Preparing for a move? It’s time to declutter some of your belongings. After all, the more you have to move, the more you pay for the move. Therefore, you need to start the pre-moving purge as soon as possible. There is no point, however trashing things you don’t need when you can make some bucks off them. While some of your things will surely end up in the donation pile, other more valuable items can be sold.
There are a lot of ways you can sell pre-owned belongings. According to statistics, about 77 percent of people tried selling off their belonging before a move.
Below is a rundown of some of the places where you can sell off your pre-owned belonging for some cash:
- Trade-in Programs
Majority of chain stores such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Amazon, etc offer a trade-in program that allows you to exchange your belongings for store credits or cash. Goods typically applicable for trade-ins include books, video games, phones, tablets and electronic accessories.
- Garage Sales
Hosting a garage sale is an excellent way to sell and get rid of your unwanted belongings. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. According to the research group Statistics Brain, garage sales generate about $4.22 million in weekly revenue.
Check with your local community to make sure garage sales are legal. Choose a weekend for your sale and do a decent amount of advertising. You can set up flyers and signs to alert people of what you are doing.
Over 60 million people use this free site every month in the US. Craigslist is ideal for selling large items such as home appliances, furniture and yard equipments.
On the website, users can post their belongings “for sale by owner.” Then click “post to classifieds” to get started. Select the category that best describe your item and ensure to indicate a clear headline with the price of the item.
eBay is a big e-commerce player with 25 million sellers worldwide. High-end clothing, collectibles and smaller electronics are popular items.
eBay is an easy-to-use platform for selling goods before you move. The website allows users to sell items themselves or use an eBay Valet’s selling expert who helps you list and ship item for the customer. The selling expert, however, takes a percentage of your item’s selling price.
Facebook offers you a medium to buy and sell items on its marketplace platform. Users can list their items on the marketplace and it will be advertised to anyone in your area. You can also choose to advertise on Facebook’s “Buy and Sell Groups.” These individual groups have members who subscribe to updates within the group.
- Consignment Stores
Consignment stores provide a platform for you to sell your clothing, furniture, accessories and other items. Consigning means you won’t have to bother listing your item online or meet with buyers. The consigners will help with the selling process, although they take a huge percentage of the sale, leaving you with small bits.
Amazon offers a large marketplace similar to eBay, but less costly to use. You can list your items on Amazon for free and then you pay $0.99 per item sold on top of the commission for the sale if you have the basic, individual seller’s account. The best selling items on Amazon are books, DVDs and video games.
- Free Apps
There are a lot of Smartphone apps available to help people looking to sell their stuff online. Some of the services include: Letgo, OfferUp, VarageSale, Close5 and Decluttr, Gone, Neextdoor.com