How to Make Money on OfferUp

How to Make Money on Offer Up

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Make Money on OfferUp

When I first got married and relocated to Southern California, I wasn’t working a full-time job. We didn’t have any children yet, and I was going nuts. I had to find something to do. I’m results-oriented to the extreme, so I needed to do something that would give me something in return–why not money?

I started selling items from my wedding that we no longer used on OfferUp. I learned some tips and tricks, honed my skills, and sold everything I listed.

Well, that was easy.

Next, I decided to experiment with creating something to sell. I went to our practically empty garage and found a solitary dining chair. It was sturdy but dusty and outdated. With sudden inspiration I used some things I had on hand and up-cycled the chair.

It turned out great. I didn’t want to sell it as a tribute to my new inspiration, but I began restoring chairs and selling them on OfferUp. It worked beautifully.

Here’s how I used OfferUp and presented my items to get responses.

1: Post EVERYTHING!

First, OfferUp is like a virtual, 24-7 garage sale, so what you’re selling doesn’t really matter. It’s one place where you can sell anything and everything on one page and it’s perfectly orderly and expected. So don’t worry about trying to turn your OfferUp page into a website.

2: Get Good Feedback

Next, OfferUp is highly influenced by reviews. I asked my buyers to please rate me and the item they purchased. The app pushes buyer/seller reviews so you can count on getting at least a star rating. However, making the extra effort to ask for a rating encourages buyers to say something about you. Having the extra description works toward building trust.

3: Take Quality Photos

The most important thing I can say about selling your product on OfferUp is to take quality photos of the item. It’s not only odd to see pictures someone posted and only half the item is showing, it screams “something’s wrong with this item and the seller is hiding it!”

Blurry and grainy images will make shoppers scroll right past your item. Why pause and look at something they can barely see? Another thing I saw that made me shake my head was the same photo posted 3 or 4 times. When buyers are perusing through OfferUp and they click on your item, they want to view the item at different angles.

Thankfully, OfferUp understands not everyone is a photographer and allows you to ask for more information about the item in question, including requesting specific photos. Still, you’ll make more sales if people don’t need to nag you for more info because it’s all right there.

4: Be Willing To Negotiate

When it comes down to how to make money on OfferUp, it’s important to again remember to think of it as a yard sale, which means negotiating is a norm.

About 90% of my buyers offered lower than the listing price, and they almost never paid the asking price. That means that if you want a certain amount for your item, make sure the asking price is higher than what you expect.

OfferUp shoppers are after a deal, and paying the asking price in their mind is not getting one (never mind that what you are selling is probably a fraction of the price of a new, store-bought item).

Again, people are after a deal. OfferUp gives the option to list your price as “firm”, which means no negotiating. I found that unless my item was coated in gold, the “firm” button scared a lot of people away. T

he “firm” button is good for brand new products with the tags and packaging in tact and in view, or for something in extremely high demand. For upcycled, funky and whimsy accent chairs, people liked to haggle.

I gave them what they were after.

5: Respond Promptly & Interact

Responding promptly to inquiries is crucial. OfferUp is similar to the “buy-it-now” button on Amazon. Impulse is a huge motivator.

If you respond too late, the buyer may have already moved on from the purchase or may have purchased from someone else. When a potential buyer asks about whatever you’re selling, your quick response will open a conversation and greatly increase the likelihood of a sale.

Don’t waste time on an unresponsive buyer. If you sell on OfferUp for any length of time, you’ll see how often people ask a question or even give an offer on your item before disappearing into oblivion.

When someone stops responding, just move on to the next offer. If you’ve committed to selling your item to them, politely give them a deadline to respond, letting them know you have other offers.

I wouldn’t recommended selling items out from under people, however. It’s not the kindest move and you can bet on getting a negative review out of it.

Making money on OfferUp isn’t going to make you rich, but it’s easy and a lot of fun, and you can earn some decent side cash fast.

There are some things to keep in mind when selling, for your safety.

  1. Try and always meet in a public place if it’s possible. If the item you’re selling is too big to be moved around, make sure you have at least one other person with you when you are selling from your home. You are selling to complete strangers, after all.
  2. Don’t accept checks. That’s a surefire way to get gypped after all your hard work. Deal in cold, hard cash.
  3. Communicate within the OfferUp app, only. It has everything you need to conduct the sell without giving your phone number or other personal information away.
  4. Steer clear of anyone or anything that makes you feel threatened or unsafe, regardless of a sale. When it comes to safety, err on the side of caution.

Now that you’ve got some tips under your belt, enjoy making some extra money, and all the best to you OfferUp tycoons out there!

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Author: Elizabeth

My son, Kai, was born in the summer of 2018. My husband and I made the decision that I would leave my full-time job in healthcare to stay home and raise him. It meant a lot of changes, but we are doing it, day by day. Together we are building a business and I've embarked on a new journey creating Mama Fearless, a site to encourage moms to walk fearlessly while pursuing their goals. We are thankful to be able to forge new paths and to keep earning while still focusing on what's truly important--our family, our home, and serving a loving God.