8 Places to Sell Items Online

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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

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

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.

Related Reading: How to Sell on Craigslist Safely

Facebook Marketplace

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.

Amazon

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.

Bonanza

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

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

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.

Your Website

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.

 

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  1. Oh my gosh, that light box looks so useful! It would certainly be an upgrade from using computer paper origami’d into a box.

  2. Great tips. Some of these I’ve never heard of, but I’m definitely going to check them out. Thanks!

  3. LaSaundra Martin

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve buy thinking about buying this set up.

  4. Brittany Holloway

    This light box is just want I need to photograph my products. That would definitely keep me from having to Photoshop my backgrounds out. The info above the box is also very useful, especially for us online sellers!!

  5. Tanya

    The light box would help in my eBay businesses and also I sell on other platforms so this would make it easier to take those great photos. Thanks for sharing the places to sell online.

  6. Antquinette

    The Brightbox would be an awesome asset to my virgin hair business. Right now I do everything pretty much with my iPhone. Photos, videos and I edit with various apps.

  7. Launa James

    I would to see how the box would help pictures of my food creations.

  8. Krystalyn

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Olayinka obisesan

    This light box will turn my pictures to gold and sales should go up.

  10. Shulonda Chaffee

    I’m just starting this year to sell things online. This would be great for my pics. I’m
    Always taking the pics again because I don’t like how they look and I know this will make a ton of difference in the quality. Hope I win.

  11. I like that there are a lot of places to sell items online, but I really don’t like Amazon’s fees in particular! They take a huge chunk of each sale, but I get why they do it and I would too if I was in their shoes. It’s just tough to see just how much you are losing in Amazon’s cut when you first start selling.
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  12. I’ve seen that little box everywhere & I think it’s engenious! I love selling items on eBay & definitely think this box revolutionizes selling online. Great post!

  13. Would love that bright box. This would keep me from having to make my own!

  14. This is a great list. I’m trying to get started on Amazon myself in addition to my site. That brightbox would be so clutch!

  15. Great ideas! Very organized and detailed!

  16. My friend tells me all the time how great the Facebook Marketplace is so I know I need to look more into it and actually utilize it! The bright box would help me feature products on my blog and social media in a more professional way!

  17. Mechelle

    I would use the Brightbox to enhance the quality of my photos on my website which would increase my revenue

  18. I would love this. I plan to open a small online boutique and this would be super helpful!!

  19. Brandy Lynn

    I wish I could win this!

  20. I would use it for my eBay photos! 🙂

  21. Thank you for all the hard work you put into your posts! I am at a “start over” place, after a nasty divorce, and have started an ebay business. This would be a great help for awesome photo’s. Get those products SOLD.. 🙂

  22. Lisa

    Since you inspired me with the thrift challenge, I will use this to improve my pictures and sell more items and on different platforms you mentioned.

  23. Byron C.

    All good ideas — the brightbox would be great for selling on eBay.

  24. Thank you for this drawing! I am just getting started on poshmark and also have plans to sell on ebay and other sales platforms. This would be perfect to jumpstart my business.

  25. Shann B

    I have to admit, I was annoyed by FB marketplace at first mostly because,… can you just leave my FB alone?! But I surprise myself at how often I actually check for new listings.

  26. Good quality photos are everything when you’re selling online. This ingenious setup makes it easier to get good results and also saves time because it’s convenient, compact and minimizes the need for photo editing. It would be perfect for my jewelry and craft items on eBay, Etsy and my own website!

  27. Since it is so portable, I would use this in my studio to save room listing on Ebay.

  28. Angela Perkins

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve never heard of ebid, I’ll have to check it out! Would love a lightbox to take picture for ebay and Esty. Taking pictures of some items is a challenge.

  29. Very nice piece of writing.
    Thumbs up

  30. Mari

    I have been looking at getting one of these so that my product photos can look better. The difference in the results with and without it are definitely convincing.

  31. I’ve heard great things about Offer Up but still haven’t got around to it. Copped myself something very similar to the Bright Box earlier in the year and it makes such a difference for eBay pics

  32. Thanks for sharing this information. I never knew some of these market places.