March 20, 2018
When you are looking to de-clutter or sell some unused stuff, Gumtree is the go-to selling site, especially for a novice. There are other selling sites – eBay, Facebook – but Gumtree is #1, free to list and stuff usually sells quickly on there.
Gumtree is very simple and easy to use, and I appreciate it can seem a little bit daunting when you haven’t done it before!
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:
1) Find your local Gumtree site and click on ‘Post an ad’ at the very top right hand corner.
2) As you probably haven’t used it before, click: ‘I’m new’
This will take you to another screen. Click the tab that says ‘For Sale’.
3) Category. This will open up a new set of tabs which are categories for the item that you are selling. Whichever category you select, this will open up a sub-category. Click through until you find the category that your item fits in. If you aren’t sure, do a separate search for your item on Gumtree and see what other people have listed it under. There is also a category called ‘Other Goods’ if you are not sure. Don’t worry too much because people will generally just do a typed search for whatever they are looking for.
4) Location. Once you have chosen your category and clicked ‘Continue’ at the bottom, it will ask you for your postcode.
5) Details. You will then be asked to fill in the details for your advert. The title is very important because it is how buyers find your item. Put as much information in as it will allow (up to 100 words).
Top Tip: Put the original price in the title. The reason to do this is because people like to think they are getting a bargain. If you are selling something for £10, people may think that’s a lot – but if you say it cost £50 new, they will feel they are getting a good price. But don’t lie! Just do a Google search for your item if you can’t remember how much you paid for it.
6) Photos. You can add up to 9 photos. Only one photo will decrease your chances of a sale so make sure you do as many good quality photos as you can. Take the photo in good lighting, against a neutral background e.g. against a white wall.
7) Defects Also if there are any defects with the item, make sure you post a photo of this. Don’t forget, your buyer will be examining the item in front of you.
8) Description. The description is very important. You can enter up to 10,000 words so be as descriptive as you can. Point out any flaws with your item. Explain what the item is, if it’s barely been used, make sure to mention this. If it is something still being sold, copy and paste the information from the website into here. Make sure you say ‘sold as seen’ or ‘no returns/refunds’.
Top Tip: Always put at the end of the description: ‘Cash only, collection only please’. You will get lots of people contacting you asking if you can deliver it to them, or if you can post it to them. Cash and collection only is 'belt and braces' so you don’t get scammed. Of course, you can deliver it if you want to, and include petrol costs if you are happy to do this locally.
9) Price. Make sure you list it for a reasonable price or it is unlikely to get sold – you can look at how much it is being sold for by other sellers, or maybe half the price you bought it for. It’s completely up to you what you want to get for it, but be prepared for the buyers to haggle the price. So if you want to sell an item for a certain amount, maybe bump it up slightly to allow for haggle-room.
10) Contact details. At the bottom it will ask you for your phone number or email address for the buyers to contact you on. Make sure you respond to buyers quickly though and let people know when they can collect.
Top Tip: Only give your address out once you have confirmed a time and date for collection. This is just to protect against burglary (which many people are very paranoid about!). If you are worried about security, or handling lots of cash, arrange to meet in a neutral safe venue like a local bank.
11) Length of listing. Gumtree deletes adverts after a certain amount of time (about a month). It’s a bit annoying you can’t just refresh the advert so keep your photos on your computer and you may want to copy and paste the description somewhere so it’s easy to do another one. Gumtree will send you an email to remind you it is about to run out.
Top Tip: Avoid the upselling. At various points, Gumtree will try to upsell you by offering to make your ad stand out for a price. If your item is priced reasonably, it should sell without any need for costly extra advertising.