“All of us have been through the drama before of opening our closets and thinking that we have so many clothes but still have nothing to wear…How many of our clothes do we actually wear? Maybe just half…So every now and then I like to do a quick inventory of my closet. I take out all of the things that no longer fit, that aren’t in good condition or that just don’t suit my style anymore. Some of it goes in the bin, some I donate, and some I decide to give a “new life” by selling them online to someone who can make a better use of them.
There are so many websites to sell 2nd hand items and I have been using them for years, I have sold clothes, shoes, makeup, even kitchen appliances, and much more. Even facebook as it’s own marketplace now that allows you to share in different pages and groups.
So here’s a few tips on how to sell used items:
1. Check the items condition. When it comes to clothes and shoes, if the item looks too old or too “used”, or simply in bad condition, maybe you shouldn’t even try. You should only sell items that are in good condition and that you would buy yourself.
2. When it comes to online selling, the photos are the most important thing. It is important to photograph preferably under natural lighting so the colours of the item won’t look different in the photo. It is also important to hang properly the item or even wear it, so it is easy to see the shape and how it fits. Preferably use a white or light background without a lot of information, so the item that you are selling remains the focus. It is also important to take photos of the front and back and of the tags with information about the brand and size.
3. If the item has any kind of defect, mention it in the description and take a photo. Even though some of these websites don’t have a rate system of the sellers, being dishonest is halfway to never making another sell. It is better to be honest.
4. It is important to provide a detailed description of the product that you are selling: condition, size, colour, if it works well (depending one what it is), if it has any defects, etc..
5. If you still have the box/tag of the item you are selling, include them and take a photo so the potential buyers can verify its authenticity.
The process of selling online, wether what you are selling is clothing or anything else, requires mutual trust between the seller and the buyer. Obviously I had sales that didn’t go as expected, but considering how many were a success I definitely think this is a good option when it comes to organising your closet and giving “new life” to the items that no longer suit you, whilst making extra money. From the buyers perspective, it is also a great way to good deals.
What about you? Have you ever sold anything online? Do you also use it as a way to make extra money and consequently save more?
I confess I haven’t done it that much, but Helena has inspired me to try it 🙂
Leave your questions and tips on the comments!
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