When most people think of buying or selling goods, they usually think of Craigslist right off the bat. This isn’t too surprising, considering the ever-expanding website has nearly 40 million new listings every single month! Believe it or not, though, Craigslist isn’t the only way to buy and sell locally. There are actually plenty of other ways to do this. Here are three of the most easy and popular methods of buying and selling locally these days.
1. Facebook Groups
Source: Samuel Hoang
Buying and selling via Facebook groups has become the thing to do in today’s day and age. No matter where you live, you can easily find a buy/sell/swap group on Facebook that is designated to that specific area. I am not kidding when I say they are everywhere. Sometimes you can even find them for your area AND the surrounding areas.
Typically, for privacy purposes, you must request permission to join these groups and then the creator or administrator of the group can grant or deny your request. This is one of the reasons these Facebook groups have become an even bigger hit than Craigslist -- there is not nearly as much anonymity as there is with Craigslist, which means increased privacy and safety. By being able to view others’ photos, posts, and conversations with other people, most of us feel more at ease when deciding whether or not to contact a person to buy something from them.
In addition, there are usually “special interest” groups, or groups targeted toward a certain population of people, such as moms and/or dads, people looking for furniture, people looking for clothing, and so much more. This is mainly to decrease clutter and spam within the groups, and to make it easier for people to find what they’re actually looking for.
2. Yard Sales
Another one of the best ways to buy and sell used items is a good ole’ yard sale or garage sale. If you ask me, yard sales will never get old. I mean, aside from a gumball machine, where else can you go to buy something for just 25 cents?
In addition to being able to physically examine items before purchasing them, yard sales are by far the cheapest place to buy used items. On top of this, you can usually do some serious haggling to get an even better deal. In turn, this means that as a seller, we often feel obligated to keep our prices relatively low. This may not be such a bad thing, though, as it usually means more items are sold by the end of the day!
3. Websites Similar to Craigslist
OfferUp. If your number one concern is safety, OfferUp is just what you need. This site verifies the identity of its buyers and sellers, and both buyers and sellers alike can opt for additional validation through ID scanning or linking their OfferUp accounts to their Facebook or email accounts. In addition, OfferUp has a rating system so that buyers and sellers can make others aware of what they thought about a certain user or transaction. Both buying and selling are extremely quick and easy with OfferUp. Users are able to browse by location, item, or interest, just like with Craigslist. Also just like Craigslist, there is no fee for transactions, as everything is done in person and wish cash.
Clamour. This site is made up of private, local community groups. Users are able to join groups based on what they want to buy or sell - similar to the Facebook groups described above. Unlike with the Facebook groups, though, Clamour allows you to sort listings by price, relevance, newness, popularity, and distance from you. There are two options for posting items for sale on Clamour. You can either use the Clamour window in Facebook, or you can post straight to the Clamour newsfeed. Although there is no fee to use the website and there is no charge for cash transactions, there is a 6.5% transaction fee for credit card payments.
Nextdoor. This website has been referred to as the “private social network for your neighborhood.” In essence, Nextdoor is like a community bulletin board where people can post items for sale, in addition to many other things like safety alerts and other services. Today, there are over 105,000 users on Nextdoor, who are located all across the country. In order to build a sense of trust and community across the website, all users must use their real name and must verify their home address to post. While Nextdoor connects users, the website does not actually facilitate meets or handle payments.
The next time you’re looking to buy or sell something, don’t just turn straight to Craigslist as your only option. It’s not! Instead, try checking out some of these other websites or methods of buying and/or selling. I’m telling you, you won’t be disappointed!