Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online

Alex moving stuffWhen you’re moving, you find yourself in a mess. A mess of boxes. A mess of clothes. A mess of bubble wrap.

The easiest way to climb out of that mess? Saying goodbye to some of those items. But sometimes throwing items away doesn’t seem right.  After all, you’re moving – some extra cash would be nice. So what should you do with those old textbooks? What about that arm chair? Those shoes you haven’t worn in forever?

Every item has a website calling its name. Follow this guide to find out which websites are the best for selling your stuff:


For: Old/broken phones (and also for a good cause)

How it works: Take any discarded phone you have, log on to and enter the make and condition of the phone. You’ll get an instant quote. Then you can decide whether you want to accept the quote. The cool part? You can get the cash, or you can choose a charity to donate the money too.

Pro Tip: Even if your old phone isn’t worth anything, you can still send it in to to be recycled.


For: Big items (furniture, bikes)

How it works: Craigslist works best for big items – mostly because there are better avenues to sell smaller items (check below).  Simply create a listing, offer a price and leave some contact information.

Pro Tip: Even though it’s more convenient to stay at home and have the seller come to you, always choose a public place when meeting up with buyers. Try a rendezvous at a shopping center or the parking lot of a restaurant.


For: Books

How it works: With many people making the move to tablets, actual books are in less demand. Amazon is a great place to sell books, DVDs and other odds and ends. If you think that you’ll continue to sell items on Amazon in the future, you can even choose a Professional Selling Plan (if you sell more than 40 items a month). Otherwise, standard fees apply.

Pro Tip: has a separate page just for textbook sellers, detailing how to run a successful listing.


For: Clothes and accessories

How it works: People are picky when it comes to buying clothes. That’s why eBay, one of the longest-running online marketplaces, is a trustworthy avenue for clothing and accessories. This is an auction-style marketplace, but also gives sellers the option to forgo the auction route and list items for a ready-to-buy price.

Pro Tip: Most buyers won’t show a lot of interest unless listings include pictures. The more pictures of items you can include, the more likely you are to get a bite on the line.


Alexis Caffrey is a freelance writer with a focus on technology, new media, and design. In a former life she was a graphic designer based out of New York, NY. You can reach Alex via her email.

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  1. Christa Christa

    Amazon also has a feature called Trade-In which lets you sell back items like books, CDs/DVDs, video games, and other electronics for Amazon credit. If you want to bypass the fees of selling your items through Amazon, you can use this service and use the credit you accumulate to buy things you may need or want on