Back in the day, eBay was one of the only places to resell items on the web. It became a go-to place to find deals and second-hand products online, as well as sell some of the things you were looking to get rid of. Its consumer-to-consumer business model was unique for its time.
Its business plan is simple. You list an item that you don’t want. Someone else buys it. You ship it to them. Done! It made trading items from across the world so easy.
But now, it’s the 2020s, and we have so many more options to choose from. Some are more streamlined to use, others are cheaper and have fewer fees, and some are much more trustworthy than the resale giant. Today, we’re going to share with you some of our favorite eBay alternatives for you to use to sell your old stuff.
Before we get started listing some of our favorite alternatives to the selling giant eBay, I want to share a few reasons why buying and selling second-hand is so great.
There are numerous reasons why buying and selling second-hand items is something that more and more people are starting to do. As a seller, it gets you a portion of the money back that you spent while decluttering. There’s nothing better than earning money while freeing up space around the house. For a buyer, it gives them the chance to find the items that they really want at a great price. Saving money on great finds is such a fun way to shop.
Mercari is one of the best online marketplaces where you can sell all of your unwanted and pre-loved stuff and ship it directly to the buyer. They don’t allow any in-person meetups, which makes things safer in general. That means that there are no meeting strangers in parking lots to drop off items.
They charge a flat fee of 10% on all sales, in addition to paying for shipping through the app if you choose to do so. There is also a 2.9% processing fee plus $0.30 for each payment received from the buyer. The good news is that they don’t charge anything to list your items, unlike eBay. There may also be transfer fees depending on how you decide to claim your money.
Getting started selling on Mercari is as easy as signing yourself up, creating a listing for your item, selecting all of the shipping and price information, waiting for someone to buy or make an offer, and then getting paid. They have options such as smart pricing that lists your item at a comparable price to others like it, keeping you from having to do the research or guess the right number yourself. You don’t have to use that feature if you don’t want to.
Mercari is also a relatively safe and reliable marketplace. It lets buyers rate sellers, but only after they’ve completed a transaction together. This allows potential buyers to really know whether or not the seller is trustworthy and someone they would want to do business with. If you do happen to run into any unexpected trouble, they have a dedicated customer service team ready to help get your problems fixed.
Poshmark is one of the go-to apps for selling clothes, shoes, accessories, and items for the home. It actually started as a place to sell only used women’s clothing and has expanded to what it is today with sections for men, children, and more. It’s fantastic for finding or selling rare or high-end items for a deal, or for updating your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Poshmark also gives you the ability to negotiate prices with your buyers. This lets both of you meet in the middle on a price that works for both parties. For sales $15 and under, they have a flat fee of $2.95. Anything over that has a 20% fee attached to it. They don’t have any fees for listing your items, so you only get charged when you make a sale.
Shipping is tracked, and you know how much it will be on the front end as you input the information for your listing. Poshmark’s prepaid labels will cover items up to five pounds. More than that, and you’ll have to get a label on your own and provide them with the tracking information. Many think that their rates are a bit pricey, but they are actually really comparable, if not cheaper, than shipping on your own or through other resale sites.
Poshmark is a super reliable way to buy and sell luxury goods at a lower price. Anything over $500 must be authenticated by being sent to their headquarters. You can make sure you’re able to sell your real items for the price you deserve while allowing buyers to save on the brands they want and know they’re getting the real thing.
Facebook Marketplace is a great way to sell any type of item from clothes to home decor, but especially those like furniture and even vehicles that can be impossible to ship. It’s primarily used for in-person pickups and dropoffs, but you can also decide to offer to ship on your items if you would like to. It’s becoming one of the best eBay alternatives around.
It’s also safer than sites like Craigslist for selling items in-person since there’s a profile attached to each buyer and seller. Using the Marketplace is as easy as logging into Facebook on the app or in a browser and clicking the shop icon. From there, you can browse and list any of your items. No need to download an extra app or remember an additional login.
Another plus for Facebook Marketplace, there are no fees for buying or selling. The price you agree on is the price you will get, and no cut goes to anyone else. Compared to eBay’s fees for listing and on commissions, this makes Facebook Marketplace a huge competitor.
OfferUp is another one of the free eBay alternatives. It is an app that lets you sell just about anything in-person. It was started to give Craigslist some competition and recently acquired the app LetGo.
There are no fees for listing or selling, but you will sometimes have to pay to bump up your items to get them shown to more people and sold. You can still make a lot of sales without having to bump your items. If you have to ship an item to a buyer that’s out of state, they will pay through the app. The buyer also pays the shipping costs. Then, you will get paid after they receive the item. In that case, there will be a small transaction fee. But other than that, it’s free to use.
OfferUp gives buyers and sellers a chance to rate each other after making a deal. The more reviews that you have, the better. It shows potential buyers that you are a trustworthy seller.
Craigslist is another selling site that has a focus on selling items in-person. You can ship if you’d like, but that’s an agreement that is made between you and the buyer and not necessarily done through Craigslist. I’ve never had a buyer ask me to ship anything. Craigslist comes with a plethora of safety warnings, but it can be a great way to make some money off of your unwanted stuff when used correctly and with caution.
You can sell anything from clothes to cars and even services like painting or roofing. Craigslist is a kind of one-stop-shop for goods and services.
Similar to the other eBay alternatives, you’ll create an account and then list your items. Make sure to do some research on similar listings to make sure your price is competitive. Use good, clear photos, and be sure to describe what you’re selling accurately. Include things such as its condition, any specifications, and your contact information.
Be vigilant when agreeing to meet people in person, and always pick a public location that is well-lit, heavily traveled, and has security cameras. Many cities have even set up designated areas will police cameras for people to meet and do exchanges.
Craigslist is an excellent site for selling; just be safe and cautious!
Nextdoor is a social network that connects neighbors within the same communities, letting them post about local events, lost and found pets and other goings-on. But did you know that you can also post items for sale on Nextdoor?
Selling your stuff is as easy as posting a status. From within the app, you’ll tap the green + sign in the top right corner. Select “post,” and then select “For Sale and Free.”
From there, you’ll select the category that best fits the item you want to sell, add some photos, a title (Nextdoor recommends just the item name), set a price, type in a description, and then tap the post!
Nextdoor also allows you to edit and share your listings, as well as offer them a reduced price to get more potential buyers.
Perhaps the best thing about using Nextdoor to sell your unwanted items is that you know the people are nearby, in the same neighborhood as you. Knowing you won’t have to make a trip across town and meet a complete stranger gives you some peace of mind.
Instagram is also a powerful tool when it comes to reselling your old stuff. Just take a look at the #shopmycloset and #resale hashtags. There are tons of people out there making good money by selling their pre-loved items on Insta.
And the best part? Instagram doesn’t take any of your profit. All of the money paid goes straight to you. Here’s how it works:
Some people use their personal account, and others will make a separate page dedicated to the items that they are selling. From there, you’ll post as you usually do, but instead of what you had for lunch or a cute picture of your dog, it’ll all be of the items that you are selling.
Use bright, well-lit, and high-quality pictures. Remember, buyers like to see what they’re spending money on before they take the plunge. Use the carousel feature to post multiple images of the same item from every angle.
In the caption, you will want to include all of the usual information like brand, size and measurements, condition, what the payment options are, and whether the item is to be picked up or shipped. Also include some hashtags such as #shopmycloset, #resale, #instashop, and more to get your items seen by people who are looking to buy!
If you’ve created a separate profile dedicated to your closet cleanout, you can use the bio to house the payment and shipping information that would remain the same for each item. You can also include the geographical areas you are willing to ship to, such as just within your country or internationally.
Once you’ve created your feed full of items to sell, you can always share with other profiles or social media networks to gain more traction. When someone is interested, you can discuss the details and logistics with them. Before you know it, you will have more space in your closet and more money in your pocket.
As you can see, there are lots of different eBay alternatives out there to choose from. Many are easier to use, less costly, and maybe trustworthy than the resale giant.
Using platforms like Nextdoor, Instagram, and Facebook Marketplace is excellent because they are social media sites that many people are already using. And even better, they are free to sell on and won’t take a percentage of your profits.
Others, such as Poshmark and Mercari, are much simpler to navigate and cheaper to use. Not to mention, you’ll be supporting a much smaller company than eBay.
No matter where you decide to sell, remembering to use quality, well-lit pictures and an engaging and accurate description is critical.
We hope you found this quick guide to eBay alternatives helpful! Next time you’re getting ready to do a closet purge, keep these in mind as potential moneymakers.
What are your favorite eBay alternatives?