Different ways to buy and sell online

The folks who came up with Craigslist – the most popular online place to buy and sell used items – are geniuses. They’ve made a ton of money by taking what used to be newspaper classifieds and putting them online to reach a wider audience and make transactions quick and easy. By last count, Craigslist was getting something like 40 million new listings each month.

Of course, nothing’s perfect. You’ve probably heard about some of the horror stories. Sellers giving buyers items that are not as good as promised…buyers making bad payments…both buyers and sellers getting robbed by the other during in-person transactions, etc.

Fortunately, there are other sites that may not be as popular as Craigslist, but they solve some of Craigslist’s biggest problems. You might want to check out one or more of these sites if you do any online buying or selling.

• OfferUp (www.OfferUp.com). The top priority for this site – in addition to making buying and selling convenient – is trust and safety. With its TruYou technology, the site makes sure buyers and sellers are who they say they are. It’s also very easy to use.

• ThredUp (www.ThredUp.com). Focusing on clothes, this site employs a very strict set of quality standards to make sure you’re not getting (or selling) a product that is inferior to how it’s advertised. In fact, items need to be approved by a team of fashion experts.

• GSALR (www.GSALR.com). Everybody loves garage sales, but unless you pass one when driving or walking, how do you know when and where they’ll be held in your area? Now the answer is simple. This site will even give you directions to the garage sale if you need them.

What methods have you used to buy and sell used items? How have they worked for you? Would you be willing to try out one or more of the sites above? Please let me know what you think.


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