Regardless of how nice a holiday gift is, sometimes it’s just something you can’t use. When the gift isn’t returnable or it’s inconvenient to do so, consider selling it. The online world makes it easy to do so, since the world is your marketplace. Shipping goods is simpler, especially if the gift is larger, when searching for a company to ship your product, make sure you check out the Home Direct reviews first.
Websites like Amazon Marketplace are good places to start advertising items that you want to sell, and the process of listing is fairly simple. Other places include Craigslist or Backpage, both of which have free listing services. If you choose either or both of these, you can select different cities across the U.S. to list your goods, as long as you vary the advertisement copy for each listing that you make.
One of the best things you can do to promote what you want to sell is to use photography. One or more photos will help the shopper determine the quality of the item, its condition and its desirability. If there are any defects, be up front about it. Customer satisfaction is crucial and having a product returned or getting a poor review from a customer can be difficult to deal with.
The next step is writing the copy for your ad. Most people like to be able to scan through copy and overusing adjectives slows the process. It may also lower your credibility as a seller if you use grandiose or flowery language.
Another way to post an ad that is easy to read is to avoid using all capital letters in the advertisement. All caps make it difficult to read, and could be interpreted by the reader as another way to overstate the value of what you’re selling.
The Internet makes it easy to find what something is worth. All you’ll need to do is type in the name and model number and search for prices, bearing in mind that a used item is normally worth less than retail. It also helps to estimate the shipping costs ahead of time when using an interstate or intrastate shipper, reading the Home Direct reviews that others have posted can give you an idea of what the company is like.
Negotiating the sale
Many people do not include a phone number, but instead rely on an email address as the way to make contact. This not only protects your privacy, but it also gives you an idea of the amount of demand for the item that you’re selling. If your inbox fills quickly with responses, chances are that you’ll be able to select a buyer who is willing to give you the price that you’re asking.
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Heather B is a writer that has contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites.