Selling Things Online: What You Should Know

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Selling Items Online

Selling items online can be a great way to not only clear out some excess junk from your home, but also make some extra cash. But, before parking your butt in front of your computer and crafting your listings on eBay or Amazon, there are a few things you should know in order to protect your personal security and make sure you get the amount of money you deserve. Nervous about how to go about successfully listing your items online? Have no fear! I’ve rounded up just a few tips to help you through.

1. Be as forthcoming as possible.

Of course, selling items online can be tricky for the seller — but it’s also difficult for the buyer. In some cases, they aren’t able to view or touch the item before making a purchasing decision. To allow potential buyers to feel confident in their purchase, make sure you’re incredibly forthcoming with both your listing and your photos. Craft a very detailed description, and be sure to be honest and include notes about any damage or issues with the item. Also, take a wide variety of different photos. Buyers are always more confident when they can clearly see all portions of the item. Otherwise, it might seem like you’re trying to hide something.

2. Price your items fairly.

You want to be paid a price that you deserve, but you also don’t want to set a cost that buyers will never consider. Do some research to find out what similar items are selling for online, and then choose a price that falls somewhere in the middle — depending on condition, age, etc. Pricing your items fairly will attract more buyers and demonstrate that you’re an ethical, trustworthy seller.

3. Always meet in a public place.

If you’re listing your items on a site like Craigslist, you might need to actually meet with buyers so that they can assess the item. If you’re selling a transportable item, always meet with potential buyers in a public place. However, that isn’t always an option if you’re selling a piano or a large piece of furniture. If you must have someone visit your home in order to view an item, invite a friend to come over so that you have an additional person with you when the buyer arrives. You might feel like you’re being paranoid, but you’d rather be safe than sorry!

4. Set up a specific email account.

In general, you want to keep your personal information pretty close to the vest. So, it’s wise to set up a separate email address that you’ll use solely for listing items online. This will keep your personal identity and personal email address private from buyers that might not have the best intentions.

If you’re new to the world of selling things online, it can be a little daunting and intimidating. Keep these tips in mind to make your online selling experience a great one!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.