Best & Worst Apps to Sell Your Stuff

Since we were moving into a fully furnished home, we brought very few pieces of furniture with us from the apartment. I needed to unload a lot of things. It was a pretty frustrating process despite there being a bunch of apps meant to streamline the process. 

I tried a bunch of them - with varying degrees of success - so you don't have to!

Close5

I don't totally know if it was my Amazon Fire phone, Android system, or the Close5 app itself, but my experience using Close5 was awful. Their site says "Close5 is a new way to buy & sell locally with safety top of mind." The app has you set up a public profile to see who you are selling to/buying from and has both public comments as well as private messaging. 

It's an attractive enough app, so I was extra frustrated that the user experience didn't meet the expectation. The first bit of trouble I had was with listing. The camera in the app shows you part of your screen, so I centered the item in the window and snapped the pic. But then the app crops what would have been the center of a full-screen photo, effectively chopping off the top third of each of my items. I had to guess where to center the item to try and get the photo in the frame.

But my major problem was messaging. Private messaging is only available once someone has made an offer. I wasn't able to get back to the private messages unless I had a notification on my phone. There were no notifications in the app, so I could never retrieve old messages unless someone messaged me again. They really push the fact that they have in-app messaging so you never have to give out your number and can choose public places to meet - "safety top of mind." But the messaging was useless so I gave people a phone number anyway.

Sold: 3 items

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Wallapop

Wallapop was way better to use. Mainly in that it works: it notifies you when you have messages, it enables you to take photos in a totally normal way, it's generally well-designed. It is very easy to list an item - I was able to list everything much more quickly than with Close5. 

Unfortunately, because Wallapop is "new in my area," there weren't many local users. I did get a good amount of interest from buyers but almost a third of them weren't from anywhere near me and we both got disappointed.  

Sold: 0 items

cPro for Craigslist

Good ol' Craigslist. So easy and unassuming.

The cPro app is not the most attractive or user-friendly. Nor is it as bare-bones as craigslist.com itself. It falls somewhere inbetween and got the job done. 

We actually didn't sell anything from the Craigslist ad on it's own, but rather from sharing the ad on Facebook. A friend of a friend ended up buying our sofa and vacuum.

Sold: 2 items 

Chairish

Chairish is a little different - more like a consignment shop than a yard sale. You can buy or sell used and vintage furniture, decor, and fashion accessories. They handle the logistics of payments and shipping and you can sell items on Chairish from anywhere in the US. They have a fairly high standard of what you can sell: needs to be "stylish" and in good condition. 

I listed one armchair, but didn't really get anywhere with it. I was curious to see how shipping would work if it had sold to someone far far away. But I'm probably lucky I didn't have to deal with that. The armchair's in my garage right now, if anyone's interested!

Sold: 0 items

Verdict

Defying all odds, Close5 wins. The user experience is awful, but I got many more comments and interested parties on Close5 than any of the others. Wallapop would've won, I'm sure, if I lived in the city.

In the end, we ended up throwing out a ton of perfectly good stuff because we ran out of time. It's not that effective to use these newer apps unless you live in a major city. I've also heard good things about Gone and Saily, but haven't been able to use them myself since they're not available on Android. On the bright side, I should have a new iPhone in a couple of weeks. Wahoo!