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I want to sell small 'odds and ends' online ...is ebay the right place?

 
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We have lots of 'things'.

...odd little antiques that our kids won't want...'leftover' weavings and woodworking from our craft show days....old books, new books....other crafts we've traded some of our own for in the past...seeds, maybe root cuttings, etc. ...maybe occasional buys from our thrift store for 25 cents that are worth way way more like the Frank Lloyd Wright inscribed book from years ago...

Just stuff.  

Is that what ebay is for?

Do you sell there as a regular thing and is it worth the effort?

I don't want to have a yard sale or rent a booth at a junk store and I'll never in my life set up another booth at a fair.

Is there a down side?

A trickle of income is just fine as long as things keep moving out the door.....

 
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That's exactly what both ebay & craigslist are for. I don't sell there, at all (on either), But, I know several people who supplement their income, get money for the holidays (or whatever), or even use it as their primary income. Whether it's worth it or not, is an entirely personal thing, that only you can decide. I'm not sure how the taxes work.
 
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Hi Judith;
It's been a few years now, but I did very well selling "stuff" on Ebay.
I realized I had lot's of things that nobody but me knew what they were. If something had happened to me, it all would have been thrown away.  
We made several thousand dollars+ over the course of that summer.

I did 7 day auctions with most of my stuff , but buy it now works very well.
Do not start an auction for any less than your willing to take.
Be very clear about shipping,handling charges.  

It's a learning curve but I had great fun doing it.

My best shocker of a sale.   I got just shy of $400 for a 1970's chrome S.W. tachometer...  I bought it for $40 in 1975
 
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Thank you both...this is what I needed to hear!

I did read about how to sell there and when I got to the 'here we go' post your item, I panicked

I've browsed what I could of the site.
It's a little intimidating seeing the number of things there for sale.

I suppose it takes awhile to build reputation also?

 
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Yes,  your number of sales and your percentage rating as a seller are everything.
Try to keep a 100% rating.  Quick shipping, give a fast response on any messages and hope your buyer's leave good feed back.

It really is fun (if things are selling)
Be sure to research what you are selling. On ebay and on google, before you post an item for sale.
Things that seem of low value can surprise you with what they are worth. Other things that you think should be valuable are not.

Start slow and see what you think.
Have fun with it, I did!

 
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We had a neighbor back in the city that made a good income buying things at local garage sales and goodwill, etc. And selling them on eBay.  She was good at knowing what things sold for online and was VERY careful to know what shipping would be.
 
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eBay is great, turn old stuff you don't want or need to new cash, so many people who complain about being broke don't realize they have the world at their finger tips and can make money without very much work.
keep a perfect rating by being honest about what your selling and timely in responses and shipping, if you don't know what something is just say you don't know what it is , post lots of good clear pictures no matter what it is
 
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Here, that sort of thing is better for a local swap paper called "Uncle Henry's". It might only be a Maine thing, but generally here if you want to get rid of stuff quickly like what you have (odds and ends and not really a crafting business) Uncle Henry's is a much better place. It is more of a place to find deals.

Craig's List here works, but not as well. I have never sold anything on Craig's List for example, I just get lots of emails that go back and forth and no sales.

And the last I heard Ebay changed their policies making it harder to for everyone. I have never gone on that site though; either as a buyer or seller which is kind of telling.
 
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Ebay used to be great, my more recent efforts have not done as well, other people obviously still having good luck.

I also see people apparently doing a brisk trade in small items on Facebook groups that I frequent looking for garage sale listings. Near as I can tell they coordinate by Messenger and conclude deals in person in mutually-convenient Walmart or Dollar General parking lot. Not my bag, but it’s a thing.
 
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I used to sell on Ebay back in the day, but I stopped because their cut kept getting larger and larger.  I still buy stuff from Ebay, I just haven't sold in a long time.  I don't have a Facebook page, but I hear A LOT in my community about people selling things on Facebook Community (I think that's what it's called) and doing very well.  I personally buy things from craigslist at least a couple times a year.  It's usually one of the first places I look if I need to buy something used that won't ship easily.  Anyway, it sounds like you have a lot of nice things that you could list and do okay on.  
 
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Thanks to all!

I hope to avoid anyone coming to the house, phone calls and having to deliver things.  

I am on facebook and could try through the 'marketplace' but that is only local and would involve all of the above.

Actually, I've never bought things through ebay, craigslist or fb marketplace.

Still considering...looking at this as a winter project.

Of those who have sold on ebay have you used their business model or just individual sales?

 
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I have used more FB marketplace than anything else (and been a seller on Ebay since Ebay was new... yikes).
FB marketplace seems to have more turnover and local sales; if you are specific in your directions you can totally use it via only messaging and meeting in public places. Public libraries are often the meeting points.I found personally when selling things that FB people were more PITA types, but I did sell a lot through it (priced to move, I should add. I was not trying to maximize profit, just get it all gone).
Ebay seems to be good when you have more valuable things or more specifically awesome things (a 1953 Ford truck headlight, for example) because people search for what they need. You do it all via email and the post office, which can be good.
In the end, online sales take a lot of time, if you want to try to maximize what you make from them. Photography and principally research (I had a house full of collectibles to sell, and I ended up selling them in a lot to an auction house. Probably made less than they were worth but my time has a value....). But if you just want to unload what you have, FB marketplace and Craigslist can be great for that.
 
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Hi Judith;  
Individual sales.  Opening a "store" seemed like to much trouble.

 
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Judith Browning wrote:Thanks to all!

I hope to avoid anyone coming to the house, phone calls and having to deliver things.  

I am on facebook and could try through the 'marketplace' but that is only local and would involve all of the above.

Actually, I've never bought things through ebay, craigslist or fb marketplace.

Still considering...looking at this as a winter project.

Of those who have sold on ebay have you used their business model or just individual sales?



When I've purchased via ebay, any conversations necessary were all via email, or chat. Not all sellers use the chat feature. The people I know, who sell there, can figure out their own shipping, and have done it in at least 2 different ways, that I know of. When my sister was doing it, it was on a small scale, and she lived quite a ways from her local post office (ok, from town, lol), and she kinda looked at it as an excuse to get out of the house, so she'd ship as the orders came in.

My ex's step mom did it as her primary income, dealing in collector dolls, and did a brisk business. She shipped orders 2days per week, giving her customers a 'cut-off' time, the day before, in order to make the next shipping day. That allowed her to assemble & pack orders, do her own purchasing, receiving, and inventory controls, the rest of the week, without having to drop everything, to ship each order that came in.

I placed an order for something in the off-season, that got missed by the seller, for a few days, because she didn't check her stores daily, except during the normal busy season. It wasn't a big deal, to me, but some folks might have been upset - so she refunded my shipping price, and apologized profusely. I honestly hadn't even noticed, and told her so, lol. But, I thanked her, and left her a very nice review.

The thing with ebay that the sellers love, is that it's your business. You run it your way. The down side is that you pay for the privilege.
 
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What about etsy?
Has anyone been selling stuff there?
I think they changed the rules so people could sell more than just stuff they made.
..and I think it's only 20 cents per item,.. plus paypal or credit card fees.
 
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Another way to go is Craigslist.

I am another one of those people with lots of stuff I could and should sell, but have been reluctant to deal with the hassle. At my local car mechanic's suggestion, I recently posted a set of used studded snow tires on Craigslist, and they sold within a few days. The guy just came to my house and got them.

Craigslist doesn't take a cut, and it may limit your sales to people geographically nearby, but it means no trips to the P.O.  
 
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I do not think having contact with people is a bad thing. I have met some really great people that way.

A year ago I bought some used drywall off a guy nearby that ended up being a Permie...the drywall was even in his yurt! We talked for a long time, he gave me a book on healing the Endocrine System, and talked about church, and family. A few weeks later I saw his family at our church!

Another time I went to buy a woodstove off a guy, and we found out he was a friend of a friend, and many other friends, and when we left, not only did he just give us the stove, he loaded our trailer with other stuff too. He was a retired house mover and had just sold his company, so he was cleaning out his business. We went home with hundreds of dollars worth of fabrication stuff. We are still friends with him and his wife to this day!

 
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I do not think having contact with people is a bad thing. I have met some really great people that way.


It is not at all a bad thing....and yes, sometimes a way to make great new connections.

For my particular situation at the moment though, I would like to keep that to a minimum as I have many small items to sell rather than a few large things.

When I sold my floor loom I was happy to talk to those interested on the phone and thoroughly enjoyed having folks stop by the house to check it out.  

I think to try to sell 50 small inexpensive items like that would be exhausting
 
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craig howard wrote: What about etsy?
Has anyone been selling stuff there?
I think they changed the rules so people could sell more than just stuff they made.
..and I think it's only 20 cents per item,.. plus paypal or credit card fees.



I have been doing well on Etsy. Without a ton of work, I net about $100 a month on average. I thrift shop vintage items and flip them at an average profit of $10 each. Some a bit less and some quite a bit more. I started by using a link for my first 40 listings for free. I am not sure I am allowed to share it here but if I can, let me know

I quit Ebay. They are very seller unfriendly! Fees are out of hand and if the buyer makes false complaints, you will lose 99% of the time. A lot of scammers on Ebay now. If you chose to sell on Ebay, get on YouTube and watch as many videos as you can. Way too many people, especially new sellers, getting burned.

Another option to sell is Mercari. I have been following that platform for awhile and lots of chatter and so far, most are very happy. I plan on selling there once I heal from a recent surgery.
 
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i have been selling on ebay for a while now, off and on for some years. lately they have changed their policies in some ways i dont like, but i still keep at it.
it goes in waves how well i do, some months great (but still thats like relative so say 100 - 200$) and other months nothing.

here's some of my stuff currently, if anyone is curious ---> lani hamaya on ebay

when i first started selling on ebay many years ago it was more expensive to list. you had to pay for listing things, even if they didnt sell. then the final selling fees were much lower. i had some cool stuff but i would just get lost in the huge amount of stuff on there...and definitely didnt like paying for listing fees when stuff wasnt selling...

the way it is now anyone can list up to 50 things for free on ebay every month, i almost feel like everyone should list 50 things for free on there every month...after you get it set up and going you can just keep relisting things and have it run in the background of your life till you get sales.

i like it anyway...i have been doing a little better on ebay than on Etsy.com...but Etsy.com is better for larger more expensive pieces i think...
 
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leila hamaya wrote:i have been selling on ebay for a while now, off and on for some years. lately they have changed their policies in some ways i dont like, but i still keep at it.
it goes in waves how well i do, some months great (but still thats like relative so say 100 - 200$) and other months nothing.

here's some of my stuff currently, if anyone is curious ---> lani hamaya on ebay

when i first started selling on ebay many years ago it was more expensive to list. you had to pay for listing things, even if they didnt sell. then the final selling fees were much lower. i had some cool stuff but i would just get lost in the huge amount of stuff on there...and definitely didnt like paying for listing fees when stuff wasnt selling...

the way it is now anyone can list up to 50 things for free on ebay every month, i almost feel like everyone should list 50 things for free on there every month...after you get it set up and going you can just keep relisting things and have it run in the background of your life till you get sales.

i like it anyway...i have been doing a little better on ebay than on Etsy.com...but Etsy.com is better for larger more expensive pieces i think...



I just started selling Magnesium Flakes on ebay this summer and it has been pretty great. Def feel you on the waves! July was like totally dead on all metrics.

I like your thinking on just listing 50 things! I have 5 listings, but am curious as to what else I could sell know that I know the shipping sizes/price points.

I am thinking of looking for things related to what I already like to do or value add to items I can source for free or next to nothing, bees wax candles for example.

I have not tried selling random things on eBay yet however, might give it a go!
 
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yeah i have considered selling random stuff, sometimes i have in the past listed and sold some random things...so its worth a try, could be good.
i have hundreds of things i made to sell so that i cant even list them all...

one thing i have done pretty well with is seeds.  since you can get these free ish, but for the time it takes to clean them, its a nice small thing you can sell on there.

but yeah anyone can list 50 free listings per month, then you pay a percent for the selling fees, but thats after it sells. then they run promotions...but they run them like every month for an extra 100 listings...sometimes 500 free listings. you gotta just keep checking on getting the promotions if you want to list more....but 50 per month is free always.
 
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anyway in response to you original questions, yes i think it's worth it and you should do it. !

also Facebook Marketplace is through messenger ...this is also something i try a little, i personally just write FREE shipping to anywhere in US and figure postage in the payment. no meetups, it's all done through PayPal and other sites and debit/credit cards online. its worth posting things there too.
i ship things out just by putting them in the mailbox, printing my own postage through PayPal, its easy if you have a printer and saves a trip to the P.O. it's also a good deal cheaper when dealing with bulk shipping...the PayPal shipping is good and theres other online sites for printing your own postage.

Etsy is cool, but yeah you have to pay listing fees. it's 20 cents per listing, and thats for four months. so for a few dollars a month you can have a little shop there, and i definitely think is one of the best sites for specifically crafts, and crafty type things....although their food/gardening/plant/seed listings are pretty great too.

one other thing i think is worth mentioning, though less if you are looking for a little income , but cool anyway...like a giant internet yard sale/barter is Listia.
this does not involve money though, you build up credits through "selling" things...which you can then use to buy other's things...it's fun, and you can find a lot of cool there.
maybe more for things like...you want to declutter, and just want to get rid of...

they have a pretty good seed/plant trade section too... ---> https://www.listia.com/search/home-garden-gardening
 
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I have been buying and selling on ebay since 2002. Here are my personal parameters for success:

1) Buy a few small things to get at least 10 positive ratings. Many, many people will not buy from a seller with less than 10 ratings. Pay immediately and leave nice feedback for the seller. Do some of your holiday shopping there this year, (buying used goods so you can feel good about it!)
2) Sell small things that fit in the priority mail flat rate boxes. Include free shipping, adding the cost of the prepaid boxes into the cost of the item. Shipping costs are what make many things unprofitable on ebay and etsy.
3) Sell things that can go book rate. Vintage postcards, holiday cards, current paperback and hardcover books by popular authors

Craigslist: Meet people at a public place. After photographing my items, I box them up and keep them in the back of my car. I arrange to meet people at the grocery store, library, etc. Anyplace public that is well-lit and easy to find, with lots of people around. I meet them at times convenient for me, that fit in with my errands for the week.

I almost always make enough money on ebay in November/December to pay for my own Christmas gift-giving. Craigslist pays for my food forest tree purchases. I love it!
 
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yeah priority mail is good for a lot of things...and the PADDED flat rate envelope is good for huge things.
https://store.usps.com/store/product/shipping-supplies/priority-mail-padded-flat-rate-envelope-P_EP14PE

you can order those, and the small and medium boxes, and the post office will ship them to you.

but best rate is for "First Class Parcel" which is from $3- $5 depending on weight. anything under 16 oz. the PayPal shipping is super useful...and figures it out for you after you enter the weight. you can buy and print priority flat rate postage there too, and save a trip to the P.O.

also with PayPal account, you can sign up for a PayPal debit card. this is useful if you want to sell things online, cause then you can access the money you take in with PayPal from anywhere, pay for it with a debit card that accesses the money you have in your PayPal....

and avoid fees to transfer to bank accounts or whatever...
 
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I've sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist with pretty decent results.
 
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I've sold lots of stuff on eBay.  It is a good place for specialized items because you have a much bigger pool of buyers available.  I sold a lot of model railroad stuff a couple years ago and had good results.

One of the responders to this thread brings up a very good point about selling on eBay.  I have almost 900 individual feedbacks on my account, mostly from buying (oops), but quite a few from selling.  It is very rare that there is only one of something on eBay, and I typically buy from the person with the highest number of feedback ratings and the highest rating percentage.  Someone with 5 feedbacks may be selling something for a little less, but I'll buy from the person with the higher rating.  It has worked out well so far because I've only had 1 bad experience in over 20 years.  Best of luck.
 
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Kim Hill wrote: “I quit Ebay. They are very seller unfriendly! Fees are out of hand and if the buyer makes false complaints, you will lose 99% of the time. A lot of scammers on Ebay now. If you chose to sell on Ebay, get on YouTube and watch as many videos as you can. Way too many people, especially new sellers, getting burned.”

I would agree with that 100%. The first thing I ever sold on eBay, way back when ebay was new, was a school bus! The buyer was 1500 miles away, but the sale went smoothly. The next thing I sold, the buyer never paid, but I still had to pay listing fees, so I started to learn what to do and not do.
Nowadays ebay has become very ‘seller unfriendly’. Buyers can leave negative feedback for any reason, but sellers can only leave positive feedback. I think now it seems mainly geared toward sellers of multiple items, in sale vs auction format. Be sure to read all of the ‘fine print’. Ebay has many rules, ever changing and sometimes confusing. They also have many fees, including taking a percentage of your shipping. Think about that. You have to bump up the actual shipping cost to compensate yourself for the ebay cut. To me that’s unfair to both buyer and seller. If you use a reserve number (a hidden price that is your minimum you will accept), there is a fee for that, even if the item never sells. Also be careful of the default settings. One example- ebay has it rigged so that your listing keeps renewing automatically, even if you may not want that. You can bypass that, but it takes attention to detail. If you leave it, you can get charged a fee. Finally, as others have mentioned, there’s the feedback issue. Many buyers won’t even consider a seller with less than a few dozen positive and a 100% rating. I wish there was a better alternative, because ebay IS great for the fact that you can list some oddball thing that someone will be searching for. To me, the overall hassle of selling on ebay isn’t worth it. I do still occasionally buy there, but find that usually Amazon is much cheaper.

I’m trying out Etsy, and so far am happy with it. Their rules and fees are simple and fair. (May not work for the stuff you have Judith).
In my area Facebook marketplace is huge, but I refuse to trust Facebook, given Zuckerburg’s track record of selling user’s info and other privacy violations.
Overall I vote for Craigslist. Meet buyers in a busy public place at your convenience during daylight hours if possible. While, as Travis mentioned, you may meet a new friend, you may also meet some fairly sketchy people too. I would not see this as anything but a business transaction. There’s plenty of safer ways to meet likeminded people!

Good luck Judith! Let us know if you find a method that works best for you, especially if it hasn’t been mentioned here.
 
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I'm so glad I asked here first Feeling only a little confused and now much better informed.

I see that I would be starting with a serious handicap having never bought anything at ebay and also never sold.  I really can't see buying things I don't need there in order to build a reputation to sell?

For years, selling things seemed like too much work and I would either give to local thrift stores, friends  or ship to a friend who I know could use what ever it was.  Now, I'm trying to get my mindset focused on a little income from these bits and pieces.

Maybe permies could have a 'garage sale' or 'yard sale' forum? I trust the folks here


Thanks everyone!
 
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Maybe permies could have a 'garage sale' or 'yard sale' forum? I trust the folks here



Now I wonder if listing things like I mentioned in my first post in blatant advertising https://permies.com/f/149/blatant-advertising would be OK?

I see there's a wide variety of 'things' there?

...and I don't see any guidelines or limitations?
 
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I totally get not wanting to buy stuff just to get a good rating on ebay. If you engage in monetary spending, though, chances are you will find things there you would normally buy. I have bought many used and unused parts to keep my 1987 toyota truck alive. I have bought very nice used wool and cashmere sweaters to give at holiday time for less than $20. I bought a package of eight 3M water system filters at a fraction of what they cost at Home Depot. I have bought lots of fabric, vintage and not, at much less than what I would pay at Joannes. On and on. Browse the categories of stuff you buy anyway and you may be surprised how quickly you can boost your ratings without spending extra money (but watch the shipping costs!). Good Luck!

All that said, I really like using craigslist, especially since I live in a small town and it’s very easy to meet people in commonly visited public places.
 
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carla beemer wrote:I totally get not wanting to buy stuff just to get a good rating on ebay. If you engage in monetary spending, though, chances are you will find things there you would normally buy. I have bought many used and unused parts to keep my 1987 toyota truck alive. I have bought very nice used wool and cashmere sweaters to give at holiday time for less than $20. I bought a package of eight 3M water system filters at a fraction of what they cost at Home Depot. I have bought lots of fabric, vintage and not, at much less than what I would pay at Joannes. On and on. Browse the categories of stuff you buy anyway and you may be surprised how quickly you can boost your ratings without spending extra money (but watch the shipping costs!). Good Luck!

All that said, I really like using craigslist, especially since I live in a small town and it’s very easy to meet people in commonly visited public places.



I've bought parts for more than one used vehicle off eBay.  My wife jokes that I'm the anti-Radar.  He was shipping a jeep home one box at a time, I'm building a truck one box at a time.  If you live in a small market area, eBay opens up possibilities from sellers and buyers that you would never find with Craigslist and FB Marketplace.  Stay informed, know the value of things, and don't jump at things that sound too good to be true and you will be ok.  My wife has many really nice designer label clothes that I bought for her on eBay for less than Walmart prices.  And I've purchased some very nice vintage timber framing tools on eBay at very reasonable prices.
 
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You can also try Etsy, OfferUp,, and, Letgo. I use all 3 sites.
 
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Depending on where you are in the world, Gumtree might be a good fit for your needs. It's a similar platform to Craigslist, in that listing is free. But to me it feels more like a giant online Classifieds section, and I find the interface nicer. (Craigslist isn't really a thing in Australia either, so there's that.) I've bought and sold there before with minimal fuss.

One thing I've been seeing more lately on Gumtree  is sellers posting "willing to post at cost," or "will post for extra $X" or similar in the item details. This is handy for me when I want to buy smaller things from, say, Brisbane.
 
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I joined this local neighborhood-specific network a year or two ago. https://nextdoor.com/for_sale_and_free/?init_source=more_menu The site's "For Sale" section seems workable as a local networking alternative to "yardsale" types of selling and, in my area at least, it can work well for miscellaneous homesteady type sales too (like offloading extra eggs or veg if not ready to take on the overhead or commitment of a farmstand or farmers market presence).

Since the original posting in the discussion stream expresses a preference to Not have an in-person hand-off of items, ETSY might prove a better match for that goal than this specifically local exchange. But as I've gotten good utility (& free easy local "advertising") from this site, as well as good referrals and responses when looking for labor (from finding an Electrician to hiring a 1-day tree planting helper), it seems worthwhile to add it to the broader discussion going on here... for the benefit of others with whom it might have broader application.

In my neighborhood the listing of "Free" stuff is pretty useful too, from firewood to lawn chairs, from free "rotting hay" to things that can have 2nd-life if kept out of a landfill. I've seen people posting the free trade of goods or services too, as in after heavy storm damage there have been postings by people willing to clear downed trees in exchange for keeping the wood, etc.

I've used eBay in the past, both as a buyer and small scale seller. I echo the sentiments here that in becoming more "refined" and more deeply monitized than it was 20yrs ago, it lost many of its best features to "improvements". As is often the way of things on the internet, for those of us old enough to have been early-adopters... there is a clear case to be made that earlier versions are generally much more user focused, and that's nice while it lasts. For this reason I would personally much prefer ETSY "these days" over eBay for selling items I prefer to ship or specifically want to cast a wider for than "local".

For yarn and needlework supplies, I remain loyal to and forever impressed by Ravelry.com -- a terrific global community network that is, IMO, really well run, easy to use, it's free, non-predatory & non-explotive of its users, and operating in congruence with its original standards and values. No signs of selling-out in the ways that so many other networking sites of its vintage have done, so I can't help but add a "shout out" to Ravelry here for all things yarny (including easy low-level small-item buying and selling without added fees). And mentioing Ravelry reminds me to mention that if items you're selling fall into a particular interest area, profession or hobbiest area, you may be best served by searching out Yahoo or MeetUp groups or other guild-like associations or clubs for posting your sellable items to a more targetted audience. In my experience, such groups often have a "Sell & Swap" page where you can post items for free.

But returning to the "Nextdoor" site again for a moment, just want to add that so far I've continued to be pleased with the leads and referrals that I've found there. Free to join and I've seen no obvious downside to giving it a try to explore whether there might be an active enough node of subscribers, near enough to you, to enjoy Permie friendly benefits like to swapping, selling, collecting free stuff, finding referrals, posting one's availability for various odd jobs, etc. In someways it is similar to and overlaps with Craig's List, but (so far) in my area Nextdoor *feels* to me like it has a lower sleaze-factor... maybe because it's not as widely adopted yet. In my area there are often safety notices posted by neigbors, Re: Things like car break-ins; Coyote citings; Lost pet notices; and the occassional police bulletin too.

How vibrant or useful "Nextdoor" might be in any given area seems likely to be highly variable. I have no idea how widespread the use of this platform is across the US, but I've found it to be a positive enough experience to be worth passing along to any who are curious to explore alternative avenues for networking around goods, services, info and land too. I've had no trouble with spam or other invasive practices, but I do use an ad-blocker on my system so I may not have the same on-screen site-browsing experience that someone without a blocker has.
 
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Judith Browning wrote:

Maybe permies could have a 'garage sale' or 'yard sale' forum? I trust the folks here



Now I wonder if listing things like I mentioned in my first post in blatant advertising https://permies.com/f/149/blatant-advertising would be OK?

I see there's a wide variety of 'things' there?

...and I don't see any guidelines or limitations?



No limitations there! You can post anything. You could also post it there and add it to the appropriate forum (selling a spindle? add it to the natural fibres forum. Selling a skillet? Add it to the cooking &/or gear forum. Etc).

We've had lots of different ideas for a yard sale, marketplace, something-something over the years. Search permies for "Swappies." Anyone can sell stuff in Digital Market, too...but shipping is added in and it's kind of wonky for physical items.  

Maybe we could add a forum to the Digital Market--or Resources?, or Community? or [url=https://permies.com/c/ungarbage]ungarbage?-- called "Permies List" or "Virtual Yard Sale" or something--it'd be a place where people could sell/trade/give items?

Which category would be the most intuitive to have it hosted in? Digital Market, Ungarbage, Community, Resources...something else?
 
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