Are you noticing that the popular sites for selling used clothes, tools, vehicles, media and electronics are getting either too saturated or too general that you cannot find the right audience for your used goods? Sites like Craigslist and Ebay have revolutionized our ability to reuse and recycle, and our environment pays homage to these trailblazers. But it’s time that the long tail of niche sites join this market.
If you read my reducing debt post this week, I talked about patching the inside of my son’s sneakers. My first thought was to buy him a used pair of the same shoes he had. I went poking around for used shoe sites and couldn’t find anything. The reason being, it’s not worth the effort to photograph, type up a classified ad and then ship something that costs $8. Or is it?
This whole used sneaker search got me looking for other niche sites where people could make money/save money and reduce their carbon footprint by selling and buying used items on niche sites with a dedicated, loyal audience with a common interest in particular products. As you can see from the list below, there are a handful of ways to sell your used items easily to an established market looking for exactly what you’re selling. In the years to come I hope to see an increase in online resources for selling used items.
Selling a Used Vehicle
Repo Vehicles For Sale: Repo Vehicles for Sale is an online platform offering direct access bank owned used and new vehicle repossessions to any buyer. Their
niche is that anybody can make offers to purchase a vehicle for wholesale and the fact that they list real bank owned repos.Here’s a mythbuster about repo vehicles from the site’s co-owner, Brandon Macomber…
“Bank repossessed vehicles are not salvage units. Most repos are in fact in excellent condition just like a used car from a dealer.”
Trailer Shopper: A niche for selling used trailers – who knew? Trailer Shopper is one of the largest online Trailers Classifieds for both dealers and private parties looking to buy and sell new and used trailers. They also offer complete local marketing campaigns for users.
Vintage Sleds: This is a site dedicated to snowmobile enthusiasts who love to tinker with and race older model snowmobiles. Back in 2001, the owner Larry put up a classified page on his website after he got several requests and questions about sourcing sleds and parts for them. Yes, this is mostly a hobbyist audience whois resurrecting relics, bringing them back to life and saving money while they’re having fun. On the flip side, this niche site also can be used to help sellers gauge the selling price of their sled and get a fair price.
Selling Used Clothing and Accessories
Tradesy: David Bakke from Money Crashers used Tradesy in the past to sell slightly used and sometimes even new clothing from his wife’s closet.
“I like it because the process for shipping couldn’t be simpler – Tradesy provides the packaging, and the website also handles all returns. These are two challenges I face with my other traditional reselling outlets – I am constantly short on shipping supplies and when I do get a return, it’s quite inconvenient.”
Selling Used Tools
2nd Life Tools: All ads are free. List your new or used equipment for sale such as AC equipment, hand tools, generators, pressure washers, shop manuals and welding equipment.
Selling Used Wedding Rings, Decorations and Dresses
Have You Seen the Ring: Here is a niche site that helps people sell pre-owned engagement rings and diamonds for significantly more than they would receive by selling to a jeweler, a pawn shop, or on more traditional websites (eBay, Craigslist, etc). How it works: Independent buyers make offers on items from independent sellers. Their GIA Graduate Gemologist sits in the middle of the transaction, and verifies every item sold. How it got started: CEO, Philip Johnson, founded Have You Seen the Ring after his experience purchasing an engagement ring. He knew that with divorce statistics at their current level, many people had rings and diamonds that were sitting in jewelry boxes. Johnson was frustrated that there wasn’t a trusted marketplace where he could buy these high value items.
Ruffled: The Ruffled blog has a tab called “Recycle Your Wedding,” that I’m absolutely smitten about! How it works: Buy and Sell your gently used wedding decor, gowns and more on Recycle Your Wedding. It’s free! They don’t charge commission or listing fees. Think about how smart this is. Your wedding is ONE DAY (yes, I’m yelling). All those pew bows and table center pieces can be sold to the next bride-to-be – because like what else are you going to do with this stuff!
Selling Used Media and Electronics
EcoATM: Eco ATM is more like a niche kiosk than a site, but since they have sites all over the county, it had to make the list! Here’s how it works: the ecoATM is an automated, consumer self-serve kiosk that quickly evaluates and buys back used consumer electronics directly from consumers for cash. The process takes just a few minutes to complete. David Bakke took it for a test drive and had this to say.
“I took in a few old cell phones that I had. They were in working condition but were rather older models, so I wasn’t expecting that much money to begin with. But if you still have the power cord to your device no matter what it is, be sure to charge it beforehand – you get more money that way. That’s one thing I did learn during the process. I got around $10 for each phone but as I said they were older models. I also once sold a no longer functioning tablet PC at an EcoATM location. I had previously dropped it, and was told that it would cost more to fix that it would be to buy brand new. So rather than getting no money back at all, I took it in to an EcoATM location. The machine graded it and offered me $25, and I took it.”
Selling Used Musical Instruments and Gear
Sweetwater Trading Post: The Sweetwater Trading Post is an online resource for anyone wanting to sell and find used audio gear. It’s exclusively for music gear and it’s 100% free to place ads. Buying or selling, you’ll be interacting directly with other musicians and audio enthusiasts.
Sam Ash Used Gear: Sam Ash is gung-ho about buying your quality, working-condition music and sound gear. They pay out for guitars, basses, amps, effects, keyboards, drums, recording gear, PA gear, and band and orchestra instruments. How it works: If you have an item you want to sell either bring it in to a Sam Ash Music Store for an instant appraisal, or fill out their on-line form (must include a photo) and a sales associate will get back to you.
Where do you like to sell and buy second-hand goods?
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