5 Websites To Help You Sell Stuff Online
Updated: May 15
Selling your stuff online is an interesting way to make some quick money while working on your usual things. Selling online is a pretty low-cost way to start your own business that can generate a decent passive income for you. Therefore we have got some websites that might help you with that. But before that, let's get a little bit gist of a few things you need to do to make sure that selling stuff online will be successful for you.
There are many websites in the market that will allow you to create a for-sale listing of your stuff but that doesn't mean that it is easy to sell online. As a buyer yourself, you need to understand that there are so many options available in the market, so how will you convince them to make the decision of purchasing your stuff?. Here are a few things that you can do to make your for-sale listing stand out among others.
Understand Power Of Detailing And Keywords
One of the most important ingredients of making a good for-sale listing is a well written detailed description. A well-written description of the stuff not only educates the buyer or helps the buyer in making a decision but will also make it easy for the buyer to find your items. For example, if you are trying to sell a Black Apple iPhone 7 64 GB version, it's always better to include the details related to it rather than just say "Apple iPhone for sale".
Most of the eCommerce websites use algorithms like Google so that they can make it easy for the buyer to search what they need. Therefore when a buyer is searching for a "Black iPhone 7", your items will have a far better chance of appearing in the search results.
Use A Bunch Of Good Quality Photos For Listing
The first purchasing instinct of a buyer comes from visual stimulus. Irrespective of whatever you are selling, a buyer will always want to see how it looks. Therefore a well captured good quality photos are one of the best ways to shine among others. Good photos not only make your listing good, but it also makes it more trustworthy and buyer prefers to buy from the sellers they can trust.
Research Your Competition And Other Successful Listings
It is always nice to research what other top sellers are doing with their listings, especially the ones who are competing with you in similar landscapes or categories. Also, remember different websites work differently. An amazing listing on one website can be just an average listing on the other websites, therefore always try to tailor your listing according to the websites, if you are selling on multiple websites.
5 Websites To Sell Stuff Online
Once you have somewhat understanding of how to make a mind-blowing for-sale listing, it's time to explore and find where are you going to put this listing. There are many websites that allow you to sell any kind of products but there are some niche websites also who work on particular categories. Depending on what you are selling, you can choose the appropriate website for your listing but it's always better to be more specific because it will improve your chance of making more money.
As we already discussed there are many options to choose from and list your items, but here we are going to talk about 5 websites that we believe are pretty amazing when it comes to selling stuff online.
Etsy is an American e-commerce website founded in 2005 with a focus on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Etsy has created a specific niche for artistic and handmade products. Although you can create listings for different types of products, still focusing on catering to the thrifty and art-loving user base is considered a very important aspect for achieving success as a seller on Etsy.
Creating an online store on Etsy is super simple and will not take more than ten minutes. But to customize your Etsy store you will have to spend some time on designing. Etsy offers tools like Pattern, which will help you in making your store presentable. But Etsy is not free, you have to pay a few fees on Etsy to operate.
Transaction Fees: Etsy charges 5% of the listing price per sale. It also charges additional costs for shipping and packing.
Subscription Fees: A basic Etsy membership is free, but it comes with restricted features. In order to use the bonus promotional features and other advanced features, you can upgrade to Etsy Plus with a subscription fee of $10 per month.
Listing Fees: Etsy charges 20 cents for each listing on the platform and 20 cents per sale for multiple quantities of the same product.
Poshmark founded in 2011, is a social commerce marketplace where people can buy and sell new or used clothing, shoes, and accessories. But Poshmark is more than just a list it and leave it kind of platform, as a seller you will have to do extra work in creating a profile that really pays off.
Alison Gary, a fashion social blogger, who is selling on Poshmark for quite some time now follows practices like listing multiple photos of the product, Haggling for the price and know when to say no and upsell by giving fashion advice along with the product in order to sell effectively on Poshmark.
To become a seller on Poshmark, all you have to do is download the Poshmark App and create your for-sale list and you are ready to go. Poshmark takes a commission on every sale you make if the sale amount is up to $15, Poshmark charges a flat fee of $2.95 and for everything above commission is 20% of the sale price. One of the main advantages of using Poshmark is that it handles shipping for free. Poshmark will send you a pre-labeled package to put your product into and send it to the buyer.
Tradesy is an online peer to peer resale marketplace for buying and selling women's luxury and designer contemporary fashion. Tradesy is very much similar to other marketplaces except it's focused on high-end women's fashion designer brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc.
As a seller, to create a listing, Tradesy has automatic photo editing and price suggestions which helps you in creating good listings. Tradesy provides three shipping methods: first is ship it yourself, second is printed, prepaid shipping label which costs $10.50 and paid by the buyer during checkout, and third is Tradesy supplied shipping where seller can choose bag and packaging that fits their product. All shipping costs are added to your listing price. Tradesy charges a flat fee of $7.50 for all sales under $50 and 19.8% for the sales above $50. All your earning as a seller are accrued on your Tradesy account, which can be used for shopping on Tradesy or can be withdrawn to a bank account or a Paypal account after incurring a 2.9% cash transfer fee.
eBay is in the game of online selling since 1995 and has quite a reputation among users when it comes to curated goods, unique flea-market products, collectibles, etc. The thing with eBay is that you can literally sell anything on eBay if you have an understanding of the market. What's unique about eBay is that it provide you an option to create an auction listing, where buyers can bid on your products apart from a normal fixed-price listing.
There are many sellers on eBay that are making thousands of dollars in a year just by flipping their flea-market finding to eBay. Although for making thousands of dollars you have to be more serious and make some good sales monthly, you can always start slow and then gradually move upward.
eBay comes with a starter, basic, premium, anchor, and enterprise tier subscription options, and the fees for subscription ranges from $4.95 per month to $2,999.95 per month based on the tier. Each tier comes with its own set of discounts and benefits. If you don't want to pay for the subscription and just want to sell off your closet, you can also start with a free eBay account and list up to 50 items per month. For every sale eBay charges between 2% to 12% depending on the category of the product. As a seller, you have to take care of shipping, though.
5) Facebook Marketplace
We all know Facebook as the multi-billion dollar social networking company. But now, it's not just limited to that. In 2016, Facebook launched an on-site feature called Marketplace. It is very much similar to other local-listing websites with an added benefit of looking through the profile of a buyer or seller, which is great if you are concerned with the trust aspect of online buying and selling.
You can start creating a listing for-sale on Facebook Marketplace by simply logging into your Facebook profile. As a seller, you can create a free listing for homes, vehicles, electronics items, and many other things. But remember that all your listing must comply with Facebook's commerce policies and local laws. Facebook restricts creating listing about weapons, animals, and any other kind of irrelevant content. You can read more about it in detail here.
The Facebook marketplace also provides options of aggregating relatable buying and selling options near your location which really helps in reaching out to a specific and more focused audience. Facebook also has a payment system built into Facebook Messenger, but not used by seller and buyer that frequently as of now.
There are many other websites apart from this list that can be used for selling stuff online. For example Amazon, Craiglist, Nextdoor, Offerup, Gazelle, etc. As per our research, the listed 5 websites in this article works pretty well for a lot of online sellers, but this doesn't mean that you have to sell on these websites and it will works for you also. The key is to find the one that fits your demographics and your need. As a seller, you can always experiment with multiple options available in the market until you find a perfect fit for you.
The best thing you can do is do your research, experiment with different websites, learn from your experiment, and make your informed selections. Just keep in mind, if you wait for the perfect solution, you will never get started.
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