I hate clutter, mostly because it makes my already tiny apartment feel that much smaller. In all fairness though, I don’t think anyone has ever actually uttered, “I love all this clutter in my house,” but it’s happened to all of us, even those who have an elevated sense of clutter-consciousness.
Case in point — the storage unit industry’s annual revenue is $38 billion. There are popular TV shows dedicated to people who can’t let go of their stuff. There are minimalist movements and tiny houses.
In light of this, a number of sites and apps similar to Amazon have popped up over the years. Many are designed for selling and buying specific items, like clothing or electronics.
Spring Cleaning Should Be Year-Round
I don’t believe in Spring cleaning. I believe in monthly closet cleanouts. My rule is that if I haven’t worn it or used it in the last year, it needs to go. I put two grocery bags in front of my closet for the month: one is to sell and the other is to donate.
Table of Contents
- Side Hustle Sites Similar to Amazon
- Websites to Sell Your Designer Clothing
- Meet Buyers In-Person
- Sell Your Books
- Sell Your Crafts and Homemade Art
- Sell Your CDs, DVDs, Games, or Cell Phones
- Sell Your Laptop
- Sell Your Broken Electronics
Side Hustle Sites Similar to Amazon
I’m certainly not alone in my desire to make side income a priority. In a survey we conducted earlier this year, 10 percent of Well Kept Wallet readers said they wanted to earn extra income this year.
Whether you want to create a means to generate consistent side income or to just see more shelf space in your cramped closet, these are the best sites like Amazon that may help you get there.
Bonanza is geared to the entrepreneur who wants to scale quickly and grow their business.
Many Bonanza sellers believe it’s an easier and cheaper marketplace than Amazon or even eBay as you can save 50 percent in fees compared to the competition.
Bonanza is quickly becoming known as a site that gives you more robust selling tools such as integrating other sales channels from Shopify or WooCommerce. You can even import your existing listings from eBay and Amazon.
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Bonanza also has a tool called Background Burner to get rid of unwanted background clutter for your product photos in case you’re not very savvy on editing programs like Photoshop.
Websites to Sell Your Designer Clothing
Before we go into selling clothing, be realistic about your assessment of it. If the clothing is worn out or simply not trendy anymore, just donate it. However, for the ones that still have a lot of life left in them, consider using the following sites that are specifically geared to selling clothes.
Poshmark is a great way to get rid of the grossly neglected designer duds in your closet. You know what I’m talking about. That dress that you only wore once and the brand new stilettos that have been resting in its safe shoebox for the last year.
Poshmark is a free app, but they also have a desktop version. With the app, you can snap photos of your items directly on there, and Poshmark takes a 20 percent cut of your sales (for items over $15).
They charge the buyer a flat fee of $6.49 for shipping. Find out more in our Poshmark review.
thredUp is an easy way to get rid of your clothing that’s in good condition. You order a Clean Out Bag (that comes prepaid so you can ship it to them) and fill it with your items. If you want to know approximately how much you’ll get paid, you can use their Clean Out Calculator.
Once you ship, a fashion resale professional will determine if they want to buy it. If they do, you will receive 40 percent of the resale value. You may choose to get paid with thredUP credit or via PayPal.
Meet Buyers In-Person
Sometimes, selling involves good old-fashioned, face-to-face interaction so buyers can closely examine the goods. Doing it this way can be easier since you don’t need to worry about shipping, especially if you have large items to get rid of like furniture.
The downside is that people can be flakey or low ball you, and it may take many text messages and emails to get your item sold to the right buyer.
Think about how motivated the buyer is. If you have a motivated buyer, you can move your items pretty quickly.
Bookoo’s motto is to help you buy and sell with your neighbors. The website features a map for you to choose your location so you can meet up with someone close by to sell your stuff.
The only thing you need to agree upon first is payment, and have them bring cash.
Craigslist can be hit or miss and depending on your past experience with it, you’re either likely to use it or stay away.
I’ve never had a negative experience buying or selling on Craigslist, but I’ve experienced plenty of flakey people. It also doesn’t have a dedicated chat box to easily and directly communicate with buyers, like Poshmark or other buy and sell sites. You have to use email or a phone number to communicate.
6. Facebook Marketplace
You can post just about anything for sale on Facebook’s Marketplace. It’s similar to Craigslist in that you can easily connect with locals in your area who are ready to buy what you’re selling, but a bit less anonymous because at least you can see the buyer’s photo and profile.
Unlike Craigslist, however, payments can be received and made within Facebook’s messenger. You need to add your debit card and when you’re in the Messenger app, just click on the Profile icon and then scroll down to Payments.
LetGo is a widely used app that you can download for free to buy and sell. The app works in a Pinterest-like scrolling style and you can easily sift through items and filter through specific searches grouped by categories, such as home (home items), leisure, and cars.
There’s even a free category, where people post their unwanted items for free like they do on Craigslist.
You can take pictures of your items directly from the app and the interface is very easy to use. I used LetGo to buy a used snowboard but I decided it wasn’t right for me, so I got back on the app and sold it. Easy!
OfferUp is similar to LetGo, and filters results of what buyers are looking for based on location. The app allows you to quickly chat with the buyer and ask questions or make an offer.
Sell Your Books
BookScouter lets you sell your used textbooks — you know — the ones that are taking up precious bookshelf space or sitting in a dusty box in your garage. They accept books from elementary school to college.
10. Amazon’s Buyback Program
While this one is technically a part of Amazon, it’s worth checking out if you didn’t know it existed. Amazon offers a program where they will buy your books back (if it’s listed in their buyback program). The only catch is you’re paid in the form of an Amazon gift card and not cash.
All you do is put in the name of the book and its ISBN (usually on the back of the book) and answer a few questions about the condition of the book. Amazon then shows you what price they’ll pay you for the book.
BooksRun is another resource you can use to sell your used books. Like Amazon, you put in the book’s ISBN, ship for free using their label.
Payment from BooksRun is relatively quick — after it’s received you get paid within four days.
Sell Your Crafts and Homemade Art
Craftsy is a handy site for people who want to sell their crafts and craft patterns. If you love to make quilts, knit, or sew, you can use this platform to sell your goods to those who will appreciate the unique, handcrafted quality.
Craftsy uses PayPal to issue payments to your account.
Etsy is another huge marketplace to sell your lovely artwork, handcrafted jewelry pieces, or one-of-a-kind trinkets.
It costs about $0.20 to post a listing and when someone makes a purchase, Etsy charges another 3.5 percent transaction. This does not include shipping costs.
ArtFire allows you to sell crafts, craft supplies, and vintage items. You can open an a virtual store to sell your items for a monthly fee that starts at just $4.95 a month plus a $0.23 per-item listing fee.
Sell Your CDs, DVDs, Games, or Cell Phones
Remember when it was cool to have a wall full of DVDs and CDs? We all know what happened to that trend.
Decluttr was created to address your unwanted DVDs, CDs, games and old phones. Decluttr doesn’t take laptops.
All you need to do is scan the barcode and find the item on the site. Shipping is free for the buyer.
Sell Your Laptop
Swappa makes it super easy for you to sell your used phones, laptops, and other electronics. Plus, Swappa doesn’t have any seller fees. Instead, the buyer pays a fee that is included in the price of the item.
You use the barcode on the items you’re selling and Swappa gives you an instant offer. You can also scan the items using their free app on your smartphone.
Gazelle is similar to Swappa and is a great place to sell your laptop if you’re in a hurry.
Except, Gazelle is more of a white glove service. They actually sends you the shipping box, as they cover the cost of shipping your laptop. They also have drop-off kiosks in various areas, depending on where you live.
Sell Your Broken Electronics
Electronics sometimes break but when they do are they shoved inside your drawer or tossed in the garbage?
Thanks to BuyBackWorld, there’s no need to hoard your broken electronics because the company refurbishes them to resell. You can sell your iPhones, tablets, e-readers, handheld video game systems, and even your gift cards.
There’s nothing quite like earning side income and I’ll be the first to admit that my heart skipped a side hustle beat every time I sold something using eBay, Poshmark, or LetGo.
There are plenty of sites that are tailored to specific items, so sift through what you have and get going — there’s no need to wait until next Spring!
What do you plan on selling? Let me know in the comments below!