6 apps and sites where you can safely sell just about anything.


Back then, Craigslist was the perfect way to sell your old stuff online. We have all heard stories of when things go wrong. This is one reason why many local police departments allow you to conduct transactions at their facilities.

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Also, do not accept checks or money orders. Potential buyers can cancel them, and you don’t know that until they’re long gone. Most of the options below are great because you can pay directly through the app. Here’s the difference between Venmo, Apple Cash, Facebook Payments, and more for in-person offers.

But where to sell? Scan this list and you will find one that matches what you are downloading:

1. Facebook Marketplace

If you are looking for a large audience to sell your products, you can’t beat Facebook. Facebook’s Free Marketplace makes it easy to reach people in your area who are interested in what you are selling.

You can sell just about anything on the Facebook Marketplace. Once you’ve uploaded images of your items, select your location to reach potential buyers in your area and communicate through Facebook Messenger.

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2. Offer

Avoid garage sales and list your business quickly on OfferUp. The app is free and you can send messages to others, so you don’t need to give out your phone number or email address.

It’s perfect for local sales. If you want to expand your range, OfferUp allows you to sell nationwide. For a local sale, the money changes hands in person. For goods shipped, payments are made through the app.

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3. eBay

You can’t have a list of places to sell things online without including eBay. This is the best place to check the current market value of an item. If you have something rare like a collector’s item, you will likely find a better audience on eBay than if you use one of the local apps.

There are two ways to sell on eBay: through auctions or fixed price listings. Both methods are chargeable and all payments go through PayPal.

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4. Mercari

No meeting is required with this sales app as all items are shipped. Mercari allows you to list as many things as you want without any SEO fees. What’s the catch? It charges a flat fee of 10% when your item sells.

Buyers can buy your item at the asking price or offer you an amount they’re willing to pay. Whenever you sell an item on Mercari, you will have to wait to get paid (in your Mercari app account) until your buyer receives the item, leaves you a review, and you leave it for them.

You can transfer money from the Mercari app directly to your bank account, which may take a few days. While this step requires a little patience, there is no charge for transfers.

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5. Decluttering

You can use Decluttr to sell tech gadgets, such as old phones, computers, tablets, and smart home gear. There’s no need to create an ad, write a description, upload photos, or negotiate with buyers. Just upload information about the devices you want to sell and you get an offer.

You won’t need to take out the old charger, original box or any other accessories. The price offered to you is for the device only. The payout is pretty good too.

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You can take your clothes to a resale store or drop them off at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Or you can sell them on thredUp, the largest consignment and thrift store online.

Instead of listing your items manually, try the Clean Out Bag. You fill the kit with lightly used items and send it back. Then thredUP lists your items and sends them to buyers.

Be forewarned: not everything will sell. About 40% of the goods are not accepted, says thredUp. If thredUP cannot sell the items, you can have them returned for $ 10.99 or have thredUP donate them to charity on your behalf.

Payments can range from 5% to 80% for items purchased directly and 20% to 95% for consignment goods. Payment alternatives include PayPal, a Visa prepaid card, or purchase credit.

Now, armed with this information, find things in your home to declutter and sell!

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