*Tips For Selling Unwanted Items Online

Friday, September 14, 2018
Image from Fashionably Kay via Pinterest
I have been selling unwanted or extra items online for a while, especially since starting my blog as a fair amount of items, homeware and products have been replaced with newer blogger mail. However, selling items online isn't always straight forward, easy or stress free. Today's post is all about my basic tips to help you when you need to earn a little extra money and points to consider when selling online.

Choosing The Right Platform For You
Firstly, you need to choose which platform is right for the items you are selling. There are so many to choose from including Depop, eBay, Gumtree, Music Magpie and more. The platforms I've used the most include eBay and Music Magpie, I've used the latter so much over the past month or two. If you have tech, books or dvds to sell then I cannot recommend Music Magpie enough as it is so quick and easy to use with free delivery. Additionally, a car boot is another great option but be prepared to lower your prices and to haggle.

Research Prices 
Before selling larger or more expensive items, I always look on selling sites to see what others are selling similar items for so that I'm not asking too much or too little. Higher prices might lead to no sales but on the other hand you want to earn as much as you can. I check eBay mostly when I'm looking for prices to add to my items before selling online.

Great Photos + Honest, Informative Descriptions 
When I look through eBay I am always deterred from clicking on the items with awful, poorly lit or minimal photos. I try to make my photos and items look as attractive, clean and as new as possible because as a buyer, that's what I would want to see. Make sure you use a clean, plain background, a well lit area and take photos of various angles.

A through and informative description of the item is key as well but keep the tone informal, friendly and honest. I usually list the item specifications and information as a bullet pointed list which makes it easy and quick to read. I also always leave my email and delivery information so everything about the item, transaction and delivery is clear from the start.

Delivery Options
Last but not least is delivery. Royal Mail is a great option for international deliveries and for smaller, more inexpensive items such as books, sealed beauty products and homeware items but for larger items including furniture, it isn't the best option.

Shiply is a cheap furniture delivery option with which you can save up to 75% off standard rates! It's quick, easy and fuss free to get a quote - no phone calls required (which is amazing for me as even though I'm in my mid-twenties, I hate calling people on the phone!). All you have to do is request a quote, compare prices and choose the right quote for you. It's simple to use and perfect for the delivery of larger items you've sold or if you are moving home!

Do you have any tips for selling unwanted items online? 

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  12. These are all great tips Heather! I always use eBay and Depop to sell my unwanted items xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  13. Shiply are great for larger items!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  14. This is so so helpful! Thank you for sharing x

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  15. Photos are the biggest thing for me! I need to be able to see the product clearly!

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  16. I’m just too lazy to do any of this. I just bag stuff I don’t need/want and take it to the charity shop for them to sell on x

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  17. I've been selling clothes on Depop for a while now and I love it so much! Such an easy way to gain extra income!

    www.ellacharlottejones.co.uk

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  18. For clothing and shoes I mainly stick to Depop first and then if I don't manage to sell it I'll pop it on ebay. For used cosmetics since I buy I love Ive used Mercari which is fab if you ignore those buyers who sends you ridiculous offers even though when you are selling things super cheap haha x

    http://www.joycelauofficial.com/

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  19. I use Gumtree and Ebay all the time! So good to clear out and make some money too! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  20. I’ve been trying Facebook Marketplace for a while now but there are so many spam accounts contacting me.

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  21. I find it so annoying selling online

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