Expert tips on selling your stuff online

how to sell stuff online

This post was produced in partnership with quicksales.

I made my first eBay sale recently. After two years of waiting patiently in a pile in my wardrobe, my maternity clothes were sold, paid for and winging their way down to Melbourne to make another mum-to-be happy. It was a proud moment.

I don’t know why I put it off for so long. It all seemed like such a hassle! You have to take all those pictures and press all those buttons… Gawd! I’d much rather watch Sherlock.

Does this sound familiar? I’ve spoken to countless friends about selling unwanted things online and they all say the same: “I can’t be bothered with all that”. Well, buddies, we are missing out!

With one sale under my belt, I thought it best to seek some advice from a proper expert, so with the help of the team at Australian online marketplace quicksales,  here’s how to sell stuff online.

Six tips for selling unwanted stuff online

  1. Select suitable items: If they are under $15 in value or too difficult/impractical to post, save them for a garage sale. Pre-loved clothing is always a hot seller, especially vintage clothes and premium brands. Secondhand and antique furniture and appliances are also popular.
  2. Take great photos: A blurry pic taken on your phone will not cut the mustard. Use a decent digital camera and properly frame the photo. Make sure it’s focused and that buyers can easily see the condition of the item. I recommend photographing all the things you want to sell at the same time, even if you only list them one by one, and storing the images in a folder marked “selling stuff” on your computer.
  3.  Do some research: It’s human nature to over-value our belongings. Search for similar items on the website and see how much they went for. Take into account the condition of your item and how many are available.
  4. Catch their eye: Write a concise but descriptive title for your listing. You don’t have to list every little detail about the item in the title but make it punchy and interesting enough for potential buyers to click through to the description. There’s more space to tell a story about the item in the description section including information on the condition, age and specifications of the item.
  5. Calculate postage: Go to the Australia Post website to work out the cost of shipping your item.
  6. Offer free shipping: A trick of the trade is to raise your price a little so you can offer free shipping. Yep, that’s the kind of trick I fall for!
  7. Use pre-paid 3kg or 5kg bags: That way, you don’t need to queue up at the Post Office more than once. If you want to track the item, buy pre-paid Express Post satchels.
  8. Personalise your sale: Remember that the person at the other end of the transaction is a human. It might make them smile if you include a little note with your items to say thanks and wish them enjoyment.

Do you buy and sell online? What are your tips?

This post was written in partnership with quicksales, Australia’s best online marketplace.  Please support businesses that support Down To Earth Mother (what’s that all about?)

photo credit: Stewf via photopin cc


  1. Bec @ The Plumbette says

    I sell online through eBay and I’ve made purchases through eBay too. All satchels include tracking labels. I mainly use the regular 500gram satchel but it pays to ask the buyer what their preferred method is (express or regular) in case they want the item sooner. I can’t wait to sell my maternity clothes… But alas I need them for the next 6 months or so!
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    • (dt)em says

      Hello! Congratulations!!! Such exciting news, I’ve been under a rock for a few weeks so I missed this announcement. Go you!
      And thanks for the eBay tips xx

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