How Can I Sell Stuff Online?

onlinestoreconfusedWhere or how do I sell stuff online? You have something you would like to sell online but have no idea how to go about it or how much it may cost. A common issue for those who have a product to sell but have no familiarity with internet marketing and want to avoid online scams.  You probably would like to know how to sell your stuff online for free. If you are new to the internet, yes I know that is pretty rare nowadays, but if you are a new, then I can feel your pain as I was new to the internet at one time.

You are lucky to be starting at this time, it was much harder to setup in the past. Now there are some easy eCommerce website builders or website hosting and teaching  sites available to help you with this process.

This brings us to the next question, which eCommerce website builder or hosting site is the best or the best for my stuff?

That is a loaded question, as it depends on if you are just wanting to sell few items from your home, a casual seller, or have a business and want to extend sales online for your product line.

With the endless possible scenarios, come endless eCommerce or web hosting sites all trying to get your attention.

As you continue to read down you will see I’ve broken it down to 3 main categories involving the major players in this business.

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Option 1: Online classifieds / Auctions

I would say the easiest way and least complicated setup type of online selling are those that are similar to the classifieds or online auctions, such as eBay, Kijiji or Craigslist. These are all free except they may have a limited amount of free postings, or certain fees for specific categories, along with options to pay for promoting your product or item.

You can start with creating a basic profile, upload some pictures of your item(s), put a description, then wait for the calls or emails.

I personally have used Kijiji many times and ended up selling my stuff within a few days, if not a few hours for most stuff. With Kijiji the newest items posted are at the top of the list, or front page for its category, just past the paying sellers. So you will notice a higher frequency of calls and/or emails at the beginning of the campaign and then taper down as your item gets pushed down the list by newer listings. Hopefully, you can sell your item near the beginning of your campaign, otherwise, you will want to repost the item again later or start paying to have it at the top of the list, or wait until someone does a specific search of your item description. kijiji1

Craigslist postings are also free, except for Job postings in selected areas—$15-75 (fee varies by area), Brokered apartment rentals in new York City area – $10, Therapeutic services in the United States—$10 (reposts of live ads $5), Tickets by-dealer in the United States—$5 and Cars /trucks by dealer in United States – $5.

With local eBay classifieds (Kijiji) posting of ads are free or you have the option to promote your ad. The cost of promoting your Kijiji ad depends on the feature, city and category. The prices are set so that the feature remains a premium option for those that decide to purchase them. For example, if the price for Top Ads was set too low, there would be too many Top Ads in that section, thereby your featured ad would have less visibility.

eBay on the other hand, can be global and you can post up to 50 items for free per calendar month. After 50 items /month then there is an insertion fee and commission.

See image below for  basic fee schedule (2015) or  for full fee description on the eBay site click on this link ====> eBay Fee Schedule

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Option #2: eCommerce Hosting Services

Signing up to an eCommerce hosting site takes all the hard work out of setting up your website to sell your stuff efficiently and securely. Even though there are free eCommerce web building sites available, there may be some fees involved to get the level of service you would need. Fortunately, there are many  eCommerce platforms available from which you can choose and many offer a good range of support to build and manage your site.

My preferred eCommerce site is called Shopify. They offer great service and options to setup from a small home based business up to a full brick and mortar shop. Allowing you to manage your inventory, sell products online and from in your store simultaneously. Another reason I love them is because their main office is located in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada. Oh Canada!

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Option # 3: Build your own Website.

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Building your own website is by far my favorite option for building your home based business and selling all your stuff online.  Heck, it doesn’t even have to be your own stuff, but I’ll get into that a little later.

Depending on what your are selling and what volume, Option 1 or 2 may meet your needs.

The difference falls under who has control of your online business. With option #1 sure you have control of what you put, and for what price, but you are having to follow their rules and ranking system, or pay a fee to get better exposure, but even that works through a type of bidding system to buy the best spot on the site.

Option #2, will work great for any size business, but there will always be fees or commission based fees to pay for anything you do. This may an acceptable expense if you don’t want to have to think about that part of managing your online business. A disadvantage with such model is that you may be lacking in originality and the ability to attract free traffic to your site, you may have to rely mostly on paid advertisement to bring traffic to your online store.

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8 comments on “How Can I Sell Stuff Online?
  1. William Wise says:

    Very interesting. Good info. You made some good points. But how does one decide what is best for them? What are the key points they should consider in making their choice?

    I know l have been around the block and tried many different MLM businesses and direct sales. I’ve also looked into a few online businesses. Even thought of starting my own online business.

    Just glad there are simple solutions today compared to years ago.

    • Paul says:

      It certainly has become much easier to start an online business and that is why I suggest building your own website using My #1 Recommended web hosting platform if you are getting into the business of selling many items. If you just a few items that you want to sale, then using Kijiji, eBay or Craiglist is the way to go.

  2. Cathy says:

    Hi there Paul,

    I’ve contemplated about selling products online – either stuff that I make my own or using drop shipping items. But after doing a trial, I find it really challenging to do stock check, customer service and marketing all at the same time.

    It’s certainly not a one-man show for a beginner. So if you are just starting out, it’s definitely better to go with the affiliate marketing route first. Once you are familiar with the way web marketing works, you’ll be able to grow a team to run product-selling businesses online.

    • Paul says:

      Good point Cathy

      It can certainly get complicated if you are not familiar with the process. I agree with learning affiliate marketing first, that way no need to deal with the actual product itself. Just send people to the right store or site and then do rest, but reward you with a commission for sending a customer. A definite win/win/win for all involved.

      It is nice to know that you can get everything you need to learn all this for free an if you want to get serious can be as cheap as $1 / day through Wealthy Affiliate.

      Best of Success Cathy

      Paul

  3. Derek Marshall says:

    Hi there,

    Must say I rather enjoyed this review. First option is quite effective but there is a lot of competition in the respective market places. especially on eBay.

    The Second one, I know of shopify but not a lot. third option sounds by far the best option
    full control, and more flexibility to do what you and without limitations

    • Paul says:

      Exactly!

      The third option, gives you full control and no limits on how you can market your product. You can set your own limits and rules with no need to pay fees when something is sold.

      You can learn all about it and host it at Wealthy Affiliate .

      Best of Success

      Paul

  4. Owain says:

    I have a few things laying around the house that I do not use. So I am interested in making a Pom and also a bit of money.

    I have obviously heard of eBay, but I was quite intrigued with shopify. I too have heard of this one but didn’t know much about it. Seems though that this one is more for a business. So if I do go down this path I will surely keep this in mind, thanks.

    • Paul says:

      Hello

      you are correct, Shopify is more for a business. You can create a business from stuff you accumulate. As longs as you have stock of things to sell then either of the methods mentioned will work. The cool thing with Shopify is the linkage it has with your store (assuming you have a brick and mortar store) and online sales. Shopify helps to integrate the real world with the online.

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