by Jon DeMeo
Over time, many of us accumulate backpacks, camping gear, flashlights and other adventure items. In some cases, this may be your resource center you pull from when heading outdoors, but if you want to sell some of your items to make space for new gear or just some extra cash, think about selling them online.
If you do choose to sell online, it is important to always use basic online safety measures to ensure that each transaction is smooth and easy. There are three main ways to sell items online:
eBay is an online marketplace with just about everything you can think of for sale. It also is a space for you to sell your items. The process is pretty simple once you understand the system and their custom service is easy to contact and willing to help you through the process. You start by creating a profile, and you can buy or sell items for a flat price or you can make them “auction” style which will allow other users to bid on your items and whoever has the highest bid wins! You can make the buyer pay for shipping or you can offer it for free, but this must be decided before selling the item. You can sell internationally through eBay or offer local pick-up.
Be sure that ALL transactions are done through eBay if that is where you have listed it. There are scammers out there so use your instincts and be aware of eBay’s rules and regulations that can help keep you safe (http://pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/Index.html).
Craigslist is a very simple system that allows individuals to post their items for sale. There is no auction ability, but instead one price that the buyer can purchase it for. Many times people do “haggle” down prices and get them for cheaper then the listing price. Craigslist is meant for local deals and offers that are made out of state or country should be investigated further before giving them any details. You should also always meet in a public place when the buyer and seller meet up to protect yourself from any sort of harm.
This is one avenue that many people overlook but is a great place to sell items locally. Once you have a Facebook profile you search for your city’s local “buy, sell, trade” groups. Many groups will allow you to post your items for sale and other subscribers to that page will be able to view them and get in contact with you. This too is meant for local deals only.
As you can see, there are many avenues to sell your used or unwanted gear. As always, please follow safe online practices and if you ever feel uncomfortable about a transaction on eBay, contact customer support to seek help. In regards to Facebook and Craigslist, if something sounds too good to be true, it is because it probably is! Never give out too much personal information, even if the person buying your gear requests it. Be safe, have fun and sell on!
ABOUT JON: Originally from the great state of Pennsylvania I now currently reside in Lakeland, FL working for Southeastern University. I have a love for the outdoors including camping, hiking and fishing. Some of my other passions include, staying up to date on the latest technology, traveling, biking with my family, photography, graphic design and video work. I love helping individuals and organization tell a compelling story and see it from start to finish. My family has a passion for serving people and trying to show hope in areas that need it most! I am married to my best friend Elaine and have one son. Web: jondemeo.com • Twitter: @jon_demeo • Instagram: JonDeMeo