I want to Sell My ⇑ ‘Stuff’ ⇑ Online
How awesome would it be to just decide that I want to sell my stuff online and then do it? That’s it. All you have to do is find a place to sell your ‘stuff’. They say that part is easy so let’s go and do it. Make a website on WordPress and click save. Sit on the couch and wait for it all to happen. Yes, it can! They said it could on the Internet so it must be true!
We get so excited and we are full of promise and big bank accounts…….in the beginning! Then……..something happens and things fade to grey and the real struggle begins. There is way, way MORE than I want to sell my stuff online!!
This is the most real thing about online marketing. It IS a struggle. It WILL require all your effort and your focus must be practical and tangible as you push thru. Sounds a bit daunting, doesn’t it? It should. This is the part ‘they’ forget to tell you about, and probably with good reason. There is so much more to marketing other than I want to sell my stuff online. If you knew how hard it was going to be, would you have been as eager to get involved?
Maybe if your Why was big enough, but, only you can know the answer.
I did that jump with both feet and then checked on the way down to see if there was even water in the pool. Oops!! Sold by all the glamour and stories and making money while I slept. YUP, you sure are not alone on this one. And that is why I like to be a little more transparent.
It Gets Easier
If you follow some of the basic and fundamental rules that are part of your learning curve you will come out pretty sparkly clean on the other side. It is understanding the what, how and why of it all that is crucial. Knowing and understanding what some of the jargon used on the internet means now becomes very important as well as knowing it does not nor did it ever Just Happen Overnight!!
I am not sure if you are just starting out looking for a way to earn some extra money online or if you just came up with the idea of I want to sell my stuff online. What I do know is there are a few things that if you understand how and why they are done that way puts you out in front.
Having spent a lot of time and dollars trying to figure this out led me to share with you today. I see so many people, blinded by that shiny headlight syndrome…….the Glitz and the Glam and the promises of money coming your way quickly. Only to be disappointed by the costs involved and not sure how you could come up with the money to help finance your dream.
I think I read somewhere that you could sell stuff online but I never thought it could work. After all, I just want to sell my stuff online not someone else’s. I didn’t have a clue how to do that other than a few ‘garage sale’ groups on Facebook. Sound familiar at all?
That’s it! Set up a page and I can call it ‘I want to sell my stuff online’ where others can come and do the same. Garage selling online! Whoop whoop!! FaceBook pages.
If the curiosity bug has got you thinking there is more than those garage sales keep reading. One of the best things about selling anything online is that the costs to get started are minimal. However, if you’re like a lot of people, you’ll be on a shoestring budget. ( unless the Garage Sale was hugely profitable )
Best Marketplaces Today
Let’s Look at other platforms and do a comparison. Anyone can implement any of these and do well. You can use any or all of these platforms and still do your ‘I want to sell my stuff online’ tag. You would be known as the seller. And Yes, no doubt you will see a small fee being billed to you when you sell an item. They ALL say you can do this for FREE so read between the lines so you know what the commission structure will be. ( What you will pay to Advertise your items)
Not in Random Order:
- Bonanza, a fast-growing marketplace
- eBay another well known major marketplace
- Amazon: A Major Marketplace like eBay, but Cheaper
- Etsy (as well as Ruby Lane) The Artsy-Crafty Platforms
- Craigslist The World’s Largest Online Classified Website
I did not add Shopify to our list because it is only free to TRY. They are very up-front about this, and it is a storefront offering a lot of e-commerce you might need.
Really FREE Marketplaces you can use
Facebook other people’s pages that sell items
Local Newspapers online
Facebook pages ( your own) call it I want to sell my stuff online.
Usually, the owner of the ‘page’ on any social site has set rules for you to follow. Also, a really nice feature for any local or those close by is the purchaser will pick up the item being sold and pay you at that time.
If you are using any platform or online classifieds make sure you have the costs worked out for shipping or let the buyer know they are paying for shipping costs. This is the totally FREE way to go. If you are a seller of other items and you do this all the time, I highly suggest your own page so people can view your items clearly. Make sure you are reachable and cross all your T’s and Dot all you i’s!
This is where it becomes crucial to understand the what, how and why of it all. You need the ⇓best help⇓ getting there. Here is where myself and a few thousand others have found the knowledge we can use immediately to start selling online.
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Looking forward to seeing you on the inside of your new future! You are going to love. Thousands cannot be wrong. I almost forgot….comment box is below and we love hearing from readers so feel free to leave a thought or two.
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