The focus of this episode of Featured App of the Week is on how to easily sell your used stuff (such as clothing, consumer electronics, antiques, furniture, collectibles, or jewelry) using your mobile device.
The apps and services featured within this episode include:
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Featured App of the Week – Episode #21
Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich.
In this episode, I’ll be discussing optional smartphone and tablet apps you can use to sell your used stuff and potentially help de-clutter your home, and make some extra money in the process.
While looking around your home, you may notice a bunch of used stuff, like designer clothing, jewelry, furniture, or consumer electronics, for example, that you’d like to get rid of, however, you have no interest in organizing and hosting a traditional yard sale.
There are a handful of mobile apps and online services that make selling used items very easy, and in some cases, there are no fees. Plus, you can arrange to have the items you sell picked up, so you don’t even have to ship them to the buyer.
One such service, which is free, is Facebook Marketplace. If you already have an established Facebook account, you can launch the official Facebook app and tap on the Marketplace icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the screen. Facebook Marketplace is also listed within the main Facebook menu.
Facebook Marketplace allows you to use the camera that’s built into your smartphone or tablet, snap one or more photos of what you want to sell, type a short description of that item, and then post an asking price for it. This process takes less than two minutes.
Other Facebook users in your geographic area can then browse through the free listings, and when they come across an item they’re interested in, such as what you’re selling, the potential buyer can message you via Facebook Messenger.
At this point, you can communicate via text messages with the potential buyer, answer their questions, and negotiate a selling price. Once you agree on a selling price, simply arrange a mutually convenient time and location for the buyer to pick up the item and pay you in cash.
There are several benefits to using Facebook Marketplace to sell your used items. First, the service is totally free. There are no listing or selling fees whatsoever.
Second, every buyer and seller can view each other’s Facebook profile, so you can see whom you’re dealing with and learn a little about the other person. Chances are, it’ll be someone from your geographic area.
Third, you can have the buyer pick up the item you’re selling at a mutually agreed upon time and location, so you do not have to ship the item once it’s sold. Upon selling the item, you’ll receive cash instantly.
Of course, anytime you agree to meet a stranger in person, make sure you’re not alone, especially if someone is coming to your home, and be sure to use common sense.
Listing items to sell on Facebook Marketplace is a very quick and easy process. You can list as many items as you want for sale, one at a time, and then update listings as needed.
Use Facebook Marketplace via the Facebook mobile app to sell used clothing, furniture, jewelry, consumer electronics, appliances, sports or exercise equipment, antiques, old smartphones or tablets, or just about anything else that’s lying around your home or collecting dust in your attic, basement, or garage.
Meanwhile, available from the App Store if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, or the Google Play Store if you’re an Android-based mobile device user, are a handful of optional apps from other services that also allow you to buy and sell used items.
For example, there’s the free OfferUp mobile app, which boasts that it’s the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers, and that you’re able to list an item you want to sell in less than 30 seconds.
OfferUp requires users to first create a profile. The service relies heavily on the community’s ability to post ratings of buyers and sellers, so you can quickly judge someone’s online reputation. OfferUp has millions of active buyers and sellers from across the United States.
After listing an item for sale on OfferUp, potential buyers can send you messages through the app, so you do not have to reveal your phone number, email address, or actual address until after you’ve agreed on a selling price and other details related to the sale.
Selling items on OfferUp does involve paying the service a low listing fee. However, if you’re in a hurry to sell your item, you can pay extra to promote your item’s listing and have it displayed to potential buyers more prominently within the app and on the OfferUp website.
Another mobile app and service that works very similarly to OfferUp is called LetGo. You’ll find the LetGo app available from the App Store or Google Play Store as well.
This service focuses on helping you list items to sell using your smartphone or tablet, also in less than 30 seconds, and then have your listing seen by local potential buyers.
According to LetGo, the service and mobile app are used by more than 75 million people, and at any given time, more than 200 million used items, in a wide range of product categories, are listed for sale.
Basically, anything you’d typically see sold at someone’s garage sale or yard sale can be sold online via the LetGo or OfferUp app, or using the Facebook Marketplace service.
Creating a listing to sell an item on LetGo is typically free, however, you can pay a small fee to give your listing added visibility and promotion.
As you set up your LetGo account, you’ll be asked to verify it. This is optional. However, as a seller, you’re more apt to build trust with potential buyers if your account is verified.
In addition to Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and LetGo, yet another mobile app and service that allows you to sell just about any type of used item online is called Nextdoor: Local Neighborhood.
In addition to offering tools to sell used items to people in your immediate geographic neighborhood, the Nextdoor app includes other tools for finding and hiring local professionals and sitters, obtaining local crime and safety alerts, obtaining neighborhood recommendations, and staying up to date on local news.
Using the apps mentioned during this episode, you can quickly list items you have for sale, get rid of stuff you no longer want or need, declutter your home or closets, and make some extra money in the process.
If you have an idea for an app or app category that you’d like to learn more about, and that you’d like to hear featured within a future episode of this podcast, please send me an email and let me know your ideas. You can email me at [email protected]
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Also, be sure to listen to past episodes of Featured App of the Week to discover many other interesting ways you can use your smartphone or tablet to safe time, save money, and/or be more productive when using your mobile device.
Until next time, I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.