Selling Things

One way to make money is to sell things. The primary (and easiest) way to do this is with the internet. Here’s a quick rundown of what to sell and different sites to use.


What to Sell

Start with all the stuff you own but never use or no longer like. Ask your parents and maybe even close friends and family if they also have stuff they don’t want anymore to give to you.

Once you’ve sold (or at least tried to sell) all of this stuff, then you could venture into purchasing things from thrift shops, flea markets, and so on specifically to re-sell. However, that’s beyond the scope of Teen Mommy, so try Googling about selling on eBay if you’re interested.

Alternately, you could make or design items to sell.


Where to Sell


eBay

This is the safest bet for most items. eBay has seller and buyer protection built into how the web site works, lots of help articles about how to become a better seller, and will usually make you more money than selling in other ways because of the auction style.


CraigsList

CraigsList is much more sketchy than eBay, mainly because it’s one-on-one interaction between sellers and buyers instead of monitored auctions. Sellers post classified ads, and then potential buyers contact them through email. Then the item is usually handed off by the buyer and seller meeting in person. Lots of potential buyers on CraigsList are flakes who will not show up when they say they will or who will show up and then try to get you to give them the item for less than the agreed-upon amount.

The main positive for CraigsList is that it’s local, and since the items are usually handed off in person, it’s easier to get rid of very large items on CraigsList than it usually is on eBay.


Etsy

Etsy is a site where you can set up an online shop selling items you’ve made yourself — from jewelry or soap to greeting cards or furniture and everything in between.


CafePress

On CafePress, you can place your own designs and text on items ranging from t-shirts to coffee mugs and then put them in your own online store.

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