While OfferUp is a fantastic site, there are alternatives that do various things differently and better. It’s just a matter of finding the right one that fits with your style of selling, local versus shipping, fees, etc.
OfferUp has over 44 million people use the app regularly, meaning there is a substantial user base that will help you sell the goods you’re looking to offload.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. -- Henry David Thoreau
Top 12 Apps Like OfferUp
Let’s dig into some great alternative options if you’re looking to expand outside of OfferUp. We’ll focus on what these sites do well and don’t do well and if there are things to consider with regards to their requirements or the focus of the marketplace.
LetGo is a popular option for getting rid of stuff laying around your house. The LetGo app fully embraces the Marie Kondo philosophy of less is more and in that they are capitalizing on a growing trend.
That trend, to get rid of things that don’t bring you joy, reduce your belongings to the bare minimum and you’ll be happier overall. The app has aired hilarious commercials to that point, literally showing that unused bowling ball weighing down someone’s life.
LetGo has a refined and polished finish, the main feed looks similar to Pinterest and does a good job breaking items down into their respective categories.
The app is easy to use and has focused on quick and easy listings, just snap a photo, fill in a few details including the price of course and bam, it’s listed to the LetGo marketplace.
I know, I know, you’ve of course heard of Facebook and know it as a social network to connect with childhood friends, coworkers and stalk photos from college classmates.
While that’s the main function of Facebook, there is also the Facebook Marketplace. It’s an effort to compete with Craigslist or OfferUp and get people to start selling or giving away items for free by using the Facebook platform. After all, the more you’re on Facebook the more they can show you ads to buy that new shiny espresso machine you’ve been eyeing.
The benefit of Facebook is obvious, there are so many people on the platform, 2.37 billion in fact, that you’re bound to find a buyer. Beyond that, the marketplace is quite basic and is meant for local listings and local sales. Another benefit is you won’t need to install a new app to use the marketplace as it’s baked into the Facebook app.
Poshmark is fairly new to the resale scene but it’s been growing in popularity quickly. Unlike the alternatives above, the Poshmark app specializes in clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. The idea is sort of like Buffalo Exchange but on an app and focusing on higher-end brands.
Want to some Lululemon leggings that are practically brand new but at half the cost, Poshmark is a great option. After all, the concept of buying lightly used clothes is growing in popularity. Just take a look at REI used gear, Patagonia Worn Wear, or Rock Solid by Arc’teryx.
Poshmark makes it easy to list and sell items, a similar workflow as LetGo. Poshmark is more geared toward the seller shipping the item to the user so local is not required. In addition, the Poshmark app saves your sizes in your profile and automatically shows you just your sizes.
NextDoor is truly a local neighborhood social network with a strong selling marketplace. The idea with the NextDoor app is people verify where they live and use their real name (people outside of your immediate neighborhood can’t see your full name). That allows you to connect with your immediate neighbors and discuss important topics about your neighborhood.
Part of any strong neighborhood is selling or giving away items to neighbors. You can find incredible deals, I’ve gotten a nearly new and FREE Airport Extreme on NextDoor because the person just didn’t want it anymore and wanted to use their old router.
Unlike other marketplaces, NextDoor gives you a bit more confidence because you can limit it to just neighbors who see your post. No sketchy people from an hour away.
We can’t include a list of selling your used gear without including the original and behemoth in this category, Craigslist. Craigslist is ancient when it comes to websites, 25 years old.
Craigslist, as you know, is a super simple layout which is nice to directly get to the information you want. On the other hand, sometimes it can be frustrating that the user experience hasn’t been updated in so long.
You will have to sort through a lot of crap on Craigslist, companies selling liquidation mattresses, trolls asking questions about your item with no intention of buying it, scams abound, etc. However, it’s an efficient platform as I’ve probably sold the most on craigslist than any other platform on this list.
eBay is another one you’ve likely heard of and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve used it many times before. eBay is more so set up to sell things and ship them as opposed to local listings of some other apps.
Since eBay has been around for so long they have tons of features, options, and information on how to list an item and sell it. You can search sold eBay listings to see what other similar items have sold for and you can even use a past listing to help automate filling in information about your product. After all, no reason you need to fill out the details of your iPhone X after a thousand other people have done so in past posts.
Beware of scams on the eBay app, there are countless counterfeit or knock-off items on the platform. If you find a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses that normally retail for $200 at Sunglasses hut and they’re $39.99 on eBay, I’d be extremely skeptical that they are real Ray-Bans.
Swappa is an online marketplace that specializes in selling gadgets and primarily smartphones. The degree to which we all buy new smartphones every other year or so there are millions of used smartphones that people want to sell. Swappa aims to be the solution to that.
The Swappa app’s layout is nothing to write home about, pretty basic and functional. A unique feature of Swappa is that instead of the seller paying fees, which is common among internet marketplaces like eBay, the buyer pays the fees on Swappa.
Tradesy has a similar focus as Poshmark, sell used mid to upscale clothing, shoes, and accessories. It is a smaller app than Poshmark but does certain things better.
First of all, it doesn’t have the obnoxious social parties and whatnot that you get randomly invited to. It’s straight to selling items online and does so professionally and easily.
You will notice that the Tradesy app has real live people you can talk to for support and they will handle returns for you, something no one wants to deal with! On the downside, seller fees are quite high compared to alternatives.
5Miles is both an app and a website and gives a fun makeover to selling things online. You can upload items either through the app or website, giving you the functionality to sell wherever you are.
The app focuses on selling items locally and building a community beyond just selling that old crockpot. A fun part of 5Miles is that there is also a built-in auction feature where you can buy new items that start at $1 each and last only 90 seconds. Get set, Go!
On the downside, the app can be buggy at times, notices of duplicate posts, errors uploading images or changing posts all have users frustrated at times.
Chairish has a different take on selling used items, the app focuses on vintage, original and chic pieces from your home. Chairish is a perfect option if you need to furnish your home with high-end pieces at great prices.
The app has featured collections that are curated by the Chairish staff. On top of that, Chairish will ship the item for you, meaning they will arrange shipping for that large buffet that you have no idea how to get from your house to the buyer’s house.
OfferUp is a great app for selling anything from your used clothes to gadgets, however, that’s hardly the only choice you have in a crowded market.
I’ve used OfferUp many times but I’ve also used the apps above many times as well. These alternatives all have their individual pros and cons so make sure you try them out and see if it fits your selling or buying style.
What worked for you, leave a comment below with your favorite app!