Selling stuff can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Mobile apps make it easy to buy and sell stuff online and locally.
And to maximize reach, using the convenience of an app to sell stuff you no longer need or want is vital. So using selling apps are the way to go if you want an easy way to list items for sale and reach a larger audience.
We’ve compiled a list of the best apps for selling stuff both online and locally. Use them to put some extra cash in your wallet.
Best Apps to Sell Stuff Online
Selling stuff online is easy these days. Here are some of our favorite apps to sell everything from electronics to clothing online.
Have you heard of Decluttr? The Decluttr app will buy a variety of items from you, including:
- CDs, DVDs and electronic games
- Used textbooks
- Cell phones
And other tech products as well. With Decluttr, there’s no waiting around for someone to buy your stuff. Just put in the description of the item or the barcode number from the item into the Decluttr app.
Decluttr will come back with an offer price that you can either accept or reject. If you accept it, they’ll send you an email with a free shipping label along with instructions for shipping.
After you ship the items you want to sell, they’ll arrive at the Decluttr warehouse. Decluttr workers will assess the shipment to verify it’s in the condition you stated it was.
Then Decluttr will send you your money via PayPal, Direct Deposit or mailed check. Decluttr is one of the easiest ways to sell used DVDs and other items online.
eBay has been around practically since the beginning of time. Well, really only since 1995. But they do offer one of the most popular selling apps. In addition, they’ve kept up with the changing times and offer an app for you to list stuff to sell.
When you list stuff to sell on eBay with the eBay app, know that there are fees involved. eBay no longer has listing fees if you sell less than 50 items in a given month.
However, if you sell an item, you can expect to pay a 10% fee on the selling price.
Also, they have optional listing upgrades that charge a fee, as well as fees for some payment processing options. Fees aside, the one the thing eBay app will offer you is a large audience.
Their website says they have a community of over 177 million shoppers.
3. Amazon Seller Marketplace
Amazon has an app that allows you to post items for sale on their seller marketplace. You can sell used items or new stuff.
If you want to sell just a few things on Amazon Seller Marketplace, you’ll pay listing and selling fees for each item. However, if you want to sell more items (at least 40 per month), you’ll need to get one of Amazon’s selling plans.
The Amazon Marketplace selling plans have monthly fees starting at $39.99 per month, depending on how many items you want to list or sell.
Although the monthly fees may be a bit high, you do have the power and reach of Amazon backing you up.
If you’re just selling a few items, the individual selling fees with Amazon are higher than with eBay too. It’s up to you to decide whether to use Amazon, eBay or another site.
If you’re looking to build a bona fide online selling business, Amazon might be worth considering.
thredUP deems itself the largest online consignment and thrift store. Here’s how it works. You order a free selling kit and thredUP sends it in the mail.
The selling kit includes a bag for you to ship your items in. thredUP accepts clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories. The items have to be name brand, but thredUP accepts thousands of different brand names.
The items thredUP accepts have to be trending and less than five years old. In addition, they have to be in good condition. No rips, tears or stains.
When thredUP gets your items, they assess them for quality and condition. They list the items they accept on consignment. When they sell, you get your portion of the sale price.
Note that thredUP will also offer you a lower, cash up front payout. The offer will be less money, however, you’ll get paid right away.
thredUP will pay you via a Visa gift card, via PayPal or they’ll give you thredUP store credit.
Looking to sell some space? Or more accurately, rent some space? With Airbnb, you can rent rooms in your house to travelers. Or you can rent out your whole house.
Just advertise the space you have for rent and the amenities that come with it. Then list your daily and weekly rental rates. Include photos so people know what they’re getting when they rent from you.
It’s helpful to include nearby attractions and conveniences too, such as museums and grocery stores.
People like using Airbnb when they travel because it’s often cheaper than hotels. Airbnb is popular for business and leisure travelers alike.
Bonus: Airbnb has a rating system. If you provide a good, clean space with great service, travelers can give you a high rating. This high rating can help you get more bookings.
Recycler has been a popular classifieds website since 1995. They started out in Southern California but went nationwide in 2010.
You can use Recycler to sell items such as:
- Real estate
- Sports equipment
And much more. There are options for both free and paid ads, depending on some different factors. The website wasn’t clear on pricing. But it did say pricing depends on what ad category your listing belongs in.
You’ll have to sign up for a free account to place an ad, and ads can run from one to three weeks. Note that Recycler has print publications in certain areas too.
This means that you can run an ad in a print publication as well. It depends on the market area you wish to target with your ad.
Trove is an online marketplace that lets you sell used furniture. Listing and selling on Trove is totally free. It functions a lot like Craigslist.
As the seller, you are responsible for meeting up with buyers and exchanging items for cash. Trove used to do some coordinating of payment with sellers via credit card processing. However, they no longer offer that service.
At the bottom of the Trove website, they list cities in which they operate. But it’s important to note that Trove isn’t limited to the cities listed there.
For instance, I found dozens of listings in my city and surrounding areas, but my city isn’t listed on the site.
Also, there were several items for sale on Trove that I wouldn’t categorize as furniture. They had kitchen items like serving dishes and accessories such as vases.
Chairish is a consignment website that focuses on chic and vintage furniture and decor. The site also lets you sell jewelry and accessories that fall into the chic and vintage category.
Listing on Chairish is free. However, once you sell your item, you can plan on paying them a twenty to thirty percent commission.
One nice thing about Chairish is that they manage payment and shipping details. You just need to send in details regarding the items you want to sell and include some photos.
The listing form will help you to be thorough with the information you provide. Also, note that a Chairish curator reviews all listings before they’re approved.
Chairish processes your due payments via PayPal. You can expect them to pay you within six days after they confirm the delivery of your sold item. If you want to sell furniture online, consider Chairish.
Carousell is a buy/sell website that works similar to Craigslist. There aren’t any listing or selling fees. And you’re responsible for collecting payment and getting your sold items to buyers.
Carousell has listings from all over the world. Because of this, you will probably have to ship items to any potential buyers.
I did notice that the website has a lot of listings from outside of the U.S. However, they do accept U.S. listings as well.
Vinted lets you sell clothes, shoes and accessories. You can sell women’s, men’s or kid’s clothing, shoes and accessories on the site.
Buyers can search by category from the top of the website, i.e., Men, Women or Kids. Or they can seek a specific item in the search bar at the top of the page.
There are no listing or selling fees when you use Vinted. Instead, Vinted makes money because the buyers pay for items they buy on Vinted.
When someone buys your item on Vinted, they pay five percent of the order price (sale price plus shipping). Plus they pay an additional fee of seventy cents.
Vinted collects the payment for your item. Once the item has been delivered and the buyer clicks the “ok” button on his or her account, you get your money.
Your money goes into your Vinted wallet. From there, you can request a payout in the form of a transfer to your bank account.
Depop is a website you might use to sell creative items. By this, I mean unique or different types of clothing, shoes, art or accessories.
Think vintage and colorful tennis shoes, clothing that spans the world in terms of style or unique and different art pieces. Check out the Depop website to see what I mean when I say “creative.”
There are a lot of cool and interesting items for sale on this site. See if you might have stuff to sell that might fit well on the site.
When you sell on Depop you’ll have to pay a ten percent fee on the total sale price plus shipping amount. You may want to keep this in mind as you price your items for sale.
When your items sell, you’ll get paid via PayPal. It’s good to know too that PayPal charges a fee of 2.9 percent plus thirty cents in the U.S. when you get money from a transaction.
Blinker exists for the sole purpose of buying and selling cars. One cool thing about Blinker is that they verify the email address and driver’s license number of every buyer on Blinker. That means more security for you as a seller.
Also, Blinker collects the buyer’s money. They pay off any outstanding loans on the vehicle for you and give you the difference.
The Blinker website says sellers are earning an average of over $2,000 more than a dealer trade-in when they sell a car on Blinker. There are no listing or selling fees to sell your car on this site.
Note that Blinker does have some standards for the cars it lists for sale. For instance, you can’t sell vehicles with a salvaged title on Blinker. See the website for a complete list of dos and don’ts.
Fiverr is a different kind of selling website. With the Fiverr app, you sell your services. The site lets you advertise services such as:
- Freelance writing
- Video editing
- Graphic design
- Musician work
You can offer other services as well. List the price for your skills, and Fiverr takes 20% of what you get paid. Note that as a seller on Fiverr you’re technically an independent contractor.
This means you could have to claim the income you make and pay taxes on that income.
With Upwork you sell your services a bit differently. First, you look for available jobs and then bid on them. Then tell the clients how much you’ll charge to do the job.
If you win the bid, you’ve sold your service. Note that you have to create a profile on Upwork before you can sell your services by bidding on jobs.
Best Apps to Sell Stuff Locally
If you’re looking to sell stuff to people right in your city or community, you might want to use different apps. The apps mentioned in this section are some of the most popular for buying and selling stuff locally.
OfferUp touts itself as the simplest, most trusted way to buy and sell locally. It also calls itself the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers.
Listing on OfferUp is easy. In fact, they say listing an item for sale takes less than 30 seconds.
When you list your items for sale through the app, potential buyers can message you. After you find a buyer, you work out the exchange details personally.
OfferUp goes one step further than Craigslist in that it offers some security features. Anyone buying or selling on OfferUp needs to register.
In addition, the site offers profiles for all members with ratings and transaction histories. The goal? Safe local buying and selling.
Bonus: there are no fees to list, buy or sell on OfferUp. All of the financial details reside between buyers and sellers.
Letgo works similar to OfferUp. They let you list and sell items for free. There are no fees..
Like OfferUp, Letgo offers verified profiles that include ratings and reviews for each user. And you have to be a user to buy or sell on the site.
Letgo also works closely with law enforcement to identify stolen property. Also, they use the latest technology to detect and block inappropriate content.
You can sell pretty much all of the types of stuff you can on Craigslist, including:
- Sports equipment
- CDs and DVDs
- Electronic games
- Other electronic items
- Baby and kid stuff
- And more
See the website for a complete list of what you can and can’t sell on Letgo. Bonus: the site lets you list or change your location to find listings that are close to home.
5miles has been helping people buy and sell online locally since 2014. It’s called 5miles because it helps you find buyers within 5 miles of your home or business.
However, your ad will reach people in a broader location range for your best chances to sell.
Like Letgo and OfferUp, 5miles works to make buying and selling safer by including feedback ratings.
You can also verify a potential buyer’s identity with Facebook links and cell phone numbers. There are no listing or selling fees when you sell on 5miles.
As with similar sites, you can sell a wide variety of items on 5miles such as:
- Art and collectibles
- Electronic items
- Home and garden items
- Sports and leisure stuff
You can also list housing and job information on the site, as well as services provided.
VarageSale works kind of like OfferUp and Letgo. There are no fees to list or sell. Plus, they have a system in place for identifying members to keep users safe.
When buyers go on the VarageSale site, they enter in what type of item they’re looking for. Then they enter the location they’re searching near. The site will populate a list of available items near the buyer’s suggested location.
As a seller, you’d have to work with the buyer to determine payment, pickup location, etc. This site will probably be more popular in some areas than others.
I found quite a few listings available in my metro area. The site seems to have a pretty good following. VarageSale has photos of for sale items right on the front page of the website.
To me, this seems like an attractive feature for sellers. As a buyer, you can see right away if an item fits the type of style and condition you want. If you’ve got items to sell that are in good condition, this feature could benefit you.
Shpock is another local buy and sell website. As with most similar sites, you can sell just about anything on Shpock. Some examples include:
- Games and toys
- Electronic items
- Event tickets
And much more. With Shpock you can set a list price or an “open for offers” price, i.e., a bid/auction type. There are no listing or selling fees with this site.
You can read (and leave) reviews on the site as well. Reading reviews as a seller will help you ensure you’re dealing with a legit buyer.
As with similar sites, you as the seller are responsible for collecting payment and delivering the item. Most of the time that would involve meeting in person since it’s a local buy and sell website.
In addition, use safety precautions as you would with similar sites. Meet in a public place and tell others where you’ll be and when you’ll be back. Only accept cash or some other kind of guaranteed currency.
Facebook has an app that can help you sell stuff to local people. With Facebook, you can sell individually with Facebook Marketplace.
Facebook Marketplace allows you to list an item for sale and include photos. You can then share your Facebook Marketplace listing with your follow group.
Also, you can join local Facebook buy and sell groups to make selling locally even easier. Note that you do need to be approved to join buy and sell groups before you can list items for sale.
Selling on Facebook is free. So you won’t pay listing or selling fees. And Facebook has a broad audience of people that can see your listing.
Between you sharing your listings and others sharing them for you, you can reach thousands of potential buyers.
Selling stuff online and locally can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Using the apps above lets you list and sell items right from your mobile device. This makes selling online extra easy.
Have you ever used any of the apps mentioned here to sell stuff? If so, what was your experience? Which did you like the most? Which did you like the least? Let us know in the comments.