Where can you sell unwanted possessions?

Harriet Meyer / 28 January 2015

If you are looking to sell or get rid of unwanted possessions online there are plenty of sites with large pools of users waiting to pick up a bargain.

Typically, many of us turn to eBay. However, the site has introduced postage fees for sellers, cut the number of free listings and hiked fees over recent years.

So what are the alternatives? Here are five you might consider...

1. Preloved

With no fees, and free classified ads, this is a great option for people wanting to shift unwanted clutter. It’s been around since 1998 and has over 5 million visitors each month. You can pick from 500 categories to list your items, and attach images.

You will only incur fees if you are a business wanting to advertise on the site. An added bonus is that the site is pleasing to the eye, and particularly simple to use.

2. Craigslist

Popular advertising website Craigslist was founded in San Francisco in 1995. You can post free ads for anything from goods to jobs, with nearly all of its features free to users.

The site makes money through employers who list job ads, instead of relying on sellers keen to make a profit. As you list to people locally, there are unlikely to be postage costs involved. It might look messy compared to the likes of eBay, but you get to keep any money you make.

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3. Gumtree

This site, formed in 2000, was bought by eBay in 2005. It’s the UK’s largest classified ads site, which can make it tricky to navigate your way through the millions of listings. However, it’s simple to list items you want to shift and, with eight millions visitors each month, you’re bound to get a buyer.

You won’t be charged a fee for listing goods, and you can add photos easily. Only employers listing jobs pay to use the site. It’s aimed at local buyers to avoid postage costs.

4. Freecycle

This is a free ‘recycling’ site aimed at reducing the amount of waste we produce. It connects people who are throwing away goods with those who will use them.

As it’s name suggests, items are free so you won’t profit financially from using the site. If you’ve a bulky item you simply want rid of, such as fridge or sofa, it’s a good option.

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5. Etsy

This isn’t a site for unwanted possessions, but is worth adding for its unique user base. It lists collections of unique items you’d like to sell, such as vintage or handmade goods.

Established in 2005, the site has millions of worldwide members and is growing in popularity with over a million online shops.

UK sellers pay around 12p for each listing, with four months to shift products before you pay another 12p. You also pay a 3.5% final sale fee charge on the final selling price. There are other fees for advertising, so check the site for a breakdown. It’s ideal if you want to start your own craft business with a cheap selling platform.

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