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4 Ways to Sell Your Stuff to Make Some Money

If your anything like us, when we need more cash our heads start to come up with all kinds of quick money making ideas. Sometimes though we never actually put these ideas into action.

Last November my husband and I started to have a bit of a wobble because we’d not bought any Christmas presents whatsoever and our money just seemed to be going on bills all the time, so it was time for action…

Where to start?

We decided we had to make some money quick as Christmas was fast approaching so we went to the place where we store all our ‘old stuff’ and ‘things we might use one day’… the attic. Here we would find an plenty of old toys, books, old games consoles and more to sell!

We started by selling the items in our attic first. Next we moved on from room to room as you never know what junk is stored in the back of a cupboard… plenty I tell you!

Despite the attic de-cluttering taking us a couple of hours, it felt refreshing and good for the soul!

1) Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace sells items to people locally, no fees whatsoever for listing or putting photos on unlike ebay who take 10% of the total transaction including postage when an item sells, plus on top of that you have to pay PayPal fees so it mounts up considerably and your profit goes down pretty quickly.

How to sell an item on Facebook Marketplace:

  1. From your news feed, click Marketplace – it’s a little icon that looks like a shop.
  2. Once you’re in the Marketplace, click on + Create New Listing.
  3. At this stage, you have three options depending on what you’re selling. Items for Sale, Vehicle for Sale or Home for Sale or Rent. Choose Item for Sale.
  4. In the next step, you create the ad. Start by uploading a photo of the item you’re selling by clicking on Add Photos. At the time of writing, you can use up to 10 photos so take advantage of this and show your item from different angles.
  5. To finish your listing you’ll need to give it a title, name your price (use £0 if you’re giving it away), assign it to a category, write a description, assign up to twenty tags and name your location.
  6. When you’re happy with the ad, click on Next.
  7. Then click Publish to post your ad to Facebook’s Marketplace.

The item will now be listed in the Facebook Marketplace for all to see.

What sells well on Facebook Marketplace?

Popular things to sell on Facebook Marketplace are items that the buyer can collect from your house or an alternative meeting point. Think about toys, clothes, DVDs, furniture, games consoles, watches, electronic goods etc. Anything like that.

Can you sell unusual stuff on Facebook Marketplace?

Yes. Of course you can. You can sell just about anything.

What can’t you sell on Facebook Marketplace?

Facebook says that “items that infringe intellectual property aren’t allowed on Marketplace”. So no fake gear. It also says that items like animals, drugs and weapons can’t be sold on it either.

Closing the sale and exchanging the goods for cash

Tempting as it may be, you should avoid people coming to your house whenever possible. Instead of giving out your address to a complete stranger who wants to spend a fiver on a second-hand toy, arrange to meet the buyer in a supermarket car park or some other busy public place.

It’s highly unlikely something bad will happen, and most people are genuine buyers, but you never know who you’re meeting. So it’s best to avoid giving out your address and meeting potential buyers in a public place. And always take somebody with you for support.

When it comes to paying – only accept cash on delivery.

2) Shpock

Shpock, which is one of the best free car boot sale apps on the market, enables people to sell stuff they no longer need in a matter of minutes. It was launched in 2012 and has more than 12 million monthly active users.

To start selling your items on Shpock, you’ll need to download their app onto your mobile (it’s available for all devices) or create an account on the website.

Just sign up with a few details. You’ll need your first and last name, email address and password and away you go. If you prefer to use the app you can create an account with your Google, Apple or Facebook details.

Once you’re logged in just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Under your login name, click the drop down menu and click ‘Sell Now
  2. The next page asks you to add photos of your item, you are allowed up to 5 photos
  3. Enter a title for the item
  4. Enter a detailed description of your item, put as much information about the item as possible, be honest if it’s got any wear or tear etc.
  5. Next, enter a price you want for the item, put what you really would like for it, but expect people to offer a lower price (most of them do, it’s up to you whether or not you want to accept it or leave it on longer for a better offer).
  6. Choose the appropriate category relevant for your item
  7. Finally enter your home address, this won’t be shown on your listing, it will just give the buyer an idea as to where they will have to pick the item up from if not posting.
  8. Click the ‘Sell Now’ green button

Once you’ve put your items on for sale, click in the drop down menu again (under your username), it will show you a few different tabs:

Messages – From any potential buyers
Selling – What you have posted for sale (here you can also edit your listing if you need to change it)
Buying – Any items you may have spotted yourself that you need
Watchlist – Here you can keep an eye on similar items to you own and see how they are doing
Reviews – Once you’ve had a sale, the buyer can rate how their transaction went with you, and visa versa

The reason why the Shpock app works better is that if you’re logged in and someone asks you a question or wants to buy your item(s), it’s literally instant to your mobile. You can text back and get the sale done straight away if you are happy with what the buyer is offering you.

On Shpock, buyers can either pay you by PayPal or if you prefer cash on collection there is no commission taken from your sale. We prefer the latter of course, as we want to help you save your pennies.

When selling on apps like this, of course you need to read what you can and cannot sell as for obvious reasons as you don’t want to get into trouble selling your great-granddads old war pistol!

On the drop down menu (just below your username), there is a ‘Help Centre’ tab. If you click on this tab it will open up a new window and give you help to any questions you have about selling (or buying) items on Shpock as well as the rules of using their app.

Shpock is absolutely free! Your opportunities for negotiating, swapping, buying, selling and bartering in this particular market are endless.

3) Gumtree

Gumtree can be a great resource to sell your unwanted items for free. This selling site is perfect to sell items locally and pretty fast too.

As with most selling apps / websites you will first need to create an account, so start by going to http://www.gumtree.com and register for an account. This should only take you a few minutes to complete.

The following information has been taken from the Gumtree website on how to post an ad step-by-step:

  1. Click the Post an Ad button at the top of the Gumtree page.
  2. Type in the name of what you’re selling so they can suggest a category.
  3. Select from the categories shown or click Or browse to find a category. If browsing, continue to select from the subcategories until the Continue button appears.
  4. Enter your post code, then click GO. If you’d rather select from a list of cities, click Select your location instead and choose your city. When you have your location set, click Continue.
  5. Under the Ad Title section, click into the box and type in a descriptive title.
  6. Add pictures to your ad by clicking Add Images and selecting the files from your computer or mobile.
  7. Click into the box in the Description section and type in information about your ad. Be as detailed as possible. If you’re not sure what information you should add, think about what you would want to know if you were the buyer.
  8. Enter the price using numbers only. The pound symbol and punctuation will be added automatically when you post your ad.
  9. If you have a website that you’d like to include, click the box under Website Link and then enter the URL. (Gumtree ask for a small charge to apply the URL to your ad).
  10. Choose your feature options. Features are ways to promote your ad and get more views. If you don’t want to promote your ad, you can skip this section.
  11. Choose your contact method. It defaults to the email linked to your account, but you can choose phone only by selecting phone and then deselecting email.
  12. Double check your ad details. When you’re ready, click Post My Ad.

Your ad will stay live on Gumtree for 30 days (if posted in the Community and For Sale Section). Alternatively, if you have posted in the Property, Services, Motors and Jobs section it will stay live for 60 days.

If your ad hasn’t brought along a buyer and the ad’s run-time is up, Gumtree will send you an email notice telling you that your ad is about to expire. You can apply a Bump Up at any time to reset its clock. If no Bump Up is applied, the ad will be removed from the queues and placed into your Inactive Ads list.

Like with most selling sites, there are featured promotions which you can pay for to make your item more prominent etc. However, we are here to help you make more money, not spend it before you’ve even got it.

4) Vinted

Vinted is a community for pre-loved fashion items plus much, much more. They have 25 million members so it is definitely a good place to sell your unwanted goods and make a bit of cash.

Firstly you will need to create an account to get started this will only take a few minutes to do. Alternatively, you can just press continue and log in with Facebook / Google or Apple.

We found Vinted quite similar to Shpock with regards to posting items. You can sell anything from clothes to baby toys, the list is endless really.

To post your first item you will need to:

  • Upload your photos (it allows you to put 20 on)
  • Add a title for the item
  • Describe your item
  • Choose the best category for it to go in
  • Enter a brand name if it has one
  • Enter the condition your item is in
  • Enter a price you want for the item

(There is also a small tick button which says ‘I’m interested in swapping this’ should you prefer just to swap the item with someone rather than sell it). 

Finally, you just need to review your item for sale and if you’re happy with it, post it.

The following information has been taken from Vinted to help you understand how you are paid for your item once you have a buyer.

Money Journey via Vinted Balance

A buyer pays for an item The payment appears under ‘pending balance’ in your Vinted Balance The buyer hits Everything’s OK after the item is delivered or 2 days after the item’s delivery in case the buyer doesn’t report any issues The order is completed The payment moves from ‘pending balance‘ to ‘available balance

Once the payment is available in your balance, you can:

  • Use it to make purchases on Vinted
  • Withdraw it to your bank account

Why they have a Vinted Balance
Delaying the availability of funds is a common practice in online marketplaces. Vinted implements this to help ensure that Vinted is safe and secure for both buyers and sellers. With Vinted Balance, if something goes wrong, they may refund the buyer, though you can mutually agree on a different resolution.

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