Do you want to sell something locally, so all your profit isn’t lost to shipping costs? Now you can use an app to sell nearly anything you own locally. There are also apps that make it easy and painless to sell smaller items online. Give these apps a try the next time you have an old belonging to sell.
This first section will review apps that allow you to list items individually.
Decluttr is a great way to sell your used DVD’s, cell phones, textbooks, video game consoles, and tablets for cash.
To get started selling your DVDs, you enter the bar-code for the items you wish to sell to locate the item in their database. Then you ship the item to them for free.
The cool thing is that you can receive payment the next day when you choose to be paid with PayPal or direct deposit. Otherwise, Decluttr can also send you a paper check in the mail.
They also have a mobile app if you want to sell items from your cell phone easily. All you have to do is scan the bar-code to begin the listing process.
This app is probably the most popular Craigslist alternative. You might remember a few of the creative commercials that have aired on TV where a character is placed in what seems to be a “life or death” experience only to have a stranger appear from nowhere and save them by taking an item from their hand.
With Letgo, you snap a picture of the item to sell and list it quickly. In fact, the only way to sell on Letgo is with their app. Buyers, on the other hand, can view your listing on the app or the desktop website.
You will also like Letgo if you live in a rural area because listings are listed by city and zip code. If a prospective buyer enters a zip code (i.e., 90210), Letgo will populate the nearest product listings first. Or, they can also search by product name or category as well.
3. Facebook Buy and Sell Groups
Another popular app is Facebook. As the largest social media platform, it might make sense to sell here as well. To start selling, click on the “Buy and Sell Groups” button in the Explore menu. Facebook will list several groups closest to you, and you can also search for your specific city or county group.
To sell (or buy), you will have to join the group first. Be sure to read the group guidelines to see if there are any listing restrictions.
For example, you might not be able to sell firearms or other controversial items. One final note about Facebook, there are selling groups and yard sale groups. The second type of group is used to advertise yard sales (not to sell individual items).
OfferUp is an app that rewards repeat sellers who offer good customer experiences. Buyers and sellers can both leave feedback for a particular transaction.
This feature makes OfferUp more appealing compared to some of the other apps because customer feedback can be very influential in the buying process. For additional security, you can also link your Facebook account to help prove that you are a real person.
The best way to describe OfferUp is that it’s a combination of Craigslist and eBay. You can add items to a watch list, ask the seller questions with the in-app chat feature, and make a counteroffer. Hence the app’s namesake of Offerup.
This app is free to use, and buyers can search listings by category or proximity by entering their zip code or city.
Most people think that eBay is for only selling items that need to be shipped to a buyer on the other side of the country or the world. You can also do local listings for large and bulky items like furniture and flatscreen TVs that require the buyer to meet you to pick up the item.
Of course, many local businesses also list on eBay for additional exposure, and some offer free local delivery within a certain radius.
Due to the increased competition, you may or may not want to list on eBay. It’s worth trying as it’s free to list and you don’t pay until a product sells. You might also like selling on eBay’s app as it the listing process is more streamlined than their traditional website.
Close5 is another app to try when selling. You will have better success if you live in a large city as Close5 doesn’t have as large of an audience as some of the other apps listed here.
It’s possible that you probably used this app in the past when it went by the name of Ebayclassifieds. You can list just about any category with Close 5 ranging from antiques, home goods, or automobiles.
7. Trove Market
One item that you will almost always only be able to sell locally is furniture. If you have vintage furniture or other quality secondhand furniture and decorations, Trove Market is a great place to sell quality pieces for the best price.
It is possible to sell some items online when they are small enough to ship as well. And, you can even accept credit cards with Trove!
Buyers can chat in-app, make an offer, and pay in advance with credit card or at pickup if they want to inspect the item in-person before making the final decision to buy. Listing is free and only requires a couple of pictures, item description and asking price.
Chairish is another app designed specifically for selling furniture. You can also sell home decorations and vintage jewelry as well. There are a few caveats when using Chairish.
The minimum listing price is $75, and there is a 20% commission. Chairish will also coordinate shipping for some items, and the buyer has 48 hours to return the product. You receive your payment after the 48 hour period has completed. For in-person pickups, the return window ends when they take delivery of the product.
One downside of Chairish is that the app is only available for iPhones. If you have quality items to sell, it can still be a good option despite the additional fees because the customers visiting this app are looking for quality items that command higher prices.
Dealo is available on the iPhone and has an international presence. You can quickly list and sell your products.
This app is a little more like Craigslist because the buyer can contact you by phone or e-mail. Many of the other new apps do all communication with a chat feature to help protect your privacy as much as possible until you schedule a meetup.
Vinted is an app that allows you to sell and swap clothing from your wardrobe. This app is more cost-effective when you swap clothing with another user as there is a commission when you sell your clothing.
Of course, if it takes an app to sell your clothing, it’s still better to have money in hand than to keep clothing articles that you will never wear again.
Listing is free, and Vinted allows you to list any brand. You will get the best return on designer brands that are more valuable and less common.
Bookoo is a family-friendly app that has boards in most states and even some U.S. military installations located across the globe. This app is part classified, and part social media platform as sellers and buyers can create a profile and friend other users.
Your profile also lists the other products you have listed making it easier to make an additional sale for buyers looking to purchase more than one item.
You can also use Bookoo to list a yard sale. In fact, their website says, “Bookoo is made for yard sale fans, by yard sale fans.”
Carousell is a growing app that started in Singapore and has recently expanded into the U.S. You can sell almost anything from clothing to automobiles with Carousell, and the listings can also be posted to social media.
It can only take 30 seconds to list a product, and you can post up to 4 photos per listing. It’s also free to list.
Selling and buying are entirely app-based with SocialSell. All communication is completed within the app where you coordinate with a local buyer to meet and exchange goods for cash.
You can sell almost anything on SocialSell, and the app is available for Android and Apple devices.
VarageSale is another family-friendly app that has selling communities all across the globe. You can use VarageSale to sell or trade your stuff for free. Products can be new or used such as smartphones, electronics, furniture, or anything else that would be sold at a garage sale (that’s family friendly and legal, of course).
There’s also an emphasis on safety as each seller and buyer must first create a profile that includes a picture and name before they can schedule a meeting. VarageSale also has a 24-hour hotline you can call to report suspicious sellers or activity.
Tradyo allows you to sell individual items and services locally in your community. You can also list garage sales too. Tradyo’s default communication method is chat, and you can also be contacted by phone if you choose. The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Listings are displayed by zip code to prospective buyers, so you don’t have to pinpoint your precise location until you schedule a meeting. Alternatively, some other apps show your exact street address which is a privacy concern to some.
You might only share your fun moments on Instagram, but it’s also another local marketplace. All you have to do is take a picture and include a small product description with a price. There are some people and small businesses that have had great success selling on Instagram.
Recycler is one of the first online classified apps. You will have the most success with this app if you are trying to sell a used car, pets, or trying to rent a house.
You also need to live in a major metropolitan community as most product listings are in California. But, they do have communities on the East Coast ranging in size from Augusta to Atlanta.
The 5Miles app allows buyers to filter listings to within 5 miles of their current location. 5Miles allows you to sell all the items that other apps do and you can also list services, jobs, and garage sales.
There is even an “Online Skills” section if you are a celebrity impersonator, provide online training, or even perform pranks and stunts. This somewhat unique app is free to use.
This app is a little different. If you are a small business with local services to sell, Zaarly can be a good option. They have a rigid vetting process to only provide quality services.
Currently, Zaarly only accepts sellers from Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Northern Virginia.
Backpage is a popular online classified site that allows to you list items that you want to sell or trade within your local community. The platform is very basic compared to a few of the other apps, but it still gets a decent amount of traffic from an established audience.
Hoobly is best for selling pets that need adoption. You can also sell other items with the app, but the audience mostly looks at pets with this app. It is free to post, and it is available for iOS and Android devices.
The other apps allow you to sell pets as well, but Hoobly has an online reputation for this niche so it could be well worth your time.
22. Wish Local
Wish Local has two different sides to it. Buyers can use the app to find the lowest price from online retailers, and there is also the Wish Local feature that allows you to buy or sell goods locally. This app is also unique because it is one of the few that is available for Android, Appl, Amazon, and Microsoft devices.
Short for “Shop in your Pocket,” Shpock is an Apple and Android app that showcases your listing with a large visual picture. When shoppers are just browsing the map, a small picture will populate with your pinpoint location instead of a verbal description of your product.
For example, if you are selling a bike, a picture of your bike will appear instead of the description of the size, model, and price of the bike.
The Craigslist app is very similar to the actual Craigslist website that pioneered the online classified movement. It’s not always the easiest or most feature-heavy app, but Craigslist has a large audience allowing you to reach the largest potential amount of buyers.
You might also consider Craigslist if you live in a semi-rural area because of it’s large online footprint.
Yard Sales Apps
This second section is focused on apps that allow you to easily list yard sales that you will be hosting if you don’t want to list each item individually for sale.
YardSailr is free to use for personal use and non-profit organizations. You can list the items for sale at your sale and include the pictures and prices of featured items. You can also share your sale on Facebook and Twitter.
Buyers can contact you through the app to ask questions, and your listing will also appear on the app’s map allowing shoppers to plan their weekend route.
26. Yard Sale Helper
Yard Sale Helper is primarily focused on helping people easily and safely locate yard sales in their community.
Sales are listed on the app map and sellers can also list featured items with photos, item description, and price to help attract potential visitors. You can even share reviews, opinions, and listings on social media. This app is only available for Apple devices.
Yardsales.com is one of the most thorough apps for sellers. They offer a “Garage Sale Genie” pricing tool to help you determine the value of items you plan to sell. And, you can also hire helpers if you need help to set up or clean up your sale. These features are offered in addition to advertising your garage sale, yard sale, moving sale, or estate sale.
They also have a feature if you only want to sell 1 or 2 items on their virtual yard sale table too. Listing is free for individual items or yard sales. To enhance your listing, you can buy credits.
28. Yard Sale Treasure Map
You will want to use Yard Sale Treasure Map to attract the serious garage sale deal hunters that map their route each weekend. It’s really easy to post your sale for everybody to see.
You only need to post in on Craigslist, and it will automatically populate in the Yard Sale Treasure Map app. Whether you are participating in a community sale or have a free weekend to declutter, this app is easy and free to use. You can promote your sale within the app once it has been posted to Craigslist and appears on the app’s Treasure Map.
There are plenty of apps to help you sell locally. You can go with the old standby of Craigslist. Or, you can be the “big fish in the little pond” with one of the other apps that are just as good and also have a large following.
And, since there are times when it’s easier to have a garage sale, there are apps that specialize in publicizing your listing with featured items and pictures as well.
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