How to Sell on OfferUp

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It’s week 6 of the 7 weeks of crossposting. The weeks have gone by pretty quickly. It seems like I just started week 1 and now we are here. 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 Craigslist and Letgo because you in most cases, have to meet your potential buyer in person. There’s no bidding process. You are paid in cash. 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, cars, and furniture are the top categories. I currently have toys, board games, jerseys, shoes, and booked listed on OfferUp. Large items like furniture do well because you don’t have to worry about shipping them. If someone wants to buy something they will contact you via the app. From there, you two will figure out a safe place to complete the transaction.

Get $5 when you sign up for OfferUp today!


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 where 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 $3.29 to $13.99. 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 items and it will be free to list them.

If you want to try and get more sales, you can pay a small fee to bump an item to the top of the search so that you can get more views.

The Set Up


When you open up the app you’ll be on the home screen. You can see items that are the newest or closest to you. You can change the settings to also see the cost of the items. Also, you can choose to see which items are available for pick up or shipping. There’s also a tab for you to see the different categories that OfferUp has.


Next to the home button, you will see a button that says messages. You can see all the messages that you and potential buyers have sent out. You also get messages when you receive a payment. There’s also 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 that you are ready to sell on OfferUp.


The offers button is next. It will show you four different things in this area.


You see every item that you currently have for sale on Offerup


If you’ve purchased something in the past, you can see that item in this area.


You can create boards of OfferUp. The boards allow you to organize and collect items that you find on the platform. For example, if you were looking for NBA jerseys, you could create a board to save them in.


At the top, you’ll see a folder. It is the archive folder. It shows you every item that you have attempted to sell before on the platform. The items will have a sold or unlisted tag on them. 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 all your account info in there including name, location, and feedback. It shows you different ways that you can verify yourself. Sellers that are verified in more ways get more sales. Being verified shows potential buyers that you are trustworthy. You will also see transactions, saves, account info, and a help section. Take some time to click on each link in this area. It’s some important info that you should read if you are serious about learning how to sell on OfferUp.

Get $5 when you sign up for OfferUp here!

How to List an Item

Log in 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 description of the item.

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, just 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 on OfferUp.

Have you used OfferUp before?

Week 1: Selling on Craigslist

Week 2: How to Sell on Mercari

Week 3: How to Sell on Poshmark

Week 4: How to Sell on Facebook Marketplace

Week 5: How to Sell on Letgo