5 Best Websites for Turning Junk Into Cash

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Turning trash into treasure is a lot easier these days with websites that help you find buyers. But each has its own niche – and finding the right one can mean big savings.

Houses have an almost magical ability to accumulate junk, and everyone seems to have stuff they don’t really want and won’t ever use. Instead of letting that box of unused electronics or your great aunt’s porcelain cat collection turn you into an unwilling hoarder, why not sell it off and make some extra cash?

You can try doing it yourself (check out 13 Tips for a Super Yard Sale) or take your stuff to a local consignment shop (although you’re going to pay a large commission fee – at least 40 percent of the sale price, according to MSN).

Like everything else these days, online is where’s happening. But if you want to earn top dollar, make sure you target the right market…

1. Craigslist

Craigslist is like the online version of a newspaper’s classified section. You create ads, name your own price, and deal with buyers directly. There are no fees to post an ad on Craigslist, but you’ll be doing all the work. For every ad you post, you’ll have to communicate with buyers and meet someone in person to finish the deal.

Best for: Larger items like furniture or appliances. Since it’s local pickup only, you won’t have to worry about trying to ship a couch via UPS or the Post Office.

2. eBay

eBay is the granddaddy of online auction sites. You can sell your stuff at a fixed price or as an auction where buyers bid for your goods. The site was the first of its kind and the most well known, so it brings in a ton of buyers. But it also has more competition, more fees, and stricter payment terms. While the site does allow some types of credit card transactions, it’s primarily PayPal-driven. (You can see eBay’s payment policies here.)

Best for: Highly sought-after collectibles and smaller items that ship cheaply. Do you have a vintage Transformers lunch box? It’ll probably do well on eBay. But read the fee schedule carefully before you go on a listing spree. Because if your items don’t sell, you’ll still pay the upfront fees.

3. Bonanza

Bonanza is an online marketplace where you set up a seller’s booth and post ads for your stuff at a fixed price. The site doesn’t charge per listing fee, but it does take a small percentage of your sales.

Bonanza has two great features that set it apart from eBay…

  • The site itself has a clean look that really plays up the item photos, unlike the somewhat cluttered appearance of eBay listings.
  • You get more checkout options: PayPal, Google Checkout, and Amazon Checkout.

Best for: Jewelry, watches, and accessories. The site has a gift ideas section, and these popular items appear more frequently than other stuff.

4. Half.com

Half.com is owned by eBay but has a much more specific purpose: It lets you sell books, movies, CDs, and video games at a fixed price. You enter in the product’s UPC code and come up with a price, and your listing appears on the site. Payments are made once a month via direct deposit into your checking account.

Half.com doesn’t charge a per-listing fee, but they do charge a commission that can get pretty steep – up to 15 percent per item, depending on your listing price.

Best for: Textbooks. A good portion of the site markets textbooks exclusively.

5. Gazelle

Gazelle is a direct-buy site for electronics. You get a price quote through the site and ship the item, and Gazelle cuts you a check. The site pays via check, PayPal, or gift card.

Best for: Newer-model cell phones. If you have older cell phones or electronics, check out The Best Site to Sell Your Old iPhone and Other Gadgets before you sign on with Gazelle.

Stacy Johnson

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