Aimee / Published on February 18, 2013
If you have loads of unused items lying around your house and you are in need of some extra cash, you should consider selling them online. But where do you begin? With so many online selling options available, you may be stuck for choice.
So, we’ve come up with the top places to sell your products online.
1. Use your own website
It’s really easy to set up a website but if you’re not computer savvy, there are loads of how-to guides that can be found by doing a simple online search. They’ll talk you through each stage of the process so you can set up shop in no time. The great thing about having your own website is that you can save money by not renting an outlet, saving money on heating, electricity and water bills, as well as staff wages. You can also use your website to see what sells and what doesn’t, before you invest a lot of money into stock. So if you’re just starting out with a business venture, setting up online first is a great way to properly suss out the market and develop your empire. What’s more, studies have shown that shoppers are continually turning to the internet over the high street stores
, and make sure you create a mobile version of your site, as thanks to smartphones, many mobile users are shopping online via their phones.
2. Online marketplaces – Choiceful
This is where we come in. Choiceful.com is an online marketplace offering online sellers the chance to list unlimited unused items for absolutely free. We only charge a fixed rate of 5% commission too, which is a far better deal than some of our competitors who charge as much as 20%. If you use an online marketplace to sell your stuff, you can also build up your seller reputation quickly, as large domains such as Choiceful get many more views than smaller self-run websites, due to the large diversity of products they stock.
is an extensive network of online classifieds and community websites. Depending on the product category and geographical market, classified ads are either free or paid for. As an online seller, you can promote your listing through featured placements on the homepage or under product categories. Gumtree is now the UK’s largest website for local community classifieds so you can guarantee lots of exposure for your products, leading to quick sales.
4. Free Classified Ads - Craigslist
provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, personals, local community and events. It became so popular in America that it spread to the UK. You can also specify which city page you want to post your ad on, so if you live in the north of England for example, you can list products on the city page closest to your home, saving you money on postage and packaging. Check out the website for more information about how to sell on Craigslist.
may be the first place you turn to for fun videos, but it’s also really popular for making online adverts and promoting products. Users can see the actual product in use which can avoid any complaints about the product condition further down the line. Check out YouTube to learn how to go viral with your products.
Of course, we think our marketplace is the best and first place to go when you have stuff to sell, then think about selling via your own site too.
At Choiceful, we’ve currently got over 100,000 products in the home and garden
and health and beauty
categories. We’re expanding our catalogue in March to include products from electronics, office and computing, and mobile, to name a few.