Forget eBay or Craigslist: Four Alternative Apps to Sell Unwanted Stuff

Time to clean out the house and garage and do some spring cleaning by getting rid of all that stuff you no longer need. Sure, there’s eBay and Craigslist. But  a growing number of apps are available to serve as alternatives to those older online marketplaces.

Mercari is one of the most popular online marketplaces outside the U.S. and starting to build its service stateside. The app is free for Apple and Android. It links buyers and sellers. Categories include everything from antiques to sports gear to electronics. Listings can be shared via social channels. And Mercari doesn’t charge a listing fee or take a commission.

Depop bills itself as the little shop in your pocket. Think “Instagram meets eBay,” with an even more personal and interactive version of eBay’s limited feedback system. Like Instagram, you can apply filters to spruce up your photos. Descriptions can be short. Listings are free and Depop doesn’t charge any commission. Free for Apple and Android.

One more online marketplace – Chairish. Also free for Apple and Android, it specializes in higher end home décor, furniture, and jewelry. You provide the pics and details – they provide the online market. Chairish helps manage payment, shipping and online presentation, but there is a 20 percent commission for this one and other fees, such as insurance on shipping, could be involved.

Be sure to check out my report for NBC below to see the apps in action:

Updated (Oct. 16, 2015)OfferUp is becoming more and more popular. OfferUp connects buyers and sellers who live close geographically (relatively in some cases). It allows sellers to quickly take pics of stuff they want to sell and allows buyers to quickly look through a bunch of stuff that couldn’t be sold at the seller’s garage sale. It’s kind of a big mess, but nonetheless interesting to scroll through. I’m not saying you can’t find some interesting things (locally, I found an available pair of tickets to watch the Detroit Lions lose to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 3), but it’s hit and miss. Also, all transactions are done in-person and with cash – and I can’t figure out how the developers of OfferUp make money – so you have been warned. OfferUp is free for iOS and Android.

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  • THamilton

    You are missing out on a HUGE online marketplace for local communities… http://www.varagesale.com There are hundreds of local communities consisting of over a million members across the US and Canada, Australia & Europe. Awesome mobile apps for Android and iOS, and since it connects with Facebook and is moderated by teams of admins that review members who join the communities, it is way less creepy than craigslist or other anonymous buy/sell experiences. It’s growing fast, too.

    • sschablow

      VarageSale is great. I use it exclusively now because it’s so easy to snap a photo and create the listing and my items always sell there first. It seems to have a very active buy and sell online community. I also like that there are sites for local towns.

  • Arly

    Also, there is an App called “OFFERUP” that you can use to post just about anything (except Animals) that you no longer want.

    You can Search for anything, it will tell you how far they are from you and you can make “Offers” and “Ask” them questions about what they are selling, all within the App.

    I Love this App and it is very simple to use.
    Take a Picture, write a description and Post.

  • Brittb

    Depop actually does charge a commission fee.

  • Max

    I’ve used Trove for furniture instead of Chairish – https://www.usetrove.com/

  • Max

    Nice post Mike. I agree Chairish is great for high-end furniture and chairs but I’ve seen way better deals for vintage and used furniture on Trove – https://www.usetrove.com/