Make Quick Cash Online: Sell Something

Here’s how to make quick cash online. Sell something.

Quick cash online seems too good to be true. And often it is. There are so many scams out there. I saw one, lately, in a Facebook group, where someone posted that if you paypal them $20, they will add your name to a list and you’ll make $600 back. This is the very definition of a pyramid scheme! (And illegal in most countries, including the US). It reminds me of my childhood days and those chain letters we used to get. Did you ever get 6 letters back?

We all want fast, easy money. Consistent income is a better solution, but if you need money right now, there are still a few things you can do. Here’s how to make quick cash online. The first way is to sell something.

Selling online fast is kind of like holding a virtual garage sale. You can list your stuff online on various sites, and it will sell within a few days, depending on the site, the item and your listing. Some things sell better than others. Some things will make you more money than others. And there are some things you can’t sell at all.

What can you sell?

You can sell both physical and digital items online. For the purposes of this post, we’ll talk about the physical items that sell well online. In fact, online classifieds have replaced many newspaper classifieds. Buyers can view pictures, talk with the seller and get answers quickly, and arrange payment and pickup easily.

First, you can sell furniture online.

When you sell furniture online, you want to include good pictures. Take them from multiple angles, so that buyers can get a sense of the style and size of the piece. Take close up pictures of details, such as shelving, carving, decorative elements or handles. You’ll also want to take a picture of any marks, rips, tears or scratches that may detract from the item. Don’t be afraid to be upfront about these issues. Buyers appreciate knowing what they are getting without any surprises. If you are honest, you’re more likely to get your price.

List in the description the dimensions of your item, when it was cleaned last,  your evaluation of its condition, and where it is being stored. You may also want to list whether it’s from a smoke-free home, or if you have pets. This is especially important if you are selling something with fabric — many people have allergies, so be considerate. It’s a good idea to list manufacturer and date of purchase (if you bought it new).

Second, you can sell clothes, shoes and accessories online.

Brand name clothes, fancy dress, and specialty items sell better than the  clothes you bought at Walmart. If you have a pair of designer jeans, a cocktail dress, or a leather jacket you are willing to part with, selling online will net you a quick profit.  Again, take pictures of your item, from multiple angles. Even better is when you can take a picture of someone wearing the item, so that buyers can get an idea of fit and style. List the size of the item from the item’s tag, the manufacturer or designer, and the material and color. You’ll also want to give an evaluation of the condition of the item, and how many times it’s been worn, if under 5.

Third, you can sell electronics online.

Generally, items that are only a few years old (within 5 years) will sell, as they will be able to integrate with current technology still. Any older, and you should probably just consider recycling them. Media devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops and computers sell well online. Gaming platforms, such as Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo also sell well. And there’s the huge entertainment electronics market. If you have a TV, DVD player or VCR (yes people still use those!), you can sell it online. When listing your electronic item, include its age, approximate condition, and for those items with screens, its size. For interactive media devices, you’ll need to include system specs, such as memory storage, processing speed and operating system info.

Fourth, kids’ items are great to sell online. 

Often times, you need to list bulk lots (such as a box of clothes or toys) to really be able to sell, but if you have a bigger children’s toy or equipment, you can sell it as well. Keep in mind that condition is everything for children’s items, as parents who are looking to buy are safety-conscious! Cleanliness is also important, so if you have a pet, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect for scent and hair before listing, and store out of reach of the pet. Brand names sell better than generic, but people will still buy a box of generic kids’ clothes.

Fifth, you can sell media items.

Books, movies, computer programs and music are fantastic items to sell online. Condition isn’t as big at deal, as long as the item is still usable or readable. For things like movies and music, original cases are essential to selling online. Having the original case tells buyers that the item isn’t pirated or stolen. When listing, include details about the author/artist, publisher/producer, and date of production. Unless it’s a well-known story or song, you may also want to include a description of the story or music in your listing.

Sixth, sports equipment and games sell well online.

Those golf clubs, soccer cleats or roller skates collecting dust in your basement can be turned into quick cash with a listing online. Make sure you let people know if something is meant for a left-handed or right-handed player, when applicable. Age, size and condition are also important to include in your description. If you are selling skates, let buyers know when they were last sharpened.

Where do you sell your items?

Each type of item you are selling has its own best places to sell. You don’t sell furniture on Amazon, and you don’t sell books on Craigslist. At least, you don’t if you have any need of a quick, profitable sale.

Furniture, electronics, larger children’s items and sports equipment sell better on Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Buy and Sell groups, Craigslist, Kijiji, and your local community online message boards or classifieds. That’s because these items don’t ship well. So you want to sell online, locally. In your listings, you’ll need to give an approximate area of pick up, or range of area for delivery, if you’re willing to deliver. Public parking lots, community centres, libraries and arenas make great places for exchanging goods and cash, so you don’t have to give out your home address.

Clothing, including children’s clothes, sells well on all the local classified sites, the same as furniture, and clothing sells great on Ebay. To sell on Ebay, you’ll need an account, both on Ebay and on Paypal. Paypal is an international money transfer service, that lets you accept payment from many countries and currencies. Paypal can deposit directly to your bank account, if you wish.

When you list on Ebay

You’ll include a picture, a description of the item, and any circumstances under which you will refund money. For example, will you take an item back and refund the money if someone buys and it doesn’t fit? That’s up to you, but specify ahead of time. On Ebay, you can create two kinds of listings: an auction listing, and a buy-it-now listing. A buy-it-now listing declares what your price of the item is, and people can choose to buy it or not buy it. An auction listing means that multiple buyers can bid on your item, and the final sale price is determined by who has the highest bid at the end of the auction. To list as an auction, you determine your reserve price (the minimum price you will sell it for), the starting price, and the time frame of the auction (3 days? 7 days? 30 days?) No matter which kind of listing you choose, you’ll also need to include an approximate shipping cost. Ebay does offer a shipping calculator for buyers, as long as you the seller gives an approximate origin location.

Books, media and music sell better on Ebay and Amazon. When you sell on Ebay, you’ll need to use your own photos of your items. Amazon will provide you with pictures, unless you otherwise specify. You’ll need to set up a buyer’s account on Amazon, and from there you can set up a seller’s account. Amazon pays directly to your bank account, so you’ll have to give them your direct deposit information to get your money.

When you list on Amazon

You can use a book’s ISBN number to easily and quickly create a listing on Amazon. Amazon then uses their existing catalog information to help with your listing. You’ll get access to all the other sellers of your item, so you can price your item competitively. Amazon also gives you a set credit for shipping costs. This may or may not cover your actual shipping costs, so be aware.

Both Ebay and Amazon charge a small fee for selling through their site.

Safety Warnings

There are some cautions to selling your things online. You want to do this in a way that not only keeps you safe, but makes sure you aren’t out your money and your item, and left with nothing.

What you can’t sell

First, there are some things you can’t sell, whether online or anywhere else. You can’t sell partially used medications, alcohol, or drugs online. That’s illegal! Pirated movies, stolen items, well.. this should be common sense. You can sell some kinds of weapons however. Usually, they have to be antique to be able to sell legally. And there may be rules about selling weapons of any kind across international borders, so be careful.

Second, there are some things you shouldn’t sell, online or anywhere else. For example, you shouldn’t sell carseats or cribs. There are too many safety regulations and concerns to be able to sell those safely. If it’s something that you should know the history of before you buy it, like a bike helmet, then you really shouldn’t sell it. You can’t guarantee the quality of the item, and you may open yourself up to liability issues and lawsuits, even if you didn’t know.

Protect yourself 

Third, when you sell online, be careful about finalizing your transactions. If you are selling through an online classifieds site, you should meet in person to sell your item, and take cash only. Meet in a public place with lots of people around, for safety’s sake. If you are selling through a site like Amazon or Ebay, don’t take your transaction off site just to avoid a fee. The fees are there to help pay for the protections you get, both as a buyer and a seller. If something goes wrong with your transaction, you can use the channels provided on the bigger sites to help protect yourself from con artists and scammers.

Fourth, when you are selling strictly online, don’t use Western union or accept electronic funds transfers, that require you to give out sensitive information directly to the buyer. Use something like Paypal or Venmo that protects your sensitive identification, and also has built in protections in case of scammer. Accept only the amount owed, not extra. It’s a common scam to forward a seller a check for more than the purchase price, and ask the seller to make change. Often times, the seller will find, after they’ve sent on the extra, that the original check wasn’t good and they are out a lot of money. Or, even scarier, it’s a way for criminals to turn proceeds of crime into legitimate cash, and you could be on the hook for helping with a crime.

Use your common sense when selling online.

There are quick profits to be made, but there is risk as well. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You do not have to accept the first offer that comes your way, if you aren’t comfortable doing so. Take the proper precautions to protect your identity, your person, and your money.

Happy selling!

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