The phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" comes to mind -- you can sell almost anything online, and find tools to help you do it more efficiently. The Web has information about auctions, marketplaces, and classified ads, and resources to help you create a successful Internet storefront. If you're new to online selling, this guide will supply you with enough tips and introductory advice to help you get started.
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If you’re trying to sell an item or service but you don’t have the time or patience for auctions, consider posting a classified ad online. With an Internet classified ad, you’ll reach more potential buyers than you would with a print publication. Better still, most sites are free to use, so you’ll save money in addition to time and paper.
- In addition to specific listing sites recommended here, your local newspaper may have an online version that will post your classified ad.
- It can be difficult to guess where and how people look for the items they want. If you're not having luck selling an item, you might want to try advertising on more than one site, or listing it under different categories on the same site.
is one of the biggest and most popular online classified sites. You can post from any city in the United States as well as many countries around the world. Craigslist is free for posters, but keep in mind that new ads get posted everyday and older ads get bumped down. Craigslist is pretty popular, so your ad has a lot of visibility but a limited shelf life.
advertises itself as an alternative to eBay. You place ads with an asking price and other users can either accept or offer a new price. If you don’t get your price, make a deal with the person who gives you the best offer. An ad costs $1 and stays up for 30 days.
(Online Exchange) is a completely free classified site. Browse and sell by category, region, or city. OLX also helps you advertise your ad on other Web sites such as MySpace and Blogspot. You can accept Paypal payments for the items you list, access the site from your phone, and connect with other users.
is another local classified service that is free to personal account holders. You’re considered a “personal user” if you’re placing fewer than 10 ads a month. If you plan on placing more than 10 ads, you can sign up for an unlimited monthly ad plan starting at $9.95 for basic ads.
is an off-shoot of Oodle.com, a search engine for classified ads. If you post your ad with Lycos (it’s free), it will pop up when someone does a search for an item or ad on Oodle.
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