Whether you’re into the minimalist movement or just want to make some extra cash, there are a ton of apps that make it really easy to sell your stuff online. They’re all a little different in the types of items you can sell, how payments are made, and how stuff is delivered. To help you sort through them all, I compiled a list of the most popular apps to sell your stuff online.
Selling items from around your house is usually one of the first things I bring up when readers ask me about quick ways to make money. And, let’s face it, we all have a lot of stuff we’re not using anymore.
The internet has made this easier, but it’s important to stay safe out there – which is why I’m giving you tips to avoid getting ripped off at the end of this article.
The apps on this list are ones I’ve used, ones my readers have mentioned, and ones I’ve read about online. I’ve researched them all to give you tips for utilizing them and how the apps rate overall.
Okay, ready to make some cash?
Here are 20 apps to sell your stuff online
This app is designed to make it easy to sell your tech stuff. This means you can use Decluttr to sell:
- Your old cell phones
- Video games
- Game consoles
Selling your stuff with Decluttr
You start by getting a free valuation, this is so you know how much your stuff is worth. You can do that by keying in or scanning a barcode (which you can easily do from the app) or searching for your item on their database. Find a price you like? They lock it in for 28 days.
After that, Decluttr sends you a free shipping label. Attach that to a box, and drop it off at a UPS store or one of Decluttr’s authorized shipping locations (you can find these on the app).
Once they receive your item, Decluttr pays you via direct deposit, PayPal, check, or donates the money to a charity.
Decluttr is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.0 on Google Play and 4.3 on the App Store.
My blogger friend Miranda over at the Plus Life Blog sells on Poshmark, and has made around $3,000. She swears it’s one of the best places online to sell your new or gently worn clothes, shoes, and accessories.
I reached out to Miranda for advice, and here are her tips for selling on Poshmark:
- When listing an item on Poshmark, be sure to fill out as many sections of the listing as possible with details like brand, style, etc. Also, use keywords in your item description. Both of these things help ensure your items are easily found via search on the app.
- Share items in your closet frequently. When a shopper searches for an item on Poshmark, recently shared items that meet the search criteria show up first.
- If someone “likes” an item in your closet, Poshmark sends you a notification. If you’re flexible on your selling price send offers to the people who have liked your items. Most of my sales come from discounting items for interested shoppers. I simply take this into account when I set my original price on the app.
The app is free to use, but you’ll pay $2.95 for sales under $15, and pay a 20% commission on sales over $15.
Poshmark is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.3 on Google Play and 4.7 on the App Store.
Letgo is built on the premise that we all have stuff we just need to let go of. If something isn’t right for you, it’s going to be right for someone else. They help you connect with buyers in your local area to sell new or old stuff.
Here’s an idea of some things available on Letgo where I live:
- PS4 game
- Knit dress
- Tommy Hilfiger men’s boots
- Black metal patio set
- Double stroller
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Barnett crossbow
- Frigidaire side-by-side fridge
- 3 pack of LED light bulbs
That’s a wide variety and just the most recent listings.
Selling your things on the Letgo app
This is one of the best apps for selling your stuff online because they make it ridiculously easy. You download the app, post a picture and details, and buyers contact you. It’s actually really similar to using Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace in that respect, and Letgo also doesn’t charge any listing or selling fees.
Letgo is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.5 on Google Play and 4.4 on the App Store.
ThredUP is an online consignment shop specifically for clothes. They accept gently used women’s and kids clothes through a program they call Clean Out. You start selling your items by requesting a kit, which includes a bag and prepaid shipping label to send your clothes to ThredUP.
They only accept around 40% of what they receive, so make sure you know the standards for selling on ThredUP:
- Clean and recently washed
- Less than 5 years old and on trend
- No rips, tears, or stains
- Excellent condition
There are two different selling options – on consignment and paid when your things are sold OR a quick sale to ThredUP for a lower payout. They pay via Discover gift card, store credit, cash out, or Paypal. ThredUP pays you 5-80% of the listing price of an item, and you can make up to 90% on luxury brands.
ThredUP is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.6 on Google Play and 4.7 on the App Store.
You can sell your stuff on OfferUp similarly to listing your items on LetGo. All sellers and buyers have a profile with ratings and history. Buyers and sellers use the app to negotiate on price and to set times to meet.
More to know about selling on OfferUp:
- You can sell virtually anything on the app
- There are no fees to sell your stuff on OfferUp
- Buyers can search locally or nationwide, with shipping options
OfferUp is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.6 on Google Play and 4.8 on the App Store.
6. Amazon Seller Marketplace
Amazon sees over 197 million visitors each month to shop for products, watch TV, and more. They offer options for real people (i.e. not big companies) to sell goods via the platform.
The two selling plans offered by Amazon:
- Individual: If you plan on selling 40 items or less each month. No monthly subscription fee. It costs sellers $0.99 per item plus referral fees for each item sold.
- Professional: For people planning on selling more than 40 items/month. $39.99 monthly subscription fee and referral fees for each item sold.
Under each of these plans, you can sell a wide variety of products and use Amazon FBA. Make sure you check out the referral fees to know the full cost of selling your stuff on Amazon. Media items are also subject to closing fees.
Amazon Seller is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.4 on Google Play and 4.6 on the App Store.
If you’re already on Facebook (you probably are), then this is one of the easiest places to sell your stuff online. There aren’t any extra apps to download, you know the platform already… it’s a no brainer.
Tips for selling on Facebook:
- To reach the most people, list your items on Facebook Marketplace.
- If you want to stick to your area or neighborhood, list your items in local buy/sell/swap groups.
- Pick your meet-up spot and do your negotiations via Messenger so you aren’t publicly sharing details.
BTW… If you haven’t done so yet, join me on Facebook in my M$M community.
Facebook is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.1 on Google Play and 3.1 on the App Store.
Influencers are already selling through Instagram, but you don’t need a huge following to use the app to sell your stuff. You’ll obviously need an account, and being able to hashtag posts correctly will make sure that people are able to find your goods.
Here are two options for selling on Instagram:
- Sell in the captions. Let’s say you want to sell a pair of shoes. Take a nice picture of the shoes. Post it to Instagram with details like size, brand, quality, price, and hashtag the heck out of it. Once it’s sold, change the caption to “SOLD.” You can take payments through PayPal.
- Make your account shoppable. If you want to eventually turn your selling into a business, this is an in-app selling option that allows you to tag your photos with shoppable links. You can find out more here.
With Instagram, you really need to be on your picture game. The app is focused on visuals, and bad photos just aren’t going to attract buyers.
Instagram is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.5 on Google Play and 4.8 on the App Store.
This is one of my least favorite apps to sell your stuff online, and I’m telling you about it more as a warning, and here’s why:
- There are limited locations.
- The desktop website looks like it was built in 1992.
- There are lots of ads.
Still sound like something you’d be interested in, then you can list all sorts of stuff on Recycler, from firearms, cars, pets, and you can even list jobs.
Recycler is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 3.2 on Google Play and 2.1 on the App Store.
Depop is selling itself as a place for creative people to find inspiring things from around the world. The app itself looks almost exactly like Instagram, but what you’ll find is a wide array of handmade, vintage, and unique items,
What you need to know about selling on Depop:
- There are no fees to list or sell on Depop.
- You can sell locally or ship to other areas.
- Depop will make suggestions for sellers and shops you should follow.
Depop is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.2 on Google Play and 4.8 on the App Store.
Started in 2014 and based out of Dallas, TX, 5miles is an app that tries to connect neighbors with one another for buying and selling. You can search based on distance (up to 50 miles) or by category.
5miles actually has a little bit of a Craigslist feel, even listing housing, jobs, community services, etc. The website is about a 1000x more modern looking though, and you can list and sell items for free.
5miles released a new selling option called 5miles Dash, and here’s how it works:
- Sellers list items to be bid on
- The items are for sale for only 90 seconds
- Bids start at $1
- At the end of 90 seconds, the highest bid wins
5miles is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.5 on Google Play and 4.7 on the App Store.
This site is specifically for selling furniture and home decor items. It’s free to use and list items on Chairish, but you will pay when you sell things. Commission depends on which of the three levels you sell it.
Consignment options at Chairish:
- Consignor. For sellers who will have active 1-9 active listings at a time. You receive 70% of the sale price of the item.
- Professional. For 10+ active listings, you’ll receive 80-97% of each sale. This level also comes with increased exposure.
- Elite. This hasn’t been released yet (coming mid-2019), and it will offer expedited payments, promoted listings, quarterly reports, and more. You pay the same rate for sold items as you do with Professional.
One interesting thing to know about Chairish, they may touch up your photos to make items look more appealing.
The Chairish app is only available for Apple devices and is rated 4.9 on the App Store.
13. CPlus (Craigslist)
Craigslist is one of the OG places to sell your stuff online, and back in 2013, it got even easier with the release of the 100% free app CPlus. This is a third party mobile app that lets you list and sells through the original site.
Things to know about selling on CPlus:
- Because CPlus follows Craigslist’s guidelines, there are few instances when you’ll pay to post items.
- The app makes it easy to renew, edit, or delete your ads.
- You still get the clean look of Craigslist, but with a slightly more modern appeal.
- Follow the same safe selling practices you would if you were selling through the desktop site… meet buyers in public spaces, don’t give out your address if you don’t have to, etc.
CPlus is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.5 on Google Play and 4.7 on the App Store.
This is another I’m listing as more of a warning than a recommendation. The webpage for Dealo has very little information about the app, and I found some pretty mixed reviews. From, the app takes you to Google to show personal information about the buyer to “By far, one of the best selling apps online.”
It does look like it’s free to use and sell your stuff on Dealo, but proceed with caution.
At the time of this writing, the Dealo app is only available for Apple devices and is rated 1.3 on the App Store. In the Google Play store, it’s listed as in development with a note that says “bug fixing.”
This is another OG online marketplace for selling your stuff, and eBay is known for its online auctions. You can sell literally anything on eBay, like anything…
- Grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary
- A haunted rubber duck
- The meaning of life
- A cornflake shaped like the state of Illinois
Yes, those are all real past listings.
While the app is free to use, you pay 9% of what the item sells for, up to $50.
Learn more at: How to Sell on eBay (and Actually be Successful.
eBay is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.4 on Google Play and 4.8 on the App Store.
Vinted is another app that is specifically for selling secondhand clothes. You can sell clothing for men, women, and children locally or ship to out of town buyers.
What you need to know about selling on Vinted:
- They have an integrated payment system.
- Your earnings go into your Vinted Wallet, which you can transfer to your bank account.
- Selling your stuff on Vinted is free.
- Buyers pay 5% of the selling cost to Vinted plus a $0.70 fixed fee.
- You can also swap your items with other sellers.
Vinted is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.4 on Google Play and 4.8 on the App Store.
Bookoo calls itself the “friendliest online yard sale for garage sale lovers.” This free app is focused on helping you sell your stuff to local buyers, and you can sell everything from clothes, household items, books, electronics, etc.
What sellers need to know about Bookoo:
- Sellers create profiles that list the types of items they sell the most of, other items for sale, and a short bio.
- Sales take place in person, so no money is exchanged via the app.
- Selling your items is 100% free.
Bookoo is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 3.7 on Google Play and 2.5 on the App Store.
Based out of Singapore, Carousell lets users list and sell items for free. It’s really similar to the app I just mentioned; but, the major difference is that many of the sellers are out of the country. Because of that, you’ll need to be willing to ship items. Sales take place offline, which could get tricky with sellers located out of the country… so, be safe and protect your sales (more on that in just a second).
Carousell is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.4 on Google Play and 4.6 on the App Store.
VarageSale feels a lot like an online garage sale. There aren’t any categories for listing or buying items, but the search function is easy to use. You can sell a lot of different stuff on VarageSale, but here’s what you can’t.
How to sell your stuff on VarageSale:
- Go to the app and join a community (the area where you live).
- Sign up for a free account through Facebook or email, which helps protect users through a verification process. Both buyers and sellers must do this.
- Posting items is as simple as making a Facebook post. Make sure you upload decent photos and describe your items properly.
- Buyers message you if they’re interested.
- You reserve items that are pending, which includes listing the buyer, price, and meetup details.
- Sales can take place via the app or in person.
- Rate your buyer.
There are also no fees to use, list or sell on VarageSale.
VarageSale is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.5 on Google Play and 4.6 on the App Store.
Shpock stands for “shop in your pocket” and is both free to use and sell on. You can sell almost anything on Shpock, but here’s the policy on prohibited items: “It is not allowed to sell living creatures or food. Moreover, you are not allowed to sell things, that might physically or emotionally damage someone, or are regulated by law, i.e. that are not allowed to be sold to people without a certain license.”
More to know about selling on Shpock:
- You must create an account using a Facebook, Google, or your email address.
- You can negotiate prices with buyers.
- The marketplace is only for listing items – sales and delivery happens off the app.
- Buyers and sellers can receive ratings.
Shpock is available for both Android and iOS and is currently rated 4.3 on Google Play and 4.5 on the App Store.
How to be safe and avoid getting ripped off
The internet has made it easier than ever to sell your stuff… awesome… but we’ve all read the stories about people who’ve had horrible experiences. To help you stay safe out there, here are a few tips…
Stick to normal payment options
Some of these apps have integrated payment systems and some don’t. If they don’t, cash is always your best bet for getting paid. Don’t let a buyer write you a check or money order.
Abide by first come, first served
You can easily get burned if you are willing to hold an item for a buyer. They might legitimately have a good reason for asking, but you run the risk of not selling your stuff quickly, or at all.
Meet buyers in public places
When you give out your home address, you are opening yourself up to any number of bad situations. Don’t do it unless you 100% have to. If you do, make sure someone else is at home, that it’s during the day, and just stay safe.
Parking lots at big box stores or police stations are great places to meet potential buyers… I’d straight up to avoid someone who wasn’t willing to meet in public.
Tell people when you’re meeting with a potential buyer
I hate that we have to take every precaution possible, but it’s a reality. Give someone the details of the sale before meeting with a buyer, including location, name, contact info, etc.
If you have to ship something…
And are selling in an app that doesn’t have an integrated payment system, using PayPal is the safest option for not getting ripped off. Make sure you receive your payment before shipping an item, and include shipping fees.
Watch out for vague responses to your listings
If a buyer contacts you and uses language like “your item” or “your area” they could be a scammer. This is common among phishers and scammers, so try to get more specific information before proceeding with a sale.
Trust your gut
This can be hard, especially if you are anxious to sell something, but that little voice in your head is probably more trustworthy than you realize. Avoid buyers that give you an offer that sounds too good to be true, like way above asking price.
There are also scammers that will try to wire you a bigger amount, then asking you to send the difference after you take a cut of it. That’s a red flag.
Final word on using apps to sell your stuff online
Selling your stuff online is good for making quick cash. Just don’t let your need for quick cash put you in a dangerous situation or gets you involved with someone who is trying to rip you off.
If you have a good experience, there are some people who turn this into a side hustle by finding things at thrift stores and garage sales that they can sell online for even more. It’s a pretty low effort way to make some extra cash.
For more side hustle options that are even more lucrative than selling your stuff online, here are 7 Side Hustles You Can Actually Start in 2020.
Using the Nextdoor app is great for smaller items that no one would really drive more than a few minutes to get. Also a great way to find free things if you’re a flipper.
Ha, now I need to make this post 22 apps instead of 21!