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What Are the Best Alternatives to OfferUp?
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
We've all heard of this saying, and it still rings true in today's modern world. You've probably experienced finding at least a couple of things in your home that other people may find useful. The only problem is where you can connect with them. OfferUp solves this by providing an easy-to-use platform for both buyers and sellers of used stuff. It's the perfect way to get rid of items you no longer have a use for and enjoy awesome finds that would cost you ten times as much if you pay for them brand new.
And OfferUp is only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of other apps offer the same core functionality, which means giving your used items more exposure to prospective buyers. And if you feel like going on a shopping free, these apps like OfferUp give you tons of choices for cheap. You might even feel motivated to start decluttering to turn your unused items into cash.
Apps Similar to OfferUp
10. eBay Classifieds
Without question, LetGo is one of the most popular buy-and-sell apps right now. You can make the argument that it's the next Craigslist, albeit one that's actually usable and free from clutter. One of the best things about LetGo is that it can auto-fill your ads, allowing you to post them quickly. This comes in handy if you have a ton of items to sell but have little time to spruce up your ads. When trying to find things to buy, you can use the location filter to ensure that all the displayed items are situated close to your home.
Finding local goods is made simple and efficient by Close5. This app lets you find all the items that are put up for sale within a given number of miles from your configured location. It's all a matter of entering your target location, searching for the items you want and then sifting through the local ads that show up on your screen. You can even leave the item field blank if you want to see all kinds of items sold near you.
Recycler shares many similarities with OfferUp and Craigslist. Most of the users buy and sell vehicles and rental properties, but you can find everyday stuff being sold as well. One of the key features of Recycler is the ability to communicate with the seller directly from the app. There's no need to go to the website and perform a search all over again just to get in touch with the seller.
If you just want to get rid of junk even without making money, then Yerdle should be an exciting platform for you. This app isn't your run-of-the-mill reselling platform where you put up ads and get cash when you sell stuff. Instead, Yerdle allows you to place ads for free, and when somebody buys your stuff, you earn Yerdle credits which you can use to purchase other items advertised on the app. Essentially, you're swapping old junk for new items, and the only cost involved is the shipping fee.
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Oodle is a fantastic OfferUp alternative because it also lets you put up ads for the items you want to sell and find ads of other sellers based on your target location. You'll see all kinds of stuff being sold on Oodle. Many users even sell their pets, so if you're looking for a furry companion, this app is definitely worth checking out.
Listia is more like Yerdle than OfferUp. It's a platform that allows you to swap your stuff for more useful items. You have to cover the shipping costs, but that's usually a small price to pay for getting the things you want and getting rid of clutter in your home. It isn't always easy to build up your credits, so Listia allows you to buy credits to get you up to speed. This involves shelling out cash, but once you take a look at the items on the platform, you'll find that most of them are on the cheap side.
If you like to use Facebook Marketplace without dealing with the other social noise common in such platforms, then give SocialSell a try. It's an excellent place to put up ads for buying and selling items with a bit of social networking. You can leave comments, follow favorite sellers, and send private messages for easier communication. This can turn out to be a great income stream if you manage to build a large following.
Mercari brands itself as "the selling app." Just like the other apps on this list that allow you to buy and sell stuff locally, Mercari makes the entire process simple by giving you all the tools to advertise, ship, and withdraw money. You can choose from several shipping options, and the app offers great deals from time to time, allowing you to get more bang for your buck.
TradeMade offers a unique twist to buying and selling. In fact, you won't be buying anything at all in this app. TradeMade is a trade and barter app where you can advertise your items or services in exchange for your proposed items or services. For example, you can create an ad for your tutoring service in exchange for a pair of concert tickets. Every successful trade earns you a carbon badge, which tells you about each item's carbon footprint. With TradeMade, not only can you save money but help the environment at the same time.
10. eBay Classifieds
There's a good chance you've purchased something off of eBay in the past, but did you know about their classifieds section? eBay has a ton of users, so you can expect to find a lot of stuff on eBay Classifieds. The app filters the items you see on your screen based on your location, but you can set it manually if you wish. Get in touch with the seller to discuss the sale without leaving the app.
Start Decluttering and Earn Money
With so many apps like OfferUp that make it easy to find people who are willing to pay for items you no longer use, there's simply no excuse not to start decluttering your home. You might be surprised that you can earn at least a few hundred bucks with the help of these apps. If you want, you can also trade them for other stuff and help out other people in the process.
Have you used any of these apps? What's your experience like? I'd love to hear them in the comments section.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 15, 2020:
I'm not much of an App user myself, maybe that's an age thing, but this was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing it with us. I might give some of them a shot.
Read BTWN Da Lines on September 14, 2020:
Letgo actually had a seamless method of transfer btwn it & offerup. But of course no one takes time to read things and or they don't understand what because they won't take time to cross reference. All the same while by being online to access info, which unacceptably moronic LOL. All sellers of both platforms had to do was ensure their login pass & email was the same on both accounts. That info was not only displayed on letgo.....for 3mo with message updates explaining the entire process. Which of course most of everyone ignored them because most of the general population is blind & dumb. Now that is some pathetic behavior. So all whiner's whom keep complaining about this, they are everywhere online whining, thier panties in a bunch for their posts being canceled is thier own fault for not reading simple integration updates. Mine transfered fine....because I READ.
Michael J Scaduto on September 02, 2020:
Offer-up buys let-go but snubs all of its let-go users
Offer up purchases let go but then provides no mechanism for let-go users to transfer advertisements from their old selling app to the new one.
Hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of advertisements would have to be completely retyped and reposted And rephotographed in order to use the new OfferUp app. Even though many users have asked for some transfer mechanism to transfer their ads the company refuses to accommodate the users it just purchased in this merger.
A group of users is considering getting together and writing a new app with the ability to copy all of the ads off both let-go and OfferUp and import them into a new selling app which has not yet been named