The Best Items to Sell On Craigslist and Facebook Garage Sale Sites
When you sell used or new things from home, the market for local buyers who will come to you and directly pay you cash and pick up the items (instead of paying online to have them mailed, like the majority of eBay buyers) is very different. This article will teach you what to sell on Craigslist and Facebook Garage Sale sites instead of online auction sites like eBay to maximize your profits.
Before you get started, I recommend signing up for a Craigslist account, setting your hometown as the main city, going to the "For Sale" section and clicking on the "Wanted" category. That will give you an idea of items that people in your area are actually looking for, and it's a lot easier to contact someone already looking for something than to list it in a post and wait for buyers to contact you.
Finding the right Facebook garage sale groups might a little harder since there are so many. Try logging into your Facebook account, going to the Groups search, and typing in the name of your city or county plus "garage sale" or "community sale". There are sometimes more than one, so join as many application ones as you can. Sometimes they are sorted by category (such as "baby items", "clothing", etc.) which can help you find buyers looking for what you have more quickly. If it is a closed group, send a join request and someone should accept you quickly. The more people in each group, the better. People often post "wanted" ads (sometimes starting with the letters "ISO") in these too.
Top Selling Items
Typically, the best items to sell to local buyers are:
things that are so big that shipping costs would be extremely high if they had to be mailed,
things that people tend to need immediately and wouldn't want to wait for them to come in the mail,
things that people who don't necessarily have credit cards to pay online will still need to buy,
and things that mainly appeal to only local residents.
Here are some good items to sell on Craigslist and other local online garage sale sites:
- used cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, and other vehicles (it's good to include the title if you have one, so buyers know it isn't stolen)
- indoor and outdoor furniture (beds, tables, couches, chairs, lawn furniture, hammocks, dressers, book cases, etc.)
- large baby items, such as cribs, strollers, high chairs, car seats, changing tables, and big toys
- large quantities of infant formula and unused diapers
- large quantities of non-perishable food, like canned goods and boxed meals
- clothing in "lots", especially baby and kid clothes (people will be much more willing to drive for 20 pieces of clothing than one or two)
- adult and child bikes, scooters, skateboards, tricycles, and powerwheels
- tickets to local concerts, events or sports games
- video game systems, especially PlayStation and Xbox
- large amounts of DVDs or video games
- gift cards (especially ones to major stores)
- tattoo equipment
- piercing supplies
- cell phones, especially smart phones in good condition
- computers and laptops and tablets
- car supplies, especially stereos and rims
- paintings and other types of art (depending on your local market, this may be a great seller or may not have much interest)
- trailers and RVs
- pre-cut firewood
- collectible items and collections of any kind
If you sell your time by offering services such as cleaning, general labor, babysitting, tattoo and beauty services, custom cake baking (for parties, showers, etc.), snow and leaf removal, etc., local sites like these are a good, easy, and free way to get more business.
Tips for getting customers and maximizing your profits:
- Always add clear, detailed pictures of whatever you have for sale. It you are selling something big like a car or piece of furniture, take pictures from every angle.
- When you sell large quantities of clothing, separate them into sizes (such as "Lot of 4T girl clothes and shoes") and include pictures and sizes of everything.
- For concert/sports tickets that you are selling for much less than the original price, include the retail value in the description (ex: Colts tickets, were $450 each, now $250 for both.) If the event is sold out and people are still looking to buy tickets, you don't have to lose any money by selling them.
- Look at other similar items being sold to get an idea of how much people are willing to pay. If you need something sold quickly, price it a little lower than the things other people are selling.
- You can offer to trade your item and list things you would take instead of money. This helps people who don't have a lot of money to buy things, and sometimes you'll get a better deal than you would if you were paid cash.
- If it isn't something that needs to be hauled away in a truck (like large furniture), offer to meet buyers in a public place so they don't feel uncomfortable going directly to a stranger's house.
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