Winter is coming, and it not only means you have to get ready for the quickly changing weather but also start to plan your holiday gift shopping. And it may seem like the Holidays ares not too close to think about that, but given the modern-day struggles of lack of time and, of course, money, it’s always better to start that off ASAP. Especially, when it comes to funding the holiday shopping.
And what is the easiest way to get some extra money quick? One of the easiest and safest ways will probably be selling your unwanted stuff. And we’re not talking about starting the whole new marketplace, but about selling your old stuff online to get new stuff! I mean, who doesn’t have their own collection of things that we don’t use but still keep them for whatever reason? Now is the time when you can not only earn money from things you don’t need but also get rid of the stuff that’s cluttering your place.
One Person’s Trash is Another One’s Treasure
This is why we’re coming up with this tips list for the best ways to sell your used stuff online and get yourself some extra funding for holiday gift shopping!
Where do we start? First of all, you have to determine which stuff you need to get rid of. According to eBay, some of the most selling items in Canada include sports items, clothing, and iPhones. Just over the last couple of months, Canadians have purchased the largest number of NHL items. According to consumer purchase activity, Canadians are dropping the incredible amount of cash on their favorite players and teams. With this being said, the most expensive items ever purchased by a Canadian on eBay include D.Gilmour Worn Playoff Jersey from 1992 which sold for $6,800 CAD, Original Edmonton Oilers 1985-86 Presidents Cup Banner which sold for $10,000 and 1953 Parkhurst Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens Trading Card which also was sold for $10,000. So if you’re the one who has a bunch of sports-related stuff you no longer need at home – here is your solution!
The next option, and it may be the easiest one for most people, is clothing. If you have a bunch of unneeded clothing in your closet, this may be the right way to get rid of it. According to eBay Canada sales data collected since spring 2019, the top-selling items include patent pumps shoes, canvas sneakers, Veja sneakers, and chunky sneakers, with the purchases of last ones increasing by 65% in comparison to last year. Additionally, there’s a 100% rise in items with snake and leopard print (and there is no wonder! I mean, who doesn’t love leopard print?)
Finally, tech. In the last year, an iPhone was sold by a Canadian every 15 minutes on eBay, and bought by a Canadian every 15 minutes as well. The top three most purchased models include iPhone 7, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, with 70% of smartphone purchases being for used or factory-refurbished devices. So if you’re thinking of getting a new phone instead of the one you have, or if you just have a couple of old used devices lying around your home – just so you know, you can make 50% more of it on eBay than you could make in top Canadian carriers. Go ahead!
The next step after you know what you want to sell may be choosing your audience. Depending on what exactly you are selling, you can determine which marketplace works best for it. Basically, there are just hundreds of websites and apps where you can do that, but surely you don’t want to dig through all of them to sell a pair of sneakers or a smartphone. This is why we’ve done it for you and you only need to skim through the list!
Some of the most popular marketplaces are Amazon, eBay, and Bonanza. All of them are good for selling pretty much anything, although to do it you have to pay the fee to the website. It’s good if you just want to list your item and then wait for a customer to purchase it, so then you’ll just have to ship it and receive the money.
There are also websites such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, and Kijiji, that don’t take a cut of your sales, although when using them you’d have to connect with your buyer yourself. They’re especially good for local sales, but if you’re not comfortable handling the communication and meeting up with strangers, it’s not really for you.
Just for this cause, starting now and through November 17, eBay Canada is introducing their new Sell to Buy initiative. If you list and sell an item on eBay, they will match the amount you sell in the form of coupon up to $50, giving you extra funds for holiday gift shopping. For example, if you’re a tech lover and you still got your old devices lying around your home, you can use them as a way to get a brand new iPhone. Based on the average sold price of items on eBay from this year, if you sell a used Samsung S10 and a set of used PS4 controllers for $730 total, you can get your loved one (even if your loved one is yourself) a brand new iPhone 8 Plus.
If you’re looking for a place to sell your tech – there are also Swappa, Glyde and Gazelle, which give you a quote on your device and then ship you a box so you can send it. They’re pretty much similar in the way they work but have different quotes, so you can just check them out and find out which one has the best deal.
Haven’t started selling your old stuff yet? Go ahead and check out the best deals right now so you won’t need to handle the boring stuff during holidays, and can just enjoy the gift shopping without bothering about money! Let us know which way worked best for you and have a great holiday season!