Selling items online has become easier than ever before, but which is the right marketplace for you? It does depend on what you are trying to sell – whether it is clearing out unused items from the attic or making your own products and selling them with a view to having your own little empire. I have gone through a number of ways below where the costs are either free to sell on there or the fees are relative to the item.

There are tons of ways of selling your things online, but these 3 are the easiest to use. Read on to learn more.

Shpock Free Ads

Shpock is a great local marketplace which is highly rated. When you sign up you set the area you live in, this then allows people to see how far they are from you before opting to buy the item. You set the price, but buyers are allowed to make you an offer which turns it into a bit of an auction site.  Through Personal Messages through Shpock, you can decide to accept the price or reject it.

The main thing I like about Shpock is, when you post it onto Shpock you can choose to share on other social media too. You can link your account to Facebook, Twitter or choose to share the listing through WhatsApp, Email or text it to people. Although, if you are part of social selling groups, you will need to do this manually. This could become tedious, depending on how many listings you have.

The only drawback with sharing your items on Facebook Marketplace via Shpock, is once the item is sold and tick it has sold on Shpock, you will need to manually mark it as sold in Facebook Marketplace.

To be honest, this is great for odd items, or getting rid of some old kid’s toys. This would be a great account to have along with an eBay or Amazon account if you plan on selling on a bigger scale.

If you are selling items on eBay and paying fees, that might be attractive to people who are local and can sell them without the fees, you make more money. Definitely worth having both.

Another feature of Shpock is the review system, similar to the ratings you give buyers or sellers with eBay, you can give positive or negative feedback about buyers and they can give you feedback as a seller. Building up a reputation on there is very important as people will only tend to buy of recommended people and not those with negative feedback.

Facebook Marketplace – Does Facebook Marketplace Work?

Facebook is a well-known social media platform with over 2 billion active users, naturally it become a good place to sell your things on a local scale.

Their marketplace is really easy to use, free to advertise and you can also join groups if you become a regular seller.

Using the location system on Facebook, it has a choice on how far you are willing to travel to buy an item.  This system is based on buyers collecting from the seller, so you do need to be comfortable with you meeting the buyer. Depending on what you are selling does depend on how far a buyer is willing to travel.  Would you travel 100km for a second-hand toy, probably not? Some sellers do say they will deliver, as long as the buyer covers fuel. That may be an option for you depending on what you are selling?

Looking at their marketplace, there is a wide variety of things to buy on there, cars, smartphones, clothes, kids toys, the list is endless. As it isn’t a specialised selling platform, this does become a potential problem as so many people are selling their wares on there, your ad could become lost if you post it on the general marketplace.

There are specialised local selling groups which you could add your items onto, if you fit the group and are accepted by them. The group my wife, Gemma uses is ‘Solihull Mums Buy & Sell’.  By being part of a group does have its advantages, the ad is very likely to be seen by people who are interested in whatever that group is about.  It is also likely to only attract genuine interest about buying products with people who are not going to mess you about.

The only watch-out is some groups will limit how many items you can sell in a day, Gemma mentioned a limit of 3 a day in her group.

Advertising your item is simple, clicking the green +Sell Something button brings up a screen which is very similar to if you were adding a post. Give a description and a price.  It will use your home location so people know how far they will have to travel to collect the item. Select a category and add a photo.

Contact is done through Personal Messages in Facebook, once agreed you can tick your item as sold and it will start displaying a sold message immediately.

All-in-all, Facebook Marketplace is an ok way of selling your old things, but if it is old tech or other such items you want to sell, you might be better selling them on eBay?

Selling on eBay

eBay is the World’s biggest Marketplace and caters for those who want to sell the odd item to the people who want an eBay store where they are selling thousands of items a month.

eBay takes a little longer to list your items on, there is a fee (although they do offer free listings at certain points). But there is no restriction when it comes to location.  The previous two were all about local selling of, typically, second hand items. eBay offers this, aimed at items you no longer want, want it gone quickly or is too big for simple posting. See more information about local selling on eBay here.  This is simply done buy when you are putting the listing on eBay and get to the postage section, select ‘local collection only’.

There is a lot more that goes into an eBay listing, as you need to cover off the postage section, selling multiple items, if you are having a fixed price or an auction style bidding system.  They have a mobile app which makes it easier to take pictures of the item or items you are selling.  It is also linked with PayPal so all payments are secure and is done automatically when they buy it. They also offer the option to buy the postage and print it at home.  This saves so much time at the post office, you just drop it in. Or, you could use their Shutl option, they have over 13,000 drop-off locations in the UK.

You can pretty much sell anything on eBay within reason.  There are fees, but then again You tend to get offers where you only pay fees when you sell come through which helps.

They also have a global shipping program you can ask to join, when you are selling regularly or items that would benefit a global audience rather than local.

They operate a rating system for both buyers and sellers, so it is really important you respond to messages sent by potential buyers and ship the items promptly, as a negative score when starting out could be hard to recover from.  If you are consistently selling on there, you can reach Power seller levels, which means potential buyers will see you as someone they can trust to buy from.

eBay also has the scope to offer an eBay shop if you become a consistent high seller, which basically becomes an online business where you are selling your products or services online, an example is Feel the Magic Wedding Stationary. Selling to a global audience on eBay, check out their shop here to see what your future business could look like.

Signing up to eBay is relatively simple, but a PayPal account is essential, as they do accept credit card payments on eBay but the preferred option is PayPal. Most buyers will prefer to pay via PayPal rather than using a credit or debit card.

Only watch out is, there is a monthly limit to how many listings you can put on. Most new accounts will start with a 10-item limit per month. Now there is a way of increasing this, but to start off with it is important to work on a positive feedback.  Fulfilling all the promises you make. Once you have a positive history, then you can request a higher selling limit.  Find out more information here.

They have tons of information around creating effective listings and you can even create paid adverts on there, which can help you sell your items.

I would say if you plan on selling items with a view of making a decent amount, doing the legwork on eBay can lead you to that.

In Summary

Some are just looking at ways of clearing out the attic and eBay used to be the only option to achieve this, but now with local marketplaces becoming available such as Shpock, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplaces, it opens up a number of options available depending on what you aim is.  Selling a few items, go with the free local ones.  Want to turn it into a small empire with your own business, then eBay is a great option.

Do you use any other ways? What do you think are the benefits to using them? Let me know in the comments below, would love to hear from you.

    • thanks Sunaina,
      they really do work – selling your things online is much easier nowadays and beats doing a car boot sale on a cold Sunday morning. I also find you get a better value for your items too.

      I am glad you found it useful. thanks for reading.

      John

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