What's the best US site/app to sell stuff?

submitted by Today

Cleaning out my mom's house. I hate to trash things that may be useful to someone else and some of it's probably worth some $$. I've used Facebook marketplace a couple of times. I've heard of OfferUp and LetGo but haven't used them. Where will i get the best response and $? Should i just pile it all up and do an online estate sale instead? TIA. Also, if anyone has done this and has any general tips, please share.

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weeeeum , edited

By the way, offer up and letgo have combined now. If you want to ditch stuff quick, do a yard sale and offer dirt cheap prices. If you want to maximize profit, eBay (but that's a loooot of work, my work does that and it's half my workload).

If you want an in-between, you can go on fb marketplace and offer up. There are tons of annoying bots though.

Some towns have their own local community platform/forum for you to post through.

Ultimately though, a lot of stuff will probably be trashed. Even if something has a good shelf price, actually selling it is pretty hard. At work, something has to sell for greater than 20-40$ to break even on storing it, tracking it, packing it and shipping it.

You can also donate much of it to thrift stores.

Today [OP]

Thank you. I wondered about offer up and let go - the website of one kept sending me to the other. I've donated and trashed quite a bit but there's still so much more - lots of funny collectible items. I'll check to see if there's a local sale page. I'm not sure i have the energy for a yard sale. There is a company here that does online estate sales - people bid online and then there's just one day for pickup. I haven't researched it yet to see what percentage they take.

technomad , edited

Kind of depends on what you're selling specifically, but my usual avenues are ebay and craigslist. I've had mixed results, but sometimes it's effective.

Today [OP]

Thanks, everything - decor, dishes, furniture, art. I forgot about eBay. Thanks.

dan1101

Be very sure you understand the fees on eBay. They are considerable and they also take a percentage of whatever shipping you charge so if you sell something for $5 with $20 shipping you are paying fees on $25.

technomad

No problem, hope you are successful in your endeavors.

choss

Sorry about your mom, op. That ain't easy.

The only thing I would say is if you have siblings, cousins, nieces/nephews, check with them to see if they can make use of any of it. Knowing members of my family got those things was worth way more to me than whatever I could have sold them for.

Good luck

Today [OP]

Thank you. It is hard. I don't have siblings but i have given a few things to cousins and my kids will take some. There's so much and its overwhelming.

Bahalex

Depending on where you are there are estate buying/selling services or companies.

I have no personal experience with this, but I’ve seen a few in the past. It may help ease the burden.

Today [OP]

I've seen those and bought a chair from an old neighbors' online estate sale. The fact that they photo, price, and post and then you only have to deal with people on one pickup day seemed appealing. No idea how much they take. I guess i should call them... It's daunting. Ready to be done but also anxious about being done.

Kit

Ebay tends to get the best price, but shipping is a pain. If you want to sell things quickly and easily, Facebook Marketplace is your best bet. If you just want to get rid of things without throwing them away then Buy Nothing on Facebook is best.

HootinNHollerin , edited

Buy Nothing also has an app if you don’t want to use Facebook. It does have less users than the buy nothing Facebook groups though, for now

willya , edited
Today [OP]

Thanks

Elextra

As much as I hate to say it, FB Marketplace likely will have better results than all listed so far

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