The 8 Best Apps for Selling Stuff in 2020
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Looking to declutter your home and make some extra cash? There’s an app for that. We rounded up our favorite apps to sell items online, from popular auction bidding sites to apps that let you virtually sell to your neighbors, even apps on which fashionistas can offload their unwanted designer duds. Read on to see which apps to download the next time you want to sell some goods, so you can put some extra cash in your pocket.
Best for Quick Sales: Letgo
You’ve probably seen the advertisements for this popular selling site. From a woman selling a sewing machine during a tandem skydive to a man trying to offload an arcade game for cash in the shadow an impending avalanche, these commercials border on ridiculous.
But the app itself is fairly straightforward. Take a photo of the item you want to sell, upload it, then start messaging potential buyers. Letgo will also automatically recognize your item and help categorize it in the right section. They even offer automated responses, which makes conversing with potential buyers that much simpler. The app’s interface is aesthetically pleasing, showing you a bulletin-board-like news feed of items for sale in your area. You can also narrow results down by using the search tool or select a category.
Another plus for this mobile selling app? It’s a startup unicorn, meaning it’s worth more than $1 billion.
Best for Big-Ticket Items: eBay
Founded in 1995, eBay is the largest online marketplace and has about 147 million users. You can sell items one of two ways on eBay –via auction or fixed-price listing. The auction setting is probably the app’s most well-known feature. You simply upload a photo of what you’d like to sell, set the starting bid, and set the length of the auction. (You can do 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days.)
Keep in mind that once an auction ends, you are contractually obligated to sell the item for the winning bid. Buyers can also bid on items using eBay’s automatic bidding system, which automatically bids in increments higher than the last bid.
Sellers on eBay are paid via Paypal, credit or debit card, merchant credit or debit card, or payment on pickup (if your buyer is going to pick up the item in person). Another fun eBay fact? The most expensive eBay sale on record was a Gigayacht, which sold for $168 million.
Best for Reaching a Wider Audience: Facebook Marketplace
Another neighborhood-centric selling app, Facebook Marketplace gives you a great chance of offloading your unwanted stuff and making some extra cash. After all, Facebook Marketplace is used in 70 countries by 800 million people.
As far as selling apps go, Facebook Marketplace has little structure. As with many apps, items for sale are tailored to your geographic location. But after uploading photos of the item for sale and finding a potential buyer, it’s up to you to work out delivery and payment. But, with everyone and their mom (literally) on Facebook, it’s still a solid selling choice.
Another positive? You don’t have to download an entirely new app to access Facebook Marketplace since it’s accessible via the Facebook app.
Best for Local Sales: Nextdoor
A neighborhood-specific social network, Nextdoor also has a For Sale and Free section. It’s a good option for selling (and buying) items locally. To list an item for sale, you select the plus sign at the bottom of your iPhone/Android screen, create a new message, then select the For Sale and Free section. Next, you fill in information like price, description, and photos. As with similar apps, it’s up to the buyer and seller to facilitate pickup and payment.
Another bonus? Your item for sale will appear in your neighbors’ newsfeeds, even if they aren’t specifically searching for items on sale. Items for sale will appear right along with road closures, neighborhood events, and more. That being said, there is a search option that allows you to narrow your results to for sale or free items only.
Best for Buyers: OfferUp
Another great app on which you can sell anything from used cars to clothes to baby items, OfferUp is an ideal option for buyers. Here’s why: Every seller has a rating, so you can get a better idea of the caliber of the seller. Another plus? OfferUp claims you can list an item for sale in 30 seconds or less. Simply upload photos of the item, then input a title, category, condition, description of the item, location, and price. Buyers can then ask for more information about the item, or make an offer (hence the app’s name).
With OfferUp, you can also select whether you’d prefer to sell the item locally or ship nationwide. Are you a serious seller? Then promote your item via the OfferUp app to reach more potential sellers. As far as getting paid, if you sell the item locally, then you’ll be paid directly by the seller when they receive the item. If you choose to ship, you will be paid via the OfferUp app.
Runner-Up, Best for Reaching a Wider Audience: CPlus for Craigslist
The app incarnation of the behemoth online classified website, CPlus for Craigslist is a great app to help turn your unwanted stuff into cold, hard cash. Worth noting: the app is a third-party app, but is officially licensed by Craigslist.
Here’s how it works: You list an item for sale similarly to how you’d list via Craigslist on a desktop – you upload photos, title, description, and finally, price. But with CPlus, sellers can opt to be alerted via notification when a new item is listed, automatically enables geolocation, and offers multiple display options. These features all help your item reach the largest group of interested buyers helping your items sell faster – and for more money.
Best for Selling Designer Items: Poshmark
Sell everything from women’s clothing to handbags and shoes, even jewelry and makeup on Poshmark. An online commerce marketplace for fashion, this app is a great tool for the fashion-forward set who want to clean out and update their closet and make some money in the process. Don’t believe us? Poshmark has more than 25 million items for sale from 5,000 brands at any given time.
The listing process is fairly straightforward. Snap a few photos of the item, fill in the description, and set the price. Poshmark also offers “Posh Parties,” buying and selling events held within the app. Just think: You can buy and sell items within a group of fashion-forward friends, without ever leaving your couch.
Sellers are provided with a prepaid shipping label from Poshmark and similar via the Poshmark app. They can redeem their earnings via direct deposit or check. Also keep in mind that Poshmark makes a commission with each sale: a flat $2.95 on sales under $15, and 20 percent on sales $15 and up. For buyers, there’s Posh Protect. You’ll get a full refund if the item you purchased doesn’t match the listing.
Runner-Up: Best for Selling Designer Items: Tradesy
Tradesy is another fashion-forward selling app. Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Tracy DiNunzio, Tradesy was designed as a way for women to “connect their closets,” and with its simple snap a photo and upload model, it lives up to its name.
Upload a few photos of your items (Tradesy cleans up photos to make them seem more professional), input information like brand, size, and condition, then set a price. The app will also give you a suggested price, based on brand, condition, and what similar items have sold for. Then, list your item and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that Tradesy only sells authentic, high-quality items with minimal wear, so it’s not ideal for those looking to offload overly worn or non-brand name clothing or shoes.
Sellers get a prepaid shipping label to ship their goods once they’ve sold, and can even maintain a well-stocked Tradesy “closet” to continue to monetize their closets. Tradesy charges a $7.50 flat commission fee for items sold for less than $50, and a 19.8% commission rate on items selling for $50 or more. Sellers can withdraw their money from the Tradesy app via Paypal, a debit card, or transfer.