Last month, I wanted to raise some cash & clear out a few closets at the same time. I made a little over $8800 selling items around the house. We upgraded our iPhones so we had two iPhone X’s sitting around. We decided to sell an old 2004 Subaru that we rarely used. I started selling everything in the junk closet, and so far – we’re up to $8800 in the last month.
One problem I ran into was “what online places to list my items” that actually work. I was surprised to see OfferUp and LetGo not get the type of response I expected. They seemed to attract the “send you a fake check” scam artists trying to get you to part with your money.
Looking to extra cash? Here’s a list of the best places to list your stuff for quick cash.
Facebook Marketplace & Online Garage Sales for Quick Sale
Facebook is the absolute best place for response. Search for your city + garage sales. Then, you can join groups where the people around you are selling items. They message you directly and arrange a pickup & exchange. It’s the easiest way to sell items fast.
- It’s free to list your items as long as they meet the Facebook guidelines
- Items typically go fast since the deals are ‘local’ and offer instant gratification
- You can easily network your item by sharing it with your personal network and asking your friends to ‘share’
List Your Item on eBay for Hard to Find Items
One of the oldest and most reliable platforms available today – eBay is still a powerful place to list your products – especially vintage or hard-to-find items. On eBay you sell your items auction-style, but you can offer a ‘buy it now’ option to allow for faster sales at a specific price.
Here’s what I love about eBay. Let’s say that you find a TI-35 Calculator on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. You can buy those calculators for $25 and then list them on eBay for $59 plus shipping. They are selling everyday at this price, and flipping items is one of the best ways to make money online right now.
- Up to 50 free insertion fees per month
- 10% final sales price fee
- Options to upgrade your listing for more exposure
- The ability to set a ‘reserve’ price so that you don’t get less than what you want
Craigslist for Higher Priced Items
One of the first free classified online programs, Craigslist is still going strong today. Craigslist is easy to use, but just be careful about scams. It’s always recommended that you meet buyers at a local police station or other ‘safe haven’ to ensure your safety.
I love it when a Craigslist meeting goes right with both parties in on the safeplace meetup. I listed my product, a 1 ounce gold coin last month, and the guy contacted me wanting to meet at a local bank. He was a former cop & we met inside the Bank of America. He looked at the coin with his magnifying glass & looked up the coin. Within ten minutes, he was in line getting the cash to buy the coin.
Another $1,500 for a little bit of listing work – not bad.
- No fees for listing items for sale
- You decide if you want to accept an offer
- You handle all communication directly with the buyer
- You can sell just about anything on Craigslist
If you have brand-name clothing in good condition, there’s a market for it on Poshmark. This social shopping network connects buyers and sellers and makes it easy to sell your clothing items.
- Poshmark charges a flat $2.95 for sales under $15 and 20% of the sale if over $15
- Poshmark sends you a pre-addressed shipping label
- Poshmark handles all payment transactions, delivering the money to you once you ship the product and the buyer confirms receipt
Amazon sells more than its own inventory of products; individual sellers can sell items too. As long as you follow Amazon’s guidelines, you can sell just about anything on it to their audience of millions of followers.
You can ship your items to Amazon and they fulfill it, but be careful – they charge a ton in storage fees. That’s the number one complaint from sellers who didn’t realize that the storage fees could add up to the point you could have rented an entire warehouse on your own.
Most of the side hustlers turn their garage into a fulfillment center doing as much of the heavy lifting as they can to avoid any profit margins being eaten.
- $0.99 listing fee for individual items or you can subscribe for $39.99 per month for a professional plan and pay no listing fees
- You’ll pay a referral fee between 8% – 20% of the final sales price
- You get access to their massive following, making it easier to market your items
- Amazon handles all payment transactions
If you have items to sell online, do your research. Determine where the type of item you have to sell does the best. Take into consideration the fees, work involved, and the safety of meeting buyers and providing your items.
Here are March month’s totals:
- $6100 – 2004 Subaru
- $500 – iPhone X Sitting in Junk Drawer
- $400 – iPhone X Sitting in Side Table
- $1,500 – Gold Coin Sitting in Drawer
- $120 – Old Shelf in Junk Closet
- $180 – Old DVD Stand in Junk Closet
- $8,800 – Total Sold