Cash in on your spring clean. It’s that time of year when we all love a good clear out and with a little bit of effort, you can earn extra cash by selling your unwanted clothes, furniture and appliances.
Below are some handy tips on how you can sell your unwanted goods online easily online.
Research their value
Do your homework before setting a price. Know how much the piece of furniture or appliance cost you when you first bought it. Then check how much the same item in second-hand condition is selling for on websites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist. From this research, you can determine what is a fair price to sell at.
Also, do not forget to factor in the cost of packing these items. If they are valuable and you need to buy bubble wrap, boxes or padded envelopes include these in your price.
It’s vital to calculate the shipping cost for the items you are selling. Smaller items like a T-shirt ship easily via the post. For bigger, non-parcel size items such as Televisions and DVD players, couriers like DHL and UPS will be your best friends.
If you are selling a sofa or a fridge, chances are most couriers won’t accept them as they’re too heavy. That’s when delivery comparison websites like Shiply can come in handy. They help you find local shipping companies who can handle these items.
Where to sell
The best place to sell your unwanted items really depends on their value. If they are really low-value items like a 10-year-old cushion cover or t-shirts, then having a garage sale might be the most effective way, where you can get rid of many items in one go at a low cost.
If it is something more valuable like a push bike or piece of furniture, then auction websites like eBay will get you a better return.
Clothes can be tricky to sell as you are depending on someone needing or liking it in your size. However, there are tons of websites that specialise in selling second-hand clothes like thredUp. You can also try listing on specialised forums.
If you don’t like the idea of shipping items, then Craigslist is the best place to sell things locally. eBay themselves also have a specific classified website called eBay Classifieds.
If you are short on time and cannot do the selling yourself, you can use eBay Valet. This service allows you to hire professionals on eBay to sell your items for you and do all the hard work such as estimating the price and arranging the delivery.