If you want to make some extra money, perhaps to help to
cover loan repayments, to boost savings or to just clear some room, then you
might be considering selling some of the things that you own. The amount of
money that you can get for the items that you sell can depend on a number of
factors and it is worth thinking about these so that you can make the most
Choose the best place to sell
There are lots of ways to sell things and it can make a difference to how much money you make as to where you sell. Firstly, each place will have different fees and so it may seem sensible to sell at the cheapest. However, you may find that the cheapest places to sell at, do not give you a very high price and therefore you will make more money at a place that is dearer to sell at even though the fees are higher. For example, an online auction will have listing and selling fees but you will potentially raise a lot more money selling a batch of clothing compared to selling then at a car boot sale, where you will have a limited customer base who are all looking for a complete bargain.
Sell at the right time
Sometimes you will need to think about whether it is the right time of year to sell things. There are certain items that will be seasonal in appeal; such as Christmas decorations and it will make sense to put those up for sale in November or December. The same applies to seasonal clothing and other similar products. Also, you will find that coming up to Christmas people might be more likely to be looking for new things and so if you have second hand things they may not sell so well. There will also only be certain types of things that people will be buying then. If you are selling bikinis then you will want to sell coming up to the summer months. Even things which do not seem seasonal might be more appealing at certain times of the year. Therefore, have a good think about whether you need to time your sales carefully.
Take good photos
It is really important to make sure that you have good pictures of what you are selling if you are selling online. People will want to see exactly what they are buying and will be keen to ensure that it looks to be clean and in good condition. As they will not be able to handle the item or check it out for themselves, they will want to make sure that they can get all of the information that they need from the photos and any description about the items. Make sure that descriptions are really detailed even if you can see everything in the picture. Some people prefer to read details and it can improve your chances of selling.
Make sure it is clean and tidy
It is really important to make sure that the item is a clean and tidy looking as possible. The potential buyers will be put off by things that do not look very good. If you can wash, sponge or dust items, do so and make sure the background of your photograph is also neat and tidy or put it against a plain background. It might be worth taking it out of packaging or putting it in to make it more appealing. It is also worth taking lots of pictures form different angles. View them on your computer and phone so you can see what potential customers will see and that will allow you to choose the ones that you think are best.
It is worth doing a lot of research before you sell anything. Find out about all of the potential places that you can sell the item and see whether there are other people selling similar and how much money they tend to make from them. This will allow you to be able to decide where you think might be the best place for you to sell. Some might be more convenient than others and you will need to think about whether that is more important or whether you think that it is better to concentrate on trying to get as much money as you can for the item. It will take some time to take a look at what selling options are available and choose the right one. You might think that the research is worth it if you want to ensure you get the most money possible. However, you might think that it is not worth it if you just want to get rid of the items as soon as possible and are not so worried about making lots of money from them.