With these tips for selling things online, you’ll ensure (as much as possible) that you’ll get the best price, and have the smoothest transaction in the process. This will ultimately be better for everyone involved – and you’ll get as much cash for your clutter as possible so that you can put it towards something you really DO want and need instead.
This is the last in my mini-series of posts about selling things after you’ve decluttered and all the things to consider when doing so.
I hope you’ve found some helpful ideas for next time you’re thinking of selling things online that you no longer want from your home for a bit of quick cash, and if you’ve missed either of the last two posts, then you can take a look by clicking on the links below: –
… after reading these you’ll have the WHERE to sell, the WHAT to sell – and so all you’re really missing is the HOW to sell – which is where this post fits in.
Obviously each place you can sell has specific set-ups that require different knowledge, and it would be a crazy long post to try and do step by steps for each of them (and unnecessary really because they usually have lots of help on their own sites that will help you with this), so I’m not even going there…. BUT there ARE some specific tips that work for ANYWHERE you are wanting to sell your items on.
That’s what this post aims to help you with – going through top tips for selling online so that you can make the most cash for your stuff as possible.
Let’s get started then….
Top tips for selling things online:
#1 – Take great photos
People are so used to seeing beautiful pictures or items online now, that they may well be turned off by a bad shot.
It doesn’t take a lot to make all the difference, and don’t think you need all the gear to make gorgeous shots – your phones camera is usually perfectly fine (I take the majority of pictures for my blog on my phone, in fact!).
Just make sure the light is good, and that you take enough photos of the items so that the buyer can see everything they need to (including the item from all angles, and any specific details that need to be highlighted – good or bad).
#2 – Be truthful
Always, Always, Always be truthful about the state of the item and show any faults clearly in pictures and in any descriptions you write.
It really isn’t worth trying to cover anything up – because you will only waste your own time if you sell it, and then it gets returned.
Usually people don’t mind certain faults – and sometimes they even feel like they are getting more of a bargain as a result – so it can be a real positive to be honest and up front as much as possible.
#3 – Be realistic on price
Do your research when you are thinking of pricing your items.
It’s worth getting items valued by a professional if you have any thoughts that the items could be very valuable, but for most items a quick search online will suffice.
If you can see what other similar items are going for (incl. postage) then this really can help you decide on a fair price for all involved.
Some items are easier to find comparisons for (DVDs, CDs and Books especially), but it’s worth having a quick search for similar items (especially on the platform you are choosing to sell on) so that you can rank well amongst the competition.
Remember – you don’t have to be the cheapest – but you want to look like value for money to get the sale.
#4 – Consider selling in groups
Bundles tend to do better than individual items.
This is especially true for clothes.
For example – I love buying childrens clothes from eBay when they are bundled up in the right age for the child, and in similar categories (i.e. 4 t-shirts for a 3 yr old, or 2 swimsuits for a 10 year old).
I’ve also had great success selling DVDs and CDs in bundles of the same genre or a series etc…., and I’ve bought clothes for myself in bundles when they are form a shop I love and all in my size – as I know they will all fit.
#5 – Don’t forget delivery
Delivery costs can catch people out if you’re not careful.
You either forget to charge delivery, only to find that you’ve spent all your profit on postage, OR you totally underestimate it.
Firstly decide whether you will post or do you prefer local pickup?
Think about what price postage will be – and the hassle of actually getting the items posted. You may well prefer local pickup because of this – BUT you have to be OK to have people turn up at your door. I usually only do local pickup in Facebook groups that I know and trust people on, for example.
#6 – Think seasonal
Sell just before the items best season ideally.
Selling summer clothes is a LOT easier in Spring and Early summer – as that’s when most people will be searching for them.
If you DO need to sell them out of season then be aware that you may have to sell for a lower price as they won’t be as in demand.
#7 – Give lots of detail
The last thing you want to do is have a buyer turn up on your doorstep only to turn down the item because it wasn’t as expected.
Equally – you wouldn’t want to post an item only to be sent it back because it wasn’t exactly what was described.
Both are a huge waste of time, and money – for everyone involved.
Think about what you’d want to know if you were the buyer – things like weight, dimensions, functionality, close up photos of specific details etc…
So there you have it – 7 key things to think about when selling things online that may make all the difference between getting a sale or not.
The last thing you want after you’ve decluttered is to have things hanging around the house for too long – so my last advice is to set a time limit on selling items – if they aren’t sold by then, then they have to go. Otherwise you’ll end up with clutter and stress and that’s NOT what we’re after at all.