The easiest way to sell an item online is to list it on a site that already has all the product info. If you’re thinking of starting to sell some items online, then I’d recommend starting with one of these sites: Half.com or Amazon. Half.com works best when selling items like books, cds, dvds, etc. Amazon has a much broader product base. They both make it easy to sell your items online, though the commission structure is dramatically different between the two. It also free to list items on all of these sites, which means it won’t cost you anything to try them out.
Once you set up a seller account for either site, it’s as easy as 1) finding the item you want to sell on the site (search by ISBN or UPC), selecting a product quality level, entering a short description of your specific item and setting a price. Both of these sites have pre-determined shipping allowances for each type of item. They also supply pictures and general descriptions of the items, which really cuts down on the amount of work you need to do to list your item. You can see my November 2009 blog post about selling on Half.com for specifics of selling on that site. The item you are selling needs to be listed on their site. If you have an item that’s not in their catalog then you’ll be unable to list that item.
The same methodology is used on some of the swapping sites. When I’m ready to get rid of items I generally list them on multiple selling sites and swap sites. For some of the trading sites it’s as easy as entering the UPC or ISBN. On Swap, you enter the same information as on Half.com and Amazon, minus the selling price.
The table below shows where I list items I am getting rid of. Listing an item on multiple sites means having a better chance of someone buying or trading for it. For example, if I have a CD I want to sell or swap, I list it on up to four sites: Amazon, Half.com, SwapaCD and Swap. There are probably other sites I could list items on but I’ve limited myself to these.
See my next post for tips on selling and swapping online.