As the falling leaves turn gold and bronze, the pumpkin spice lattes come out and the temperatures drop, our thoughts immediately turn to HOW THE HELL WE’RE GOING TO AFFORD CHRISTMAS THIS TIME. It might well be the most wonderful time of the year, but they missed out the verse about it being the spenniest. […]
As the falling leaves turn gold and bronze, the pumpkin spice lattes come out and the temperatures drop, our thoughts immediately turn to HOW THE HELL WE’RE GOING TO AFFORD CHRISTMAS THIS TIME.
It might well be the most wonderful time of the year, but they missed out the verse about it being the spenniest. Even if you shut your eyes to that gigantic friends and family wish list, you’re looking at a mega food shop at home and the Secret Santa at work – and those terrible jumpers won’t knit themselves, you know.
But don’t panic, because this is one of the many times that your phone can step in to save the day. It’s time to cast an eye over your unwanted gubbins (we won’t ask if it’s last year’s presents), clear some space and harvest some much-needed cash. No matter what you’re selling, we’ve found the perfect phone app to get you the best price from the right buyer.
For selling a lot: Music Magpie
Is your living room bursting at the seams? With the likes of Kindle, Netflix and Deezer around (especially if you’re rocking Go Binge and can stream on your phone without burning any of your data allowance), there’s no need to have shelves and shelves of CDs, DVDs and books taking up space.They’ll even take old phones, laptops and tablets if you’re looking to shift them quickly. Music Magpie uses your phone’s camera to read all those barcodes and give you a price for each item. Accept their offer and they’ll send you a big box to fill up and send back to them; you’ll get a sweeeeet bank transfer once they’ve sorted it all out.
For selling one of a kind: eBay
It might be the first, but eBay is still the best – and the gazillions of buyers using it all over the world definitely agree. If you have collectable, vintage or rare items to shift then you’re going to want as many eyes as possible on its selling page – and eBay has the sheer scale of categories and sub-categories to keep even the most ardent tegestologist, phillumenist or arctophile* happy.
For selling books: Amazon Marketplace
While you can probably make a penny or two by selling your paperbacks with some bulk buying services, Amazon Marketplace is a better – but slower – way of getting the best price for your books. Simply find the Amazon page for the title you want to sell, and click the button that says ‘Sell on Amazon’ to add your own copy (just describe the condition and you’re done!). It’s especially good for any books that are out of print (or CDs, games and DVDs for that matter), because that’s when you can get some seriously tasty prices.
For selling wedding stuff: Preloved
So you kind of maybe went a teensy-weensy tiny bit overboard, huh? Happens to the best of us. Never fear, because Preloved has a Wedding section listed prominently on the homepage, so you can sell all those hand-crafted centrepieces and leftover wedding favours – plus your three pairs of ‘backup shoes’ – to a hungry, panicking and perhaps slightly deranged audience.
For selling bits and bobs: Schpock
Dedicated askers of the question “does this item spark joy?” often have to tackle the deep stuff, like finally getting those creepy inherited clown figurines out of the house, or coming to terms with the fact that your precious baby has outgrown his wheelie walker (he upgraded to a Ford Fiesta two years ago and he’d prefer you stopped calling him that tbh). But even if you have a car and a spare Saturday morning, wouldn’t you rather offload this stuff from the warmth of your living room? That’s where Schpock comes to your rescue. Its creators refer to it as ‘the car boot app’ and it’s here to shift your gear.
For selling games: Gameflip
Most of us know sellers can list unwanted consoles, accessories and discs on Amazon Marketplace or eBay, but hardcore ‘gaming athletes’ (yes that is a thing) know that Gameflip will also let you list in-game items from the likes of FIFA, Unescape, Rocket League and World of Warcraft. Imagine – you can actually make money selling things that don’t physically exist. You can even get paid in Bitcoin like a gilt-edged FUTUREBO$$.
For selling quickly: Gumtree
Need to shift a hefty item like furniture or a kitchen appliance – and fast? When you want someone to drive over, hand you some cash and take it away, Gumtree is your best bet. The site is divided into listings for each city, so you’ll get more local buyers browsing. And if you have a deadline, you can add an urgent tag to your ad, so people know they need to move fast if they want to buy.
Download Gumtree for iPhone and Android
For selling clothes: Depop
When it comes to clobber, some people get by with a carefully curated capsule of timeless investment pieces in luxury fabrics (and if this is the case then please just leave now, because you’re making us nervous). But if you’re a living, shivering mortal human with a wardrobe full of unwanted summer gear, then Depop is worth a look because it’s just about clothes and accessories. And if people like what you’re putting out there, they can follow you Twitter-style for alerts on your freshest listings.
For selling actual SWAG: MillionPlus
There’s no app for this – it’s web-only – but we couldn’t resist sharing MillionPlus, in case you had anything down the back of your sofa worth £1,000,000 or more. Wares range from vintage cars to high-end property, and we even found a T-Rex skeleton for sale. Deffo a good reason to take a trowel to the bottom of your garden at the weekend, cos who knows?
Click here to have a proper old gander.
*Collectors of beermats, matchbooks and teddy bears, just in case you have a pub quiz coming up.