Christmas Cash Challenge 5

How did you get on with mystery shopping? It can be super fun – but I definitely need to work on my acting skills!

Now onto the next part of the challenge! Selling stuff…. Lots of it! There are so many great ways out there to sell your things and you can find which one works best for you. You’d be surprised by the amount of things you have in your home which you don’t use but which someone else will be hunting high and low for. Some of my favourites are:

Ziffit – for things like books, CDs, DVDs and games, Ziffit is quick and easy. You download the app on your phone, and scan the barcode like in a shop. The app then gives you an instant price for the item. You can choose to accept the offer, or to keep the item instead if it isn’t enough for you. Once you are ready to check out, you complete the order and are sent by email a postage label which you print from home. Package up your items securely and then take to the nearest location which accepts their packages (currently they operate through the Collect+ network). Once the items are received and checked your money is sent to your PayPal or bank account – it’s super quick and easy!

Music Magpie is a great alternative. It works in pretty much an identical fashion – except sometimes they are looking for different items or offering different prices so it is worth checking your items in both to check which one is offering you the best price.

Facebook selling groups/marketplace – like a local selling noticeboard, list adverts and allow people to buy direct from you.

eBay – whilst a little more effort is required for this one – your items will reach a much wider audience, and therefore quite possibly get you more money. Make sure you accurately calculate postage costs before you list so as to not dip in to your profit – and don’t forget the eBay and PayPal fees that you will incur as well. More and more people are using BIN (Buy It Now) to sell their items and that seems to be getting more popular. This is mainly because a lot of people nowadays want something there and then and don’t want to have to wait a week or so for an auction to end. Ultimately it’s personal preference though. Check out my blog post about how to maximise your eBay listings.

Shpock is a good app to list things locally – very similar to Facebook marketplace. You can see someone’s buying and selling history and that can give you a little more peace of mind.

Mercari is a great app for selling things. It’s a cross between eBay and Shpock in that you list it in the app, but when someone buys it, it’s effectively a Buy It Now and you need to post it ASAP. If you sign up and use my referral code ABQFAT – you wll get £5 off your first purchase!

CEX is one of my favourite ways of making money in the “real world”. One of the great things about them is that if you take store credit instead of the cash, you get a higher amount. If you are then looking to buy items that they sell – you can get a bargain. I was recently looking for a DSLR camera, I sold some old tech and computer games that never get used and got my new camera for the grand total of £5 in cash!

There are loads of other places you can sell your things – but these are my favourites. Let me know your favourites if I’ve missed any out!

Your homework for this week is to list 3-5 items on any of these sites, and try and sell at least a couple.

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