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Have some unwanted stuff you want to get off your hands?  Don’t just throw it away, get paid for your possessions.  With the help of a few sites and apps, you can easily declutter your closet and make extra cash.  Our top picks don’t even require you to do any face-to-face meetups so there’s no stranger danger involved.


One of the most popular ways to sell things online is through eBay.  The site allows you to list up to 50 items a month for free and 30 cents for each additional listing.  Once the item sells, eBay takes 10 percent of your earnings.  To help your items sell quickly, you need to take good pictures.  Choose a place with good lighting and a neutral background.  eBay allows up to 12 pictures per listing so put them to good use.  Take pictures of the item from every possible angle and be upfront about any flaws.  On eBay, your reputation is everything, so you don’t want to give people a reason to leave a bad review.  Always respond quickly to inquiries and pack your items carefully for shipping so they arrive in good condition.  Ideally, you want to ship your items within 1-2 business days.


Fashion trends are constantly changing, so what’s hot right now may not be in-style next month.  Poshmark makes it easy to get rid of gently used items you no longer want.  You can sell clothes, shoes, makeup, handbags, jewelry and accessories.  The key to being a successful seller on Poshmark is to take good pictures and provide a lot of details. For clothing pieces, describe the material, measurements and include styling tips.  It also helps to model the item in pictures so shoppers can visualize what it will look like on them.  Since many people search for products by brand name, be sure to put it in your title.  Finally, be smart when pricing your items because Poshmark takes a $2.95 fee for sales under $15 and 20% commission for sales above $15.


With so many people switching to streaming services, you probably can’t even remember the last time you popped in a DVD.  Instead of holding on to your collection, turn it into cash by selling it on Decluttr.  They accept DVDs, CDs, games, books and certain electronics.  Once you download the app, it’s easy to get started.  Just grab the item you wish to sell and scan the barcode.  Decluttr will then tell you how much it’s worth.  To complete an order, Decluttr requires you to sell at least 10 media items or 1 tech item and the total value must exceed $5.  Once your items arrive at their warehouse, they’ll inspect the condition and issue your payment.


Don’t let your old sports gear collect dust in your closet, sell it on SidelineSwap.  They accept items from practically every sport including lacrosse, hockey, skiing and baseball.  Simply snap a picture of the item up for sale, add a description and wait for someone to bite.  SidelineSwap provides a pre-paid shipping label to get the gear to your buyer.  Once the item has been delivered and accepted, you’ll get paid.  SidelineSwap charges a 9% fee plus an additional 3% for payment processing.


Recently bought a new phone?  If your old one is still in good shape, sell it on Swappa.  They allow users to unload all kinds of gadgets including phones, laptops, video games, wearables and more.  However, there are a few rules you must follow.  First, your phone must be fully functional with no cracks or water damage.  Additionally, you can’t sell a phone that was reported lost, stolen or blacklisted and you can’t have an outstanding balance with your carrier.

To get started, you must search through Swappa’s product list to find the item you want to sell.  From there, you’ll create a listing including a description, pictures and pricing.  If you’re unsure about your items going rate, don’t worry Swappa can help.  They’ll let you know how much gadgets like yours have recently sold for, so you don’t get low balled.  Swappa does charge a flat fee but it’s paid for by the buyer.  You’ll only be responsible for paying the PayPal fee which is 2.9% + 30 cents per sale.  As far as the shipping cost goes, they expect you to include that expense in your listing price.


Modeled after the stock market, StockX gives sneaker connoisseurs a place to buy and sell their kicks.  The site is also a marketplace for streetwear, watches and handbags but sneakers are what they’re most known for.  StockX provides a complete sales history along with the “Lowest Asks” and “Highest Bids” broken down by shoe size.  When you’re ready to sell, do a quick search to see what the sneaker’s worth, then set a price for your pair or accept the current highest bid.  Once you have a buyer, you must send the sneakers to StockX within 2 business days, so they can confirm its authenticity.  From there, they’ll ship it to the buyer and you’ll get your money.  If you miss the shipping deadline, sell a fake, used or item not in the proper condition, you will be charged a 15% penalty.