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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
2021 was Year Two of the pandemic, and chances are most of us spent a lot of time at home realizing just how much stuff we have on our hands.
When you find yourself faced with clutter, there’s one good solution: Try to sell it! What looks old, used or out of style to you may be a prized possession to someone else.
But entering the world of online sales can be overwhelming, to say the least. In 2021, we shared some of the best tips for selling everything from books and clothes to gift cards and photos online.
To make it easy for you as the year comes to a close, here’s a roundup of our 2021 posts about making money from online sales after clearing out your closets and cabinets.
1. Know Where to Sell Online
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Half the battle of selling something online is knowing how and where to sell it. Is your item highly visual? Does it tend to have a community that goes along with it, like vintage furniture? If you answer yes, then Instagram might be your best bet.
If you’re trying to sell goods to a wide variety of people from across the globe, sites like Amazon and eBay, which do have certain seller fees, can probably offer the largest reach.
If you’re just wanting to get rid of a few items from your garage, try a local site like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. These sites even allow for local pick-up, which may make your life easier and take two hassles away from you — you’ll get rid of the item and won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting.
We rounded up some great tips about how to sell online both globally and locally.
2. Master the Online Marketplace
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There are some simple rules you should keep in mind when creating your listings. A quick summary:
- Use a simple name for your item so it shows up in a search — for instance, “table” instead of “dropleaf” or “grill” instead of the brand name.
- Remember to always include relevant information upfront — you don’t want to get bombarded with questions about something you could have put in the item description.
- Know that selling something online usually requires maintenance. You’ll have to watch for messages from interested buyers.
- Don’t set prices too high.
Read more in our roundup about selling used goods online.