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How to Sell Used Toys Online

Clear out the clutter and make a bit of money doing it by selling your used and forgotten toys over the internet.


  • Step 1: Clean toys Clean up all your old toys to get them looking as new as possible. Newer-looking toys have a better chance of selling.
  • Step 2: Take pictures Take a picture of each toy that you plan on selling. Make sure to get the most accurate view, so potential buyers will know exactly what they're getting.
  • TIP: Good lighting is important when taking photographs of your sale items. Try using a lamp or sunlight and a white sheet as a backdrop to brighten your pictures.
  • Step 3: Research price and write a description Check around online for how much your toys are selling for and price them accordingly. Write a description that highlights your item, but also points out any flaws the buyer should know about.
  • Step 4: Decide on a website Decide what website you are going to list the toys on. You may have to sign up for a user account on certain sites if you don't already have one.
  • TIP: There are many social networking sites that allow users to list items for sale on their personal pages.
  • Step 5: List your item List your item on your chosen site. Include a few good photos, the description, an eye-catching title, and price.
  • TIP: If you use a site that offers PayPal payments, sign up for a PayPal account or request that payments be made in cash for sites that require buyer pickup.
  • Step 6: Answer questions Answer any questions from potential buyers in a timely fashion -- it will turn them off and you may lose a sale if you don't.
  • Step 7: Finalize sale Finalize the sale or auction of your item and follow up with any comments to the buyer.
  • TIP: If you are shipping the item, make sure you package it carefully to avoid breaking in transit.
  • Step 8: Ship or meet seller Ship the toys right after the sale is final or arrange for a time to meet the seller for a pickup. Turn that money into a new toy for your child or yourself -- nobody is too old for new toys.
  • FACT: Lincoln Logs, one of the most popular toys of the 1900s, were created by John Lloyd Wright, the son of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

You Will Need

  • Digital camera
  • Internet access
  • Lamp (optional)
  • White sheet (optional)
  • PayPal account (optional)
  • Shipping materials (optional)

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