The 6 Best 'Selling Apps' of 2021

Find the right apps to sell your stuff

Quite a few apps let you browse and add to the 24/7 virtual garage sale online, but which will work for you? Here, we discuss the pros and cons of the six best online selling apps available for iOS and Android.

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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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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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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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