Using Buy and Sell Apps Before a Move
Selling items through an app
Moving is a great time to get rid of unwanted items. Not only does it mean packing up fewer things, but it can also mean some extra cash. While having a garage sale is one way to do this, there are several options for selling stuff with smartphone apps. Take a look at some of the most popular, well-rated apps for selling stuff and find the right one for you. We’ve included links to the apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores to make it easier!
The best apps for selling stuff
Finding the perfect app really depends on whether you’d like to sell things locally or ship them to the buyer. Selling locally will often mean listing items individually and meeting people in person. Shipping would just mean taking one or multiple trips to the post office.
The best apps for selling stuff locally
These are some of the most popular local sale apps:
Letgo is a popular selling app with more than 200 million listings! How does Letgo work? It’s pretty simple. Just take a photo of the item, list a few details (condition, price), and wait for a buyer. You can list one item, or have multiple listings to sell several things. The options are endless — cars, furniture, housewares, DVDs, clothing and even real estate. Basically, if you want to sell it, you can sell it here. If you’re unable to meet a buyer, there are shipping options. However, most sales happen locally.
One common concern with local buy and sell apps is safety during a transaction. OfferUp has the TruYou Program, where you can verify your identity with a Facebook profile, driver’s license and a photo. This program allows you to know who you’re doing business with beyond just a username. It’s very easy to use — take a picture, write a listing and message buyers directly within the app. You can list items of all sorts here, and buyers can either browse by location or category.
Have you noticed the “Marketplace” tab in your Facebook app? You can list items here for local people to browse. Buyers can get in touch through Facebook Messenger, and you can check identities through profiles. Categories include home and garden, housing, clothing, electronics and vehicles.
The best buy and sell apps for online sales
While online sales require you to ship items, some of these apps will accept shipments containing multiple items, so you only have to send one package.
Selling is simple with the Mercari app. Take a photo, write a listing and when something sells, they email you a printable label. Listings are free, but they take a 10% selling fee when the sale is completed. While this app requires you to list items individually, they have a large audience of buyers, so many people have success selling things here.
If you have books, games, DVDs, CDs, tech items (like phones) or Legos®, this is the app for you. You can ship a box full of items to them and get paid quickly. For books, games, DVDs and other similar items, simply scan the barcode and see the price. For tech items, tell them the type and condition, and they’ll give a quote. Legos are sold by weight — just place them in a bag. You send items (with free shipping!) and get paid the day after Decluttr receives the shipment.
Easily sell books by searching the ISBN and comparing prices from over 30 websites that sell books. BookScouter will help compare the best price and provide shipping labels. It’s an easy way to clean out books you no longer want or need.
Sell clothing, accessories and makeup on Poshmark. In this app, you set up a virtual closet, listing things individually. You can share listings to your social networks directly from the app. Once an item sells, they send a pre-paid label. For sales over $15, you keep 80% of the sale. For sales under $15, it’s a flat fee of $2.95.
Sell clothing in bulk through ThredUp. You order a Clean Out Kit and send them items from their accepted brands with a pre-paid label. They take the clothing, inspect it, photograph it and list it online. They price pieces based on seasonality, condition, style and their existing inventory. Your percentage varies from 5% to 90%, depending on the listing price and brand. They offer a payout estimator if you’d like to check prices before shipping.
Have you used any of these buy and sell apps?
We are always looking to add to our list — we’d love to hear what apps you’ve used to sell stuff. Tell us about your experience in the comments below.