protection, like PayPal.
The platform is user friendly and easy to operate. If you’re looking for a certain item, all you need to do is type it in the search bar (you can also filter items by location), and once you find something relevant you can easily message the seller.
Craigslist is also a veteran player on the internet. In 1998, founder Craig Newmark decided to turn his email newsletter featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay area into a website. Today, craigslist serves 700 cities in 70 countries. It is the go-to site for many individuals looking to sell something and even some businesses. The layout hasn’t changed much since the early 2000s, so it’s very simple and user friendly.
The downside of Craigslist is the “you’re on your own” policy when it comes to scams and disputes, which makes it a higher risk selling site. This platform is best suited for those looking to buy and sell locally, and prefer to make deals in person.
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This fast-growing app allows its users to buy and sell locally and easily. What sets LetGo apart from other similar platforms is the way items are posted. You take a picture or video of what you want to sell whether it’s a piece of clothing, a car, or even your home, then the app will use LetGo Reveal, its image recognition/AI technology, to suggest a title, price, and category.
LetGo has a simple and aesthetic interface and is free to use but like other platforms on the list, the catch is you can’t get paid via the app. It can be sorted out between the buyer and the seller, and done through PayPal or in person.
Etsy caters to a more niche market than that of the previous platform we listed. Etsy is the place to go if you’re interested in handmade goods, art, collectibles, and antiques. There are a few seller fees but they are minimal and straightforward.
The website charges a $0.20 listing fee for each item. The item stays in your shop for four months or until it sells, whichever comes first. When you sell an item, there is a five percent transaction fee and a three percent plus $0.25 processing fee. Etsy is a widespread, respected, and safe platform to sell your stuff online.
Nextdoor is a community-oriented platform. It was originally designed so that neighbors could share information about what’s going on in their communities - from announcing an upcoming block party to complaining about the traffic in certain areas. On top of that, Nextdoor offers a free forum for selling your stuff online. There are no listing or membership fees, but you do have to meet your buyer in person.
Nextdoor requires users to sign up and create an account in order to use it, which makes it feel safer than Craigslist, for example.