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HolidayBuyer's Guide
Mobile Apps

5 apps that get you money for your stuff

Need to clean out your closet, or get rid of that old TV? Look no further than these five apps for Android and iOS that help you list your stuff from your phone.

Whether you want to sell off your designer clothes or just get rid of an old couch, the Internet is full with places to help out. While Craigslist has been the popular choice for years, a plethora of apps have cropped up in recent years to help you sell your stuff from your phone.

I've rounded up five apps that make it easy to snap a few photos, pick a price, and start selling your unwanted clothes, electronics, furniture, and more.


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Carousell

Android and iOS, Free

This relatively new app helps you sell nearly anything from your phone, from gadgets and clothing, to furniture and food. What's unique about the app is that you don't make any payments in the app, instead you're supposed to either meet up with the person in real life, at a safe, agreed upon location, or send money through a payment service like PayPal. That gives you more flexibility when selling because you can choose how you want to accept a payment.

What I liked: The app lets you have complete control over the selling process, as you can choose which payments you want to accept.

What I didn't: The company doesn't have a refund policy, nor can it help settle disputes of a sale.


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Poshmark

Android and iOS, Free

For selling women's clothing and accessories, especially designer labels, Poshmark is one of the best options. The app has a large community of sellers, and buyers who are willing to negotiate prices.

Listing an item is relatively easy, just snap a few pictures in the app, then add a description and price. Poshmark frequently hosts themed parties in the app, such as "summer sandals" or "Chanel bags," where you can promote your relevant items to hopefully get more interested buyers. When someone makes a purchase from you, Poshmark can help with shipping, by sending you a prepaid and already addressed label.

What I liked: The Poshmark parties make it easy to promote your items to interested buyers.

What I didn't: Poshmark keeps part of your sale as a commission, which is $2.95 for orders under $15, and 20 percent for bigger purchases.


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Boxes

iOS, Free

Boxes is unique in that it helps you both organize your stuff and sell it. You can create a personal inventory of your clothing, collectibles, books, and more, and then list individual items for sale. That's helpful if you want to catalog what you own for any reason (such as for insurance documentation), and also easily sell something when you need a little extra cash or space in your garage.

What I liked: You can use Boxes to just organize your stuff, or put items up for sale, which makes it more versatile than the other apps on this list.

What I didn't: The app can be a bit confusing in places.


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SellSimple

iOS only, Free

With SellSimple, you can not only sell you stuff within the app, but also list an item on social networks, and online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist. That helps you get greater visibility for your old guitar or vintage leather jacket, without the hassle of listing them on each site by yourself.

Like the other apps, you snap a few photos, add details about your item, and list it on SellSimple. At the same time, you can have the app share the item to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well as create individual listings on eBay and Amazon.

What I liked: SellSimple helps you get a lot of potential buyers to see your items at once.

What I didn't: Creating listings on eBay and Amazon in the app could be a smoother process.


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Shpock

iOS and Android, Free

With some of the other apps on this list, you might be buying something from someone across the country, but with Shpock, it's all local. It's a lot like using Craigslist, but with a far nicer design. Just so you know, Shpock gets its unique name from the phrase "shop in your pocket."

Listing an item is extraordinarily easy, just take one or more photos, give it a title, description, and price, and you're done. The app shows listings in a Pinterest-like dashboard, which is pleasing to browse.

I picked Shpock over similar app Yardsale because it's available for both iOS and Android, but both apps work well for selling to people in your area.

What I liked: The app is completely focused on selling items locally, which is great for heavy pieces of furniture or fragile items you don't want to ship.

What I didn't: The design is nice, but a little bare bones.

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