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Once you’ve budgeted your money correctly and decluttered your house, now’s the time to look at selling those unwanted items. There are several options available when it comes to selling, but how do you know if they’re the correct ones for you? I’ve put together a list of my top 7 selling sites to make money, to make things a little smoother for you.
My Top 7 Selling Sites
With a huge demographic reach, Facebook Marketplace is my personal favourite when it comes to selling second hand items. You can select up to 10 groups to post your items in, in addition to the Marketplace itself and of course your own profile. This provides an excellent visibility, and by choosing the groups relevant to the market you’re aiming at (think Mum groups for kids’ toys, and general selling groups for things you might pick up at car boot sales), you’re more likely to find someone who is looking for your item.
It’s usual for the buyer to collect, but you could arrange to meet somewhere neutral or deliver the item yourself.
From personal experience, the downside to using Marketplace is the level of queries you may have to answer with regards to your item. To bypass this as best as you can, include as much information as possible. Consider things such as colour, material, dimensions and any defects. The level of interest you get versus making a sale can vary; sometimes people ask if it’s available and then don’t respond when you answer. However, it’s still worth using this site for the interest exposure and the fact there are no fees to pay.
Marketplace now has a rating system, so a buyer can be rated on things such as payment speed, reliability and friendliness. This can help to weed out any time-wasters.
Launched in 1995, (yes, really!) as one of the first auction sites on the web, eBay went global in 1999 and is one of the best known and loved sites on the internet.
It’s a brilliant way to sell pretty much anything – as people will buy pretty much anything. But there’s stiff competition out there from other selling sites, and consumers are turning to eBay for new rather than used goods, so I’ve found personally that things don’t sell as well on here as other sites. Having said that, it does depend on the item. I tend to take a look to see what other similar items are selling, who is watching them, and how much they’re going for, before I list my item on there.
One major factor to take into consideration with eBay is fees. Although it is now free to list (up to 20) items, auctions attract 10% of the selling price, including postage. The Buy It Now fee provides a chance for a quick sale, and will cost you 50p per item. It’s worth remembering this when choosing how to price your item, as you’ll want to include this, and postage costs, in your price. There are other fees for selling on eBay, which you can read about here. Of course, you don’t have to post your item. You can also choose for the Buyer to collect, or you can offer delivery if it’s a large or bulky item. Again, consider potential delivery costs for yourself if you are offering this option.
While I haven’t sold anything on this site yet, I love the simplicity of it. It’s quite similar to FB Marketplace, in that buyers can easily see items for sale within a particular radius. It’s also extremely easy to list on here, you simply add a photograph, enter the item title and description, choose a category and price, then click SELL IT. And then you wait.
Unfortunately, visibility isn’t that great. If your item isn’t seen pretty much as you list it, you’ll need to promote it to gain higher visibility. At a cost starting from 66p a day, that’s not going to be very cost effective if you’re only selling something for 99p.
However, it’s still worth listing on here just for the extra visibility to reach a potential buyer, especially considering the listing is straightforward. Apart from choosing to promote your item, there are no fees.
This site is great for selling your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories. I love the name of this site, as it conjures images of vintage items, which always sounds so much nicer than second-hand.
Again, as with Shpock, I haven’t sold anything on here (yet), but it’s just as easy to list an item. Simply add the photo/video, title and description. There’s also an option to choose Brand/category/condition, and then you can add your chosen price. I always check to see what similar items are selling for before listing, or you can also choose the ‘swap’ option. The last thing to consider is postage; as it’s clothes and accessories it’s the custom method of getting your items to your customer, and the buyer will always pay for postage. You simply choose the parcel size, then click on see measurements and prices for further information, including the different shipping options you can select. The app will then automatically add the postage cost. You can also choose custom shipping, if you’d like to arrange despatch using a different method.
While there are no fees for using Vinted, if your item doesn’t sell, you can choose to bump it, which costs 95p for 3 days.
Music Magpie is a great site for selling used electrical goods, such as mobile phones, old laptops, tablets or other tech. I would recommend selling on here AFTER you’ve tried to sell them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace or Shpock, as you’re more likely to get more money for them on those sites. However, if you’ve had no luck, then consider Music Magpie.
This site is also excellent for used DVDs and CDs. You won’t get much for them (we’re talking pence), but you’ll get more than you would from the charity shop, and if you’re on a debt-free journey or are simply looking to make some extra cash, it’s easy money. To sell your unwanted DVDs, all you have to do is download the app, scan the barcodes, then box them up and send them off. Once they receive your goods, they will send you your money.
It’s that simple. I earned £5.15 from Music Magpie earlier this year from selling some of our old DVDs. I also sent some to Zapper.co.uk (see below). There were a lot of them and I know some people who have earned more, but our selection was pretty dated.
It also means that our bookcase is less cluttered, and our living room looks and feels calmer. So it’s a win/win.
In addition to Music Magpie, I earned £5.33 from this site earlier this year by selling our unwanted DVDs. Where Music Magpie has a minimum sale value of £5 worth of goods to complete an order, with Zapper it’s now £10 (It was previously £5). I worked out which site offered the most for each film, and then sent a pile of DVDs to each one in order to maximise my earnings.
Zapper.co.uk will also buy your used books, CDs and games, as well as electronics, phones and tablets.
Using the site was really straightforward, again as with Music Magpie, you can scan the barcode of your DVDs, books or CDs using the scanner on the app. When you’ve reached the threshold, choose how you want to be paid (cheque, bank transfer or PayPal) and then pack them in any box that is secure. Zapper will email you a secure label, and then you simply take it to one of a list of selected drop-off locations. Once they receive your goods, they’ll send you your payment.
7. Car boot sale
While this isn’t an online/ecommerce site, you can’t go wrong with a car boot sale. People flock to these to pick up a bargain -you know what they say: one person’s junk is another one’s treasure.
One thing to bear in mind with sites such as Zapper or Music Magpie, is that they won’t always accept everything you want to sell, so you might want to see if you can offload your other items at a car boot sale prior to donating them to charity (not landfill!).
You won’t necessarily get much in return for your items – after all, people tend to want a lot for not a lot these days, and at the car boot sale, everyone wants a bargain. But it’s certainly worth doing – we made over £30 at one car boot sale, and we fully intend to do another. Things such as used baby goods (think Moses basket, cots, toys, bouncers, ride-ons etc) will always sell well at a car boot sale.
It’s always worth having a wander round to see what others are selling similar items for to ensure a decent return on your items without either putting off buyers or giving things away. Of course, if you’re happy to sell your things for just a couple of pounds, go for it! It’s money you wouldn’t otherwise have had, for stuff just laying around taking up unnecessary space.
So, there we have it. My top 7 selling sites for making extra money. Go forth and multiply your income, and let me know how you get on!