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 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 are 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 10 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 reselling goods online. This includes marketing, SEO, and photography.
Let’s check out our top 10 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 products and sell on certain restricted pages. Interested in learning more? Amazon has detailed each selling plan to help you get started.
Just like Amazon, we all know what Craigslist is. It’s one of the earliest resell sites and one of the easiest to use. It’s also completely free, making it one of the best places to resell online. Although it’s not the most sophisticated site, it’s certainly easy to navigate. Craiglist does have a few nuances: You’ll need to consistently update your listings to stay at the top of the feed. You’ll also likely have to supplement your selling with other sites. Regardless, it’s a great place for expert and novice resellers alike.
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. To eliminate fees per sale, you can sign up for a subscription. There are several options for this subscription: weekly, monthly, and yearly recurring fees. 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.
Oodle isn’t a household name, but for reselling purposes, it’s a site you should keep on your list. The site features everything from electronics to pets, furniture, and appliances. Oodle allows users to integrate with Facebook Marketplace for added reach to their postings. By including your post on Facebook Marketplace it increases the likelihood of closing a sale on your product. Product listings are free, but to work with Facebook Marketplace you’ll need to contact the sales team at Oodle.
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. 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.
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. With the basic payment plan, you pay a fee of 10% of the final sale price. This includes shipping but excludes taxes. With this initial plan, there is a listing limit of 50 items. After your first 50 items, eBay will start charging you 30 cents per listing. Ebay also charges a fee for any listing with a reserve price over $75. You can upgrade your account if you want to promote your listings–which is a huge benefit. There are millions of listings on eBay, but promoting your post within the site allows you to stand out. Head to eBay to learn more about plans for sellers, including subscriptions and fees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about reselling returned pallet goods, at B-Stock.