I make no secret of the fact that I LOVE selling my old, unwanted items.
If we’re all honest with ourselves, there are plenty of things that are lurking at the back of our wardrobes or in the attic that we don’t use or need.
It can be hard to let stuff go, or know where to start – but the best thing to do is to just get started.
I like to think to myself “that clutter in my house used to be money” – this usually helps me to get into the mindset that less is more, especially if I can get some money, and more space at the same time.
One of the best sites to sell your unwanted items on, is Gumtree. The appeal of this site is largely that it is free to list (unless you want to pay extra to bump your listing), and it is popular, so you get a lot of eyes on your stuff for sale.
What is Gumtree?
Gumtree.com, known as Gumtree, is a British online classified advertisement and community website.
Classified ads are either free or paid for depending on the product category and the geographical market.
I love Gumtree because it’s free to list your items on, and you can ask people to come and collect from you – so saves the hassle of having to head down to the post office!
What To Sell on Gumtree?
Personally, my favourite things to sell on Gumtree over any other site, are the big or bulky items.
The reason for that is because you can get people to collect the items that you are selling – which means no selling fees or postage involved. They have to do the heavy lifting (literally!).
With that in mind, I would suggest starting with the bigger items that you have to sell first, such as furniture.
I have sold loads of furniture on there, including things that I never thought would sell, such as a horrible desk that I was given for free in the first place.
You can sell pretty much anything over on Gumtree though. These are the categories:
- Audio and Stereo
- Baby and Kids stuff
- Cameras, Camcorders and Studio Equipment
- Christmas Decorations
- Clothes, Footwear and Accessories
- Computers and Software
- DIY Tools and Materials
- Health and Beauty
- Home and Garden
- House Clearance
- Music, Films, Books and Games
- Musical Instruments & DJ Equipment
- Office Furniture and Equipment
- Phones, Mobile Phones and Telecoms
- Sports, Leisure and Travel
- TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Videos
- Video Games and Consoles
- Other Goods
- Swap Shop
As you can see, there are a lot of things that you can sell on Gumtree (as long as it’s not illegal) – so it’s worth putting anything that you want to sell on there.
How To Determine Prices?
The million dollar question! I know that you will want to get as much as you possibly can for your item, but it’s worth remembering that you are not a store – and people will not expect to pay full price, or anywhere near it.
A good place to start is to look at what it is currently selling for. Have a search for your item on Gumtree or on other selling sites to see what the general price is.
Something that I personally do and highly recommend, is to find out how much you paid for it originally – or even if it was a gift, a quick Google search should bring it up for you.
Now that you know how much the item originally cost to buy, it is up to you to make a decision on how much less than that you are willing to take.
This will depend on your personal opinion, because you may be happy to get rid of it for not very much, or you may have paid a lot of money for it in the first place and want to get some of your investment back.
The most important thing to remember, as mentioned, is that most people who are buying things on a site like this won’t want to pay out much – even if it is brand new. I’m not suggesting that you give it away for free, but it’s something to bear in mind.
A good rule of thumb is to go for less than what the item originally sells for, but to put the RRP in the title description so that the buyers can see that they are getting it for cheaper.
If I am desperate to get rid of something, I will put my item on at a very low price, with my thought process buying if it’s cheap enough then people will just buy it as it’s a bargain.
Something else to bear in mind is that the potential buyers will probably try and knock you down/barter with you, so you can always put it slightly higher than what you are after to allow for this.
How To Sell An Item on Gumtree?
To get started selling your item on Gumtree, you will need to head to the site and click on the button in the top right-hand corner which says “Post an ad”.
Once you have clicked on that, it will take you to a screen where you choose which category your post will be under. This is important because you want people to find your item if they are searching under the relevant category.
If you start to type in what you are selling, it will bring up the relevant category for you. Be as general as you can e.g. instead of writing something like ‘Baby Gap outfit’ – something like ‘Girls dress’ would be more general and bring up the right category.
If it brings up the wrong category, you are able to find one yourself by clicking on ‘Or browse to find a category’.
In this example, I have typed in the word ‘Dress’. You can see from the screenshot below that it brings up a few different categories that I can choose from.
The next step is to enter your postcode. Your postcode will not show on your listing, but it will be able to put your advert into the right area. There will be a map of your general area on the listing, however.
The next part is to enter an Ad Title. This is what will encourage people to click on to your post, so try and put as much information in there as you can (you can use up to 100 characters).
Tip: I try to add in the RRP of the item, so that people are not put off by a potentially high price, but see that they are actually getting a good deal.
I also add in my location in brackets, as you will get lots of people asking where to collect from.
Next up we have one of the most important parts of all – the photos. Photos can make or break whether an item is going to sell or not – so make sure that they are good!
That isn’t to say that you need professional photos, but you should aim to take them in bright light and make sure that the image is clear.
You are able to upload 9 photos to your listing, which is a good opportunity to take photos from different angles and do close-ups.
You are going to get a lot of questions from potential buyers. The best thing that you can do is provide as much information as possible, and be honest. Let them know if there are any marks or broken parts.
You can write up to 10,000 words in the description, and you have to write a minimum of 12 words.
Try and write as much as you can in the description, and also let people know if you are doing collection or postage. I would advise against posting any items out as you could get scammed.
Also let them know how you wish to take payment, such as cash (which I advise).
Here’s the most important part – how much you want for your item. Don’t forget to look at how much similar items are selling for, and leave in some room for haggling.
After this, you will need to select how you want to be contacted – either by email or your phone.
And that’s it! You can post your ad and it will be live straight away.
What If You Are Not Getting The Interest You Expected?
You’ve got a great item to sell, have taken a fab picture, got a good description, a realistic price – you upload it and…crickets.
Don’t worry, this happens to the best of us and doesn’t mean that you should give up using Gumtree before you’ve gotten started.
If your item has been up for a while and there is no interest at all, it may be worth deleting it and doing a whole new ad to bump it up in the listings. You can actually ‘bump’ the item for sale, but you will have to pay to do so.
Take a look at other similar listings that are up and see if they are priced differently to yours, or have better photos.
It may be worth trying them on additional selling sites too, such as Facebook Marketplace.
How Does a Buyer Contact You?
There are 2 options that are available to you when it comes to buyers contacting you on Gumtree – either to call you or to email. You will select which you prefer (or both) when you are completing the listing.
This is a personal preference on which you choose – but you may be inundated with people contacting you, so it may be best to start off with emails.
The buyer won’t be able to get access to your actual email address – this will go through Gumtree but come directly into your inbox, keeping your email address safe.
Final Thoughts on Gumtree
If you are looking to sell some of your stuff, Gumtree is a perfect place to start. I personally start off with sites like Gumtree when I am selling something, because there are no fees.
Give it a go, and see what you think. Have you tried selling on Gumtree before? Let me know in the comments!