If you want to sell your old stuff, there are several ways you can do so. Each method has its benefits, but also some drawbacks.
Here are some of the ways you can sell your old stuff, along with a few tips on how to get the best results.
Boot and tabletop sales
One of the most popular ways to sell your old things is to take them to a local car boot or table top sale. This is a quick and convenient way to sell practically anything you want to get rid of. It only requires limited planning – you can wake up on Friday morning and decide that you are going to have a clear out and book yourself a spot at your local boot sale for the Sunday morning. Usually there are a few spaces available for latecomers, but if not you can always book a place later in the month.
However, this is not necessarily the best way to approach selling this way. To get the best results you need to be organised, so it is better to take your time and prepare yourself to set up a well-organised pitch.
To be successful you will need to stand out from the rest of the stalls at the car boot sale. For example, if you are planning on selling some old clothes, use a clothes rail which makes it easy for people to browse through. Visitors will be far more likely to stop and look if they see a row of clothes rather than a pile of stuff they have to sort through.
Keep the different items you are going to sell separated into groups. This makes it easier for people to see what you have to offer, and makes it more likely that they will stop and browse. A few good quality boxes are a great investment here.
If you know how much you want for an item then you should stick a price on it, though as with all car boot sales, you should be prepared to be bartered with. Putting a price on helps to speed up the buying process, but if an item is picked up and put down a few times it may be a hint that you need to reduce the price a bit.
If you do not fancy standing outside and selling face to face then you can easily sell most items on the internet. There are several ways to do this; the method you choose is up to you.
You can sell a whole range of items, including clothes, old, DVDs, books, jewellery and general electronic goods to shoppers looking to a bit of a bargain, re-sellers or even re-cycling companies – often this will depend on what kind of item you are looking to get rid of.
Online auction sites are another good way to sell online. They are easy to use and relatively secure, provided you use the well-established ones. If you do decide to sell in this way, take good photos and be honest about the condition of the goods you are selling. Also, remember to check and factor in the cost of postage and listing the item to make sure that you actually make a profit on the thing that you sell.
Classified listing sites are another effective way to sell. Again, use the well established sites to avoid scammers and time wasters. List your item by giving a detailed written description to make sure that people searching the site can find your listing in amongst all the others.