As you clean out, you may discover a few items that are actually worth something (it’s not all junk!) If you’re too impatient for consignment and don’t have the energy for a yard sale, try selling your stuff online — either through a free listing like Craigslist or an auction like Ebay.
start with an attention-grabbing title for your product
include any brand names or model numbers
describe the condition of the item in positive terms — emphasize “new” and “like new” items
include a link to the manufacturer webpage for that product
include a link to other sites selling the product for a similar or higher price
be honest about any flaws, damage, or wear
provide as much description as necessary — size, color, fabric, style, construction, etc.
there’s usually no text limit or a generous limit — the more information the better
describe any customization or special features not normally included with that product
indicate an item’s gender (men’s, women’s, kid’s) when appropriate
include photos and close-up’s of features and “minor damage”
place your item in a category with other similar items
try free services like Craigslist and Kijiji before paying for a listing
these services are like online newspaper classifieds — targeting local buyers
eliminates any concern about shipping the product — you can insist on local pick-up
protects your contact information — responses to the ad come to you anonymously
you decide who to meet with to show the item, when, and where
no formal bidding process — you negotiate back and forth with all buyers until you find an offer you like
listing expires after 2 weeks, but you can always relist
more like a traditional “auction” setting and less like a classified ad
you decide on a starting price — the opening bid on your item
you also set the bidding increments — minimum of 50 cents, $1, $5, etc.
determine if you want the item not to sell below a “reserve” price — minimum you will accept
set a time limit for how long you want the bid to be open
you do not hand-pick the buyer — the item goes to the highest bidder at end of auction
if no one meets your reserve price, the item does not sell
you can also set a “buy now” option that skips auction process
with “buy now”, the purchaser can buy immediately for a pre-determined price
you pay a fee for your listing, even if the item doesn’t sell
if the item does sell, you pay a percentage commission, as well
best if you let bidders know the shipping method and cost up front
choose flat rate shipping or find shipping cost to farthest point from you in the country
indicate that shipping may be higher for overseas bidders
let bidders know if insurance on the package is included or costs more
pack the product well and insure it — you will be responsible if it arrives damaged
include delivery confirmation so you know it was delivered properly
ask up front what the auction service’s fees are
also find out what protections you have from the service
see how you are covered in case of a dishonest buyer
know your rights and responsibilities before signing on
choose an escrow service to handle payments
they receive cash payment from buyer and hold until delivery
avoid problems with bounced checks and bad credit cards
choose an escrow recommended by your auction serviceClick here for reuse options!
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