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Reselling has always been a staple in the American economy. For generations, we’ve resold our clothing and unwanted items at yard and garage sales for a fraction of the original price. We have off-price stores like TJMaxx and Ross that buy and resell overstock and returned items from major retailers and brands. Additionally, flea markets and thrift stores, two places filled with goods being resold, are gaining popularity again. And this practice shouldn’t come as a shock; retailers have always sold excess items to wholesalers, small businesses, liquidators, and more. More recently, the rise of the internet has brought the rise of online selling through sites such as eBay and Amazon. Today, the number of options to resell online is seemingly exponential.
While it would be nearly impossible to cover all online reselling options in a single article, we’ve compiled a list of the best options. Below, you’ll find the 16 best places to resell online, whether it be clothes, books, electronics, or otherwise.
Getting started selling refurbished, used, overstock, or wholesale items online is really easy. There are thousands of websites and apps with low fees and few restrictions. You can even find workshops, books, and online tutorials that explain how to succeed in reselling goods online. This includes marketing, SEO, and photography.
Let’s check out our top 16 best places to resell goods online.
We’ve all heard of Amazon, and it’s likely we’ve all purchased something from the site. But did you know you can sell nearly anything on the site? Whether you’re a large corporation, small business, bookseller, or an individual, Amazon offers several different selling plans.
Standard plans are for individuals, which allow you to sell your items for as low as 99 cents per item. If you choose this plan, you will not be allowed to sell more than 40 items per month. There is a referral fee for this plan, which is a percentage of the total price of the sale. The referral fees vary depending on the type of products you plan to sell. If you upgrade to a professional selling plan, you’ll pay $39.99 per month. This plan allows you to advertise and sell products in restricted categories. Interested in learning more? Amazon has detailed each selling plan to help you get started.
eBay is yet another site to resell online that most people are familiar with. It’s similar to Amazon in that you can resell nearly anything on the site. The difference is that the site relies on a bidding system to resell your goods.
A Starter Store starts at $4.95/mo with 250 free auction listings in select categories or fixed-price listings. A Basic Store is $21.95/mo with 1,000 free fixed-price listings. Insertion fees apply to both, 30 cents and 25 cents, respectively, for additional listings. There are also Premium, Anchor, or Enterprise Stores to choose from for the bigger resellers. You can continue upgrading for either more listings, dedicated customer support, and more. Head to eBay to learn more about plans for sellers, including subscriptions and fees.
Shopify is one of the most popular selling platforms online today because it’s considered a one-stop-shop. In other words, it allows you to create your own website for selling merchandise. It incorporates hosting and ordering and puts a real focus on selling. Shopify currently hosts over 800,000 sites and has helped generate $100 billion in sales for those shops. It’s a unique way to sell your goods, and that’s one of the best reasons to sell there.
Another popular option to resell online is listing items on Facebook Marketplace. Think of this like having a yard sale on social media so all of your friends and others in the area are able to see your goods. This is great for those living in cities or populated towns. A few notable perks of Facebook Marketplace is: The process is straightforward and easy to navigate. Plus, it’s totally free to resell your items and the promotion is already built-in. However, do consider the following when posting on Facebook Marketplace: The site is run by volunteers so help isn’t always reliable. And buyers don’t necessarily want to pay full price for a listing so haggling is normal on this site.
Poshmark is a free app that lets anyone upload and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories. It also boasts a huge community of fashion fiends (known as “poshers”) ready and waiting to buy your best finds. With over 60 million users, it’s a built-in audience that’s hard to beat. In fact, 88% of daily shoppers on Poshmark are repeat buyers on the platform.
The company has been around since 2011, and according to Poshmark’s 2020 Social Commerce Report, 22% of users surveyed say they sell full-time. Half the respondents report that they use Poshmark as a side-hustle or to sell part-time. We go over more basics for selling on Poshmark here.
eBid is a site out of the United Kingdom that competes directly with eBay. The site has a basic fee of 3% of the final sale price without the costs of shipping. Choose between Seller or Seller+ account plans and enjoy different advertising options, free photos, and customer invoicing systems. One of the greatest things about eBid is the ability to sell in different niches. Finally, the site allows you to maintain up to five stores, which helps you to target your preferred audience faster.
Chairish is a unique site for reselling high-end home decor, furniture, and art. It’s free to list your items on this site and Chairish will handle shipping and photo editing as well. The downside is the marketplace only accepts items that will sell well—with a minimum listing price of $25. Another downfall is that the fees can reach 20-30%. Many sellers are willing to look past this though, because of Chairish’s robust clientele lists. Plus, allowing the sale of big-ticket items like furniture while handling the shipping costs of those items is a huge draw for sellers.
On Tradesy you can sell bags, accessories, shoes, and clothing, as long as it’s 100% authentic designer fashion. Benefits of this platform include the freedom to set your price (per their suggestions) and shipping. Tradesy handles shipping via a free, pre-paid and pre-addressed shipping kit. They will even edit and enhance your images to look more enticing!
One of the few cons on this site: the commission fees aren’t cheap. You’re looking at a flat commission fee of $7.50 for sold items under $50. If sold for $50 or more, they take 19.8% of the profit. Learn more about how selling on Tradesy works.
You can sell virtually anything and in varying conditions—that means non-apparel items, too. Consumer athleticwear favorites like Lululemon Athletica, Nike, and Adidas, as well as more luxury brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors, can all be found on Mercari. A huge benefit of using Mercari is that the seller fees aren’t as high, only 10%!
If knowing you have the option to sell more than just clothes appeal to you, this is your platform. You’ll find anything from virtual reality games, tools, sporting equipment, organization, and home goods. However, your apparel merchandise might get lost in the mix with such a wide range of products being sold on Mercari.
Bonanza allows you to resell a wide range of products, similar to Amazon or eBay. But the experience of reselling items on Bonanza doesn’t look exactly the same as other top sites. To sell on this site, you’ll pay a fee of 3.5% of the final sale price, plus any amount of shipping over $10. There is also a minimum 50 cent fee per item listed. If you sell an item for more than $500, you’ll pay 3.5% on the first $500. Any amount past $500, you’ll pay 1.5% on that amount. For example, if you sell an item for $600, you’ll pay 1.5% on $100 of that sale. One great benefit of this site is that you can advertise your listing across the web. There is a higher fee for this, but it’s worth it for some sellers.
Oodle isn’t a household name, but for reselling purposes, it’s a classifieds-style site you should keep on your list. The site features everything from electronics to pets, furniture, and appliances. Oodle allows users to direct more traffic to listings by participating in their paid inclusion program. A prominent placement at the top of search results pages can help increase your click-through rate and more clicks mean more of a chance that you close a sale on your product.
“Shop Freely, Sell Simply” is Curtsy’s motto; making it easy to thrift and sell clothing, shoes, accessories, and more. Posting and listing are simple, they recommend prices to you based on similar and recently sold items, and offer pre-paid shipping labels. You can choose whether buyers pay for shipping or sellers. Your earnings go into a Curtsy Wallet, from there, you can transfer funds to your bank account instantly (with a fee) or for free, which takes 2-3 days.
Two important things to note. First, you can only list items on their iOS app. Second, selling is limited to women’s clothing in new, like-new, or excellent condition. So this may not work for you if your apparel liquidation lots aren’t in overstock condition. Learn more about how selling works on Curtsy here.
GOAT positions itself between primary and resale markets, catering to sneaker enthusiasts with styles from the past, present and future; they’ve also expanded to accessories and apparel. Buyers can purchase from select shoe sellers like retailers and boutiques, or directly from GOAT. With over 20 million members across 164 countries, this global platform is a staple for resellers. To ensure quality and authentic items, GOAT only allows a select group of sellers who have to apply and be approved via the app.
If you’re interested in learning more about sneaker reselling, be sure to read How To Flip Shoes For Profit.
OfferUp is one of the largest mobile marketplaces available. It offers sellers a unique and easy way to sell their goods. One of the greatest benefits of OfferUp is that customers can contact sellers directly. The method is very similar to texting and is widely preferred over email–plus it’s extremely easy to use for first-time sellers. Another benefit is its focus on safety using TruYou verification. Users verify their identity with their driver’s license and in-depth profiles.
Depop is based out of the UK has over 21 million users. In 2019, 90% of Depop users were 26 or younger—making it an excellent option if your business caters towards a younger crowd. The platform looks akin to an Instagram feed where users can like listings they’re interested in, explore categories, and get recommendations. Clothing ranges from preloved condition, unique independent brands, big-name designer brands to vintage and streetwear. Depop has a flat 10% fee when an item sells, and each seller can create their own shop policies. Depop removes listings with stock photos, so don’t miss out on potential sales because of this! For more seller guidelines, visit this page.
For even more apparel-focused marketplaces, check out 10 Best Platforms for Reselling Apparel Liquidation.
From Gap to Gucci, according to thredUP, you can find over 35,000 brands on their platform. This online consignment shop setup is unique in that it prioritizes convenience to reselling. You don’t even have to list or photograph items! You simply fill a kit with apparel items, send it in (with a provided shipping label), and wait to see if it sells. When you mail in your clothing, it goes through a 12-point inspection. If items meet their quality standards, they get priced—which is done automatically by their pricing system— and listed on thredUP available for thrifters to purchase. There is, however, a 12-hour window to update listing prices before bidding starts. Read more about how selling works here.
A few unique things to note: if you don’t reclaim unsold items, they become property of thredUP. You have the last 7 days of the item’s listing window to reclaim said item, plus pay $5.99 for it to get shipped back. There’s also Return Assurance (a $10.99 service) in case your items don’t get listed by thredUP at all.
There are thousands of ways to resell online. But the sites above are the best places to begin your reselling journey. Now you just have to decide what you’ll be selling. Hundreds of retailers sell their returned and overstock items by the pallet and truckload. You can purchase quality items for thousands less than the retail price and resell them for a profit.
If reselling online sounds like an exciting opportunity to you, we can help! With a valid resale certificate, you can start sourcing the best liquidation inventory from top retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, AT&T, Wayfair, Best Buy, and more. Browse live auctions happening now!