The Craigslist app is very similar to the actual Craigslist website that pioneered the online classified movement. It’s not always the easiest or most feature-heavy app, but, Craigslist has a large audience allowing you to reach the largest potential audience. You might also consider Craigslist if you live in a semi-rural area because of it’s large online footprint.
This is probably the most popular Craigslist alternative. You might remember a few of the creative commercials that have aired on TV where a character is placed in what seems to be a “life or death” experience only to have a stranger appear from nowhere and save them by taking an item from their hand. With Letgo, you snap a picture of the item to sell and list it quickly. In fact, the only way to sell on Letgo is with their app. Although buyers can view your listing on the app or the desktop website.
You will also like Letgo if you live in a rural area because listings are listed by city and zip code. If a prospective buyer enters a zip code (i.e. 90210), Letgo will populate the nearest product listings first. Or, they can also search by product name or category as well.
3. Facebook Buy and Sell Groups
Another popular app is Facebook. As the largest social media platform, it might make sense to sell here as well. To start selling, click on the “Buy and Sell Groups” button in the Explore menu. Facebook will list several groups closest to you and you can also search for your specific city or county group.
To sell (or buy), you will have to join the group first. Be sure to read the group guidelines to see if there are any listing restrictions. For example, you might not be able to sell firearms or other controversial items. One final note about Facebook, there are selling groups and yard sale groups. The second type of group is to advertise yard sales and not to sell individual items in lieu of a yard sale.
OfferUp is an app that rewards repeat sellers that offer good customer experiences. This is because the buyer and seller can both leave feedback for a particular transaction. This makes OfferUp appealing to some of the other apps because customer feedback can be very influential in the buying process. For additional security, you can also link your Facebook account to help prove that you are a real person.
The best way to describe OfferUp is that it’s a combination of Craigslist and eBay. You can add items to a watch list, ask the seller questions with the in-app chat feature, and make a counter offer. Hence the app’s namesake of Offerup. This app is free to use and buyers can search listings by category or proximity by entering their zip code or city.
Most people think that eBay is for only selling items that need to be shipped to a buyer on the other side of the country or the world. You can also do local listings for large and bulky items like furniture and flatscreen TVs that require the buyer to meet you to pick up the item. Of course, many local businesses also list on eBay for additional exposure and some offer free local delivery within a certain radius.
Due to the increased competition, you may or may not want to list on eBay. It’s worth trying as it’s free to list & you don’t pay until a product sells. You might also like selling on eBay’s app as it the listing process is more streamlined than their traditional website.
Close5 is another app to try selling. You will have better success if you live in a large city as Close5 doesn’t have as large of an audience as some of the other apps listed here. It’s possible that you probably used this app in the past when it went by the name of Ebayclassifieds. You can list just about any category with Close 5 ranging from antiques, home goods, or automobiles.
7. Trove Market
One item that you will almost always only be able to sell locally is furniture. If you have vintage furniture or other quality secondhand furniture and decorations, Trove Market is a great place to sell quality pieces for the best price. It is possible to sell some items online when they are small enough to ship as well. And, you can even accept credit cards with Trove!
Buyers can chat in-app, make an offer, and pay in advance with credit card or at pickup if they want to inspect the item in-person before making the final decision to buy. Listing is free and only requires a couple pictures, item description and asking price.
Chairish is another app designed specifically for selling furniture. You can also sell home decorations and vintage jewelry as well. There are a few caveats when using Chairish. The minimum listing price is $75 and there is a 20% commission. Chairish will also coordinate shipping for some items and the buyer has 48 hours to return the product. You receive your payment after the 48 hour period has completed. For in-person pickups, the return window ends when they take delivery of the product.
One downside of Chairish is that the app is only available for iPhones. If you have quality items to sell, this can still be a good option despite the additional fees because the customers visiting this app are looking for quality items that command higher prices.
Dealo is available on the iPhone and has an international presence. You can quickly list and sell your products. This app is a little more like Craigslist because the buyer can contact you by phone or e-mail. Many of the other new apps do all communication with a chat feature to help protect your privacy as much as possible until you schedule a meet up.
Vinted is an app that allows you to sell and swap clothing from your wardrobe. This app is more cost-effective when you swap clothing with another user as there is a commission when you sell your clothing. Of course, if it takes an app to sell your clothing, it’s still better to have money in hand than to keep clothing articles that you will never wear again.
Listing is free and Vinted allows you to list any brand. You will get the best return on designer brands that are more valuable and less common.