UPDATE: I no longer use Listia, I now recommend using Mercari instead. Full review of Mercari coming soon!
Have you ever heard the story of the guy who traded a paperclip for a house? If you haven’t read it, it’s a great story but that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is to tell you all about Listia. What’s Listia? It’s a website where you give items away and people bid on them with credits. You ship the item or meet locally to deliver the item and get the credits. Then, you spend the credits by bidding on other people’s items. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that you’ll just trade your junk for more junk and never really end up ahead.
Well, that’s NOT true! I’ve given away approximately 50 items on Listia and guess how many I’ve received. To date, I’ve bid on and won over 100 items! And we’re not talking about old books or DVDs. No, I’ve won a Canon Powershot SD 1400IS (a $200 camera!), a Playstation 2 Slim, a Super Nintendo Slim, an Original Gameboy, lots of video games, books, CDs and so much more – I even won boxes of brand new, never worn baby clothes when my mom was pregnant with my sister.
I highly recommend that you give Listia a shot. It’s fun, helps you declutter and you’ll love getting new stuff (at least I do). I do have a few tips for success on Listia:
- Offer free shipping whenever possible. Most people on Listia are leery of “buying” from someone who wants them to pay cash for shipping. They could easily run off with their hard-earned dollars and Listia can’t really do anything about it. If you do have to charge for shipping, accept PayPal payments. This will ease buyer fears because they can request a refund if you don’t ship.
- Sell small items to start with until you build up some feedback. Why? Because people are afraid of new “sellers” and will not bid as much to start with. Some great items to start with are free product coupons, Coke Rewards codes, books and DVDs.
- Don’t bid on an item from a new person if they charge for shipping and don’t take PayPal. Also, don’t bid if the person doesn’t respond to questions or comments. This is a HUGE red flag that they may be a scammer.
- Enjoy yourself!
Let me know if you join and I’ll check out your listings! I almost always have credits so maybe I’ll be your first buyer. 🙂