Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ways to Raise Extra Cash Quickly

These days many of us are struggling to pay our bills. Most of the time we are OK, but it does not take much to take us to the point where we have to push paying a bill into the next month. Perhaps the car breaks down, or the kids need new coats and shoes because the weather has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. These things happen to all of us.

Statistics show that more and more of us are dipping into our savings, or borrowing money from friends and family. Demand for payday loans has increased by 50%+ since 2011, which is a sign of just how many of us are finding ourselves desperate for cash.

Fortunately, you can easily raise money by selling stuff online. Today, it is possible to sell practically anything using the web. It is a relatively quick way to get the money you need. So, here we are going to take a brief look at some of the ways to sell your old or unwanted items online.

Selling Via Classified Sites

Classified websites are quick and easy to list items on. However, you have to bear in mind that they have no structured way for money to change hands. As a result, most people make the exchange face to face. This means that you have to invite buyers to your home. Given that you do not know these people there is an element of risk in doing this, so not everyone likes selling via classified websites. With small items, meeting them in a public place to do the exchange is an option, so it is still worth considering.

Some classified sites charge you to advertise. If you are selling a big item that is OK, but if you are selling lots of small items the cost of listing them all can leave you out of pocket, overall.

The other drawback is that you have no idea of whether your items will sell, or how much you will actually get for them. People will usually knock you down a bit. On top of that, you do not know when your items will sell, if you need money quickly, perhaps to make your car payment, this can be a problem.

Selling Via Auction Sites

Selling via auctions sites has all of the same potential pitfalls as selling via classified sites. However, most offer a secure payment system that works the majority of the time. In addition, buyers expect deliver through the post, so unless you are selling big items there is no need to invite strangers into your home.

Sell to Traders and Re-cycling Firms Using the Web

The last option is one that many people miss completely when looking for somewhere to sell their stuff online.

Many people do not realize that there are large companies out there that want your stuff. They will buy a surprisingly long list of items off you including CDs, electrical goods, games, and even old clothes. The best of these traders will give you a price up front, and will even pay the postage.

If you have never looked into this way of selling online, take a few minutes to do so. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to raise extra cash this way.

1 comment:

  1. I find that selling on ebay works best to get the biggest bang for your buck with small items as there is a larger market; therefore, you are getting the best market price.


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