Over the past year i’ve sold about 20 items online. The stuff i’ve sold ranges from kids toys to furniture to home decor items. Practically all were second hand but a few were unused new items – naughty me! Anyhow here are my tips on how to sell online.

  • Patience gets the best price. It’s more important to me to get a good price than a quick sale. I typically sell stuff for a quarter of it’s original purchase price but at that price it can take anywhere up to 4 months to get so i post things well before i’m sick of the sight of it.
  • Quote the original or current purchase price of the item. It saves them having to google it.
  • Post up items when people are most likely to be buying them. Post toys in the run-up to christmas. Old sports gear in the run-up to a new term.
  • Use multiple terms in title and description, i.e ballet leotard and ballet uniform. That way your item will be found if either are searched for.
  • Put the model number of the item in the title and description. If someone is searching for a new one online they might find your post for a second hand one. 
  • Pick the most appropriate forum to sell your item. I typically use the free advertising option on adverts.ie and gumtree.ie for most things but if it’s a very expensive item i find that they sell better on ebay.ie. Adverts.ie and gumtree don’t charge at all while ebay charge 10% off the sale price and if you use paypal to process payment they charge 10% too. Facebook groups/pages can be a good place to sell clothes too. Two that focus on kids stuff is Not just for twins.
  • Always upload good-quality photos. I tend to use the product photos by the manufacturers. I think people are drawn to these photographs more then my best effort of a digital shot. I also include photos of damaged areas; that way the only people serious about buying contact me.
  • Include a link to manufacturers spec sheet. If the item is still listed on a manufacturers or retailers website i’ll include a link in the description. It helps people make an educated decision on the products suitability.
  • I always offer the opportunity to look at the goods before taking them. People have always purchased but i think they’re more likely to buy an item if they don’t feel pressurised to take it.



Cheap Chic Wall Display

September 19, 2012


Love this simple inexpensive idea for a display of art from Martha Stewart.


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