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10 best Android apps to sell stuff and make money
There are a lot of apps that let you sell stuff. However, they are all in the same two categories. There are apps like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon where you can sell in a vast storefront in competition with other people. The other type are online marketplaces like Facebook, Craigslist, Letgo, etc where you list your stuff and wait to hear from someone.
There is technically a third type, but we have a totally separate list of garage sale apps that we recommend in case you want to sell your stuff the old-fashioned way with a modern twist. For now, let’s check out the best Android apps to sell stuff online.
The best Android apps to sell stuff
Price: Free / $39.99 per month
5miles is one of the more popular apps to sell stuff. It’s an online marketplace where you can post your stuff to have it sold. It uses GPS and zip code to show your post to people in your area. Additionally, it has Facebook integration, built-in seller-buyer messaging, and more. It’s fairly easy to use as well. This is definitely good for those who want to sell things on Craigslist and also want another place to post it as well. Some people have experienced issues, but most seem to enjoy the experience well enough.
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Amazon Seller is for those who want to take this seriously. The app allows you to manage your Amazon seller account. You’ll have to create your account on Amazon’s website. Otherwise, you can do most of the stuff in the app. Included with the app is a photo studio where you can get pictures of your stuff. Additionally, you can respond to messages, start special offers, and do plenty of other stuff. It’s a little over the top if you only want to sell one or two things. However, it’s good to have this just in case you want to sell more than that.
Craigslist is one of the most popular places to sell things online. You can post an ad, people respond, and you can work out details like where to meet or how the person is picking up the thing you sell them. The website doesn’t have any flashy graphics or bells and whistles. You simply post the ad, add images, add your contact info, and wait for the texts to come in. The app works well enough. It basically looks like the website itself so you can easily do this on a browser as well.
eBay is the king of apps to sell stuff. People and companies have been using eBay for years to sell their things and it’s one of the most trusted names in the genre. It comes with a couple of ways to sell your stuff (auction or Buy It Now), various security features, and you can do everything in the app that you can on the website. There really isn’t a limit to what you can sell on eBay. Even the listings are generally more informative and helpful than smaller sites. It’s a pain to get set up if you don’t have an account for some reason, but otherwise, it’s pretty fantastic.
Etsy (Sell on Etsy)
Etsy is a great place to sell some of your stuff. It’s a website for artists and tinkerers where you can sell homemade art, crafts, and various other objects. It’s not the kind of place where you’d sell a couch or a TV. However, if you have some paintings or some oven mitts that you made, this is a good place to go. The app itself works pretty well and you can even use it to sell things in person. It also comes with order management, listing management, and you can talk to potential buyers. It’s not a bad place to go for independent artists. However, we wouldn’t recommend this for selling the stuff out of your garage. There are better options for stuff like that.
Facebook is also getting into the apps to sell stuff market. Semi-recent updates have included a new marketplace feature. You can browse and search there to find goods based on your location. Similarly, you can post your stuff on there and hope that someone takes an interest. It’s kind of like they built the sell section of Craigslist right into Facebook. Since many people use the Facebook app anyway, why not try to sell something there too? The only downside is we’re not sure how many people actually know about the marketplace feature on Facebook so we don’t know how many people will see it.
Letgo is one of the larger apps to sell stuff. With over ten million downloads (at least), there is a good-sized audience of people to sell yourself to. It features a clean interface, simple posting, and plenty of additional features. It boasts an AI built-in that tries to categorize and name your items without your input to make things easier. You can even chat with potential buyers and sellers to get things worked out. It’s not perfect, but people seem to enjoy using it. The pitfalls it does have seem to be indicative of the app type. A lot of apps to sell stuff have things like bots and jerks that parade around the site. You won’t escape them by simply moving to another app so just use the one that works best for you.
Price: Free / Up to $21.99
OfferUp is another one of the local apps to sell stuff. You can post your stuff relatively quickly or browser around for stuff that’s already there. On top of the basics, the app also allows people to earn reputation points for being good sellers. This helps weed out the spammers and scammers. Otherwise, the app is actually pretty simple comparatively. The interface can be a little cluttered, but it works. It’s a good option for those looking for something simple. They also have plenty of users so there’s a good chance your stuff will be seen.
VarageSale is an app that focuses on a lack of anonymity. Users are required to sign up via Facebook so that everyone can see everyone. The idea is to help lower the qualms that people have about buying and selling online. In addition to that, VarageSale covers the basics pretty well. You can list your stuff, arrange sales through the app, and browser stuff from other people. Admins also regulate the service. That should help lower the number of spammers. It’s a fairly decent site overall and one of the better apps to sell stuff.
Specialty sites and forums
Price: Free / Varies
There are a variety of sites that specialize in certain items. For instance, Swappa is an excellent place to sell your used smartphones, tablets, etc. The Head-Fi forums are a great place to sell high-end audio gear (although you must pass their forum introductions first). Those are just two examples. There are forums and sites all over the Internet for enthusiasts. Some of them let you sell stuff. Specific subreddits on Reddit are good places as well. It’s not great for every demographic and, unfortunately, we’re only the most familiar with tech stuff. However, it’s worth looking at various large communities to see if they allow you to sell things on the site. Just be cool about it, you know?
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