You don't need any special skills or expertise to sell things you want to get rid of! This is an at-home money opportunity that pretty much anyone can do.
There are all sorts of products that are particularly valuable as resale items, including everything from makeup to old textbooks and clothes. Some of the sites listed below are also perfect for crafters, artists, and recyclers who take old products and make them into new ones.
Selling your old junk is a great way to declutter your life while avoiding waste. Why throw things in the trash when there are thousands of people who'd love to buy them at a discounted price and reuse them?
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What do you want to sell?
General Sites To Use For Selling Your Stuff
- Amazon – Read Amazon Review – It goes without saying you can use Amazon to sell just about anything.
- Amazon FBA – Read Amazon FBA Review – This is selling on Amazon where instead of YOU shipping the item to the customer, Amazon does. You source the items and send them to Amazon. They take care of the rest.
- Shopify – Read Shopify Review – Shopify makes it really easy to set up a store and sell anything you want. I've seen a lot of Shopify stores and they are always so professional looking, and checkout is a breeze.
- Storenvy – Create your own online store to sell anything in.
- Bonavendi – This site doesn't actually buy items themselves, but they offer a great online interface for doing price comparisons between different buyback sites.
- Eaglesaver – This company buys back all sorts of items, from electronics, to music and books. To get a quote just pick the the type of item you want to sell and type in either a UPC number or ISBN code to get an instant price quote. They are known for fast payment.
- Varage Sale – This is an app that's pretty popular you can use to easily buy and sell stuff in your local area.
- Ruby Lane – This is a site that specializes in vintage art, antiques and collectibles, dolls, and jewelry. While there is a monthly maintenance fee for having a shop there, they do not charge you for each listing nor do they charge you to set up a shop.
- OfferUp – This is another app similar to Varage Sale (listed above) that makes it easy to buy and sell in your local area. All sellers and buyers get rated there so you can see before involving yourself in a transaction with a stranger whether or not they'd be trustworthy.
- Craigslist – You probably already know you can create listings for things you have to sell on Craigslist. While it is one of the most popular options because it's completely free in every way, you do have to be SO careful not to meet up with strangers outside of public places when possible and try to avoid being scammed. Craigslist now has an app as well.
Sell Your Designs
- Spreadshirt – Read Spreadshirt Review – Another super popular site you can use to create designs and sell them on various types of apparel.
- Threadless – Read Threadless Review – To get your items listed for sale on Threadless, you have to win a contest. They post themed challenges periodically and any designer can submit their ideas, which are scored by users. The winning products are added to the store.
- Zazzle – Read Zazzle Review – Set up a store on Zazzle and market your unique artwork and designs.You can sell your designs on T-shirts, mugs, calendars, and more. Set the sale price and receive ten percent commission after Zazzle takes their cut.
- CafePress – Read CafePress Review – Design and sell your creativity on actual merchandise with your own CafePress shop. CafePress has a base price for every product, and you can keep the markup amount.
- Society6 – This site works a lot like Cafepress, but they seem to offer a slightly wider range of products for your designs to be printed on. Once you've become a verified seller, listing one of your designs is as simple as making a post.
- Make Playing Cards – If you're good at graphic design, you can upload your designs to card decks (playing cards, tarot decks, etc.) and sell them at Make Playing Cards. You set your own rates.
Sell CDs, DVDs, and Video Games
- Decluttr – Use Decluttr to get rid of your used CD's, DVD's, Blu-Ray's, and games. You can either enter there barcode for your item on their website to see an instant offer, or you can download the Decluttr app to scan the barcodes for your offer.
- SellDVDsOnline – As the name suggests, this company will buy your DVDs, and they'll also happily pay good money for used video games or CDs. Their front page touts fast payments, and free shipping.
- Ziffit.com – This company specializes in buying CDs. They make the transaction process easy and fast. Payments are delivered through a variety of methods, including Paypal, bank deposit, or a check in the mail.
- Gameflip – You can sell all kinds of video games and video gaming accessories easily on Gameflip. You can deposit the money you earn to your bank account at any time, or you can use your earnings to buy things on Gameflip.
- DK Oldies – This is a retro video game store, so if you have any retro gaming gear you don't want, they will be interested. You can ship to them for free and email them at any time to get a free quote.
- Noble Knight – Noble Knight will buy Magic cards, RPGs, board games, wargames, miniatures, even dice, novels, comics, and more. You can also trade, and you get more for trade-in here. They give you a cash estimate for what you have and will pay the shipping costs.
Sell Used Books & Textbooks
- eCampus – Read eCampus Review – Sell your old textbooks through eCampus. Free shipping labels provided. Choose how you want to be paid — check, direct deposit, or store credit.
- Powell's – Powell's will give you an offer for any of your used books. You can ship them for free to Powell's after you receive your offer. They will give you Powell's store credit or Paypal cash for the books you send them.
- Blue Rocket Books – They have a textbook buyback program. If they buy one of your used textbooks, they will pay you cash and shipping to them is free.
- Bookbyte – Bookbyte will buy used textbooks that are in good or acceptable condition. They pay via check, cash or Paypal.
- Cash 4 Books – Sell your books and textbooks through Cash4Books. Simply enter in the ISBN numbers and get a quick price quote. They provide a pre-paid shipping label.
- Textbooks – This site offers cash or Paypal payments, fast pre-paid shipping, and you can get a quote to know what they may give you for your used textbooks very quickly.
- BookMonster – This site specializes in buying and selling used paperbacks. They're only interested in buying books with a sizable customer demand. There's a searchable list on the site nearly 60 pages long that shows what books they're buying right now. If your books is on the list you can get 40% of the list price.
- Textbook Rush – This site is primarily aimed at selling textbooks. They offer payments via paypal, cash, or store credit.
Niche Book Profits is a guide you can download with excellent information on how to buy used books for low prices and sell for high prices. This is a really fun, low-investment side gig that a lot of people get into to make money.
- Amazon Electronics Trade-In – Amazon will take your old electronics. However, all they offer as far as payment are Amazon gift cards.
- BuyBackWorld – Read BuyBackWorld Review – They take all kinds of used electronics including cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, and other things.
- Gazelle – Through Gazelle, you can sell your old, used or non-working cell phones, iPads, tablets, Apple computers, and iPods. Shipping to Gazelle is free.
- Swappa – This is a marketplace for selling (and buying) used smartphone and tablets. No seller fees, it is free to list your devices.
- Best Buy Trade-in – They'll buy back all sorts of electronics. You use an online tool to get a quick price quote, then you can either ship the item or bring it to a store near you. Apparently it can take 10 days to get paid, and payment is in the form of a Best Buy gift card.
- Gadget Salvation – This company is primarily geared towards buying and selling old computers, especially laptops. But they'll also buy smart phones and other types of hardware.
- Usell – They focus on smart phones almost exclusively. Payment arrives about 5 days after they receive shipment. You get your money via Paypal or a check.
- SellShark – They buy back used cell phones and computers, but they're only interested in products from Apple, Sony, and Samsung.
Sell Your Unwanted Makeup
- Glambot – They will accept high-end makeup (not drugstore) to sell in their marketplace. It can be new or gently used.
- MUABS – Another online marketplace for makeup and skincare items that will accept new, or gently used, items you no longer want or need. You can set your own prices. Also, MUABS is open to either high-end or drugstore items.
- Makeup Exchange – This is a sub-reddit on the popular site Reddit. You can create posts here advertising your used cosmetic items for sale.
Sell Your Clothes
- The Real Real – This is luxury consignment. You can ship your items to them free or schedule a pick-up. They pay up to 70 percent of the sale price and claim that most listed items sell within 72 hours of being posted.
- Recycle Your Fashions – This is an online consignment shop. You can send them a list of items you'd like to consign and they'll let you know what they can accept. They pay shipping for the things they take, then they send you 50 percent of the final selling price for the items you sent when they sell.
- ThredUp – Sell your kid's clothes to ThredUp. You have to pay $4.95 to get a big bag to put the clothes in (which covers the shipping costs for the bag) and then fill it up. ThredUp will then send you a Paypal payment for the items you sent.
- Swap.com – This is one of the top-rated online consignment stores. The company claims that average sellers earn $150 per box they send in.
- Material World – Here you request a trade-in kit, and they'll send you a special shipping bag. You fill it with the clothes you want to trade in and send it back. They'll look everything over to see if it fits their standards and make you an offer. If they decide they don't want certain items, you have the option of having them sent back or donating them.
- Poshmark – This site functions more like an Ebay for used clothes, only with more of a social slant. Users can follow their favorite sellers, and you can build an audience over time by catering to specific niches.
- Tradesy – This company lets you post pictures of your items and set a price. If you have no idea what price makes sense, they'll make a suggestion for you. When you get a sale, they'll send you a prepaid shipping kit.
- Vinted – You can list your clothes for free here. There are also no selling fees. This is a fairly popular site with a lot of active listings.
- Buffalo Exchange – You can sell your used and new clothes on Buffalo Exchange, or you can trade them for items listed there. You do have to visit a physical store to bring in your items via appointment only.
Selling Educational Items
- Teachers Pay Teachers – Upload your lesson plans, worksheets, tests, and activities for other educators to buy. Receive 60 percent royalties on the items you sell with a free membership.
- Classful – This is a marketplace for teachers to shop, sell, and fundraise. If you choose to sell, their fee is only five percent.
Selling Arts & Crafts – Handmade Items
- Etsy – Read Etsy Seller Review – Sell your handmade or vintage items on Etsy with your own Etsy store. Costs .20 cents to list each item plus there are 5 percent transaction fees based on the price you're charging for each item.
- Amazon Handmade – Read Amazon Handmade Review – This is Amazon's newest venture — a handmade marketplace. Supposed to be a big Etsy competitor once it is up and running.
- Artfire – No cost to sell individual crafts, just one monthly fee for your shop.
- IndieCart – This site lets you sell handmade crafts and family-friendly items provided that they are also “green.” You can set up your own storefront on the site, but you must pay a $5 stocking fee when you stock your store.
- Big Cartel – This is a popular site that allows artists and crafters to set up storefronts. Big Cartel does not take a commission from your sales, but you are limited to just 300 items per store. Plans range from free to $30 per month for your storefront.
- Aftcra – This company is focused on products handcrafted in the United States. They don't charge a listing fee, but they do deduct a small percentage from each sale.
- Bonanza – This is a big marketplace with a well designed website. They tout themselves as a company with seller-friendly policies, including cheaper fees than most of their competitors.
- Craft is Art – This company has a premium membership option where you pay a monthly fee ($7.99 as of this writing) and get unlimited listings with no additional fees. They also offer a free option, but you can only list 100 items, and you have to pay a 5% commission.
- StoreEnvy – This company focuses on creativity and uniqueness in their marketing. They're looking for sellers with unique products and stories to tell. They have a very open marketplace where you can set up your own store within minutes and start selling. There is no charge for opening a store, but they keep a 10% commission on all sales.
- Zibbet – This site sets itself apart from other craft selling portals by offering an online web builder and web hosting for businesses that is automatically integrated with their broader online marketplace. They offer four levels of membership, from $4.00 to $16.00 a month, with the higher priced versions offering more advanced features.
Sell Your Unwanted Gift Cards
- Raise – Sell your gift cards for cash with Raise. Receive your money via check, PayPal, or direct deposit.
- Card Cash – Let CardCash know what gift cards you'd like to sell, and they will make you an offer. You can choose to receive either cash or an Amazon gift code for your sold cards.
- Gift Card Bin – To sell your old cards to Gift Card Bin, use their online tool to get a price quote, then ship your card. You'll get paid, via Paypal, after your shipment arrives.
- GiftCash – Get up to 93% of the value on the gift cards you no longer want if you sell through GiftCash.
- Ebay – Read eBay Review – Sell anything. You can set up auctions or you can give your items the “Buy It Now” option so your buyers don't have to bother with bidding.
- Listia – This site works fairly similar to Ebay. The big difference is that your sales give you store credits that you can use to bid on other items. You can also have the credits converted to cash if you prefer.
- eBid – This is an online auction site as well as a fixed price marketplace. There are over 2 million items for sale, so it is a pretty popular site overall.
Using the above list, you should be able to begin clearing out all the old stuff you're no longer interested in owning, and make a decent profit in the process.
BONUS – Want to Sell a Digital Item Instead That Requires No Shipping?
If you are interested in online sales but the idea of heading to the post office to ship out products feels like a massive and time-consuming pain, you may want to consider selling digital products instead.
There are lots of digital products you can sell and you may be thinking e-books and e-courses. Those are great, but they take a great deal of time to put together.
Digital printables are another idea for you! They can be made quickly, and you don't have to have any graphic design experience. Plus, people snatch them up like crazy on sites like Etsy.
Also, there's never any shipping. The people who purchase them will just get a downloadable file to their email, and you get paid. These digital printables can sell over and over once they are made!
For more info, you can sign up for this FREE online workshop hosted by my friend Julie of Gold City Ventures. She made $10,000 in her first year of selling printables on the side.
Anna Thurman is a work at home blogger and mom of two. She has been researching and reviewing remote jobs for over 13 years. Her findings are published weekly here at Real Ways to Earn.