I talked about how you can start making a side income easily here by selling on Amazon.
I get it though.
Some people just don’t want to sell on Amazon for one reason or another.
- You hate Amazon and don’t want anything to do with them
- The items you need to sell are too big to ship
- You have collector’s items that wouldn’t do well on Amazon
- You want to give the smaller sites a chance
Whatever the reason, that’s ok. Here are 24 places you can sell your products online that don’t involve the behemoth site.
- Craiglist — The grandfather of online selling. Craigslist is one of the easiest ways to get rid of stuff lying around your house or things that you bought, but no longer need. The trick to selling on Craigslist is to have a thorough post with lots of pictures and description of what you’re selling.
- Facebook MarketPlace — The marketplaces has started to become pretty popular recently since it’s tied to Facebook. We’ve looked for things through the marketplace and place a couple of items on there to sell. What I’ve noticed about the Marketplace is people don’t do a very good job of describing their product for sale and they aren’t as responsive when you ask questions. It might just be us though.
- Letgo — One of my best friends love this app. They look and post things all the time on this thing. They like it for the ease of use and they can just tell the buyer where to find the object at their house and to leave the money. I’m not sure how others use it though.
- Gazelle — Gazelle is great for people who have a lot of tech items that you want to get rid of, but aren’t sure how. With Gazelle, you can enter your gadget and see how much it goes for. Then you can either ship the gadget or Gazelle will tell you about a local ecoATM you can drop your gadget in and get money on the spot. You’ll have to see if your area has one. Ours is located in our mall.
- BookScouter — Do you have any used books or textbooks that you want to get rid of and make a little money in the process? BookScouter will compare real time offers from as many as 30 sites to see who has the best price for your book so you maximize your profits. You can download the app and scan your books or type in the ISBN to search your books.
- Decluttr — Do you have piles of DVDs, CDs, games, and electronics over in the corner of your room? You can download the Decluttr app and scan all these unwanted media items to see how much you can make by selling them. Honeslty, I’m not sure how great this is since I just scanned a handful of DVDs that I have and the most offered for one of my DVDs was $.29. Yes, twenty nine CENTS. I did put in an old phone and the offer was $70 for it vs $10 offered from Gazelle so just try different things.
- Shopify — If you’re starting to sell your own items, then this is an awesome solution. This is a total ecommerce platform that you can build up your own brand and not worry about the technical end of shipping, sales tax and all that. There is a monthly and transactional fee, so be mindful of that. An alternative is to use WordPress with WooCommerce. There’s no monthly or transactional fee, but you need to be more technically involved in keeping your store up and running. I’ve tried both, and, for concentrating on my store, I really prefer Shopify.
- OfferUp — This is very similar to LetGo where you post your wares on the site for local buyers to purchase. You can also offer up for free. The company is out of Bellevue, Washington and are trying to become THE local marketplace seller app.
- mercari — Let’s you easily sell anything you no longer want on their app. They charge a flat fee to sell on their marketplace and will send you the shipping box for the items to ship to the buyer.
- Teespring — Do you have great t-shirt design idea that you wish you could sell, but don’t want to start a printing company? That’s where sites like Teespring come in. You create the design, set the minimum # of shirts you want to sell and once you get enough buyers, Teespring creates the shirts and ships them for you. You just worry about marketing the shirts and they do all the rest. They take a fee and then disperse the profits to you.
- CafePress — Very similar to Teespring, you just need to add your own designs and start selling. Where CafePress is different is you’re not limited to just t-shirts. You can sell custom designs on apparel, printables, mugs, and more. You decide on the pricing you want and set the price as that. CafePress has a base price for the items so you’ll want to make sure your sale items covers that and more so you make a profit. For instance, their base price for a ceramic mug is $10.99 so you’ll want to charge something higher than that to get paid.
- Redbubble — is similar to CafePress, but their target market are for artists who want to sell their artwork on products and get paid that way. The items you can put your artwork on seems unlimited, including pillows and wall art. They also offer the base price model and you can set your price at anything above that to make your cash.
- Minted — is a great marketplace to sell your printable designs. You want to concentrate on things like wedding invitations, or graduation announcements. You can also sell wall art through them as well.
- Threadless — is like TeeSpring and focuses on selling t-shirts. Like many of the other print on demand shops, you have a base price of the items, so you’ll want to price your wares above that to make a profit.
- Swap — This is a huge online consignment and thrift shop so if your town doesn’t have a very good thrift shop, then you can try this online version to get more eyes on your wares.
- ThredUp — Is similar to swap and is an online consignment and thrift store. Both seem to focus more on fashion and clothes, but offer to sell things like kids toys as well.
- Poshmark — focuses solely on fashion items and popular branded clothes like PINK, Coach, Nike, and such.
- Grailed — is similar to Poshmark, but focuses only on men’s fashion. Here you can buy and sell any top branded men’s clothing.
- Tradesy – focuses on selling your top branded as well. They focus more on designer bags, shoes and clothes. They have a flat commission fee of $7.50 for anything under $50 and if you sell anything over $50, they take a 19.8% commission from the sale. When you sell an item, you also use their packing kit to put your items in to sell.
- BagBorroworSteal — allows you to sell, either directly or by consignment on their site. Direct sell you might not make as much, but it could be a faster sale. If you love bags and want to try different ones out, you can also rent (borrow) bags from their list. But we’re focusing on selling right now 🙂
- Worthy — This site concentrates on jewelry. Sell your unwanted, but high quality rings, necklaces, bracelets and more. You ship your jewelry to them to grade it and set your items on auction. Then, when it sells, they take a fee depending on the amount it sold for. The base fee is $150 for anything under $750, then it’s a tiered percentage based on the sale price.
- Etsy — One of the mainstays of online ecommerce, especially for crafters and people making their own products. Etsy is a great marketplace to sell things that you make yourself. Like most marketplaces, they handle a lot of the technical details for a transaction or listing fee and then disperse the rest. They have 3 fees, a listing fee, processing fee, and payment processing fee.
- Zibbet — is similar to Etsy where they concentrate on independent creatives who handmake their own items for sale. If you’re into making your own items, then you might want to look at selling through Zibbet. The have a free forever plan, where you can list 10 items for free. You only pay for the typical PayPal or Stripe transaction fees. If you have limited funds, it might be good to start with Zibbet free plan, then start selling on Etsy with their listing fees after you start making some money.
- Ebay — Like Craigslist, Ebay is one of the first places you could sell your products online. Used, new products can be sold through this marketplace. Ebay charges listing fees and takes a percentage of the sales. You’ll want to build up trust with your customer and focus on getting a good seller rating. A friend uses Ebay to sell backpacks to fund his PhD school and is doing very well with it.
This is a huge list and some people will look at it and not do anything with it. If you can, just pick one or two from the list and start selling to see how you like it. Each marketplace has it’s pros and cons so you’ll just want to find the one that works best for you.