The 6 Best 'Selling Apps' of 2023

Got stuff to get rid of? These apps can make it all a little less onerous

Getting rid of stuff is easy. Selling it, however, is hard. Once you've gathered up what you no longer need, consider using these apps, for both iOS and Android. They are what we consider to be the best online-selling apps around.

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Facebook Marketplace in a browser window
What We Like
  • Largest audience of any of these apps.

  • Tightly integrated into the main site, so you don't miss notifications.

What We Don't Like
  • Facebook privacy policies are a concern for some.

  • You need a Facebook account, and what you sell is tied to your name.

Facebook is many things. One of those things is a very big yard sale, courtesy of Marketplace in the main Facebook app.

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Best for Experienced Sellers: CPlus For Craigslist

Cplus app main screen
What We Like

  • The most accepting and customizable of sales sites.

  • Very clean and easy to use.

  • Local but not too specific.

What We Don't Like
  • Unrestricted atmosphere can be intimidating for new sellers.

  • Potential problems with scammers and bullies.

The internet's first classified ad site is still out there and going strong, more than a decade later. It even has an officially licensed app: Cplus.

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Easiest to Use: OfferUp

Offerup app main screen
What We Like
  • Step-by-step structure is great for newbies.

  • Robust reputation feature.

What We Don't Like
  • No repercussions for low reputation buyer scores.

  • Requires you to provide precise GPS location.

OfferUp—formerly LetGo—takes a step-by-step approach, moving you through each item. It claims it can help you get an item up for sale in 30 seconds or less.

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Best for In-Person Sales: 5Miles

5Miles app main screen
What We Like
  • Offers Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and email sharing options.

  • List services, garage sales, housing, and employment opportunities.

  • Selects secure places for buyers and sellers to meet.

  • Top sellers ranked by "levels" that indicate trustworthiness.

What We Don't Like
  • No support for less populated areas.

  • You might not want buyers to know you live within five miles of the dropoff point.

Designed for face-to-face sales and interaction, 5miles shows items from only within five miles of a buyer's location. That 5Miles looks a lot like "Smiles" is a nice touch.

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VarageSale main screen
What We Like
  • Good search tools help your listing stand out.

  • Fast to upload an item once you're verified.

What We Don't Like
  • Uses Facebook to verify identity.

VarageSale aims to be a bit less of a free-for-all than many other online markets. Both buyers and sellers must be verified, but it's completely free.

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Best for Luxury Items: Shpock

Shpock app main screen
What We Like
  • Tone might seem slightly snobby.

  • Tells sellers if you're close by, making purchases more likely.

  • Quality listings not buried by junk.

What We Don't Like
  • Free version is ad-supported.

  • Free version limits search rankings and number of photos.

  • Listings through paid versions get higher placement.

Shpock lists the high end of used items: good stuff, in good condition. The app's name is short for a "shop in your pocket."

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Before You Start Selling, a Few Tips

These apps have a similar structure: Upload at least one clear photo of your item, write a description, and give it a price. Here are a few ideas to ease the process and close a sale successfully and safely.

  • Write the specific details of your items on paper or in a note app before you put anything online, anywhere. This can help you highlight your item's special, unique features.
  • Decide ahead of time how you want buyers to pay for their items and how you want to make the exchange. You might leave an item in a package on the buyer's porch, meet the buyer at a public place, or ship the item.
  • Be wary of scammers and opportunists. Online opportunists often aggressively underbid for items they know they can turn around for a profit. Some buyers are hagglers; others aren't above bullying people. If a potential buyer is overly aggressive or behaving in a way that makes you uncomfortable, listen to your gut: Thank them for their time and move on.
  • Never accept a money order. This is a red flag for a ripoff.
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