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.
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
Step 2: Pick a category and write a description (which is optional)
Step 3: Set a price, decide how committed you are to sticking to it and the condition of the item.
Step 4: Publish and share with your friends on Facebook!
That’s it! If you have an idea of the answers to all of these, you can post in just a couple of minutes.
- 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
- 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?