Have Items to Sell But No Time? You Have Options
Jill Vonier•4 min read
Do you have items to sell but don't have the patience to get them sold? You may want to hire a service to do it for you.
Selling your items online is a great way to make extra money on things you no longer need. Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are filled with potential buyers looking for items just like yours.
However, selling is not without its drawbacks. You may find yourself spending a lot of time and energy communicating back and forth, coordinating meet-ups to show the item, and arranging pickup or delivery to complete a sale. When you are selling many items, this can quickly become too much.
One option is to use OfferTrackr to make selling items a lot easier. OfferTrackr can automatically track the availability of your items, negotiate prices, schedule pickups, and send out reminders. Read more of the benefits in our blog post, Using OfferTrackr to Make Selling Items Locally So Much Easier.
If you need more help, did you know you can actually hire someone to sell your gently used stuff, either through an online resale service or an independent reseller? These services let you offload all the work onto them.
They can handle everything for you, from taking photos and writing descriptions to negotiating prices and paying you once your items sell. Think of a consignment shop where you drop your clothes off and get paid when they sell. Sit back and watch the money come in.
However, there are a few things to consider before hiring a service. Read on to learn more about hiring someone to sell your stuff online.
Only Use a Reputable Company or Individual
There are many companies and individuals available that want to sell your items. However, you want to make sure you find a reputable company or individual who will do the best job.
The last thing you want to do is hand your items over to someone who barely puts any effort into selling your items. You could lose both time and money.
Instead, find someone you can trust and who has a lot of experience and success in selling items on these platforms. Read reviews and ask for references from other sellers like yourself.
Try to get as much information before making a commitment, including their process in listing the item, handling negotiations, and how pickup and delivery work. The more information you have, the better informed you are to make the right decision.
Be Prepared to Pay A Fee
Of course, these services are not for free so be prepared to pay a fee for the service. What you gain in time and energy for not having to handle all the grueling details of selling your stuff online, you will pay for a little in the final sale.
While the exact cost will vary depending on the company or individual you hire, you can expect to pay a percentage of the final sale price. This fee may seem steep at first, but keep in mind that it includes the time and effort that goes into a listing, negotiating, and coordinating the sale of your items.
Keep in mind that there is a balance. Either you spend the time and effort into making more money, or you sit back and let someone else do the work and make less money.
Remember, it's still better than donating your items in which you make no money.
Be Realistic With Your Prices
One issue many sellers come up against is having to recognize the actual value of their item. It's easy to think an item you spent money on and really enjoyed is worth more than the actual value.
However, when outsourcing this task, you will need to be realistic about the value of your items and the potential selling price ahead of time because it may not be the same as what you originally thought.
Keep in mind, though, if you're hiring someone to sell your stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, it's likely because you don't have the time or expertise to do it yourself.
Companies and individuals who do this professionally have a lot of experience in successfully making money off of items and will have a better sense of what your items are worth and how much they can actually sell for.
Openly communicate any concerns you have with pricing and ask to get a better understanding of why your item was priced the way it was.
Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are great places to sell your items online to make some extra money. If you discover you have more items than you can keep up with, you can hire this service from a company or individual who is able to do all the work for you for a small fee.
Just be sure to do your research to find a reputable company or individual, be prepared to pay a fee for their services, and be realistic about the value and potential selling price of your items.
Overall, hiring someone to sell your stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can be a great option if you don't have the time or expertise to do it yourself. With the right approach, you can successfully offload your gently used items and make some extra cash in the process.