Getting what you want has become extremely easy today since with a press of a button you can buy pretty much anything - from a $1 snack to a $10,000 TV. But with so many online services entering the competition, shoppers can easily get lost in figuring out where they should shop in order to get the best value for their money. Or in the case of selling, that they get the best price for their item.
To make it super easy for you so you don’t get swindled next time you decide to buy or sell online, we bring you 3 tips how to find the best buy & sell app for what you’re looking for. To start off, we found a simple list of the current most-used buy & sell apps where you can use our tips.
With the list in front of you, it’s time to see how to easily pick the one you need.
Learn the Buy & Sell Basics
If you’re completely new to the online buy & sell business, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Although the apps are specifically made to be user-friendly, it’s super easy to get lost by thinking you need to look in the home department to buy a TV, when in reality, there’s the electronics section. Picking the wrong one can cost you a potential sale or a sweet discount if you’re buying. So if you’re a casual seller, apps like Mercari or even Facebook Marketplace are a great place to start. It’s straightforward and apps provide a simple guide to get you started.
But if you want to make the process even easier, you should go with an app that pretty much does 90% of the work for you. All you have to do is list the item you’re selling. These apps offer prepaid shipping labels and GPS for you to get the most out of what you’re looking for making it super easy to find the potential buyer or seller.
For people who are looking to sell specifically, you should go with an app that provides you the best price for your selling item the moment you put in the specifications. This way it’s over in a second and you immediately have an idea on how much you can earn.
Go Local for Super Quick Transactions
One drawback of selling online is that your item gets posted for the entire world, meaning, it can sometimes take a month before you either see the item you bought or the money you earned. Especially if your transaction is with another customer. In the earlier paragraph, we mentioned apps that use GPS location and most of the time, these are the apps that focus on local buying and selling.
What’s great about these apps is you can quickly buy and sell since everything is basically happening in your neighborhood. It’s true you limit the list of potential buyers and sellers, but if you find one, you know the transaction will be snappy. Some of the apps we can recommend from that list are OLX & OfferUp and are great if you want to get rid of something or you need an item right now.
Secondly, local apps can also save you a ton of money if you’re buying or selling stuff like furniture since you don’t really want to ship a sofa from one part of the country to another. If you do, shipping fees can easily go way over the item price itself.
Step Up Your Buy & Sell Game
After you do a couple of buys and sells, you might find yourself in the position to start doing it more seriously. But to earn more, you need to find more potential customers of course. This is the perfect moment to start using world-wide apps alongside the local ones. You’ll automatically get access to potential customers around the world and if you’re selling small stuff like jewelry or clothes, there’s no better way than to go global.
But before you dive head first, make sure you pick the right app. As mentioned, there are many similar apps, but not all have the same quality of service. An easy way to do a quality check is to check reviews and ratings, but if you really want to be 100% sure, google professional app reviews online.
Another quick tip is to make sure the app is available both for iOS and Android. Think about it, if you pick an app only Android users can use, you’re basically cutting in half your possibilities.
Imagine our 3 tips as 101 of buying and selling using apps. Naturally, there are far more advanced techniques, but for that, it’s better you learn from experience. You can read 10 tutorials every day, but until you start, you won’t get genuine knowledge.
We hope you’ll find yourself in the world and that it will make your buying or selling much easier.