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How To Sell Your Old Stuff Online


By Jeanne Feldkamp

From your old clothes that are now considered vintage to that rusting treadmill in the garage, every family has some junk and clutter hanging around. You can always have a garage sale or just give your stuff away. But why not sell it online? That way, you can find a good home for your collection of superhero posters and make some cash at the same time.

And as an online seller, you won't be alone. According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, about 1 in 6 adults -- that's more than 25 million people -- has sold something online. Most post classified ads on sites like craigslist and Yahoo Classifieds or use auction sites like eBay and Auction Fire.

"This is the era of the anytime, anywhere yard sale," says Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "The whole wired world is a flea market."

Ready to turn your trash into someone else's treasure? Learn how to sell your stuff online in four simple steps:

1. Pick the right selling spot
There are plenty of sites to sell your items, but just make sure you read the user agreement for the site you pick. Certain sites (especially auction sites) have rules that prevent you from selling items like alcohol, firearms or medical equipment. To get started, check out the following kinds of sites where you can list your second-hand goodies:
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