Gone are the days when you had to rely on Craigslist or eBay to sell your unwanted clutter.
Today, there’s a plethora of websites and apps — from Facebook Marketplace to Letgo and OfferUp — that can help you get cash for your unwanted items by connecting you with buyers in your area.
But what happens if you don’t want to meet someone face-to-face to complete the sale? Headlines about meet-ups gone wrong can give you pause about selling your stuff that way.
If you don’t want to run the risk of an in-person exchange, you can sell your stuff to or through a website that allows you to mail it in. These sites pay you for your items and handle the resale. Generally, all you have to do is ship your items.
Following are several such options. Unless otherwise specified, all of these sites cover the cost of shipping your items, such as by giving you a prepaid shipping label.
1. Amazon Trade-In
There are retailers willing to take your unwanted stuff for cash or store credit, as we detail in “9 Retailers That Will Pay You for Your Unwanted Stuff.” Amazon is no different.
The Amazon Trade-In program will give you an Amazon gift card for the appraised value of eligible items, including video games, books, mobile devices and even Amazon devices.
To learn more: Visit the Amazon Trade-In program webpage. To find out how much Amazon will give you for an item, click on the relevant trade-in category, such as “Kindle E-Readers” or “Gaming.”
If you have tech items, CDs, DVDs, video games, books or Legos to get rid of and you want cold, hard cash, Decluttr might be right for you. The site offers payment via check, PayPal and direct deposit.
To learn more: Visit Decluttr.com. To find out how much the site will give you for an item, click on the green “Sell” tab at the top of the site and then search for your item using Decluttr’s valuation engine.
This is another website that buys tech items, particularly cellphones. Answer some questions about your item, and Gazelle will make you an offer. You can get paid via PayPal, check or Amazon gift card.
To learn more: Visit Gazelle.com and click on “Sell.” To find out how much the site will give you for an item, click on the relevant category, such as “Sell iPhone” or “Sell Mac Computer.”
Do you have a gift card you know you won’t use? Don’t let it go to waste. It’s possible to use Raise to sell your gift cards for up to 85% of their face value, according to the site.
Raise is an online marketplace for gift cards. In other words, it connects people who have unwanted gift cards with savvy shoppers who want to buy gift cards at a discount.
You list your card for sale there — at a price of your own choosing. When it sells, you get paid via PayPal, direct deposit or check.
While you’re there, you can also buy discounted gift cards to use at stores you actually visit.
To learn more: Visit Raise’s webpage for sellers. To list a gift card for sale, start by searching for the store name.
Do you still have CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs sitting around the house? Tired of the clutter? SecondSpin specializes in helping people get rid of these discs.
You do have to pay your own shipping cost, although you might receive a rebate. Once SecondSpin processes your shipment, you can receive payment through online store credit, check or PayPal.
To learn more: Visit SecondSpin.com. To find out how much the site will give you for an item, click on the “Sell” tab and search for the item.
Don’t want to take your clothes to a consignment shop? ThredUP might be an option for you.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of clothes in your closet is to order a free Clean Out Kit. Fill this bag with high quality, gently used clothing or accessories and ship it to thredUP. (You can give it to your mail carrier or drop it off at a FedEx Office or U.S. Postal Service location.)
The website will then take care of photographing and selling the items. Once they sell, you receive cash or credit.
Do you have books you’d like to get rid of? You might be able to sell them to Powell’s, an independent bookstore chain in Oregon that also sells online.
It offers payment via PayPal or credit to your Powells.com account.
Do you have a favorite website for selling your clutter? Let us know which one and why in a comment below or on the Money Talks News Facebook page.
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