Did you know that, on average, there are 26 unused items in Australian homes collecting dust? Our latest Second Hand Economy research reveals you could earn more than $4,200 from your unwanted items plus they’ll also go to a loving home in your community – it’s win, win!
We’re sure you like to sound of making thousands from the items lying around your house, so here are some tips to help you become a pro seller
Tip #1: Describe every detail
Selling on Gumtree is easy but it’s important to get the right price for your items. Giving as much detail as possible, including features, history of the item and why you’re selling it, can help get the best price possible.
Our research shows that more than two thirds of Aussies (63%) say they prefer buying second hand over brand new. This tells us that there are plenty of budding buyers out there just waiting to offer you good money for your items! So what are you waiting for Gummies? Start getting descriptive!
Tip #2: Take lots of good pictures
Taking good quality pictures from different angles can increase the chance of selling your items, not only faster, but for a better price. Whether it’s something for their home, an outfit to wear to dinner or a nippy car for cruising around town, give the buyer the opportunity to really imagine the item and know exactly what it is they’re buying.
Our research even revealed around one million Australian women would consider buying a second hand wedding dress for their big day. In this case, we’d suggest making sure the shade of the dress is shown accurately and maybe even have someone model the item to best capture the buyer’s attention.
Tip #3: Always be honest
In our opinion, honesty is always the best policy. Make your selling experience as easy as possible by avoiding over promising or overpricing your items. A good way to tell how much your goods are worth is doing some research for similar items on Gumtree, http://www.gumtree.com.au/.
Our research tells us that 50% of parents with young children would consider buying second hand baby goods. Parents always have their children’s safety in mind, so being completely honest will ensure you have a happy buyer
Tip #4: Respond to messages quickly
As a seller, it’s really important to keep on top of communication with potential buyers. If someone makes an enquiry, reply as soon as possible to avoid losing that buyer. We worked out that on average, people estimate they could save almost half of the new cost by buying items second hand (44%). The My Messages tab is an easy and private way to to communicate with potential buyers. It also allows you to keep track of the amount of buyers you have or learn as quickly as possible if your contact is no longer interested.