Looking for classifieds marketplaces outside of eBay where you can get the most for your used stuff around the house? Don’t waste your time with an app that only has a few thousand users at any given time. Make the most of your limited time by listing on a marketplace that gets hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of views per month. Sell your used stuff sooner, get money faster, and reduce the clutter around your house! Or if you’re a designer or artist, you can sell on Etsy or other Etsy alternative marketplaces!
You may have to try several different marketplaces before you find one that works best for your region. For some regions, Facebook Marketplace may be the “go to” classifieds to use, while other regions may prefer Letgo. Craigslist is probably the one exception to this rule since it is one of the earliest classified marketplaces. Don’t be afraid to list your items on a few of these marketplaces. Just don’t forget to remove those items that sell, or you’ll be receiving random emails for months about something you no longer have. Read our article for more places to source inventory.
We’ve sorted through the different marketplace apps and listed the more popular ones in this article. So choose one that best fits your product to get your money quickly! You can also register to sell new and used stuff on these 9 major marketplaces. See what the fees for these 9 marketplaces are. Also check out our article on online B2B marketplaces like Alibaba.
We viewed these sites on a laptop, so note that the experience is likely to be different on a mobile device.
5miles has a very visual, tiled layout that emphasizes the pictures more than the text. Users may find it similar to Pinterest. In that way, 5miles is optimized for the mobile experience since users want to see pictures more than they want to read. One convenient feature of this service is that it lists the seller’s location. So customers can quickly see the seller’s location. Buyers can click on the product they want and “Make offer.”
There’s a broad range of categories similar to Craigslist. You can sell anything from pet supplies to cars and rentals.
Sellers have a simple thumbs up or thumbs down rating system with customers having the opportunity to leave comments.
Some other notable categories in addition to products:
- Classified Jobs Listings
- Services Listings
- Free and Donated Listings
One problem with “Make offer” is that it implies all prices set by the seller are negotiable. While this may be true even for Craiglist, it may force sellers to artificially inflate their asking price and then negotiate down to the real asking price. This kind of environment may be discouraging for people who want more transparency and who hate to haggle.
5miles is free to list, but there are fees for certain categories. For cars and auto parts, you’ll get 5 free listings and each additional one will cost you $4.99 per month unless you have a membership.
This marketplace is marketed toward “design lovers,” and as such, its listings are for home decor, art, and household goods. The difference between Chairish and other services on this list is that Chairish works on a consignment model. You submit the listing, Chairish approves it, and when the item sells, you get 80% of the proceeds. Shipping is also available to customers.
Basically, Chairish takes 20% of the sales price up to $2,500. Then it takes 12% on the next $22,500 and 3% on the next $15,000 on any price above $25,000.
Because Chairish approves listings, this marketplace tends to have better quality items. You won’t find some dirty bicycle someone rescued out of a dumpster for sale here like you might find on another classifieds site.
Craigslist really needs no introduction. Founded in 1995, it’s the most well-known classifieds site in the US. And perhaps the best part? The design and “feel” hasn’t really changed much since.
In fact, it’s probably the one website a visitor from the late 1990s would still recognize today. Unless there’s some Geocities website with cheesy clip art still around.
All listings are free unless you’re a dealer. Then you may pay a small listing fee depending on the category.
Many of the marketplaces and apps listed on this site are slowly siphoning users away from Craigslist. For instance, many people now go to Poshmark or Depop for fashion and used clothing rather than Craigslist. But Craigslist is still great for categories like cars and rentals or consumer electronics.
Depop is becoming a popular marketplace for many sellers. The audience is creative, artistic, and stylish people. In fact, Depop boasts over 10 million users. You’ll find a lot of fashion, accessories, and apparel o this marketplace.
Depop takes a 10% commission for every sale in addition to what Paypal charges for its transaction fee. That’s usually 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction, so overall fees are roughly similar to eBay, with the exception of certain eBay categories.
Depop’s layout is unique in that it’s very visual. You won’t find any descriptions until you click on the item. Products show with the picture and a price only. No other information like text is there to “clutter” the screen and distract viewers.
Facebook Marketplace started a decade ago and then closed soon after. It re-emerged in late 2016. Facebook Marketplace is becoming more and more popular in some regions since many users are on Facebook and it’s easy to express interest in an item through messages.
Browsing is easy, but there can be a lot of used stuff that is too expensive or just not very appealing. Accuracy of the listings can be hit or miss. You may be browsing smartphones and come across someone’s childhood teddy bear.
Still, with the number of users on Facebook on a daily basis, you can reach a very wide audience in your area. Listing is free, but make sure you take your item down as soon as it sells or you’ll constantly get messages about it if it’s a popular product like an iPhone. You’ll also find a lot of people expressing interest but never replying to your responses.
US residents have Craigslist. Canadians have Kijiji and Craigslist. In the US, eBay turned Kijiji into eBay Classifieds.
This is one of the most popular used marketplaces in Canada, outranking even Craigslist Canada. If you’re looking to sell on the Canadian used marketplace and want a broader reach than what Craigslist can offer, then Kijiji is your answer.
The user interface is reminiscent of eBay and even Craigslist, so many users will find the layout familiar. Simply choose a location and start selling your used stuff within minutes to access the Canadian classified marketplace.
Categories are very similar to Craigslist.
Letgo has a very easy to use interface with tiles that show the product, price, and location. If you’ve used Mercari, you’ll recognize the design and layout. The presentation is also similar to 5miles, but the filtering option allows users to quickly navigate categories. It’s also a very popular app with an average of 4.4 stars and 281,000 ratings on iTunes and almost 1 million ratings and 4.5 stars on Google Play.
One drawback is that products are sometimes miscategorized, so you’ll see jewelry in the housing category. Customers can quickly express interest by clicking on the “I’m interested” button or the “Chat Now” button if the seller is online. Other pre-populated messages customers can click on are for availability, price, and condition. While these buttons make shopping more convenient, it may mean sellers have to spend more time answering questions for window shoppers rather than serious buyers.
The Chat Now feature is a great way for customers to quickly connect with sellers, but if you’re a casual seller, you’ll find yourself constantly handling customer service if you have a popular item like the Apple iPhone.
Listia is unique in that the auction-style marketplace transacts with Ink Protocol (XNK) ERC20 token, a cryptocurrency based on the Ethereum blockchain. You’ll have to read up a little bit and learn about how blockchain technology works, but at the very least, you can always cash out immediately at current prices. Or you can exchange or hold onto the tokens for other transactions.
Listia markets itself as a trading marketplace, so holding onto XNK makes sense if you sell and buy on the platform, effectively trading the used stuff you no longer want for stuff someone else doesn’t want. You can also cash out by trading XNK for USD or ETH, but that increases the difficulty a bit. Don’t forget about those exchange fees if you trade to ETH and then to USD.
Browsing through the listings, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of exciting items like high-end consumer electronics or more desirable products, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find something you like.
The layout is fairly standard, with tiles displaying a picture of the product along with the bid and prices. As of the time of this writing, 1 XNK is roughly 1.33¢, so you can determine the USD price by multiplying the display XNK price by .0133.
Mercari and letgo have a very similar layout. You may be forgiven for mistaking one for the other. If you travel abroad, Mercari is also available in Japan and the United Kingdom. There’s also a filter on the left where customers can sort by specific features. eBay users will find Mercari’s user interface very familiar, albeit a little cleaner than the eBay of today. It was perhaps the first to popularize the use of icons and buttons to represent categories rather than simple text.
Mercari is perhaps one of the more popular marketplaces on this list, having roughly 40+ million visitors per month, according to SimilarWeb’s estimates. For reference, SimilarWeb estimates Craigslist gets over 514 million visitors a month. As such, you’ll probably have an easier time selling your used stuff on this app rather than another app.
OfferUp is another marketplace that is modeled after Pinterest’s layout and user interface. The entire page is filled with tiles of items for sale near the user, so browsing for stuff to buy is a fairly easy task, though it can be a bit overwhelming. One nice implemented feature is the endless scrolling. Category browsing is a little bit hidden as it’s accessed through a text drop-down menu.
Poshmark is perhaps one of the most recognized marketplaces for fashion. While initially popular amongst women, Poshmark also has listings for men’s fashion. This marketplace is great for selling used, branded clothing. If you are looking to empty out your closet of designer clothing and fashion, then this is the marketplace you’ll want to list on.
Fashion listed on this marketplace may be in better condition and priced higher than marketplaces like Craigslist. But the quality should be better since sellers and buyers will know the value of the clothing.
thredUP is a second-hand consignment store that sells fashion for women and kids. Instead of handling the listing and service, you’ll send thredUP a “Clean Out” bag of your clothing and they’ll handle the rest. Shipping is completely free. thredUP accepts over 35,000 brands, so chances are they’ll take something you no longer want.
You’ll have to do some work since thredUP only accepts on average 40% of the clothing people send. The condition of the clothing has to be excellent, so avoid sending in clothes with tears, stains, or other damage since those will just be rejected. Think about it this way: if you wouldn’t wear it because of some flaw, then someone else wouldn’t as well. You’ll be able to adjust the price for your clothes.
Since thredUP processes, lists, and ships the clothing, the website is a lot more uniform. Clothing and fashion are professionally modeled and photographed, creating a better experience for customers. And prices are competitive with other major secondhand stores. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with arranging meetings, negotiating, or even shipping, then consider this service.
Some examples of payouts from common brands:
- GAP women’s zip-up hoodie $1.35
- H&M women’s short sleeve top 35¢
- Banana Republic cardigan $3.15
- Nordstrom’s tank top $2.47
Some other notes for the clothes you send in:
- Clothes have to be laundered and clean
- Must be from a name brand
- High-demand items (found on their Clean Out page) will get you a payout once they are processed
- For items on consignment, you’ll get a payment once the item sells
- You’ll earn an extra 10% if you send in luxury designer brands like Oscar De La Renta or Dolce & Gabbana
Tradesy is similar to thredUP, but it handles only luxury designer brands. It acts more like a marketplace for luxury designer fashion, but you’ll handle the listing. Once your item sells, Tradesy will send you a shipping kit that has nice packaging and a pre-paid shipping label. You’ll pack the item and drop it off at the post office.
Tradesy will also handle returns, even going as far as taking the hit on the return provided you didn’t misrepresent the product in some way. That means you won’t take the loss for customers who “rent” your nice dress for an evening or two. There are other requirements and policies as well, like shipping and handling times.
The commission is fairly straightforward. For sales under $50, Tradesy takes a flat $7.50. For anything above, Tradesy takes 19.8%.
VarageSale markets itself as a virtual garage sale. The idea is fantastic unless you happen to live in an area that isn’t covered by VarageSale. However, you’ll find communities in most parts of the United States.
To use VarageSale, you’ll have to be verified. You can do this through Facebook. Then you’ll join a community that is near you and start listing on your own VarageSale store. If someone wants to buy your item, then you’ll “Reserve” the item for them until they pick up.
When you meet up with the buyer, you can be paid through the VarageSale app or with cash. You’ll just need to make sure either you mark the item as sold or the buyer marks the item as paid.
Because users list their own items on VarageSale, the quality of the pictures can be low and the pricing can be a bit too optimistic. You’ll also find some spam posts and other businesses using the platform to advertise.
Vinted acts like a marketplace for sellers to list their used clothing. There are no restrictions on brand or condition like Tradesy or thredUP, but sellers are expected to disclose any flaw.
Vinted takes a slightly different approach from its competitors Poshmark or Depop. Instead of charging seller fees, it charges the customers 5% of the selling price + an additional 70¢. When a sale happens, the buyer pays for shipping and you’ll receive the label. Drop it off at the post office, and when the buyer clicks on “Everything’s okay,” you’ll see the sales proceeds in your Vinted wallet.
Vinted is another good solution for those who want to sell their own clothing and keep the proceeds rather than giving up to 20% of the sales price or more to other marketplaces like Tradesy or thredUP.
Want to see what items sellers from around the world are listing on their classifieds marketplaces? Check out the links below to browse through some of the most popular classifieds marketplaces from across the globe. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something interesting:
- Carousell (Singapore)
- Dubizzle (United Arab Emirates)
- Gumtree (United Kingdom)
- Vivastreet (United Kingdom)
- Wallapop (Spain)
So long as the used stuff you have is in decent condition (or sometimes even when it’s not), you’ll be able to find some interested buyer somewhere. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s not to say that your used stuff is trash, but you may have considered throwing some of it away at some point. You’ll also want to read our article on some common buyer scams to avoid being cheated if you plan on shipping.
There’s a niche marketplace for almost everything you have in your house. From clothing to video games to vehicles, you’ll find a marketplace for it if you look. But with our list, you won’t have to spend too much time searching.
Get started finding a new home for the used stuff around your house that you no longer need or want. You’ll feel less guilty about what you spent on it, and you’ll feel good knowing it’s going to be useful for someone else. Make some money while saving someone else some money. An additional bonus is that your used stuff isn’t going to a landfill. You’ll get some money back, someone else will save money, and the environment won’t suffer from yet another item rotting away in some landfill!