Amazon or eBay?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Thanks Forbes!



That is the question on my mind these days. Not so much the buying end but the selling end.

For the past year, I have had a whole bunch of stuff piled up in my spare room that I keep saying I am going to sell. Problem is, I never have.

And as I am packing up for the move in a little over a month (!), I realize that stuff has to go. It will not be making the move with us. I refuse to have it clogging up anymore of our precious space. It includes a variety of books, wedding items, household items, instruments. Yes, my things to sell are of the random variety.

Then comes in the ultimate problem, I literally have no clue what to do about starting to sell the stuff. I've perused both eBay and Amazon and they both seem to have very similar seller agreements. Pay a fee, pay me a fee, we sell your stuff. But there has got to be a better one out of the two. Or maybe a completely different alternative that I haven't discovered.

 Here is where I need your help. Some guidance, advice. Have you used either of these? What are the pros and cons? Help a girl out, muchas gracias!

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10 comments:

  1. I tried selling some textbooks on Amazon and didn't have any luck, however I never buy anything from either site if I have to pay shipping. I believe Amazon has an option now where you ship the product to them so they can offer it Amazon Prime which would be where I would think you would get the best bet for selling quickly. Although none of this is tested, just my opinion. :)) Haha!

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  2. That they do! One bulk shipment and it's in their hands to ship. But the cost goes up because you're paying the shipping and essentially them to ship it. But then eBay well, clearly I don't know!

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  3. Crystal WilliamsMay 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    If you have wedding stuff, you may want to try posting that stuff on The Knot classified board. I got rid of lots of stuff quickly that way. Just a thought! Happy selling :)

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  4. You are so right, will have to remember all my info and get to selling, thanks!

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  5. Veronica Lee BurnsMay 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    craigslist!

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  6. I've used ebay and Amazon, but only to sell back textbooks from college, so it's been a while. Any bigger stuff, I've sold on craigslist. My wedding stuff sold super fast on craigslist (vases, candle holders, card box, cake knife/server). We just sold our old couch and loveseat on their last week too. I've also found that my area has some local facebook pages for selling all kind of things. I just searched facebook for my city/county yard sale sites and found about 6 of them. People post all kinds of stuff from cars, furniture, clothes, household stuff, etc. and then it basically works like craigslist. You set up how you want to get it to/from that person. Good luck selling everything! We are actually having a yard sale this weekend, so I'm hoping to get rid of a lot, and whatever doesn't sell is getting donated. It's nice to get all of the clutter gone.

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  7. Looks like I might have to try craigslist although I still have that image of creepers coming to get my stuff haha hope the yard sale went well!

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  8. That's usually what I use eBay for too. I've never aol my own stuff!

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  9. Thanks! I don't know why I didn't even think of this. Just a little nervous about the thought of creepers ;)

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  10. I feel the same way! When we sold our couches, the people had to come to our house to get them, so I just made sure my husband was home too. And the smaller stuff I sold from our wedding, I usually met the people at a public place...like a busy parking lot somewhere. I didn't want to give out our address if I didn't have to :)

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