Tips & Tricks For Selling Goods Privately

Have you recently had a huge clear out of your home, apartment or rental property? Have you ended up with an extensive list of things that you no longer need, use or want that you now have to get rid of? Then you’ve come to the right place!

In our ‘Selling Goods Guide’, we’ll discuss the different ways and opportunities that you can make the most cash you can for your unwanted goods. Reading through this guide before you go about selling or getting rid of anything will ensure you are using the best selling method (if you live in Australia – selling goods in other countries may need different resources).

Selling Goods

Questions to ask when selling goods

Can it be resold?

The first question you should ask when you’re going through your extensive list of unwanted items to sell is – can it be resold? This may seem like an obvious question, but many do tend to ignore items that are simply not fit to pass on to someone else. This can include:

  • Things that are broken
  • Things that are no longer working
  • Things that are badly damaged
  • Things that are marked and/or stained
  • Things that are past expiry/best before dates

Rather than waste your time and money trying to get rid of goods that aren’t overly ideal to be resold, you should look at other resources to getting rid of them.

What do I do with it if it can’t be resold?

There are a few different options for getting rid of unwanted items which aren’t worth selling on, depending on what state/condition they are in.

Donations – for things that can still be reused, but simply aren’t worth selling, you can bring them to one of Melbourne’s many charity shops.

Recycling – items that aren’t deemed good enough to sell on can be recycled. This is ideal for those items that may be broken or damaged, but can be recycled to make into something new again. Take a look here at the things that can be recycled, and then visit your local Melbourne recycling centre.

Trash it – as a last resort, you can trash any items that cannot be sold on. If it’s a few bits and pieces, you can most likely chuck it into your weekly rubbish bin. If there’s many items you need to trash, you may need to consider hiring a skip bin Melbourne.

How do I prepare the item for sale?

To ensure you get the best cash price for the item you are trying to sell, you can spend a little bit of time preparing the items and getting them ready. Any garments and linen can be put through the wash to ensure they are fresh and ready for the next user. Large items,¬†such as furniture, can be given ¬†good wash and wipe down (here’s some great furniture cleaning products to get you started). All items should be inspected and cleaned wherever possible. This may take a few hours to go through all the items, but you’ll be surprised as to how drastically this increases your sale price.