Craigslist used to to be the go to place to buy and sell used items online back in the day, but more and more platforms are popping up in this niche as alternatives. Although nothing can really replace its uniqueness and charm, there are actually other sites like Craigslist out there if you are looking for more options to sell used items online locally.
These apps/websites are all similar in the fact you can buy and sell used items online in person, rather than shipping them to the sender. The buyer and seller arrange their own time and location for purchasing items – there is no shipping costs or transaction fees to deal with. Another positive of selling local is you can sell large, heavy items like furniture, bikes, cars, lawnmowers and baby items (among many others of course!)
Here are the best 4 alternatives to Craigslist that deal with local buying and selling
Facebook Marketplace + local garage sale groups
If you’re already on Facebook, it’s a great platform for buying and selling because you don’t need to sign up for any additional sites or install another app on your phone.
There are a couple different ways you can sell over FB – you can use the Marketplace, which is visible to anyone with FB and will by default show items for sale within a certain radius of the viewer. It functions much like any other buy and sell site – you take a picture, enter in the information and the price and then post. Super simple!
You can also join a local garage sale/yard sale group – these will vary by location and not all areas may have them. Obviously more populated places will have more of these types of groups. They may be called something like “Orlando virtual garage sale” or “Sacramento yard sale group” etc. You can do a simple search on Facebook including your area and a term such as garage sale, yard sale, or buy/sell.
A free local buy and sell site that lets you sell just about anything you want. From cars to baby items to electronics, if you want to sell it you can probably do so here (although there are a few prohibited items which you can read within their guidelines).
While it’s popular as an app, you can also access the regular website version on a computer if you wish.
The app lets you pay a few dollars to boost your postings if you want more visibility. You’re also able to view the seller’s profile to see a list of all current for sale items and past items they’ve sold.
Offerup is another free app and pretty much the same as Letgo with similar features and lets you sell, again, just about anything. They also have a very similar list of prohibited items.
One of the unique things of the Offerup platform is they allow sellers to verify their identity with their TruYou system. Once you create an account, you can verify your phone number and official ID (like a driver’s license) and receive a badge on your profile. This may help some buyers feel more comfortable meeting you to purchase an item.
Sell it, Buy it, Love it is their slogan. It’s free to use, probably one of the most similar websites to Craigslist on this list because unlike the others it also includes job listings, services, and apartments for rent. However, I found the listings for those very sparse in my area (and I don’t even live in a small town), but the for sale items were plenty. Like the others, you can sell a wide variety of items. You can also view profiles to see the seller’s ratings, for sale and previous sold items.
The issue with their website versions…
What I’ve found with most of these platforms is they definitely emphasis their mobile app presence. While you can go and use the website version for any of them, they don’t have all the features the app versions do. Facebook and Letgo have pretty decent website versions, but 5miles had the least developed of the bunch. While most younger people use apps these days, there are still a lot of others who prefer to do their dealings on a regular desktop or laptop.
Increase your chances of making sales and finding what you want
Now that you know more websites that let you buy and sell in your area, I recommend you join as many as you can. If you’re looking to make sales quickly, cross posting your items across multiple apps will give you maximum exposure. Since you’re only dealing locally, it’s best to have the most visibility possible otherwise it might take a long time to sell your stuff.
Be safe, have fun and make money!
While there are several positive aspects of using a local sale site to sell items like no shipping costs or processing fees, you have to be careful and use common sense when dealing with the in person meeting. While most people are inherently honest, a few bad apples can ruin it for the rest. Remember to only accept cash or a payment like Paypal, never personal check. And don’t let the person take the item and “come back later” to pay. If you don’t feel comfortable meeting at your house, you can always arrange a safe public space to meet and take along a family member or friend.
Now go and take advantage of these apps! Sell some of that clutter around your house while filling up your wallet at the same time.