Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The penny hoarder.
2021 was year two of the pandemic, and most of us probably spend a lot of time at home realizing how many things we have on our hands.
When faced with clutter, there is a good solution: try to sell it! What seems old, used, or old-fashioned to you may be someone else’s prized possession.
But entering the world of online sales can be overwhelming, to say the least. In 2021, we’re sharing some of the best tips for selling everything from books and clothing to gift cards and photos online.
To make it easier for you as the year draws to a close, here is a summary of our 2021 posts on how to make money from online sales after cleaning your closets and cabinets.
1. Know where to sell online
Half the battle of selling something online is knowing how and where to sell it. Is your article very visual? Do you usually have a community to go with you, like antique furniture? If you answer yes, then Instagram might be your best option.
If you are trying to sell products to a wide variety of people around the world, sites like Amazon and eBay, which have certain seller fees, can probably offer the greatest reach.
If you just want to get rid of a few items from your garage, try a local site like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. These sites even allow for local pickup, which can make your life easier and save you two problems – you’ll get rid of the item, and you won’t have to do any heavy lifting.
We compiled some good advice on how to sell online both globally and locally.
2. Dominate the online market
There are a few simple rules to keep in mind when creating your listings. A brief summary:
- Use a simple name for your item to make it appear in a search, for example “table” instead of “droplets” or “grill” instead of the brand name.
- Always remember to include relevant information in advance; You don’t want to be bombarded with questions about something you might have included in the item description.
- Know that selling something online generally requires maintenance. You will need to keep an eye out for messages from interested buyers.
- Don’t set prices too high.
Read more in our roundup on selling used goods online.
3. make your items look great
The easiest, and perhaps the most fundamental way to make your articles stand out online is through good photography. The reverse is equally true. How many of us have seen our unsold items and wondered if a photo full of other items in low light may have been the culprit?
Here is an overview of how to take pictures of items to sell:
- Find a clean background.
- Prioritize natural lighting over artificial lighting.
- Organize the photograph carefully, using accessories that work with what you are trying to sell.
- Take several photos to find the best one; don’t just take one and end the day.
4. Create a thoughtful customer experience
If you are running an online boutique rather than just selling one-of-a-kind items online, you may want to think about how you present your items to shoppers.
Creating dynamic packaging and interactive experiences with each item can go a long way toward creating a repeat customer.
read this online retail packaging tips from experts to learn how everything from confetti to free logo stickers can build brand loyalty and keep people coming back for more.
5. Download items from your closet
It can be overwhelming to go through your closet and choose the pieces that you are ready to part with. Are we ever really ready? Worse still, the act of taking photos, selecting prices, and waiting for someone to chew on your old clothes can cause anxiety.
But there are ways to do it successfully.
You start by knowing which site to use. Are you more of a Poshmark person or a ThredUP girl? Is Tradesy the Right Choice for You? Do you plan to recycle your clothes before putting them up for sale?
6. Overflowing shelves? Time to sell
We’ve all seen the $ 1 stack in a used bookstore. Perhaps you think that your old books will be relegated to that state, which will make it almost impossible to break even with the sale.
But if you know where to sell your books online, that may not be the case.
There are Amazon and Etsy, yes, but have you ever heard of AbeBooks and Decluttr?
7. Sell your photos
Those casual iPhone photos you collected? You can put them to good use.
If you’ve received accolades on your artistic Instagrams or feel like you’re a budding photographer, it might be time to try and make some money off those talents.
The question is where to sell and how each site works. For example, would you rather earn a certain royalty percentage or pay the site for a listing?
We collect tips to help you sell photos online and choose the option that is right for you.
8. Get rid of those old gift cards – for cash!
We never thought we would say it, but there may be too many gift cards.
Sometimes you just don’t have the time or the ability to spend them all. So why not get the money back and let someone else have fun? We list the easiest ways to sell gift cards. Turns out there are a lot of apps designed just for that.
9. Consult Nextdoor for a second opinion
Nextdoor can be a dumpster for a site, but it can also come in handy when you suspect you’re paying too much for something or not being paid enough for an item you’re trying to sell.
Polling your neighbors on Nextdoor – literally people who live in close geographic proximity to you – is a good way to get an idea of the overall temperature. By requesting some Nextdoor reviews, you could end up saving money!
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