Have items lying around your home that you want to get rid of by selling them? There are plenty of apps out there – for Android and iOS – that allow you to buy and sell stuff. These apps make it effortless for you to trade whatever you want – from household items and gift cards, to books and antiques.
What are the best buy and sell apps?
Factors defining a good buy and sell app are traffic, ease of use, trust, security and the commission the app charges when you purchase or put an item up for sale. A good buy and sell app also provides a convenient way for the people to communicate with each other. Feature-rich apps with reviews, shipping assistance and etc. are also preferred.
In this article, we include apps that you can trust, have good track records and excellent customer reviews.
If you have an item you want to “Letgo” of, take a picture and upload it to the application. Interested parties will communicate with you through the app’s chat feature, and you meet them in person to make the deal.
There is no limit to what you can sell at Letgo. You can create seller posts for housing, electronics (including phones and gaming consoles), cars, and even dresses and books. The application isn’t only about selling; you can also list items and real estate that you want to rent out.
For buyers, there is a handy feature that allows you to search for things within a fixed radius (distance) from you. The app has more than 200 million items. Don’t forget to check out the reviews and ratings before buying something.
Letgo only allows you to make deals. The transaction happens in person, so you will need to physically meet up with the seller or buyer.
Letgo is free.
Another popular Southeast Asian buy and sell app, Shopee first launched in Singapore in 2015. In a short span of four years, the platform became a leading online storefront, gaining millions of users across its home country, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Shopee launched in Brazil in October 2019.
Shoppe is mostly for first-hand item trade and suits those who want to start an online business. As a seller, you will need to pay a commission between 3-5%, depending on the niche and the price of the product. Users don’t really use the platform for trading second-hand products.
Buyers can check the seller’s reviews before buying from them. Shoppe also has its own mall from where you can order branded items. Home delivery services are available depending on the goods, and you can pay with both bank transfer and credit card. The platform also runs regular flash sales and other offers, which can provide heavy discounts on the products you want to purchase.
Lazada has over 560 million consumers and 155,000 local and international sellers across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Lazada is owned by Alibaba, and offers a wide variety of products ranging from fashion, household items and electronics, to pets, health and automobiles. You can buy and list both local and branded items. Reviews and shipping are available, and like other ecommerce sites, Lazada frequently organizes flash sales and provides vouchers for discounts. Payment options include COD , Lazada installments, and LAZ wallet, where you can load money via your credit card.
Lazada is only for registered businesses, and you need to pay a registration fee of $315 to set up a seller’s account. The commissions can be between 2% to 7% + taxes for selling an item. Also, the app charges the seller for home delivery services.
The eBay app commands over 3 million downloads on Google Play Store, and millions more in traffic to its online storefront.
eBay is one of the first websites that allows people to sell what they have. It started out as an auction website, where someone would list something, and the highest bidder would win. And eBay quickly became one of the leading ecommerce websites in the world.
eBay is currently more than just a bidding website. Both companies and individuals can list items there. The platform itself offers buyers lots of deals, which may include free shipping, special discounts, and etc. Vendors can also partner with eBay to provide shipping and other services.
eBay is competitive. Having your item listed on the top of the page can result in excellent sales. But your item can also be easily buried under others if your price or discounts aren’t as good as its competitors. Buyers and sellers can easily communicate with each other, and there are various payment options. The application, being run by a public listed company, is very reliable with frequent updates.
eBay is a free application. You can also access it through its website.
Poshmark is one of the best apps for buying and selling clothing, shoes and accessories. You can easily create a seller’s profile for free, and list items under your profile to sell. The app is not only for second-hand fashion. As a buyer, you can find more than 5,000 brands of clothing for everyone, including kids, men, and women.
The app has more than ten million downloads, and the majority of the reviews are favorable. Their tech support team is topnotch; they are extremely helpful when you have an issue pertaining to the platform. The app frequently launches special discounts and other offers, which make it a must-check for buyers.
Poshmark has numerous payment methods – from wire transfers to cash on delivery (COD). The app boasts of superior delivery too, claiming they can ship items to the buyers within one to three days.
There’s something called the “Posh Parties”, where women from all around the world come together to discuss fashion.
Poshmark charges a flat $2.95 commission for sales under $15. For higher sales amounts, the commissions can go up to as much as 20%.
A lightweight app, Poshmark is updated regularly, and is free to download.
Mercari is similar to Letgo, with one upside (and a downside). You can sell just about anything you have lying in your home and no longer need. On top of that, you don’t need to meet the seller in person; Mercari will ship the item to them.
The app charges a commission of 10% for every sale you make. For buyers, not being able to meet the seller is disadvantageous because the secondhand items can have defects. However, Mercari has a refund policy.
The shipping is free for buyers for most of the items. The app boasts of over 150,000 new listings daily. Customer support is accommodating and the app is simple and easy to use.
Mercari has favorable reviews with more than 10 million downloads.
Decluttr is for buying and selling electronics items. The company says that the platform is a “smart way of buying and selling tech”.
In Decluttr, you can get an instant price estimation for the stuff you upload. This will ensure you get a fair value for your item. Apart from tech items, you can also create listings for books.
Features such as seller reviews and shipping are available on Decluttr. Both the app and its company have been praised by online consumers and critics. Their support team is also responsive.
Payment options include Paypal, direct deposit and cheques. You can also list your items for charity. The app’s website says that they have paid over $300 million to 6 million sellers.
Decluttr has been featured by NBC News, ABC News, Cnet and Techradar. Today, it is a BBB accredited business (a commitment to resolve any complaints for customers), building trust within its community of buyers and sellers.
5miles uses your phone’s GPS and address to find buyers in your area. It is like an online version of a local newspaper’s classified ads.
5miles is not only for buying and selling goods and services, but it has other listings like job offers and house rents. One thing that sets it apart from others is the extra level of security and trust it provides.
As soon as you sign up, you will need to take a selfie to verify you are a real person. To provide more credibility to your buyers, you can also sync your email, phone number and Facebook profile to the app. As a buyer, you can check these three attributes in the seller’s profile to be sure they are the real deal.
Just like Letgo, you need to meet the other party in person, but 5miles has a feature known as the Safe Area Exchange Locator (SEAL). The app will specify a safe meetup spot for you and the other party to seal the deal.
Other features include reviews, posts boost, liking products and following accounts, chats and sharing of listings..
Extremely popular in South East Asia, Carousell offers buy and sell services across Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Australia. The app has more than 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
Carousell claims it only takes around 30 seconds to create a listing. It doesn’t cost anything to put items up for sale; you can also promote your products on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a seller, you can build your credibility by linking your profile to Facebook and email, or your Singpass if you are from Singapore.
After registering for an account, you can create listings for various niches, including fashion accessories, beauty products, electronics, furniture, books, cars, bikes, and even real estate and jobs. You can add up to ten photos for each Carousel listing, allowing buyers to inspect the product from every possible angle before making a decision.
Carousell has unique features for properties and automobiles. You can connect to real estate agents or homeowners in your area. You can rent out your space, or look for apartments and offices to rent. For automobiles, the app has advanced search filters for cars and motorcycles, which include model, make and year. You can search for workshops and accessories.
Conclusion: Various websites and apps allow you to sell things that you no longer have use for. As a buyer, you can find many good deals for the items you need from all over the world. These apps also allow you to sell stuff that you have designed and manufactured yourself. All you need to do is open an account with them.