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5 Easy Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

Updated on September 16, 2011

Do you have an ever increasing pile of stuff accumulating in your house that you'd like to get rid of but can't because you've spent too much money for the items?

Well, don't fret because the web has opened up a ton of ways to get rid of your stuff and make a bit of money at the same time - best part, it's all relatively easy!

This is a list of five easy ways to sell your stuff online.

Trust me, you don't need to learn a whole new skill, anyone can do this.

Etsy.com

Etsy was made for people to sell arts and craft items but you can certainly tap into the free website by making a few modifications to your unused items and then list them online through the site.

Not only can you create a cool hobby of mashing up your items but you can make some money while you're at it. If you're bored, want to get rid of some things, spend some time doing arts and crafts, make a bit of money and free up your house than I definitely recommend Etsy for the creative types.

Ebay.com

Ebay has been the long standing front runner for selling stuff online because it's a giant auction website that gives you easy-to-use tools and resources for listing your products on the website.

Ebay has millions of products every day which pulls in a TON of people; all of this means that if you can list an item than you can probably sell it. All you need is a camera to take some pictures, a bit of writing for the auction listing and patience as people bid on the products you've listed. After something sells, wrap it up and send it out. Done and done.

Craigslist.org

Craigslist is the largest online classifieds website where you can find anything from lost connections with people to rooms for rent. More importantly, you can use the free website and directory to sell all those items you no longer want to people within your area.

Take a visit to your local Craigslist and setup an account so you can begin selling your items. Like Ebay, take a good picture, write a great description and set a few terms of how people will pick up and buy your item. Wait for people to contact you via email (or phone - though I don't recommend giving out your number on your listing), setup a time to meet up and then complete the sale - easy as pie.

Social Networks

Did you know you can sell your stuff on Facebook? You could even use Twitter to find people to buy stuff in your local area. You could even use Google+ to create an event for your yard sale if you really wanted to.

You're probably already active on Facebook so take some time to look at the classified section of the website or use your wall to list a few items you want to sell. To combine efforts, place your items on Craigslist firs and then promote them through Facebook. All you need is a picture, description, price and how you want to complete the sale. Sit back and wait until someone bites and then finish the deal. Keep doing this and all those unwanted items will be gone in no time and you'll have a nice stack of money in your wallet.

Amazon.com

Amazon has millions of products and is one of the most visited websites in the world; did you know you could sell your own stuff on the site as well?

Below the product checkout area is a small option to list your own items; this is what will appear as the 'new' or 'used'. The only problem is that you need to find the exact item already listed in Amazon to use the website else you'll need to pay to create a new listing (not recommended for newbies).

Amazon will get your product sold in no time but you may need to go back and forth to make sure that people aren't underbidding too low so your listing isn't being seen by people. Either way, it's a great marketplace to get started with.

Final Suggestion

In closing, I'd like to say that the best options for beginners is to try out Ebay and Amazon because these both have great tools for people getting started and are very newbie friendly.

Be patient with your listings because they may not sell very quickly; stick in there because over time, you will gain a few sales.

Imagine what it would be like selling off all that stuff you no longer want - extra money in your pocket and less stuff cluttering your house. You CAN do this; you just need to take some time to understand the websites, that's all.

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