Tips & Pointers for Selling Your Items Online

Bidding and winning and auction is just half the fun! Once you’ve successfully won a storage auction, it’s finally time to dive in and see what kind of items are waiting for you! Actually sifting through the items found within the storage unit has proven to be the best and most exhilarating experiences for thousands throughout the United States. It’s not uncommon to find single items that are worth double or even triple what you paid for the full storage unit.

Now that you’ve purchased the storage unit items, it’s time to do something about it! Perhaps you’ve found a few collectables that you’d like to add to your collection. More than likely, however, you’ve likely found a good amount of stuff that you can sell to turn a profit. But selling online can be such a drag, right? It doesn’t have to be! I’ve compiled a few tips and pointers below to help you quickly, easily and successfully sell your items online using hubs such as Swip Swap, KSL, Craigslist, Ebay and more!

1 – High Quality Photos

First and foremost, a high quality photo is absolutely essential if you want to make a profit on your items. I simply cannot stress how important a nice photo is in order to sell an item. Set up the item on a clean surface, underneath a clean, bright light that will make your item shine. People do judge a book by its cover, so make sure the cover looks nice! Clean your item a bit – give it a good wash if it needs it. It can make all the difference to the end user! Also be sure to clean up your surroundings when taking a photo. Don’t let a mess in the background become a distraction to those viewing your items online. When doing some online shopping with my wife, she pointed out that she simply won’t buy a used item if the background of the photo is cluttered or messy – this shows that the owner trying to sell the item likely did not respect it or give it the attention it deserved.

2 – Descriptive Content 

People want to know what it is that makes this item better than any other! Whether you’re listing your item on Craigslist, Swip Swap, Ebay or anywhere in-between, make sure to leave a lengthy description that covers all bases of the item in question. Does it have any wear and tear? If so, how bad is it and can it be fixed? I’ve also found that pointing out your reasoning behind selling the item can be useful. For example, I recently sold a Macbook online. I listed it twice. The first time, I wrote something along the lines of, “Selling my Macbook Pro 2010. Good condition.” No one even attempted to contact me. The second time I listed it, however, I said, “I’ve loved using this Macbook! It’s helped me through dozens of school and work projects and never lets me down! It works great – I’m just selling it because I’ve recently upgraded.” Upon listing it the second time, it was sold within hours!

3 – Show Some Honesty

People hate showing up to see the item is in way worse condition than the picture or description made it sound. In your post, simply be honest! People like to know exactly what they’re looking at, and they’ll likely be less to talk you down in person because they’ve seen that you’re trying to give them the best description possible.

4 – A Quick Reply

Too many times have I messaged someone at a Craigslist email and gotten a response a week and a half later. By that time, I had already found the same item elsewhere. Be quick to reply to any and all biters, and make sure you make yourself available! You don’t need to list your phone number, but it certainly makes it easier to land a sell. If you don’t reply and don’t make it easy to contact you, you’ll likely never make the sell.

5 – Be Fair

Similar to #3, people like to see that you’re offering a fair price. Let’s be honest, an iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird downloaded is not worth $2,000 dollars! But people were listing their phones on eBay at that price to see if some sucker was willing to take it! Offer your potential customers a fair price that they can work with. Not everyone is turning a profit like you are, and people feel appreciated when they are not taken advantage of.

These tips have proven useful time and time again as I’ve listed items for sale online. I have also noticed how it has affected my own online shopping habits. Have some more tips and pointers? Let us know what they are in the comments below!

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