Monday, December 8, 2014

My Gumtree experience

Gumtree is very popular way of selling your pre-owned or used items online. I have tried to sell a few used things myself - from handbags to electronics to furniture. Here are a few tips I would like to share with you.

Post your selling price higher
Most people on gumtree likes to bargain. So if you intend to sell your item at $80, indicate your asking price is $100. There are several low ballers on gumtree who will ask you for bigger discounts - ignore them. It would be best to indicate on your ad that you prefer to fix your price and do not allow further negotiation.

Take many photos of your item for your ad
Buyers like to ask for additional photos. So try to pre-empt that buy taking a few more extra photos and post it online. It doesn't guarantee that your item will definitely sell better but it helps you by saving your time to send these photos to individual buyers.

Expensive items are slow selling, if they sell at all
The buyers on gumtree are looking for a good (or cheap) deal. If you are selling expensive watches or handbags, I suggest you to post elsewhere. Anything above $300 will have difficulty looking for a buyer. I tried posting a piece of furniture for $400 and only manage to find a buyer after a very long time; and after putting up a small ad fee of a few dollars.

Paying for top ads may not be useful
I tried paying for top ads for my more expensive product. But when I check out the website, there are tons of "top-ads" around so it takes quite a few refresh clicks for me to see my ad. In the end, it was my not-advertised cheaper items which manage to find buyers. So, you decide for yourself whether you want to invest on a few dollars for that ad.

Do not give your mobile number freely on the ad
Unless you are working as a housing agent or financial advisor who doesn't mind receiving phone calls from people at weird hours, it is best not to disclose your mobile number until you are very sure this is a sincere buyer and is ready to pick up the item. I have had one buyer waking me at 7 am to make enquiry on an item.

Ask the buyer to arrange own transport for cash and carry of bulky items; or provide delivery to their doorstep at a fee
Generally you are selling cheap stuff. So it would be better for your buyer to pick up the item on his own transport, unless you would like to deliver it for them. It can get pretty frustrating if your buyer request a huge discount and expect you to deliver the item to their doorstep.

Buyers can back out at the last possible moment
It's very disheartening to meet this type of buyers. So just beware. Some do not even bother to message you to tell you that they are not coming - this is the worst type! If at all possible, ask the buyer to meet you somewhere near your workplace and arrange a flexible timing for them to pick it up. That way, you do not need to inconvenience yourself to make an extra trip.

I must admit that it can be quite a hassle to get your stuff sold on gumtree. Afterall, you just make back a little amount of money of what has been paid for in the beginning. So in conclusion, don't buy things on impulse and regret it later. If the item remains unsold on gumtree and is relatively new, give it to your friends or relatives or send it down to salvation army.

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