Steps to Selling Used Items Online

Introduction:Many of us have used items that we no longer want. Maybe you have considered the idea of selling it online. Here are some steps to take to sell used items online.

  • 01

    Find Its True Worth

    That doll that meant so much to you growing up may seem priceless to you. Is it really priceless to someone else? Maybe and maybe not. Sometimes inexperienced sellers are very shocked to find out that what they think is worth money is not as desirable of an item as they had hoped. Find the item's true financial worth by searching for the item on different online selling sites. Don't look at what people are selling it for; look for how much money they actually make from selling the item. Tip: the item should be in the same condition as yours is for the comparison to be correct.

  • 02

    Reason For Selling

    Are you choosing to sell items online because you want to quit your day job? This is an unrealistic expectation. Some people do turn a hobby like selling online into a lucrative business but it does take time and a large inventory. If you are looking to pare down a collection that has cluttered up your home and hope to earn a few extra dollars, selling online is a good way to accomplish this. If you think it is an easy way to make extra cash, think again. Selling used items online involves a good deal of preparation and work.

  • 03

    Is It Worth the Time

    Research what it takes to sell items online. To simply sell a few things on Craigslist is a quick way to get rid of larger items and is not a long-term commitment. Signing up for an eBay account is. Read everything involved and make a list of pros and cons. Be ready to do what it takes to efficiently list items for sale and follow through with sales. Make sure that you have the time to do what it takes to be a good seller and anticipate how you will handle unforeseen problems.

  • 04

    Is It Worth the Money

    Selling used items online does cost money. From the basics like seller fees to the cost involved with shipping items, figure out how much money you will actually earn from your efforts. Many people often forget things like having proper shipping boxes, packing materials and where to store the items while you are waiting for them to sell. Your time is money and if you are not breaking even, you are working for no money.

  • 05

    Personality

    To be successful at selling your used items online, you need to have dedication to your home business. You need to be disciplined, organized and good at promoting your items. You need to be realistic but also positive about your goals and be ready to put in the hard work and long,tedious hours it can take to get started and keep it going. How you handle communicating with customers will help you to build a "name" for yourself on the online selling site you sell on.




Final Thoughts

Selling used items online can be a fun hobby and you will "meet" many wonderful people. It can be a good second income and for those who are able to put in the time and sell the "right" items, it can be a career.




Comments

  • Gina87 6/11/2012 Flag This Comment

    These are great tips. To add to #1 I would recommend signing up for this new startup called Statricks. This site provides you with price reports and fair market values for almost all used goods, so you know what the going price is and not undersell your stuff. http://www.statricks.com/craigslist-used-pricing-tool.html?lrRef=FYHr0

  • LWCox 1/25/2011 Flag This Comment

    My daughters both have great success selling used college textbooks online. Thanks for the tips!

  • jseven 1/24/2011 Flag This Comment

    I can usually sell something online when I need a few extra bucks. High 5~

  • workhomeunion 1/24/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great steps for selling used items online. Hi5

  • slund 1/24/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list!

  • MonikaWeise 1/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    These tips will help me sell off a few things before my cross country move. Thanks!

  • ChristinaFernando 1/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've had great success selling used items online. Thanks for the useful tips!

  • gerrielynn 1/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have several things to sell, but tried ebay a long time ago and gave up too easily. I think it just must not be my thing. However...I have sold several books over a period of a year on Amazon. It seems reasonably easy to find out how much your book is going for and, therefore, how much to ask. I've cleared out about 20 books in a year's time and these are books in my library that I either ended up with two or, or did not want anymore but did not want to give them away either. Good article. Thanks! High 5

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