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There are dozens of selling apps out there, some good and some clunky, so how do you know which ones are the best— the ones that will get you top dollar for your stuff in the shortest time possible and with the greatest ease of use?
Well, we’ve gone through all the selling apps and narrowed the list down to our top 12.
But first of all, why would you want to sell your stuff?
Ditching the extra stuff around your house can have a lot of benefits.
In addition to helping keep your house cleaner and your vibe a little more chill, bringing in a little extra cash by selling your unwanted items is a perk that’s not to be overlooked.
Once upon a time that would mean putting on a garage sale or posting tedious listings in the classifieds of your local newspaper, but no longer.
Now, there are selling apps and other online platforms that will allow you to sell your things quickly and for maximum profit.
Here are the best selling apps we’ve found, with a little info on why each of them might be perfect for listing your junk.
The Decluttr selling app has a couple unique features that the top two do not have.
First off, payments are made through the app and you don’t have to worry about meeting someone you don’t know somewhere to exchange your item for money.
Second, there’s free shipping for both sellers and buyers on Decluttr, meaning that location isn’t so much an issue.
Decluttr works a little differently than some of the listing-based services below in that you’re selling to the site itself rather than other users, but the process is still easy.
For this reason, Decluttr limits the types of items you can sell. They take CDs, DVDs, games, books, Legos, cell phones, and other tech devices.
To sell on Decluttr, you’ll either enter the barcode of the item you want to sell or scan it with their app.
Then Decluttr will give you a price for the item.
You can enter up to 500 items per order.
You pack the items you’re selling into a box and ship it to the company either by dropping it at a designated drop area or taking it to a UPS store. You receive payment the day after your items arrive.
2. Amazon Trade-In Program
Did you know that good ol’ Amazon also has a trade-in program?
The process is easy and convenient with an immediate offer and free shipping.
Currently, Amazon has a trade-in program for the following categories:
- Kindle E-Readers
- Cell Phones
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Video Games
About 50% of iPhone users and 40% of Android users upgrade their cell phone as soon as their wireless company allows (typically every two years). If you’re one of these folks, then you probably have at least one or two old smartphones laying around somewhere.
Well, guess what? With each passing year, those old smartphones are losing market value as their technology becomes more and more obsolete. So it is in your best interest to sell them immediately.
Although you could list your phone yourself on eBay or Craigslist, this can prove to be quite a hassle. When I was looking to get rid of my old smartphone, I sold it on Gazelle for cash.
The Letgo selling app is perfect for selling items around your home, due in large part to the fact that it is the largest and fastest-growing selling app out there.
You handle all payments and pick-up/delivery arrangements, making it perfectly flexible.
It’s awesome for pretty much everyone who wants to get rid of their old stuff since its location-specific search features do a great job of presenting your items to your local customer base.
Letgo allows you to easily list almost anything you could think of so that it pops up at the top of the feed for people in your ZIP code and the surrounding areas.
The search features allow buyers to search by category or specific item, by distance, by date listed, and/or by price. This means there’s a lot of room for simply browsing this selling app to see what you come across.
Listing on Letgo is simple. You snap a quick picture of your item with your phone, add a title, insert an asking price, and you’re pretty much good to go. It really is the quickest and easiest place to list items, in my experience.
5. Facebook Marketplace
The ranks of Facebook users are many, topping 214 million in the U.S. alone.
The Facebook Marketplace may have a couple of downsides, but the potential audience based on the sheer number of users may just outweigh the quirks.
The Facebook Marketplace also uses location-based listings so that buyers and sellers can connect with people who are actually local so that arranging pick-up is easier.
However, the locations listed are frequently wrong if your location-based services aren’t turned on for the network, and keeping those services off is something that many Facebook users are increasingly doing to preserve their privacy.
One real positive is that you can use one listing on a local buy and sell Facebook page to add to other pages and to the Marketplace, killing several birds with one stone and placing your item in front of those most likely to buy it. Payments and delivery are handled entirely by you outside of Facebook.
Listing is pretty simple. You post a photo, add a description, and fill out some simple forms to help describe your item. You can list almost anything, and the search feature is very easy to use so that buyers can easily find your listings, allowing them to turn your trash into their treasure. However, the tags that Facebook attaches to listings can be somewhat inaccurate, leading to your item not popping up in searches when it should or even your listing not being approved.
VarageSale is another popular selling app that works with Facebook to verify users’ identities, offering safer buying and selling despite using in-person transactions. The company touts itself as “family-friendly”, meaning all items listed on VarageSale should be appropriate for all audiences.
The first thing you’ll need to do with this site is create a profile and join a community that includes your area. On this site, listing items is very similar to the platforms above. Once it’s listed, you’ll wait for an interested party to bite, then you’ll reserve the item for them and set up a meeting time and place through the app.
One cool feature for this particular app is that you can also post your listings directly to your social media sites so that all your friends can instantly know what you’re selling with very little effort on your part. It also lets you rate buyers and sellers so that you know you’re not wasting your time with someone who has a history of either not showing up or trying to cheat on a deal.
This selling app essentially acts as a web-based consignment shop for cool furniture and other household items. While you can only list home décor items on this site, it’s a great way to get rid of your unwanted household items either locally with their local pick-up opt in or through their facilitated shipping, which they mostly handle so you don’t have to deal with it.
The site even helps sellers touch up their listing photos and presents your items specifically to people whose style is in line with your item. All offers on your items are verified before they get to you, and the site allows you to offer discounts to designers to facilitate a faster sale.
This site does work on consignment, so while it’s totally free to list your items on the site, once they’re sold, the company will take a cut of 20% or less. The buyer has a couple days to return the item, and so long as they decide to keep it, you’ll get your 80% or more immediately.
Despite charging for their services, this app is great for high-quality, big ticket furniture items since you can get more money for them. Plus, you can bet your items will probably go to a home where they’ll be, excuse the pun, cherished. If you need help pricing your items, Chairish is happy to help you out!
This one is a classic. People have been selling their stuff on eBay for decades now, and the online auction site has expanded in volume and options for buying and selling a great deal over the years. You can list almost anything on this site, so it’s great regardless what kind of junk you need to get rid of.
The audience you find on eBay is vast, so you’ll likely get a bite no matter how obscure the items you need to get rid of. It’s not all auctions, either. You can list your item with a stable price rather than chancing getting less than you really want to take.
The platform allows you to accept several payment methods, and you can avoid the hassle of shipping out your items by listing them for local pick-up only. Obviously, local pick-up in this case will work out a lot better for you if you live in a populous area.
The real downsides to eBay are the more intensive listing process, the fees you pay for selling items, and the fact that you may have trouble getting your items to sell at first due to the strong emphasis placed on seller reputation by many buyers.
This selling app got its start in Singapore but has since spread to the U.S. Its site claims that it is the top buying and selling app on the market, and it truly does offer users a vast library of tips for buying and selling on their blog to help you get rid of your stuff quick.
One of boons to this app is that it offers quick listing so you can post your stuff and get on with your day. You just open the app, click on sell, snap a photo of your item, and fill out a couple pertinent details. From there, your listing goes up and you chat with buyers through the app to arrange sales. The app takes no part in arranging pick-up or payment. You’re on your own, but they also don’t charge you to list your items.
Carousell offers one really cool feature that the other apps on our list don’t have: the bump. This paid feature allows your products to be viewed more often, giving you better chances of selling it fast. However, you’ve got to pay to use this bump feature.
OfferUp works almost exactly like Carousell and Letgo, where you just snap a picture of your item, fill in the details, and then finalize your listing to send it out to be viewed by the masses.
The best part about OfferUp is the ability to check out other users’ profiles. Like eBay, you can look at their transaction histories, ratings other people have given them, and badges that show you their positive attributes .
The ability to check out other users is great for vetting potential buyers and gives both sides of the transaction a little incentive to do the deal on the up and up since poor ratings may leave them unable to buy and sell effectively on the app. Nobody wants to work with someone who has obviously let people down in the past.
You’ve maybe seen the super catchy commercials for this selling app. Sticky jingle aside, you can sell almost anything on Wallapop, excluding food, medicine, weapons, animals, and illegal items.
Wallapop also allows you to pay to get your listing more visibility, just like Carousell’s bump feature. This means that you can get more eyes on your big-ticket items, making these apps ideal places for selling items that are rare or precious. However, there’s no need to pay to use Wallapop if you don’t want to boost your items’ visibility.
This selling is specifically for clothes and accessories, making it perfect for that epic closet clean out. Vinted also allows you to trade items with other users rather than selling or buying them without paying any fees other than shipping costs. The app recently started to allow listings of some kids’ items like toys, games, and baby gear.
Here’s how selling works with Vinted: you list your gently-used apparel items, an interested buyer messages you to ask any pertinent questions, the deal is sealed, you pack it up and receive a shipping label so you can get the item to its new home, and then you receive your payment for the item after the site confirms that it arrived at its destination.
The biggest downside to Vinted for sellers is the cost. Vinted charges 5% of the sale price of each item plus a $0.70 fee per transaction. Since most of these apps are free to use, it puts this one at the bottom of the list for us
Which Selling App is Right for You?
There’s really no one right answer here.
Use your location, payment preferences, and the items you need to sell to determine which app you should use to list your unwanted items.
And remember, whatever selling app you use, be safe!
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