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 unintentional clutter has happened to all of us, even those who have an elevated sense of clutter-consciousness. And the fact remains that we all need or want to buy things on occasion.
In light of this, many 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.
Here are some of the best sites like Amazon you can use for your buying and selling needs.
In This Article
- Alternatives to Amazon for Buying Things
- Alternatives to Amazon for Selling Things
- Websites to Sell Your Designer Clothing
- Sell to People in Person
- Places Like Amazon to Sell Books
- Sell Your Crafts and Homemade Art
- Sell Your CDs, DVDs, Games or Cell Phones
- Sell Your Laptop
- Sell Your Broken Electronics
Alternatives to Amazon for Buying Things
There are a few great Amazon alternatives for when you have things you need to buy. Whether it’s clothing, electronics or that perfect gift you need, check out these sites.
When you buy things on the Walmart website, you’re not just getting access to items sold in Walmart stores. The Walmart website, like Amazon, has third-party seller items too.
This means you can find almost anything for sale on the Walmart website. When you’re on the Walmart website, you’ll be able to tell if you’re actually buying from a third party because it’ll tell you when you click on the item.
Although return policies on third-party sale items aren’t always the same as they are on items sold directly from Walmart, the third-party seller options do give you a wide range of products to choose from.
Target is another popular site for buying things, and it’s very competitive with Amazon in terms of price and availability. As with Walmart, Target offers products from third-party sellers too.
You can find just about anything on the Target website, from clothes to electronics to collectibles and more.
As with Walmart online, beware of return policies when buying from third-party sellers. But this is the case with Amazon as well.
Newegg is a tech-focused retailer that’s been in business since 2001. When you go onto the Newegg website, you’ll find it looks similar to Amazon’s website.
But Newegg doesn’t limit its selection to tech items. You can find other items on Newegg, such as:
- Party supplies
- Sports and recreation items
- Pet supplies
- Health and personal care items
Besides these, there are other items. Newegg has very competitive prices and a great return policy too.
Overstock can be a great place to buy things because they sell items that other stores had too much of. That means they got the items at a great price and are willing to sell them to you at a great price.
Overstock is known for carrying a wide variety of home decor items. However, they also carry clothing, jewelry, kitchen items and more. Check out their Sales & Deals section to save even more money.
You might not think of eBay as being an alternative to Amazon as far as buying goes. However, eBay is full of sellers that specialize in retail arbitrage: buying stuff cheap and then selling it at a good price for a profit.
Remember that individual sellers like the ones on eBay don’t have the overhead that big stores like Walmart and Target do. That means they can often price their goods for similar or below what you’ll find on retail sites.
Alternatives to Amazon for Selling Things
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 just to 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. Besides, you can even import your existing listings from eBay and Amazon.
Bonanza also has a tool called Background Burner to get rid of unwanted background clutter for your product photos if 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. In other words, if the clothing is worn out or simply not trendy anymore, simply donate it.
However, for the ones that still have a lot of life left in them, consider using the following sites 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 about 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.
Sell to People in Person
Sometimes, selling involves good old-fashioned, face-to-face interaction. It gives buyers a chance to examine the goods closely. 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.
However, 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 to choose your location so that you can meet up with someone close by to sell your stuff.
The only thing you need to agree upon first is the payment. And by all means, have them bring cash.
Craigslist can be hit or miss, and depending on your experience with it, you’re either likely to use it or stay away.
To explain, I’ve never had a negative experience while 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. So you have to use email or a phone number to communicate.
11. Facebook Marketplace
You can post just about anything for sale on Facebook’s Marketplace. It’s a site similar to Craigslist in that you can easily connect with locals in your area who are ready to buy what you’re selling.
But one good thing about Facebook Marketplace is that it’s 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. To add your debit card when you’re in the Messenger app, click on the Profile icon, then scroll down to Payments.
OfferUp is similar to Craigslist, but it has some great added features to make shopping better. When you sell on OfferUp, you can list your item and upload a photo in as little as 30 seconds.
OfferUp shares items based on location, but buyers will be able to see your items even if they don’t live near you.
One of the great things about OfferUp is that it has added security measures. Anyone who buys or sells on the site needs to create a profile. And you can message buyers and sellers through the OfferUp app.
Also, user profiles have badges and ratings added by people who have worked with them on transactions. That way, you can see how they have handled deals in the past. This feature gives an added level of security to both buyers and sellers.
Places Like Amazon to Sell Books
Do you have books you need to sell? Check out these Amazon alternatives.
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. The site makes it easy since they accept books from elementary school to college.
14. 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 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 book’s name and its ISBN (usually on the back of the book) and answer a few questions about the book’s condition. 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 and ship for free using their label.
Payment from BooksRun is relatively quick — after your book(s) is received, you get paid within four days.
Sell Your Crafts and Homemade Art
Amazon is great for selling your handmade crafts and art, but there are other options as well.
Craftsy is a handy site for people who want to sell their crafts and craft patterns online. 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. Note that this fee does not include shipping costs.
ArtFire allows you to sell crafts, craft supplies and vintage items. You can open 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
Are you looking to get rid of old CDs, DVDs, games, etc.? Try out these sites.
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. To be clear, Decluttr doesn’t take laptops.
All you need to do is scan the barcode and find the item on the site. And shipping is free for the buyer.
Sell Your Laptop
There are some sites that are especially good for selling laptops. Here are our favorites.
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 white-glove service.
They actually send 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
Looking to sell other types of electronics? Try this idea on for size.
Electronics sometimes break and 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 skips a side hustle beat every time I sell something using eBay, Poshmark or OfferUp.
There are plenty of sites 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!