Get Rid, Get Paid, Part Two

Posted on Apr 2 2012 - 10:00am by David Decker

Selling your stuff the old-school ways (like I wrote about last week) can usually ensure you get some money in your pocket relatively quickly. Nothing is certain, of course. So why not try to make even more money from your items?

Online selling gives you a bigger potential buyer pool, which increases the possible value of your items. At a yard sale, Joe from four streets down only wants to give you $1 for the same item that sold on eBay for $20. Not always the case, but many times this is true.

If you want to yield a higher outcome from your online sales, consider taking good pictures and writing accurate product descriptions. Many potential buyers will pass over listings that don’t include pictures. Don’t let that be your listing. In the game of selling online, honesty is definitely the best policy. If your item has a stain or tear, make sure you mention it.


Craigslist and other local online classifieds are great for getting your items out of your house quickly. You don’t need to worry about shipping, packaging, and listing fees. Remember that for a maximum return, you should include a picture (or four, all from different angles). When trying to sell your items online, pictures truly are worth a thousand words. Maybe even more. Keep your written description short and sweet at about four sentences, or less. Make it clear that you only accept cash for your item. Check out this link for 5 tips on selling on Craigslist:

Also try your local online classifieds or sites like or


What can you say about eBay that hasn’t already been said thousands of times?

  • Use the Buy It Now feature to get the price you want at a faster turnaround OR
  • Employ the original function of eBay and pray for a bidding war, making even more money.

Within eBay, they have written great tips and suggestions for selling:

Do your research; maybe there is an auction site that fits your needs or your items better than eBay.

Other online auction sites:

Etsy, etc.

I am not very crafty, unless you count the starburst mirror I tried to make by gluing pencils onto a round mirror. Let’s just say that I would never try selling anything I make. Some people, though, make great unique items in their sleep that other people want to buy. If you don’t want to sit at craft fair after craft fair, maybe you should sell online.

Two big-time players in the online craft marketplace are and

But they aren’t the only ones playing the craft-making-and-selling game. Check out these sites and find one that works best for you:

Whichever way you choose to sell online, try to be patient. The processes are longer than the old-school methods, but the potential earnings are much higher. Get rid of your stuff this spring and make some more money!