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Selling Online

I have a lot of stuff I could be selling right now and I have tried listing them on multiple sites.

First I tried selling on StoreEnvy. I really liked the idea of them because the site doesn't take a fee out of what you make (unlike Ebay and Amazon). But in the years that I have had a shop with them I've only had TWO sales.

Then I recently started posting some items on OfferUp. It's a phone app where you list stuff to sell to people in your area. I made 1 sale fairly quickly, but I have multiple movies, books, clothes and other items posted on there and nothing else seems to be getting attention. I think my prices are quite fair and on some of the items I think going lower would really just be losing me money.

I haven't yet listed things to sell on Craigslist. Honestly the idea scares me a little bit (the site as such a bad rap) but my brother has had some success selling on there.

Other than the fees that Ebay and Amazon take away, another reason I don't sell with them is because dealing with and trying to figure out the shipping was such a pain! And more often than not I ended up paying more for shipping than I charged. So with the hassle and cost of shipping AND with the fees the sites take away, I kind of avoid them like the plague.

What about you guys? How do you sell your stuff online?

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RonElFran wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:19 AM

I've made one sale on Amazon. It was a book that I was able to price high enough to cover shipping and return a reasonable profit. But I've got tons of others that are already being offered at 1-cent plus shipping, and I can't compete with that. It would be great to find some local customers.

j2jworkz wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:19 AM

I've definitely had shipping fees issues with eBay.

MommyCharm wrote on February 15, 2015, 1:29 AM

Among all those sites you have listed here, I only have tried selling some stuff in Ebay but that was years ago.

luisga814 wrote on February 15, 2015, 4:17 AM

I am not yet familiar that much by internet marketing. I am just starting to learn from different posts including this one. Thanks.

WordChazer wrote on February 15, 2015, 5:56 AM

I'm an eBay nerd as you know. The vast majority of my sales are UK only, but recently eBay have introduced a way to sell to international locations by mailing to a local depot in the UK and they then send the item on to the buyer. You get the cost of the item and whatever amount you asked for in postage, the buyer pays the rest of the international postage cost to eBay. I have a quicklink to the Royal Mail website and a pretty good handle on mailing costs. Sure, in the early days I was done over for a few postage charges that came out more than I thought but now I'm getting better. After nearly 500 items sold, I should be! I use the online postage service through eBay where the charge comes straight out of my PayPal account as the buyer has paid into there. Saves faffing around with visits to the Post Office and credit cards on their online site. I can drop the packets off at the works post room and they'll send them out for me.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:50 AM

I have been using the facebook groups to sell a couple of things. Also look for items I want. But for me nothing beats going to a nice yard sale or auction. You could try a yard sale if its warm enough out.

Began1988 wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:29 AM

Yeah, I see people on Amazon and Ebay selling books for dirt cheap and I don't understand how! They won't make any money (and will possibly lose money when you put in shipping). Maybe they know something we don't?? Lol

Began1988 wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:32 AM

Wow you're lucky! Having your work ship for you must save some money and a lot of hassle! I use the ship and click option with the post office, I buy for postage on their website and then just schedule a day for them to pick it up at my house. But unless I have a really great item that people are going to pay a good price for, and shipping, it doesn't seem worth it. Plus the fees really really suck! lol

WordChazer wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:59 AM

Well, I still have to pay for the postage. The works post room saves me the trip to the PO because the items are already postage paid by the time I've printed the mailing labels here, so they will simply cart them out with the rest of the campus mail. The fees suck but up to 100 listings are free. I only pay final value fee when an item sells and a percentage of the postage if I don't include that in the price of the item. I have a Basic Shop as a private seller so I also pay £25 a month subscription. But the more I list, the more I sell. I only have 60-odd items listed at the moment - by the end of this week I hope to be up to 100 so I can maximise my free listing opportunities.

MaeLou wrote on February 15, 2015, 11:22 AM

I sell on Etsy. I tried Ebay but didn't have much luck. I like Etsy. The fees can be a bit annoying but I just charge a little extra for shipping and up my prices a little to cover the fees for etsy, paypal and packaging material.

erikalui wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:16 PM

I don't use Amazon to sell my products as they ask for a credit card verification and it says my card will be charged.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 15, 2015, 5:47 PM

My county has a "garage sale" FB page, that way I can get rid of stuff without shipping costs/

AliCanary wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:32 PM

My friend sells stuff on Craigslist all the time and never has a problem, so I think I would probably feel okay selling, although I might want to meet the person somewhere other than at my house. I have an Etsy shop from which I occasionally make sales. I used to sell more on eBay, but have had a really hard time getting anything sold there these days.

Began1988 wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:48 PM

Etsy is just for handmade stuff though right? I have mostly books, movies, and clothes to sell (with a couple of vintage items). What fees are there at Etsy? I just listed some of my stuff on a couple of different Facebook groups. No interest yet :/ If I don't have any luck there I may try Craigslist. Thank you!

AliCanary wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:01 PM

Mainly, although they do let people sell arts and crafts supplies, and also there is a "vintage" category, so you could probably place those. I would browse that area of the site to see if they have items on offer that are similar. Listing fees are 20 cents, but the listing stays up for four months (or until it sells, of course). Good luck!

allen0187 wrote on March 11, 2015, 1:30 AM

I have an online shop and back in the day, i did have one at eBay. I stopped selling there because of the fees and the change in their policy. Currently, I post my items at a local online selling site and at Instagram.

CoralLevang wrote on March 22, 2015, 12:00 PM

When I was in college (in my mid-40s), I used to sell on Yahoo and Ebay. Both were like an online garage sale back 15 years ago. I had a lot of success with it. I called myself "nomoretopramen" and sold everything from books to trinkets, and more. There were no fees at either place, and I think that Ebay was just starting the "shop" concept. My pictures were very primitive and the write-ups did not require a marketing degree.
I tried using Ebay a few years ago and it was ridiculously difficult. I sold something and after the end and fees, I ended up getting less than $5. Wasn't worth the hassle.

I do have an Etsy account (CocoGypsyBeads, if I remember correctly), but have done very little with it. I need to start back up.

Last Edited: March 22, 2015, 12:03 PM