OfferUp: An Easy App to Sell Your Stuff

Although there are a lot of positive things about Craigslist and I still use it regularly, I’ve never been much of a fan to sell my stuff. I don’t want to create one ad for each item and I know I get annoyed when the price says one thing, but it’s meant to represent the prices of over a dozen items. Then after finding the ad, you realize that what you want costs five times as much.

I pretty much stopped using it for selling because I just don’t have that kind of time. I like the idea of ebay, but I don’t like the idea of getting into shipping, which is just a pain. Since I’m not a “store”, figuring out how to get rid of my things via post office or UPS Store seems overwhelming with three kids home full time.

A couple of weeks ago, someone introduced me to an app that has made my life easier. It’s called OfferUp. Their tag line is buy. sell. simple. and it totally is. This free app has a lot of promise.

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In four quick steps, you can post an ad for any of the stuff lingering around your home that you’ve wanted to get rid of for quite some time.

Step 1: Take Photo (or choose one from the gallery) and choose a Title

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Step 2: Pick a category and write a description (which is optional)

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Step 3: Set a price, decide how committed you are to sticking to it and the condition of the item.

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Step 4: Publish and share with your friends on Facebook!

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That’s it! If you have an idea of the answers to all of these, you can post in just a couple of minutes.

 

Pros:

  • Widespread notification of your post
  • Quick posting
  • Must include a picture
  • Good responses
  • Has a messaging system just for the item
  • Will delete all messages with respect to that item once it’s sold
  • OfferUp doesn’t care if you sold it on their system or elsewhere to mark as sold
  • You can follow your favorite listers.
  • Most of all, FREE

Cons:

  • I’ve had several people settle on a price, and even a time and date with no shows.
  • May be a bit too easy, you get a lot of responses who don’t follow up or completely flake
  • Hard to follow conversations. You can’t really tell who said what last on each conversation without clicking on it. When you have several people interested, it’s easy to determine who you said what to, unless you have a great memory. Since I typically do this with three children around, I don’t have the list on hand.
  • No way to post a link to all of your offerings. You can post each item to your personal Facebook page. I don’t want to bombard my friends with my junk, and since they aren’t local, they aren’t buying it anyway.

Have you heard of this app? Do you use Craigslist? Do you sell your personal stuff online?

21 thoughts on “OfferUp: An Easy App to Sell Your Stuff”

  1. I tend to donate rather then try to sell items I no longer want or need. I stay away from Ebay and Craigs List unless I am looking to see what an item might be worth.

  2. Sounds great! I love these type of apps, so very helpful and makes it so much easier to get things sold! I usually donate but some things I’d like to sell, so this is great.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I have a lot of stuff sitting around that I would love to sell. I would love to try this out. I hate no shows though, but that is something that you just have to deal with anywhere you try to sell something online, sadly.

  4. Jennifer Williams

    I am totally sharing this in two groups I am in where people are selling things. They are going to love how easy this is to use.

  5. This sounds like a pretty handy app! My husband uses Craigslist from time to time. I bet he would be interested in a new selling platform like this, too!

  6. My sister is moving and in the process of selling quite a few of her things. I will have to mention this app to her because I know that she has use Craigs list among other platforms to sell her stuff. She might find this easier.

  7. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    Would be great if you could post it to a site instead of to your Facebook page, That would be my only hang up with it. Maybe a future version will address that.

  8. Sounds like a great product! I’ve never seen something like this before, it’s nice to have the convenience of an app rather than uploading pictures and everything to the computer.

  9. This is the first time I hear about OfferUp, but just checking those Pros, it sounds like a wonderful app to sell our items online. The interface looks user friendly & looks so easy to use.

  10. I really like the idea of this app. It seems really easy to use but I don’t like that it’s hard to keep track of who said what. I also have 3 kids at home so an app that makes this easy would be great.

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