How to Sell on OfferUp

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Do you have unwanted things that you want to sell? Many people want to make extra cash. One way that you can do that is to get rid of your old stuff. In this day and age, you don’t have to have a yard sale to make money. There are many apps and websites designed for selling items. One that has gotten popular over the years is OfferUp. Today, I’ll be going over how to sell on OfferUp.

What is OfferUp?

OfferUp is a free online marketplace that allows you to sell different items. It’s similar to other selling apps out there. With OfferUp, there’s no bidding process. You are paid in cash. You also have the option to meet potential buyers in person, or you can ship the item to them. OfferUp was launched in 2011 by Nick Huzar and Arean Van Veelen.

What Can You Sell?

You can sell a lot of items on the platform. Toys, electronics, and furniture are the top categories. I currently have toys, board games, jerseys, shoes, and books listed on OfferUp. Large items like furniture do well because you don’t have to worry about shipping them. They will message you via the app if someone wants to buy something. You two will figure out a safe place to complete the transaction if it’s a local sale. If the item is to be shipped, you ship it. You can find more info about that below.

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There are two options within OfferUp. You have the option for people to pick up the item and the option to ship the item. With the pick-up option, it’s 100% free. If you choose to ship your item, there will be a fee. It’s a minimum of $1.99 or 2.9% of the sale price. If you decide to ship items, you choose a box size for the item. The box size will be the shipping cost that the buyer pays. The prices range from $3.49 to $15.99. You have to provide the box for the item. Once the item sells, you’ll be sent one of the shipping labels. You have three days to send the item. I typically send my items the next business day. Once the buyer receives the item, they have two days to evaluate it. Once they do that, you get paid.

It does not cost anything to list the items. You can list 50 or 500 things, and it will be free to list them. This is another positive about OfferUp.

If you want more sales, you can pay a small fee to bump an item to the top of the search to get more views. More views typically mean that you will get more sales. 

The Set Up


You’ll be on the home screen when you open up the app. You can see items that are the newest or closest to you. You can change the settings also to know the cost of the items. Also, you can choose to see which items are available for pick up or shipping. If you tap the three lines at the top left, you can see the different categories that OfferUp has.


Next to the home button, you will see a button that says inbox. You can see all the messages you and potential buyers sent out. You also get messages when you receive payment. There’s a notification tab on there too.


The next button you see is a camera that says post. You tap that when you have an item ready to sell on OfferUp.


The selling button is next. It has two different sections in this area.

For Sale

You can scroll up and down to see every item that you currently have listed for sale on Offerup.


Next to the for sale tab, you will see the archived area. For some reason, OfferUp does not allow you to delete items. Instead, you can archive them. The archive section shows you everything you listed on the platform that is no longer active. The things that you sold are marked with a sold button on them. The others don’t. They do have a tab beneath them marked unarchive if, for some reason, you want to list the item again. That’s good if you like to keep a record of what you’ve sold on OfferUp.


The last button that you’ll see is account. It has four different sections on it.


You can see your purchases and sales in the transactions section. You can also see the different payment and deposit methods you have set up.


If you have any items that you want to save, they will show up here. You can even go in and create lists. You can also set up search alerts.


This section lets you see your account settings, public profile, and custom profile link. You can also sign up for promote plus and OfferUp premium.

Promote Plus is a paid service that allows you to promote one item at the top of buyers’ feeds for up to a month or a year. You can also swap out the promoted item as much as you want to.

OfferUp Premium is an ad-free version of the app. It costs $3.99 per month.


In the help section, you can find the community center and also community actions.

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How to Sell on OfferUp

Log in to the app and press the post image at the bottom.

Select photos and create the title for the item.

Once you add that info, click “next.”

Next, you need to select a category, choose a condition, and write your item description.

The next thing that you have to do is set your price

Decide if you want to sell your item locally or not. In this example, I’m going to list this item so that anyone in the country can buy it. Once that is done, I’m going to click next

Now, you will see what your listing looks like. If you are satisfied, click on “post.”

Your item is now live for people to see. You will see options to sell it faster, post another item, or share your item. If you don’t want to do any of that, click the done button

You are ready to sell on OfferUp.

Hopefully, that was pretty easy for you. You now know how to list an item on OfferUp. It wasn’t hard at all, was it? This is another great option for you to check out of you want to crosspost. You are now ready to sell all of your unwanted goods on OfferUp.

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Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.