Spring is upon us, you know what that means. Time to give the home a deep cleaning and do some organization. More often than not you will realize that you have tons of stuff that you rarely use so it gets boxed up or sits an attic collecting dust when it could be making you money! If you do happen to have a collection of items you could live with getting rid of, Craigslist and eBay can help you get get some money back to reward all that tough cleaning you did.
If you want to get rid of the stuff as fast as possible with the least hassle I would recommend Craigslist, it is completely free to use and you can make an ad including descriptions and pictures of your stuff in under 5 minutes. You can either list everything in one ad or group them by category or do individual ads for each item. I would recommend making an ad for each item as it really doesn’t take that long and you will greatly increase your chances of finding a fair paying buyer, if you throw everything in one ad you will get a lot of responses offering you a much lower price than you are asking to take everything. If your main concern is getting rid of the junk this might be a good option but if you want to get the most money for your stuff individual ads is the way to go. Pictures are essential in making you stand out on Craigslist, they don’t have to be professional by any means.
If you have a little more patience and want to get your items into a much larger market which will get you more money, then eBay may be a better choice for you. To sell on eBay is a bit more tedious though, you will have to create an account, ship out your item once it sells, and the ads take longer to setup. You will also have to pay eBay a small fee for each item you sell, but this is usually not a big deal considering eBay directs buyers from all over the world to your product and the increased demand means you get a more fair price for your item. Items tend to sell for much less on Craigslist than they do on eBay. When selling on eBay you can choose to pick a price for your item or sell it auction style where you put up a minimum price (normally 99 cents) and buyers then bid to win your item, having people compete over your item means more money for you, sometimes this can result in getting a lot more for something than you expected, but there is also the risk you will get less.
Whatever you decide to do, remember that someone out there most likely wants the things you no longer do and they are willing to pay well for it, especially in this economy where constantly buying new items really takes a hit at your bank account. Why not take advantage of that and make some money while clearing all the clutter around the house.