The Best Places to Sell Online
Selling your unwanted items can be one of the best ways to earn money online (while giving your item a new loving home!). In this post I’m going to be looking at the items that sell best on each platform and the seller fees you get with each platform. Here are the best places to sell your second-hand items online…
Ebay is probably the most widely recognised online marketplace for second-hand items. You can buy or sell almost anything and eBay gives the option to set a bid amount as well as a static ‘buy now’ amount.
Items that sell best: Baby and children’s clothing items sell particularly well, with sellers grouping clothes into age, style and even brand. Costs and Fees: You can list up to 20 items a month for free, with each further one costing £0.35. Ebay will also take 10% of the total transaction amount (including shipping) once you sell your item & you’ll be charged a PayPal transaction fee of 3.4% + £0.20.
Depop is a mobile marketplace that enables individuals to buy and sell their items via the Depop app ( available on iOS & Android platforms).
Items that sell best: Branded, vintage and designer clothing! Costs and Fees: Listing items is free but then Depop will take 10% of the total transaction amount (including shipping) once you sell your item & you’ll be charged a PayPal transaction fee of 3.4% + £0.20.
Vinted is an online marketplace and community that allows its users to sell, buy, and swap secondhand clothing items and accessories.
Items that sell best: Branded & vintage women’s clothing! Costs and Fees: Buyers get charged a service fee of 3%-8% of the item’s price, plus a fixed fee of 30p-80p to cover payment processing and protection of your order.
If you’re looking to reach millions of buyers, Amazon is your go-to! This is the best place to sell if yo’re looking to turn the odd sales here and there into a fully fledged business.
Items that sell best: Gadgets (or anything in good condition). Costs and Fees: Amazon will charge you 75p for each item you sell plus a per-item fee and closing fee.
While MusicMagpie isn’t an online marketplace as such, individuals can get paid for selling their items to the company. It will buy CDs, DVDs, games, mobile phones and other electronics, and will send a courier to pick the item up for free.
Items that sell best: CD’s, DVD’s and Games Costs and Fees: The website is free to use, and a courier will pick up the item you are selling free of charge (for the added convenience you’re not likely to get the best price).
If you have lots of bestsellers taking up valuable shelf space, you may be best off selling them in bulk to WeBuyBooks.co.uk.
Items that sell best: Books (and CD’s/DVDS). Costs and Fees: There are no fee’s with WeBuyBooks, in fact they even provide the postage label.
With Gumtree you can list your items for free and don’t have to pay any selling fees. You can also specify that the item is pick up only and set the price with ‘or nearest offer’ to entice more buyers.
Items that sell best: Furniture. Costs and Fees: List your items for free and there are no selling fees. If you’re selling a car, the first two adverts will be free, with any subsequent listings charged at £15 each.
Marketplace is a convenient destination on Facebook to discover, buy and sell items with people in your local community.
Items that sell best: Furniture, gadgets (anything that is a convenient buy from someone local). Costs and Fees: List your items for free and there are no selling fees. You can even specify that you’re only willing to sell if they’re willing to collect.
I know of bloggers who have made £1000’s selling their unwanted things/items that they’ve spotted on the cheap! Let me know which of these selling platforms you’ve managed to make a little extra money from!
Disclaimer: if you only sell items you already own you don’t need to pay tax, but if you’re buying items to sell things to make profit, you are required to tell HMRC.