Selling or reselling merchandise can be a lucrative way to earn extra income, but if you’re considering selling on eBay, you may face a lot of competition. eBay is now saturated with all types of products and it can be difficult making your needle stand out in the big haystack that is eBay. The following are ten eBay alternatives to sell both new and used products.
CraigsList is a great way to sell both new and used items. If you are looking to maintain a large amount of merchandise and sell items on an ongoing basis, Craigslist may not be the best choice. Sellers typically meet their clients to sell products in person and you could end up burning a lot of gas driving to meet the person who is making the purchase to you. Craigslist works better for a small number of items. Please be very careful when meeting strangers to sell items on Craigslist. Their website has great tips to help you remain safe while selling your items on Craigslist.
Flea markets can be a great way to sell your merchandise, as it is a safer alternative to Craigslist. You can rent a booth and sell both new and used items. There is no shipping hassles and you can walk away with cash in your hand relatively quickly. Chances are you won’t sell all of your items in one day, so be prepared to sell any remaining items on another day or using another selling method listed on this page.
Children’s Consignment Sales
You can sell clothing and items your own children have outgrown or you can purchase items to resell at children’s consignment sales. Many of the large mega sales hold two sales per year, one in the spring for spring and summer merchandise, and one in the fall for fall and winter merchandise. There are multiple franchises that specialize in these types of sales, so research the sales in your area and consider signing up for two or three. Any items that don’t sell at the first sale can be offered and subsequent sales.
Check in your area for community rummage sales. Like flea markets, you can rent out booth space and set up a table with merchandise for sale.
Employer Bulletin Boards
Try selling your merchandise on your company’s bulletin board. This may be bulletin board or a classified ad section on your employer’s portal or intranet site. Check with family and friends to see if their employers have classified ads and ask if they’d mind posting items on your behalf.
Word of Mouth
Let your family and friends know you have merchandise for sale. Ask them to pass this information along to any of their friends and family who might be interested in the items you are selling. Post the items you have on Facebook and ask your friends to contact you if they’re interested in anything. If you have a large amount of merchandise to sell, create a page specifically for the sale of your items and request that people ‘Like’ your page and contact you via Facebook to purchase an item.
Create Your Own Website
Create your own website with photos, descriptions and prices of items you’re selling. If you’re not able to program a website from scratch, you can use blogging websites such as WordPress or Blogger to post your items. Promote your items using the word of mouth techniques listed above.
Consignment stores accept your new or gently used merchandise and place them in their storefront for sale. The downfall of this method is you don’t earn money until your items sell. Once they do, you must give a percentage of the selling price to the store owner. If you don’t mind being patient and letting your items sit on a sale rack, this may be a viable option for you.
Unlike consignment shops, resale shops pay you up front for your new or gently used merchandise. Once you turn them over and collect your cash, you are done! The downfall is resale shops can be very picky. I once took a bin full of children’s clothes to sell and was surprised that they gave the majority of the items back. The explained to me they had a special light that could detect stains that weren’t visible to the naked eye.
While the internet may make these options seem a bit antiquated, post your items for sale in your local newspaper. Check your grocery store for local classified ad papers such as Thrifty Nickels’ or ‘Penny Savers’. As with CraigsList, be careful about meeting people in person to complete a transaction.