Every once in a while, there might be a few things you want to offload. Maybe you purchased something brand new like a couch and are looking to get rid of the old one. Or perhaps you want to free up some space in your apartment, so it’s time to get rid of an extra side table.
Whatever you have in your house, chances are there is someone out there who might be interested in buying it from you. So, if that sounds like something that would be a good idea to you but you’ve never done it before, this handy little guide should be able to help you out.
Take Good Images
You’d be surprised how important images are to selling things, even if they’re just your old board games from home. So, make sure you take your images using lots of light (natural is best), and clear out the space beside and behind them—no one wants to see your old things in the background.
Further to that, make sure to clean off the items before you take images of them. Clean off the table or floor they’re sitting on. And, finally, make sure that you use a good camera (the one on your phone should do just fine).
Do Your Research
You own your own items so you can charge whatever you want for them. That said, it will really help you when it comes to actually selling things to do some research and figure out what other people are charging.
If you want to sell fast, price low. If you aren’t worried about selling fast, then mark your price at a higher price point and wait until you can find the right buyer for it. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you price purposefully.
Write a Legit Description
So many people skip the opportunity to write proper descriptions and they really miss out on a selling opportunity. If you want to make an impact and a great sale, then make sure that you spend some time on the description.
I like to write more than most people, so I go for comedic descriptions. But anything will do, so long as you take the time to work on it and put the effort into it. People want to know about their new item so take the time to tell them!
Do Not Tell People Where You Live
A while back I had a bad experience with selling. I sold something to someone that didn’t do their research and didn’t know how to use the item. They decided a few days later that they’d changed their mind and started harassing me about returning it.
That’s not really how online selling works, but I was definitely a little scared to leave my house because he had come here to pick it up. Luckily, I’m in a locked building so there was no way he could get in. But if you can avoid it, don’t let people in your house… or at the very least, keep them in the lobby.
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