Second-hand buying and selling are becoming more popular over the past decade. OfferUp is a terrific option for those who are not interested in the aesthetics of buying new. In the past, Craigslist was the primary website you’d visit to buy or sell used goods locally. However, here are some of the pros and cons of using OfferUp.
Why You Should Sell on OfferUp
Many people think that OfferUp now offers a broader and more stable user base than craigslist…plus, OfferUp utilizes Facebook probably better than Facebook Marketplace itself. The marketplace on Facebook hasn’t had much success regarding a quality selection of used stuff.
While craigslist as we know it has grown into a massive business it is still a decent option to get rid of products (with much caution). However, because safety is a concern, OfferUp has almost figured out how to a few security aspects in dealing with selling used products.
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OfferUp is a more publicized version of craigslist without the discomfort. Reason being for their verification process. You should get verified if you want to buy, or sell on OfferUp.
How to get Verified?
- Identity confirmed with a State License (take a picture)
- Link Facebook
With verification checkmark, otherwise known as a TruYou Member, you are less likely to be viewed as a fake profile, or worse someone who is trying to sell anything other than the product you want to buy.
Best purposes for OfferUp
- Selling used goods without having to ship them
- Products are linked to your profile; thus you could have people interested in more than one item
- Buying products through OfferUp can involve negotiation, leading to a lower price
- Link a digital pay option to avoid dealing with cash
Shipping Stuff on OfferUp
Recently, OfferUp has tried to enter the online marketplace by allowing users to accept digital payment and ship items nationally. While we don’t recommend this option because there’s a better marketplace known as eBay, it’s still a secure place to sell.
While you can accept digital payment for in-person sales, which should always be met in a public area, we recommend that you take cash only as this is a newer feature. This doesn’t mean it’s not secure though.
Communicating on OfferUp
We’ve run into multiple issues communicating with potential buyers on OfferUp, and other second-hand selling marketplaces. You’ll run into so many funny problems. Many times the person will ask: “Is This Available?” You’ll respond “Yes,” but never hear from the person again.
Sometimes if you are selling a product like a Video Game system, they’ll ask for a certain part of the system like a Controller only. “I need a controller only.” Um, that seems like a lot of work just for a piece of what I’m selling.
In other words, people are extraordinary on OfferUp, and more specifically those without that Verification TruYou status. Wehighly recommendonly dealing with these confirmed profiles.
Has OfferUp replaced Craigslist?
A bit of research shows that in the past five years Craiglist searches via google has dropped nearly 50%!
Apps like eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and others have upped the security and usability ante signaling trouble for the giant classified marketplace. It’s totally possible that these apps will eventually replace the craigslist user base within a few years!
Buying Stuff on OfferUp
We went over selling stuff, but what about buying things on OfferUp? It turns out; you can nab yourself some excellent deals if you like to negotiate on OfferUp. Plus, with the Facebook integration, you can check out what your friends are selling and get a sweet deal that way.
Before youMake an Offeron a listing, be sure to ask questions or request a lower price if you think it can go lower. Just don’t do what is called “Low Ball.” Low balling is asking a price that is significantly lower than the asking price and more economical than what the item is truly worth.
The sweet spot of a price for a used product is between a low ball and a discounted product you’d find at a Target or Walmart.
Tips on what to offer for a product:
- Do Research on eBay
- Look up other listings on OfferUp
- Make offers on other similar listings
- Always deal with someone that is Verified!!
The first thing you still should do is make sure the person involved in any transaction is real, and that you meet in public. For other safety tips for second hand selling through OfferUp, go here.
A plus when buying things online, in general, is that your product arrives at the door within a few days, and the transaction is done. Whereas with any other sort of used good trade, you might have to do some work.
OfferUp, on the other hand, offers a place where you can get even better deals with negotiating and getting rid of products quicker and more effectively.