Do you have a bunch of things you don’t use anymore? Here you’ll find the best apps to sell stuff online and locally. And if you hang around, you’ll discover my top tips for using apps to sell your stuff for a nice profit.
I can see you are trying to clear some clutter in your home. But some of the stuff you want to get rid of looks brand new. You’re not sure what you were thinking when you bought it, and now, you need to get rid of it.
Let me share a little secret with you.
We’ve all been there. You couldn’t resist that shiny little jacket. Or do you remember that time you really wanted to learn to play the electric guitar? Yep, the excitement lasted for a month before it started to collect dust in the garage.
As much as we should stop buying what we don’t need to save money, we all have things we don’t use anymore, ready to find a new home.
And you know what’s great?
Buried deep amongst that pile of old stuff is an easy opportunity to make extra money. Plus, giving your unwanted items a second chance is a great way to upcycle things that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Double win!
But where should you start?
There are dozens, even hundreds, of resale apps to choose from. How can you choose the best mobile app for selling stuff?
That’s why I am here! Below, I will share the best apps to sell stuff both online and locally in your community. I’ll even give you some tips to make extra money using them!
Let’s get into it!
And if you want to know what can make you the most money, check out this list of 30 Best Things To Sell To Make Money.
Best Apps to Sell Stuff Online
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Although all the apps on this list have a reason to be here, my top picks are these:
PERFECT FOR: Electronics, clothes, accessories, toys and action figures, sports cards, musical instruments…pretty much anything.
Incredibly, eBay is already over 25 years old – it’s probably older than some of you reading this – and boasts a massive community of nearly 200 million buyers and well over one billion product listings.
There’s pretty much nothing you can’t sell on eBay with a potential customer base like that.
Simply download the app and post the item you want to sell. When it does, eBay will take 10% of the final sales price in commission. They will also take 2.9% if the transaction uses PayPal and charge a $ 0.35′ insertion fee’ for each listing over your first 50 (which are free).
PERFECT FOR: Electronics (especially old cell phones), video games, LEGO, books.
Did you know that Americans have $43 billion worth of unused electronics in their homes? I bet you are one of them!
If you can’t be bothered to take photos of your items, write descriptions, and deal with people, I have the perfect app for you. Decluttr is one of the best online selling apps for your electronics and media. But you can also sell LEGO by weight and books in good condition.
Here’s how Decluttr works: download the app, select the make, model, and condition of your device – you can even use the app to scan barcodes on media you want to sell – and they’ll make you an offer instantly!
If you accept the offer, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label so you can send your item to them for free. Once they receive it, they’ll pay you immediately through PayPal or direct deposit.
It really is that easy.
How much do they pay? Well, USA Today reported that Decluttr “routinely offers more than other similar sites, especially on higher-priced items.“
Pro tip: make sure to describe the condition of your items correctly. Decluttr can and will reject your item if it’s in worse condition than you described.
PERFECT FOR: Electronics.
Of course, you will probably not make as much money selling through a buyback service like Decluttr as you might selling your items yourself. Time vs. money – if the latter is more important to you, check out Swappa!
It’s kind of like eBay but tailored specifically towards your old electronics and technology. According to Wired, “this is where you’ll get the most money for your old device.“
The best part about Swappa? You don’t have to pay a fee when you make a sale! In fact, sellers do not pay any commission to Swappa at all, meaning you’ll keep more of your cash than you would on marketplaces like eBay or Amazon.
Instead of a sales commission, Swappa adds a fee to each of your listings paid by the customer. Fees are on a graduated scale depending on the cost of what you’re selling – for example, for an item under $50, there is no fee, whereas, for items over $6000, the fee is $250.
As a bonus, when you create a post, Swappa will tell you the recent prices that similar items have sold for. This is useful if you aren’t sure of the value of your item or if you want to undercut competitors.
PERFECT FOR: Clothes, shoes, handbags, and fashion accessories.
If most of your unwanted items are in your closet, Poshmark is the premier platform for fashion and one of the best places to sell your clothes for money.
In fact, the company claims that an astounding 1 in 100 fashion items purchased in the US is resold on Poshmark.
Use the Poshmark app to sell your clothes, shoes, handbags, and fashion accessories – they’ve even recently added new categories for jewelry, beauty products, and even pet accessories!
Like other platforms, simply list items you want to sell on Poshmark. When each item sells, Poshmark takes $2.95 for anything under $15 and 20% for anything over $15.
Crucially, Poshmark is not just an e-commerce marketplace but a social shopping experience. Poshmark sellers don’t just sell. They build and socialize with a community of followers and share things with their network.
If you want to know the ins and outs of selling clothes online, check out my guide to making money selling clothes.
PERFECT FOR: High-end clothes, shoes, handbags, fashion accessories, wedding dresses.
If you’re looking to sell more high-end fashion items, a great app to check out is Tradesy.
The setup is the same as Poshmark – you post an ad for the item you’re looking to sell to their community – and the cost is similar – a $7.50 flat fee for items sold for less than $50; 19.8% for those sold for over $50.
However, Tradesy boasts that it is only for high-quality, 100% authentic designer fashion. For sellers, this means a higher-end clientele looking and expecting to spend more.
Bonus: Tradesy will give you a suggested price for your listing based on the brand, condition, and what similar things have sold for. The app will even tell you how long your item is likely to take to sell based on different price points!
PERFECT FOR: Less expensive fashion items to be sold by weight.
If you have less expensive fashion items to sell or are simply looking to clear some space and don’t have the time to deal with listings and customers, the best app for selling stuff might be thredUP.
They don’t buy back your items like Decluttr – they sell them for you!
Here’s how it works: they’ll send you a cleanout kit which you fill with your old clothing, shoes, handbags, or other fashion accessories. Once you’ve filled your kit, send it back to them – shipping is paid for – and they’ll decide what they can sell.
Before you send, the thredUP app will provide payout estimates on how much you could make from certain items. What they do take, they will photograph and place for sale, then handle buyers, payment, and shipping.
Important to note, however, is that thredUP will be compensated well for their work. For items under $20, they’ll take 85-95% of the sale (wow!). The number reduces as the sale price goes up – for $200 or more, they’ll take 20%.
Yes, it’s a lot, but you’re paying for the fact that you don’t have to do anything. It’s a good option if you want to be hands-off and still make some money.
Bonus tip: thredUP is particularly good for kid’s clothes and maternity gear, but, sorry guys, they only deal with women’s and kid’s fashion.
PERFECT FOR: Handmade and vintage items.
If you are looking for the best app to sell stuff that you’ve made yourself or have a vintage feel, check out Etsy.
It’s the 6th largest online marketplace in the world, a community of over 80 million buyers looking specifically for unique handmade items.
Note that you will pay three separate fees when selling on Etsy. On every sale, Etsy will take a 5% commission. When customers pay through Etsy Payments, Etsy takes an additional 3%. There is also a $0.20 fee for every listing you post in your Etsy shop, which must be paid regardless of if the item sells.
If you are interested in knowing more about Etsy, a great place to start is my in-depth guide to How to Sell on Etsy and Make Money. And if you want some ideas of what you can sell, here are 15 Things To Sell On Etsy for Money.
PERFECT FOR: New items like electronics, board games, or used books.
Amazon is by far the largest e-commerce site in the world. In the US alone, Amazon receives over 213 million unique visitors every month – more than two-thirds of the entire country’s population! In fact, Amazon accounts for half of the total e-commerce sales in the US.
A large part of the advantage of selling on Amazon is the brand name – everybody knows Amazon, and listing your products there allows you to appropriate this built-in recognition.
Of course, you will pay for the privilege. Amazon takes between 8-15% of the final sales price, depending on what you sell. You will also have to choose between an individual seller’s account, which adds a flat fee of $0.99 per sale, or a professional account, which eliminates the fee, but costs you $39.99 per month.
I wouldn’t recommend Amazon to beginners. But if you want to turn your hobby of selling things online into something more, Amazon could be a great choice.
9. Instagram Checkout
PERFECT FOR: Buying directly from brands without leaving Instagram.
Instagram Checkout is a new app that lets people buy directly from your Instagram photos, videos, and stories. That’s right; it turns your Instagram feed into a digital, sharable catalog of the items you want to sell.
The best part is that it will only cost you a 5% selling fee to use.
And though it’s new, it’s already kind of a big deal. More than 130 million people click a shoppable Instagram post every month.
Dishonorable Mention – OfferUp
PERFECT FOR: Not much.
Chances are, if you’re looking for the best apps to sell stuff, you’ve heard about OfferUp.
It is a popular and often advertised free app for selling just about anything and has been called as addictive as Instagram.
So what’s the problem?
Well, OfferUp currently has a customer rating of just 1.2 stars out of 5 on Trust Pilot, classified succinctly as bad. Through the Better Business Bureau, it’s even worse – 1.12 out of 5 stars – with the BBB itself giving OfferUp a rock bottom F rating. In fact, the BBB has recognized a “pattern of complaints” regarding OfferUp, including accusations that sellers did not receive their funds, that their app is glitchy, and that their customer service is poor or non-existent.
So, while OfferUp may be a major player in online selling apps, I could not in good conscience recommend a platform with such shockingly poor reviews and ratings.
Best Apps to Sell Stuff Locally
If you are trying to sell stuff in your local area, a yard sale or garage sales are things of the past. Start by checking these best apps to sell stuff locally.
10. CPlus for Craigslist
CPlus for Craigslist
PERFECT FOR: Having all the power of Craiglist in a modern app.
With all the newer and more flashy selling apps out there, Craigslist may seem a little outdated. Its interface has remained unchanged since the 90s, and its text-based website lacks modern features and conveniences.
And yet, Craigslist still regularly rates among the top 20 most visited websites on the internet and remains a go-to for millions trying to sell their stuff locally.
Here’s the secret, though: if you’re going to sell on Craigslist, you’ve got to check out the CPlus for Craigslist app.
It’s a third-party app licensed by Craigslist, which brings the platform out of the stone age with new features, accessories, and visuals.
CPlus allows Craigslist searches across multiple cities at once – a good way to check what other sellers are listing items similar to yours for, as well as a way to find buyers you could ship to. It also offers advanced search filtering systems and the ability to save postings and view results on a map.
Oh yeah, and it’s totally free!
11. Facebook Marketplace
PERFECT FOR: Furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories, books, home goods, garden tools, plants.
Another great way to capitalize on a well-established brand when selling your items locally is by using Facebook Marketplace. All you’ll need is a Facebook account, and you’re set to go.
Facebook Marketplace is used in 70 countries by over 800 million people.
In fact, an incredible 78% of US citizens use Facebook to find new products.
In short, Facebook Marketplace makes sharing an ad for an item you want to sell as easy as, well, making a post to Facebook! And, like Facebook, it’s free to use.
The best part about using Facebook Marketplace is that it automatically targets buyers for you. Facebook’s algorithm will put your ad in front of people specifically in your area, so they’ll see it automatically while scrolling through their feed.
Another bonus, when compared with other resale apps, is that dealing with customers is less sketchy. Those who have used platforms like Craigslist to sell in the past will know that you basically don’t know anything about the buyer, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. With Facebook Marketplace, you are still within the Facebook universe, meaning you can just sneak at the profile of potential buyers and see who they are.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget about Facebook Buy and Sell groups. They are great for targeting interested buyers for what you are trying to sell. And the number of different “buy and sell” groups is pretty much endless, meaning there is probably one for what you are trying to sell!
Even better, when you use Facebook Marketplace, you will have the option to automatically post your listing to buy and sell groups in your area.
PERFECT FOR: Job listings, rentals, announcements, buying and selling items within your neighborhood.
It’s a place where neighbors and neighborhoods communicate about everything from community events and road closures to job listings and rental spaces to lost dogs and items to buy and sell.
It’s been described as “a virtual town hall or coffee shop where people meet to gab about local topics.” And it’s totally free to use!
When you sign up for Nextdoor, you’ll have to prove where you live through your phone or a postcard – they really do want to keep things between neighbors!
From there, you can post your item for sale directly into your neighbor’s feeds and into their lives.
PERFECT FOR: Buying and selling items within 5 miles of your location.
Like Nextdoor, 5Miles is focused on buying and selling between neighbors, those within, as the name suggests, five miles of each other.
Once you’ve completed their robust triple verification process – phone, email, and social media –you’ll be able to quickly and easily post your items for sale. Then, when somebody in your area searches for something in the category of what you’re selling, 5Miles puts your ad in front of them.
It’s a great way to reach local buyers fast, and it’s free to use!
Note: 5Miles has tried to build its brand around a commitment to customer safety by recognizing the concerns that can arise when selling to strangers. In addition to their triple verification process, they offer a “safe exchange area locator” and even, unlike other selling apps, allow payments to be made between buyer and seller directly through the app.
Best selling apps for niches
If you’re looking for the best selling apps for a very specific item, don’t worry, I’ve got you!
- If you’ve got high-end furniture, check out Chairish.
- To sell your antiques, try Ruby Lane.
- Want to get rid of your old books? BookFinder.
- Bicycles are a hot seller right now. Sell yours on BikeExchange.
- Looking for someone to buy your musical instruments? Go with Reverb.
- If you’ve got some cool kicks or other designer shoes, GOAT is the app you want.
- And for designer watches, try Chrono24.
How to make more money using apps to sell your stuff
1. Check the price for similar items
Looking to get an idea of how much you should sell your stuff for?
Start by manually scrolling through listings for similar products on eBay or other platforms. Some apps, like Swappa and Tradesy, will give you a suggested price when you post your item and tell you what others are selling for. Some product categories have their own price calculator (for example, check out this Furniture Calculator).
2. Make your item stand out
Make sure to use high-quality photographs, showing your product from different angles and in lifestyle shots. 90% of online shoppers think product photography is “very” or “extremely” important.
Also, include all details about your item that the customer might need to know – measurements, details, brand, etc. If they have to ask, it might already be too late.
3. Use keyword-rich titles and descriptions
No matter how good your listing is, you need to get it in front of people if you’re going to sell. The secret? Load your titles and descriptions with relevant keywords. Make sure to spell brand names correctly and think about what search terms people will use.
How to be safe when selling stuff locally
1. Meet in a public space
Meet buyers during the day in a public space. The best place is a bank, where the customer can get money immediately if they need it, and you can deposit your funds directly after the sale. Many police and fire stations also offer an area to make sales.
Also, try not to meet buyers at your home – this is a favorite way for criminals to case your house. If you have to, such as when selling a piece of furniture, try to move the item into your garage or entryway.
2. Choose the best payment method
This one is simple – don’t accept a payment other than cash. Many fraudsters will run scams with cashier’s checks, personal checks, wire services, or credit cards.
3. Do not hand over the item until you’ve been paid
Do not accept partial payments and promises to pay later. Cash for goods; that’s it.
Check out my definitive guide to the 30 Top Things You Can Sell to Make Money Right Now.
In short, jewelry and designer fashion are always big sellers, as are home décor and furniture. Specifically right now? Try fitness equipment or your bike, both in high demand due to COVID shortages. And if you have some old Pokémon cards in good condition…congratulations, my friend, you’re rich!
Some are free to use, and some charge flat rates or take a commission – usually between 5-20% – on your sales. Some pay you directly for your stuff and allow you to ship it to them for free.
Whichever selling app you choose, make sure you know the costs before you sell!
First, consider what you are selling; different apps are better for different things.
Second, think about how you want to sell and how much money you want to make. Platforms that do more of the work for you usually take more of the money.
Ready to get started?
Look around your house, select a few items you are happy to depart from, pick one of the apps to sell stuff, and start uploading details. I swear, it’s addictive! As soon as your first item goes, someone will have to stop you, or you’ll end up selling the whole house!
And if there is something still useful you aren’t able to sell, donate it to charity!
If you want more app inspiration, check out the best apps to make money right now.
And as always, if you have any questions, add a comment below or email me.
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