- Jun 13, 2018
If you’ve been following my posts (come on, I know there are at least two of you who do!) you would have read about my efforts and tips on how to declutter. Most of those decluttering efforts involved getting rid of old or unused items of clothing. It went pretty well - so well, that I started reevaluating my home and decided to sell off the other stuff I don’t need. And we may think we need everything in our homes, but that really isn’t the case.
How many DVDs do we have that haven’t been watched since streaming video became a thing? How many books do we have, but never read? (I’m looking at you, Holden) Some of us have enough kitchen appliances to equip a small restaurant but haven’t gotten around to actually using them. (I am totally guilty of that - I once thought I could start a cupcake business, but that idea went bust)
So I decided to declutter and sell stuff online. Most of the stuff I wanted to get rid of were DVDs, Blu-Rays, some CDs, and my boyfriend’s first-generation Xbox. (Don’t worry, he asked me to get rid of it)
The usual selling platform for these things is eBay , but the auction site has too many fees - I almost expected to get charged just for clicking my login button! So I started looking around online and stumbled across Decluttr. It looked like a good place to sell my stuff (even if they seemed to be averse to vowels). To date, they’ve paid over $200 million to over 4 million customers
So I tried to sell a couple of batches of stuff on the site, and I think I’ve gotten pretty familiar with it. Here’s my Decluttr review.
Decluttr vs. eBay
First, let’s address the most obvious question: why Decluttr, and not eBay? For starters, you don’t actually sell on Decluttr. You sell to Decluttr. The site is a buyer for used stuff, specifically:
- Used DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, and video games
- Cell Phones
- Gadgets (Including Apple products, Kindles, tablets, and wearables)
So selling on Decluttr is more convenient. You won’t have to cross your fingers hoping someone will actually bid on your stuff. On Decluttr, you enter the barcode of the item you want to sell, and you’ll know instantly whether Decluttr will buy it or not.
Of course, since you’re selling for a set price, this means that your sales won’t have the opportunity to blow up like it would if it were on auction. But that’s the game you’ll have to play. If you think your item is collectible and likely to attract a bidding war, throw it on eBay. If not, sell it on Decluttr and be done with it.
Fewer fees… or any fees, at all. The money they send you for your items is the only money that changes hands here. Pretty sweet, huh?
How to Sell on Decluttr
Time to discuss selling to Decluttr. It’s pretty simple. First, you need to register on their site or mobile app. Follow the links below:
Here’s the actual selling process using the app:
1. Tap the “Enter Item” button and scan your items using the app’s built-in barcode scanner. You can also enter the barcodes manually, but the scanner is a super-convenient option.
In addition to the barcode scanner, the app also comes with a valuation engine. It is basically a system that checks their expansive database for the price they pay for each item.
Each time you scan, you will know immediately whether or not Decluttr is buying the item. If they are buying, you will also know their buying price instantly.
2. Once you’re done scanning all your items, you can proceed to check-out. Do note that Decluttr has a $5 minimum total purchase. So you’ve got to ensure that all the items your selling are worth a total of at least $5. (You can sell single items worth $5 or more)
3. You will receive a free shipping label (super awesome!). Send out your stuff.
4. Once Decluttr has received the shipment, they will confirm whether the items are in the condition you’ve declared. If they are, they’ll send payment either as cheque, PayPal deposit, or direct deposit to your bank account.
And that’s it! It’s super-easy. I don’t have to deal with multiple bidders or pack up multiple shipments. The time saved packing shipments is more than worth it.
Earning Potential on Decluttr
I made a pretty good amount of money selling our old tech items on Decluttr. Of course, I got paid way less than what I bought them for, but I sold a lot of stuff, and the earnings quickly piled up. (I had some rare and collectible CDs, which I opted to sell on eBay)
Your own earnings will depend on the type and amount of items you sell - I recommend installing the app and testing the barcode scanner on some of your items to get a feel for Decluttr’s pricing schemes.
The Pros and Cons of Selling on Decluttr
I think Decluttr is pretty awesome - but it’s not perfect, of course. Let me list down the pros and cons of dealing with the site.
It’s very convenient
The app has that built-in barcode scanner and valuation engine. I didn’t have to scratch my head trying to figure out how I should sell a particular item for. Also, scanning automatically added it to Decluttr’s shopping basket. I didn’t have to write a lengthy description or take photos. I just scanned the stuff I wanted to sell.
If I sold my stuff anywhere else, I would have to pay for shipping. Not on Decluttr. That free shipping label was awesome.
They’re a reliable and trusted site
I didn’t have to worry about joy bidders or deadbeat buyers. All my transactions with Decluttr went smoothly. Decluttr is a pretty big company with a reputation to maintain; they won’t screw you over.
Low buying price for some items
Decluttr doesn’t pay much for the items you’re selling - mainly because they, in turn, need to sell those items. Sometimes, selling to Decluttr reminded me of Pawn Stars where one of the pawnshop dudes low-balls a seller and says “Look, I gotta make a profit here.”
But I look at it as a trade-off. I was getting paid less for the convenience (and the guaranteed sale).
They’re super-strict about the condition of your items
Don’t try to pass off a beat-up paperback as a mint copy. Decluttr takes time to inspect items before sending out payment. Understandably, they’re really strict about the condition of the items they buy. But be aware of that when selling to them.
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Decluttr is legit! They’re really professional and reliable. Selling to them is a breeze, especially if you’ve got lots of stuff to sell. I highly recommended Decluttr over other online selling sites.
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This review is based on my own experiences selling stuff to Decluttr. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you sold anything through the site? What did you sell, and how were your earnings?
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