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Selling items online has been one of my best side hustles during the last few years. I’ve sold numerous things such as shoes, coffee mugs, and board games. If you are looking for a side hustle, selling things online might be up your alley. In today’s post, I will be sharing eight places to sell items online. I will start out with one of my favorites, eBay.
eBay is one of the largest online marketplaces. I’ve been selling on and off with them since 2008. It is free to list 50 items each month on eBay. After that, they charge a $0.30 fee per item. There are two options for you when it comes to selling. They are auction and fixed price.
eBay allows you to list things for domestic and international buyers. The choice is up to you. Not all sellers are comfortable with selling their things to international buyers. When you list your stuff both ways, you have the opportunity to make a lot more money. If you are interested in learning more about eBay, check out this post. I’m also working on a beginners eBay course. Sign up here for more info.
Craigslist is the next place where you can sell items. It is different than eBay in a few ways. When it comes to Craigslist, there are no auctions involved. The items have a fixed price, but buyers can check with the seller to see if they are open for negotiation.
You also don’t ship items with Craigslist. You meet up with the buyer and complete the transaction in person. Some people don’t like dealing with Craigslist for that very reason. In my opinion, Craigslist is safe. You just need to use some common sense. For example, it would not be smart to complete transactions at night. I don’t care how much money you could make. You should only meet with buyers during the daytime. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
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Facebook is more than just a social media network. It’s slowly becoming a one stop shop. Besides sharing pictures and posting messages, you can sell items in the Facebook Marketplace.
It is very easy to list items on the Marketplace. All you have to do is click on the tab that says Marketplace and get started. Once you do that, you click the sell something button. You then post what the item is, the price that you are selling it for, a photo, a category and a brief description. If someone wants an item, that you are selling, they will contact you via Facebook message.
Nine times out of ten, you’ve heard of Amazon. It is an online marketplace where you can sell or buy all types of stuff. If you create your own items or drop ship, Amazon should be on your list. According to the Alexa website rankings, Amazon is the 4th busiest site in the United States. That’s a lot of traffic and potential buyers out there.
If you sign up for an individual selling plan, you pay $0.99 for each item sold. There is also a referral fee and a variable closing fee. Sandy from Yes I Am Cheap has made over $60,000 on Amazon. She has a course that could help you get started. For more info, check here.
Have you ever heard of Bonanza? I’m not talking about the old school TV show. Bonanza is an eBay alternative. It was founded in 2008. Believe it or not, I just found out about this website earlier this year. I wish I knew about it beforehand.
Bonanza has cheaper fees than eBay. After having items listed on there for the last couple of months, my only gripe is that this site doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as eBay or Amazon. The good thing is that more people are finding out about Bonanza. Lately, I’ve been seeing more people talk about it online. As the popularity of the site continues, the sellers will be able to make more money.
Offer Up is a trendy phone app that allows people to sell things. Folks take a picture of their item and post it right from their phone. Everything is done through their online app. If you try to go to the Offer Up website on your computer, they will direct you to the app.
With Offer Up, you sell locally. There is no shipping and handling involved. You and the buyer communicate with each other and figure out where you want to complete the transaction at. In my opinion, the amount of money that you can make on there depends on what you are selling. I know that electronics are always a good selling category.
eBid is another online selling platform. You can sell pretty much anything on the site. As with Bonanza, eBid does not have as much traffic as eBay does. It may take you a little longer to sell an item.
eBid has been around since 1999. When I found that out, I was shocked. I thought it was a newer site. I’m sure there aren’t too many people who’ve heard of eBid. Their site is free to list items. They only charge a 3% sale fee meaning that their fees are less than some of the other options that I mentioned earlier. eBid also has over 13,000 categories to choose from.
The final place to sell your items is on your own website. Doing that will allow you to be in charge of pretty much everything. You control the number of things that you want to sell. The prices are set by you. You are not charged any insertion or final value fees. If you don’t have a website, it’s pretty easy to set one up. I wrote a post a while back that explains step by step how to create a website with Bluehost.
As you’ve just read, there are a lot of places where you can sell items at online. Test some of the different platforms out and see which ones work for you. I currently have items listed on eBay, Craigslist, Offer Up, Bonanza and Facebook Marketplace. I’m all about diversifying. I’m probably going to list some things on eBid pretty soon too.
What is the one thing that is most important when it comes to your online listings? It’s your pictures. The better that your pictures look, the quicker that you will get some sales. Some sellers take better photos than others due to their camera or equipment. There is a way that you can make the photos look a little more professional that won’t break the bank. It’s called a light box.
Many sellers purchase light boxes to help with their pictures. They notice a big difference. The light boxes are portable and easy to set up. One light box that is popular with online sellers is the BrightBox Portable Mini Photo Studio. The Brightbox allows you to take pictures anywhere. Below are a few pictures of it.
Today, I want to give one of my readers a Brightbox to help them with their online selling business. To enter the contest, leave a comment below stating how you plan to use this item. I will randomly choose a winner on September 1st. Make sure that you enter today.