15 Best Websites to Sell Stuff Locally and Make Fast Cash

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  • Selling stuff locally is the fastest way to make money. It's also the easiest.  
  • We've rounded up 15 of the best websites to sell your stuff locally, how to get the best price and most importantly, how to stay safe during the process. 
  • Buying and selling locally is a serious side hustle. It's a great way to catch up financially, get ahead, and build wealth.

You may have stacks of bills or an empty fridge, and you need money now. It's stressful, I know. I've been there. 

Or maybe you're just looking to downsize and declutter. I can understand that too. Decluttering seems to be an ongoing project around my house. No matter how much stuff we get rid of, there always seems to be more. 

Whether you're clearing out your closets, selling an old item to upgrade to a new one, or in need of immediate money… selling stuff locally is the quickest way to put cash in your pocket.

It's also the easiest.

You don't need experience or special skills. It's not hard labor, and you don't need to know the right people

The best thing about selling stuff locally though is getting paid immediately. And for heavy or bulky items, it's a great way to avoid expensive shipping fees. 

Selling locally can be competitive though, and a little frustrating at times. But if you do it right, it can be rewarding. 

Here is our list of local selling sites (as well as apps) followed by tips and strategies to stay safe when selling, as well as how to get the best price.

Websites To Sell Stuff Locally


1. Facebook Marketplace


Over the last few years, Facebook Marketplace has become our go-to website for local selling. You might not like Facebook and I don't blame you. I'm not their biggest fan either, but if you want the biggest audience you must go where the people are. 

And at this moment in time, the people are on Facebook. 

In addition to a big audience, there are some other unique benefits to selling on Facebook:

  • It's convenient. You can quickly take photos and create listings on mobile. 
  • Accountability and safety. Unlike some websites that allow you to buy and sell anonymously, Facebook requires an account. Of course, accounts can be faked, but if you're getting a bad feeling about someone you can check their profile as well as their previous marketplace activity.

    People also tend to be more honest when their faces and names are known. 
  • Similar to Uber... buyers and sellers can be rated on FB Marketplace which really helps when deciding on whether you should deal with someone or take a pass. 
  • Easy to communicate with your potential buyer using Facebook Messenger. 

Things you can't sell on Facebook Marketplace include:

  • Services such as lawn mowing or dog walking
  • Pets for sale or adoption
  • Healthcare items such as first aid kits and thermometers
  • Adult products such as (I'll let you use your imagination)
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal items such as fake documents, electronic devices that enable illegal streaming, or human exploitation, and adult-related services. 

For a complete list of what you can and can't sell, check out Facebook's Commerce Policy here.

Of course, you can use Facebook's website to access the marketplace, as well as the Facebook App.

2. eBay (with Local Pickup)


For everyday items, Facebook Marketplace will probably serve your needs. That's been my experience. For specialty items like hard-to-find collectibles, eBay may be a better option. 

eBay is typically an online seller but they also offer local pickup.

The advantages to selling on eBay are:

  • With over 180 million users, there's a good chance you'll find local buyers. But you don't have to limit yourself. eBay has its own shipping label and tracking system with discounted rates. 
  • It's a trusted platform. 

The disadvantages are:

  • eBay charges a final value fee that ranges between 10% – 13% for most categories. The fee for musical instruments and gear is 3.5% and there are no fees on clothing if the selling price is $100 or more.
  • It's far more competitive than local marketplaces.  

Some of the items you can't sell on eBay include explicit adult products, alcohol (except wine if you're an approved seller), pets, and most live animals, as well as anything that would be considered illegal. 

3. Craigslist


I'll go out on a limb here and say you've probably heard of Craigslist before. It's one of the first online marketplaces, starting in 1995 as an email distribution list created by Craig Newman. In 1996 it became a web-based service adding more categories.

Craigslist is now available in 70 countries and gets more than 20 billion page views per month. So if you want to buy or sell something locally, it'll be one of your best resources.  

Having said that, we rarely list our unwanted items on Craigslist first. They (as well as Kijiji here in Canada) are however, our next go-to sites when we're not getting any bites on Facebook Marketplace. 

The benefits to using Craigslist are:

  • No setup or transaction fees, and no monthly cost. 
  • Unlike eBay, Craigslist is a local marketplace first. 
  • Just about everyone is familiar with Craigslist. If they haven't bought or sold something on Craigslist before, they've probably used it to find a job. It's not necessarily the easiest interface and it looks like a site from the '90s (because it is), but that's part of its charm. It's also a well-known platform and you can count on people using it. 

The drawbacks are:

  • It's not the best for managing multiple listings. 
  • You may have to repost regularly to keep your post near the top of the feed. 
  • Of all the marketplaces, Craigslist might be the worst for scammers and shady characters.

4. Facebook Groups


Facebook Groups are another place you can sell locally.

Unlike FB Marketplace, groups are not meant for commerce. However, they do have a buy and sell feature that the group's admin can turn on. 

You may also see group members requesting hard-to-find items from other members. If you have that item (or know where to get it), you can respond within the group or Messenger. 

I belong to a few local car groups and there are always cars and parts being traded, searched for, or posted for sale. 

However, some groups set strict rules against selling. Facebook groups can quickly turn into playgrounds for spammers trying to pawn their junk, so make sure you check with the group's admin before posting your items for sale. 

The biggest advantages to selling in Facebook Groups are:

  • Access to a specific audience. 
  • Word of mouth potential.

The disadvantages are:

  • A small number of potential buyers. 
  • Items may take longer to sell.
  • You're on your own as far as payments systems, disputes, etc. 

5. OfferUp (Formerly Letgo)


OfferUp is another online marketplace and like eBay, has an option that lets buyers know your item is only available locally.

In fact, OfferUp was founded on the principle of local peer-to-peer commerce with the purpose of helping people get more value from the stuff they buy, store, and then get rid of. 

They claim to be the largest mobile marketplace in the US, and that may be true. At the moment though, they are only available in the US. 

Some of OfferUp's benefits are:

  • Browsing and posting items for sale is free. Cash transactions between buyers and sellers are also free. 
  • A large number of potential buyers if you live in the US.
  • They have a lot of step-by-step tutorials and advice articles to help you sell items faster, get the best price, safety tips, and so on…
  • An easy-to-use app.

The biggest disadvantage of course is that they are not available outside of the US.

OfferUp also has a Promote Plus subscription which is a paid service that costs $19.99/month. It provides better placement for your items, giving you up to 14 times more views per day, which should help you sell your items faster. 

6. Listia


Listia is different than other marketplaces because you sell your items for points rather than cash. You can then use your points to buy other items listed for sale on Listia. Like other selling sites, they have both a website and an app, which makes it easy to post items for sale and transact using mobile. 

User's bid on items in a virtual auction rather than making an offer as they would on Craigslist or FB Marketplace for example. 

While it's not as popular as some other marketplaces, users have exchanged over 100 million products on Listia. 

They also prioritize local selling by using geolocation data to show users items that are nearby.  

There are some benefits you won't find on other sites. Listia knows the value of their marketplace is determined by the number of people who use it, so they offer incentives. When you sign-up, you are given 250 free points as well as another 50 just for posting your first item.

You can also earn 250 points when you refer your friends, and when you connect to Listia using your Facebook and/or Twitter account, they'll add another 50 to your account.

The benefits of using Listia to sell your stuff locally are:

  • Free incentives to sign-up and begin listing your products.
  • It's good for things you don't want to sell, but rather things you just want to get rid of. 

The drawbacks are:

  • Listia points are not redeemable for cash or equivalents such as gift cards.
  • It's not great for higher valued items. 

7. 5Miles


5Miles is another selling site (with an app) that focuses on local selling and allows you to list your items for free.

Another important feature of 5Miles is that buyers and sellers must verify their identity.

5Miles was founded in 2014 to eliminate people who were using fake accounts to rip people off and steal their personal information. Therefore, when you sign up, you must take a selfie and verify your profile by connecting to your Facebook account, email, and phone. 

In addition to profile security measures, 5Miles has a user review section as well as a unique feature called SEAL, which stands for Safe Exchange Area Locators. 

When you list your products for sale they will be shown to potential buyers within a 5-mile radius (which you probably worked out from their name 5Miles 😀)

They also have a new auction feature called 5Miles Dash which allows you to list items for quick bidding. People are given 90 seconds to place bids, which start at $1. Of course, if you have big-ticket items you wouldn't want to put them up for a $1 auction. 

It's an interesting feature for smaller items though. 

Some of the advantages of 5Miles are:

  • It's free to join and put items up for sale.
  • Does a good job of minimizing scams, fake listings, and unsafe transactions.
  • Focused on local selling

The disadvantages are:

  • Only available in the US. 
  • The userbase is relatively large, although smaller than more popular marketplace websites like eBay and FB.

8. Swop.it


Swop.it is a community marketplace where people can exchange products without a middleman.  

You post the items you have available and then search through the list of available products and favorite the ones that interest you by clicking on the heart icon. 

Likewise, you can browse through deals posted by other members, and if you see anything you like, you can offer to swap your item for it. If you and the other person agree, you can arrange a swap using their chat feature. 

Swop.it uses an internal currency they call “coins” rather than actual money to make it easier for users to identify products of equal or similar value.  Each coin is worth one cent and you must set a value for the item you're trading.  

The biggest drawback to using Swop.it, is the relatively small userbase. You will also need to download their app, which is available on both Apple and Android.

At this point, I wouldn't recommend it as your first go-to, but if you have a particular item that's not selling on other websites, Swop-it might be your next option. 

Specialty Marketplaces


The websites and apps listed above are good for selling a wide variety of items, but you may be looking for a specific audience. 

There are a lot of reasons to sell your stuff locally on a website that specializes in a particular product category, such as tech or clothing. 

  • More serious buyers and fewer “tire-kickers”. This can save you a ton of time not having to respond to looky-loos. 
  • For paid listing sites and subscription sites, your money is better spent focusing on an audience who wants what you are selling. 
  • Your descriptions are more effective when your buyer already understands the product and speaks the same lingo. 

Here is a list of websites you can use to sell your stuff that focuses on specific types of products. 

9. Decluttr


If you're selling an old phone, CD's, DVD, Blu-rays, books, game consoles, games, a laptop, tablet, or some other device like a smartwatch, Decluttr might be for you.

You can even sell Legos on Decluttr.

Aside from the Legos, you can probably tell they specialize in tech products. They are not a marketplace though, where you're dealing with buyers and sellers. Instead, Decluttr is both a buyer and the seller.  

In other words, you are selling your stuff directly to them.

Once you tell Decluttr what you're selling, either from a dropdown menu for common items or using a barcode scanner for others like CDs and DVDs, they will respond with what they consider to be a fair value. 

If you agree with their offer, you send your item and get paid. From there, it's out of your hands. Your product will be listed on their site for sale, but for all intents and purposes, it doesn't matter at this point. 

Decluttr is a good site to use if you're not getting any responses from the other marketplaces. It's also a good place to check prices for tech products which gives you a better idea of how you should price yours.  

From a buyer's perspective, they would prefer to buy used items from a site like Decluttr rather than private. They offer a 12-month warranty as well as a 14-day return policy and buyers can't get that from an individual seller.    

The benefits of Decluttr are:

  • They buy your product, eliminating hassles and wait times. You get paid instantly.  
  • You don't have to create clever listings and fight for marketplace attention. 
  • Since it's not a typical marketplace, you don't have to worry about scammers and shady buyers.

The drawbacks are:

  • Because Decluttr is a reseller, they can't pay you as much as a private buyer would.  
  • Limited categories if you're selling multiple products in different niches. 

10. Swappa Local


Swappa is another site where you can sell tech products. Their categories include:

  • Phones
  • Laptops
  • Games and Game Consoles
  • Smart Watches. 
  • Cameras
  • Home Assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Speakers
  • Streaming Devices
  • “Robot” Vacuums
  • Home Security Cameras

Unlike Decluttr though, Swappa is more of a traditional marketplace. You create your listing and get paid when it sells. All payments are made through PayPal for buyer and seller protection. 

They charge flat fees for sellers on products over $50 (below $50 is free) which is built into your listing. Fees are relatively low and fair in my opinion. And they are significantly less expensive than eBay (who charges a percentage) for most categories. You can see Swappa's full fee schedule here.  

Swappa Local looks a little different than their main marketplace but works the same way. When listing your product you would choose the option ‘Swappa Local' and then pick a safe location ahead of time for in-person transactions. 

Your products are not posted immediately though. Swappa reviews each listing prior to publishing which may sound like an inconvenience as a seller, but with the amount of spam that gets posted in these online marketplaces, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Buyers will know your listing was verified. 

Also, you can only list working devices. If you're selling something that requires repair, Swappa will not accept it.  

The advantages to using Swappa are:

  • It's one of the safest marketplaces for buyers and sellers.
  • Swappa Local provides a list of pre-approved Safe-Trade-Locations which they refer to as Swap Spots.
  • They have a clean marketplace because they don't allow broken or locked devices.
  • Relatively low and simple fees. 

Disadvantages to using Swappa are:

  • Their app is only available on Android which limits you as a seller (if you have an Apple phone), but more importantly, limits the number of potential buyers. 
  • Swappa Local is only available in the US. 

11. PoshMark


If you're selling new or used clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products, or pet products, PoshMark is a website you might want to check out. 

Poshmark is a community of 70 million “Poshers” who live in the US, Canada, and Australia. It's much more of a social platform than it is a marketplace, but you don't necessarily have to be social to use it. As a buyer, you can simply search for items.

As a seller though, there is a benefit to engaging the community by bringing attention to your products as well as building trust. This can also turn into a full-time job though. 

Having said that, while you can sell locally, it's prohibited to take your conversation off-platform, and sharing personal information is discouraged. They also don't offer a local pick-up option. You are still required to ship the product, even if the buyer is local. 

Some of the advantages of PoshMark are:

  • Targeted audience. If fashion-related products are what you're selling, PoshMark is where your audience is. 
  • If you're interested in a website to sell stuff on a regular basis, or even as a full-time gig, the social interaction can really help you set yourself apart from your competitors in a way that's not possible in traditional marketplaces.  

If you're just looking to sell one or two items though, the disadvantages to selling on Poshmark are:

  • Competing with professional sellers who host virtual parties and are socially active on the platform. It can actually be a lot of work if you are a seller. 
  • Customer support is only available through email.
  • Expensive fees. They charge $2.95 for products you sell under $15 and 20% on everything over $15.  

12. Vinted


Vinted is another website where you can sell second-hand clothing. They have a community of 45+ million members. 

While most of these websites are headquartered and in some cases, only available in the US, Vinted is a European company. 

There are no fees for the seller which is great, but like PoshMark, there are no specific options for selling items locally. You can of course sell to local buyers using a courier, but meeting up with them as you would using FB Marketplace or 5Miles is not as simple. 

This is in part because payments are made through Vinted. The buyer pays Vinted when your item is sold which shows a pending balance in your account. When the buyer clicks ‘Everything's OK' (or after 2 days automatically if the buyer does not click ‘Everything's OK'), those funds are then transferred to your Vinted Wallet.

This protects both the buyer and the seller. 

You may be wondering how Vinted makes money if it's free to sell.

They charge a fixed service fee which is $0.70 plus 5% of the item's sale price. The good news for you (the seller), is that these fees are paid by the buyer. 

The other way they make money is paid by the buyer, but it's optional. They offer a ‘bump' feature that bumps your listing to the top of the newsfeed for three calendar days, which costs $0.95 per item. 

The benefits of using Vinted are:

  • Buyer and seller protection through their payment system
  • Free listings and even when using the bump feature, it's a relatively inexpensive platform. 

The drawbacks are:

  • No local pickup or ability to deal with your buyer directly.
  • Some users on various review sites say everything is fine unless you have an issue. Disputes and other problems have been handled poorly. That's not my experience, but it has been reported by others. 

13. TOYCYCLE


TOYCYCLE is a community where members exchange used toys and games for free. The community is arranged into local groups of users within a 5-mile radius. 

There is a membership fee, but it won't break your bank. When you sign up you are given a 60-day free trial and if you choose to stick around, the membership fee is only $12 a year, or a buck a month. You can also buy a lifetime membership for $100. 

Once registered, you can set a default pick-up address and pick-up window which will autofill each time you post a listing. You can also fill these out manually if they change from time to time. 

With all of that said, TOYCYCLE is an exchange site, not a buy and sell website. There is value in the community of course because you can get toys for free just as you give toys for free, but it's not a place to make quick cash if that's what you're after. 

For toy collectors and sellers though, TOYCYCLE can be a good place to find toys you might not be able to find in other exchanges and marketplaces. 

The benefits to using TOYCYCLE are:

  • Free listings and low-cost membership.
  • Local pick-up scheduling.
  • Toys you and your family no longer use will find a good home and surely put a smile on a child's face. 

The drawbacks are:

  • The TOYCYCLE app is currently only available on the Apple App Store.
  • It's not a marketplace to make quick cash if that's what you need. 

14. Rubylane


Rubylane is a website where collectors can buy and sell antiques and retro collectibles. It's not a typical marketplace though. Here you would set up an online store similar to Etsy or Shopify, which means there's more work involved than simply putting a product up for sale and selling it. 

If you have multiple products though and you'd like to sell as a side hustle or full-time, this might be a good option. 

The products you'd be dealing in would include vintage clothing, jewelry, antique books, and any other classic products you might have from old-school beer cans to metal signs, toys, and musical instruments among other things. 

There are no setup or listing fees, but Ruby Lane does charge $25 per month to maintain your online antique store. The service is fee is 9.9% of the selling price with a maximum charge of $250. 

If you add at least 15 items to your store per month, you qualify for a monthly maintenance fee rebate of $25. 

Your product headline is where you would specify local pickup only (example below). 

Rubylane Local Pickup
Rubylane item description specifying local pickup only

The benefits of selling local using Rubylane are:

  • Targeted audience. They are a well-established and popular website among vintage buyers, which is a definite plus if you're selling vintage products. 
  • Relatively inexpensive to operate and maintain an online store.

The drawbacks are:

  • Not the best option if you're just selling a single item or getting rid of a few things you found in the attic. 
  • Online store-based marketplaces can be very competitive. 

15. BuybackBoss


BuybackBoss is another tech website that mainly deals with used phones. You can also sell computers, laptops, game consoles, cameras, and various collectibles like Barbies, Beanie Babies, and coins. 

Similar to Decluttr, BuybackBoss pays you directly. You choose your device from a list of options that includes the condition, and you are given an instant quote.  

As an example, I have a Samsung Note 10 Plus that I use as a second phone which is in great condition, and the quote I got is $265. 

BuybackBoss Quote for My Cell Phone
BuybackBoss offer for my 2-year old cell phone

Sellers on eBay are currently asking anywhere from the low $300's to as high as $600 for the same phone. So you can definitely get a higher price on eBay than if were to you sell to BuybackBoss, but it's also very competitive.

With BuybackBoss, you're not necessarily selling local, but you can get immediate cash just the same. On eBay, there are currently 98 sellers competing for that sale so you'd likely be waiting weeks if not months to unload it. Possibly longer if you're waiting for a local buyer. 

The advantages to selling on BuybackBoss are:

  • Immediate sale without the hassle of listing your items and negotiating prices. 
  • They accept broken and damaged devices.
  • Don't have to worry about scammers and shady buyers.

Some of the disadvantages are:

  • You may get a lower price than you would from a private buyer.
  • No opportunity to negotiate for a higher price.

Quick Tips For Local Sellers


  • Be Honest – We tend to overvalue the things we own, which is understandable. We spend our hard-earned money on them.

    You want the best price of course, but be honest about an item's condition and let buyers know upfront of any faults or defects. 

    Ethically it's the right thing to do… when selling locally though, you also don't want angry buyers banging on your door the next day, or bumping into you by chance somewhere while you're having a nice day with your family.

    Buyers can also leave bad reviews online that will ruin your chances of selling more stuff in the future. 
  • Be Detailed – I once drove 5 hours to buy a used car. An IROC Z28 Camaro to be exact, which turned out to be painted brown. 🤮

    There's a reason you don't see brown sports cars.

    This was pre-internet when the best resource for buying and selling used cars was the AutoTrader… a finger-thick booklet made mostly of black and white newsprint.

    The seller of this wood-colored Camaro described it as a “reddish burgundy”.

    They also neglected to mention it had been stored in a chicken barn for years with the windows open. 

    Needless to say, it was a 10-hour wasted round trip because the seller was not detailed. Nor where they honest.

    Your buyer might not be 5 hours away, but there is no need to waste their time (or yours). Be detailed in your description and if required, provide additional information when discussing the sale. 
  • Be Responsive – Buyers are impulsive. When they see something they want, they buy it. But before they buy it, they ask questions.

    Before you buy anything, you probably ask questions too. Be responsive and answer questions as soon as you can.

    Don't expect potential buyers to hang around for hours (or days) with cash in hand. There's a good chance something else will catch their eye and you'll miss out.

How To Be SAFE When Selling Stuff Locally


Although there are many benefits to buying and selling locally, one major drawback is safety. 

I must admit, our neighborhood is relatively busy and safe, so most of the things we sell are directly from our home. I usually bring the items into the garage and meet the buyer there. Likewise, whenever we've bought something from a private seller, we've picked it up at their home. 

In both cases, we've been lucky, and I can't think of a sale where the other person wasn't pleasant to deal with. And although I can't say for certain how many sales like this we've made over the years, it wouldn't surprise me if were well over a hundred. 

Having said that, I don't recommend your home for doing financial transactions with people you don't know. It's a judgment call at best, and only you can make it.

But again, I don't recommend it.  

What I do recommend is to meet buyers in a busy public place. Not so busy that you can't stand still or have a conversation, but somewhere you feel comfortable. It might be the entrance of a grocery store for example or a workplace office.

Better yet, meet your buyer at your local police station or search for “safe transactions zones in your city”.

Many cities now provide safe areas that are marked by white lines and signs, as well as monitored by security cameras. 

Police Safe Transaction Zone
Always use Safe Trade and Exchange Zones when possible

Cash or e-Transfer?


This is another judgment call. There is always a risk when buying and selling, and the potential to get scammed exists whether you're using cash or e-transfer (similar to direct deposit). 

In both cases though, the scammer would have to work for it. Cash can be counterfeit and who knows what a skilled hacker can do to make an e-transfer look legit. There are even some instances where e-transfers have been reversed like this case of an Ontario student who lost $1000 selling four pairs of shoes

We've used both cash and e-transfer without any issues, but that's not to say there is no risk. 

If you're using e-Transfer to sell locally on a regular basis, you should set up a separate account with a different bank using a unique email address. That way you're not giving away your primary email address to strangers. 

You can also maintain a low balance by transferring funds from this account to your main bank as soon as possible. 

Also when using e-Transfer, make sure the money has been deposited in your bank before the exchange.

When it comes to cash, you should be familiar with your local currency and how to identify a counterfeit bill

It's also a good idea to make sure you're not followed into an unsafe area after a transaction (like an underground parking garage for example), especially if it was a large transaction of a few hundred dollars or more. 

Watch Out For Marketplace Scams


Online marketplaces are a great place to sell stuff locally, but they are not free from scams. 

For example… professional sellers don't like competition and if you're selling a competitive item, they may try to get you banned.

They'll do this by sending you a message, requesting a service or action that goes against the marketplace rules. 

You may get a request from someone to do a deal “off-platform” for example. Or, if you're using a marketplace that has its own currency, the scammer might ask you if you also sell things for cash. 

If you respond yes and it violates the platform policy, they will report you and you may get your account suspended. 

Another common scheme if you're finding it difficult to sell locally (and decide to use shipping), are scammers asking you to ship your item before they pay. 

Of course, you want payment before your send the product, but there's a contradiction here…

As a buyer, you don't want to pay in advance for something you haven't received yet.  

So if you're selling non-locally, always use the platform's payment system which in some cases, has its own currency and/or holds your buyer's funds in escrow. That way you know the item has been paid for before you ship it, and your buyer can also trust that you'll ship it even though they've paid.  

Phishing scams and data miners are also popular on buy and sell websites.

Scammers often use fake accounts to pretend they are buyers, but what they are actually doing is compiling a database of names, phone numbers, addresses, and so on…

If you are a buyer and you find a deal that's too good to be true, there's a chance the seller is not only after your personal information, but they are stealing your credit card information as well (the credit card you give them when paying for the “to-good-to-be-true” item). 

While websites and marketplaces do their best to eliminate or at the very least, reduce the number of scammers on their platforms, like everything else you do online, you must be vigilant.  

How To Get The Best Price When Local Selling?


When selling stuff locally, you have an advantage. 

It's true that online shopping is no longer the inconvenience or security concern it once was, but most people still choose to buy locally if the item they're looking for is available.

It's quicker and you can see what you're buying before you pay. You also avoid shipping fees and delays, as well as lost or damaged items. 

I don't know about you, but in my home, we buy stuff online daily. And yet, if we can buy the same thing locally for a fair price, we usually do. 

Many buyers are willing to pay a little more for a used item that they can see and touch before handing over their cash. And who doesn't like supporting their local community when they can? 

You can remind people of these advantages when setting your price. If you specify local pickup in your ad, for example, you can say your item is available immediately with no shipping fee, and no hassle. 

Some additional tips when setting your price.

  • Competitor Research – Of course, when you sell items online, you want your price to be in the same ballpark as your competitors. The same is true when selling local. But make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

    Are your competitors adding extra value? Is their item in better condition than yours, or a newer model? Does yours come with original packaging while theirs does not? 

    eBay is a great place to start with competitor research, but don't rely on a single source. Compare prices everywhere your potential buyer is likely to look. The most common sites for local sales will be Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. 
  • Take Advantage of Seasonal Selling – List your items when they are in season. If you need money right away, or if you're moving and need to get rid of stuff, this may not be possible.

    If you can though, sell things like toys during the holiday season. January is a good time to make money on exercise equipment and if you have a bicycle you're selling, Spring and early Summer are better than Fall.  
  • Create an EYE-POPPING Listing – Start with several high-quality photos that are well lit and colorful. Make sure the background is uncluttered. Cute pets can help you grab attention with the right item or a funny pose with your kids or spouse.  

    Get creative with your description and have fun. If you're selling a tent for example and your kids are in the picture, your title might say “Big Camping Tent – *Kids Not Included*”.

    Or you can say something like “Tent For Sale – After Last Weekend, My Wife/Husband Won't Ever Camp With Me Again”.

    There's an endless number of ways to be creative with your titles, descriptions, and images that help you stand out from the crowd. 
  • Add Extra Value – Offer delivery to a safe place that's close to their home. If you're missing the user manual or instructions, take the time to print out a pdf copy and show it in your images. 

    You can also include extra accessories that you no longer need or complimentary items that might not sell for much on their own (but still add value to the sale). Or you can bundle an entire group of products together, like “everything you will need to go camping” for example. 

    Depending on what you're selling, you might even add a limited return clause. Again, be creative and find ways to add extra value. 
  • Build a Good Reputation – Many websites that allow you to buy and sell stuff, also have a rating or ranking system. Buyers and sellers can rate and review each other. 

    One of the best ways to sell your items for a higher price is to build and maintain a good reputation as a seller. I always pay a little more to buy from a high-ranked seller versus one who has poor ratings and reviews, and I know others who do the same. 

    You can build a good reputation by being honest, responsive, detailed, and going the extra mile to make sure your buyer is happy.  

Buying and Selling is a Serious Side Hustle


Selling stuff once in a while for quick cash is great, but make no mistake, buying and selling online is a serious side hustle, and you can make a significant profit.

Take 30-year old Ryan Grant for instance, who built a 7-figure business buying stuff from Walmart of all places, and then selling it on Amazon.   

One of my favorite shows currently is called Undercover Billionaire, and in the first season, billionaire Glenn Stearns used buying and selling as his strategy to generate the seed money he needed to build what became a million-dollar business.  

He started with small items (tires he found for free) and then used his profits to buy and sell vehicles. The money he made from selling vehicles was then used as a down payment on a house, which he then flipped for an even bigger profit. 

Whether you buy and sell casually or you do it to build an empire, the 15 websites listed above are great places to get started.  

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