5 Platforms to Sell Stuff Online

By Mohd Aktar on Monday, 4 November 2013

Selling stuff online can sometimes be harder than you think. Luckily there are lots of different ways you can now sell your crafts, furniture or even clothes online. According to Makeuseof, selling online is incredibly easily, there are so many tools out there to help you along your way. Depending on how much you want to get out of selling online, each of these platforms have different merits you can leverage. Here are five of the most popular platforms and how to get started!


1. Etsy

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Etsy is the quirky cool kid at the party in terms of online selling platforms. A favourite for people who make art, homemade products or sell vintage and collectible items. It’s well respected and has been known to help good sellers make a fair bit of money. To use Etsy you need to set up your own online shop and try and market your store for your specific niche, as there are a lot of very successful shops on Etsy you need to learn how to stand out from the crowd!


2. BigCartel

bigcartel

BigCartel is an incredibly simple way to sell your items online. A favourite for clothing companies and record labels, the actual making of the store can be as simple or as complicated as you like. You can either choose from a pre-made layout or design one yourself, if you’re comfortable with coding. Whilst it’s simple to set up, it has the same issue as Etsy, there is a lot of competition from actual clothing companies. So to really stand out on the site users have to learn how to market themselves effectively.


3. Your Website

webeden

Webeden is actually a free website builder but has e-commerce capabilities so that you can build your own store from the ground up. Using a website builder is a more traditional route and also means you have complete control over the layout, design and ordering system. If you feel that you wouldn’t be comfortable with setting up the site there are lots of guides, or you can pay Webeden to create a site for you. Having your own site also makes you unique, so you won’t have as much competition from other sellers compared to other platforms because you’ll be your own brand.


4. Gumtree

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Try Gumtree to sell large items to local purchasers. Gumtree is incredibly simple to use as you don’t have to create a store or an account, it’s the online sale equivalent of asking your next door neighbour if they want to buy your fridge because you’re moving. Great for large items or lazy sellers, most people will pick something up if they want it enough. However, Gumtree isn’t for valuable items as there’s no audience for it, stick to cheap and cheerful.


5. Preloved

Preloved

Preloved is a site which is similar to Gumtree but specialises in vintage and quirky items. The site is run with the view of sustainability in mind, you can create a special account unlike Gumtree to sell off your preloved items. The site is more seller friendly as well, as there is a great search function which Gumtree does not have. The site also has a well maintained blog which gives sellers tips on how to sell items if they don’t get sold on the site.


1 comments

  1. Hello,

    Nice resource of platforms for selling stuff online, actually i'm using olx to sell second items which is kinda growing platform. And to be honest all the mentioned platforms are totally new to me.

    thanks

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