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Buy And Sell Free Stuff

The saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is never more true than when selling stuff online. As our handy list proves, you really can make money from buying and selling low-price, everyday items, and even things that you might otherwise throw away.

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  • As long as it's before the expiration date, you can try selling it on eBay. If you ask for a little less than the value of the gift card, it'll be snatched up in no time.Coat hangersGot a wardrobe filled with more hangers than clothes? Why not sell them? They won't go for much, but it's better than nothing! If you have a matching set of hangers, you can probably get around 50p online.

Wine corksWine corks are perfect for arts and crafts, which makes them a perfect thing to sell.

  • If you drink enough of the good stuff to build up a collection, you can make around 10p per wine cork and as much as 15p a pop (literally) for champagne corks. Facebook Marketplace is a good option for this, so you can sell locally and save money on shipping.

Your hairThis may not be the first thing you will think of when it comes to finding things to sell, but you can earn some serious money for your hair.

  • We've seen someone sell 800 of them for 48 plus 22 P&P but, more realistically, you can sell old toilet roll for 10p per piece. Still better than throwing them out for free, right?

Advertising space on your blogHave you got a personal blog? One of the easiest ways to make money from your website is by selling ad space.

  • You can apply to ad networks like Google Adsense or even reach out to individual companies. If they sell products in the same niche as your website, they could want to advertise to your readers.

  • Your photosWe're not talking pics of you and your mates getting drunk on the beach in Marbella... but if you have a keen eye and a creative head on your shoulders, you could make great money on your pics. You don't even need a fancy camera to produce money-making photographs either.

Old mobile phonesGot some old phones stuffed away in drawers that you haven't used since you upgraded?

  • Rather than letting them gather dust 'just in case' you possibly need to use one of them (never going to happen), why don't you sell your old phone for cash instead? You could get up to a few hundred pounds from them.

Your opinionIf there's ever a way to make you feel like your opinion really matters, it's when someone offers to pay you for it.

  • You could offer private tutoring or take on some freelance work in your area of expertise. It's a great way to earn some extra money and it also looks great on your CV.

  • Your servicesYou don't need expert skills to cash in on your services either. Apps like Task Rabbit let you earn cash for helping people do small (normally DIY-related) tasks. It's worth signing up to task apps to complete small and super-easy tasks in your local area for a payout.

  • Your language skillsAre you blessed with the ability to speak a second (or third, or fourth...) language? You could make money selling your language skills. From translating texts to creating language resources, there are loads of options out there.

Old university booksLet's be honest, you're unlikely to ever read them again. The quicker you sell your textbooks (i.e. while the edition you have is still current), the more cash you'll get for them.

  • Just make sure to keep the shipping costs in mind, as parcels filled with books can get quite heavy and pricey to send. Or, better still, just sell them to the students in the year below!

Old CDs, DVDs and gamesWe've all got films we've not watched more than once (or at all), or games we played once and got sick of. Luckily, there are places to sell your old DVDs, CDs and games and turn them into quick cash.

  • You'll be surprised to see empty boxes for iPhones, PlayStations, and loads of other electrical goods going for a decent amount of cash.

  • Instruction manualsGot any manuals knocking about for items you don't use, or know how to use already (so no longer need the instructions)? Manuals for things like sound systems and computers sell pretty well on eBay.

Remote controlsThis is another weird way to make money, but it's funny how every household seems to have a spare remote control stuffed away in a drawer that no one can remember what it was for originally.

  • You could also sell your tech to companies that refurbish second-hand electrical goods. For example, have a look at the offer prices from Music Magpie.

Egg cartonsWe're guessing this one is for those who keep chickens and aren't able to eat the eggs fast enough. Or perhaps someone who's looking for some cheap soundproofing?

  • Whatever the reason is for empty egg cartons selling online, the fact remains that they do. 50 half-dozen boxes will get you around a fiver on eBay.

Personalised giftsIf you're a bit arty and business-minded you could set up your own online store and start selling on Etsy.

  • Before you throw your empty perfume bottles out, stick them up for sale on eBay and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised...

Make-up and beauty samplesIf you're on our mailing list or in our Facebook group, you'll know that beauty freebies are up for grabs almost daily.

I instantly fell in love with the idea of scoring free stuff in my town and being more eco-friendly doing so. Having moved to a larger home, there were definitely things we needed to fill our the empty rooms. I thought Buy Nothing would be the perfect answer.

As the pandemic lockdowns continued, I realized my house was filling up with stuff. I was posting things we didn't want so others could pick it up, but wasn't keeping up with the influx of objects coming into our home.

I started to declutter by taking things to our local Goodwill or relisting on the Buy Nothing site. Acquiring free stuff through the Buy Nothing group was actually hindering our household by creating more clutter and mental angst trying to sort through, organize, and manage everything I had gotten from others for free.

I also realized that my scarcity mindset was the reason why I was taking this stuff in the first place. The pandemic had given me increased anxiety, feeling out of control with life and worried about what would happen to my husband's job as well as the economy as a whole. Thoughts like "What if I could save money in the future by getting this for free now?" or "I may not need this yet, but could need it someday," were taking over my normally rational brain.

So what did I do? I stopped scrolling the group and picking up free stuff, and started decluttering my home and my scarcity mindset. Eventually, I unfollowed the group so it was no longer popping up in my newsfeed and enticing me to engage in the "get free stuff" behavior.

This mindset shift was not one that came naturally to me. I've always loved thrifting, buying used, getting free stuff, and scoring deals. Before kids, I would find free furniture to upcycle and sell. It was a fun hobby! At some point I realized, however, that free stuff doesn't come free. It costs you in terms of space and the mental load it takes to organize and keep.

Temu offers steep discounts on a slew of products, mostly shipped directly from Chinese factories or warehouses. In addition to incredibly low prices, Temu can no doubt attribute its popularity to its strategy of giving free stuff to users who promote the app on their social networks and get friends and family to sign up.

That way, someone can swing by and take it off your hands. You can also grab some fantastic freebies for any project you need. Buy nothing groups are convenient, money-saving and help declutter your home.

Once set up, you can start getting free stuff, giving your unused stuff away and connecting with folks near you. Circular gift economies are a great way to reduce waste. Share your success stories on Twitter, Facebook or the Komando Community!

Jamontae Hickman is a freelance writer and shopping expert who loves bringing customers the best online and in-store shopping bargains. His editorial work has appeared in The Real Deal by RetailMeNot, AskMen,, and other publications. He has a love for fashion and is a sneakerhead at heart.

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Great times to offer freebies are when you are releasing a new product, when you need an aid in up-selling/cross-selling or simply looking for a new way to market your business. Right now you are probably looking at your income and wondering how much you can afford to give away for this kind of campaigns. In reality giving away free items is a great PR stunt for large companies and they can reach far more consumers than any SMB can. So how do you run a freebie campaign without losing out?

The impact of COVID-19 brought out the best in many people, with kind-hearted folks offering to help neighbors with groceries and other errands. Some gave away items they no longer need or want, and many turned to Nextdoor to do that. The social networking service says it has seen an 80 percent rise in monthly listings for items that users are looking to buy, sell or give away. A quarter of items were listed as free.

The rebranding and the rollout of Free Finds could be an attempt from Nextdoor to fend off Facebook, which last month launched a Neighborhoods feature to connect people in communities. Facebook's Marketplace is also a popular way for people to buy and sell items locally.

Note: When traveling internationally and shopping duty-free (a great thing to do on your airport layover), the cashier at the register is going to ask to see your boarding pass to verify travel out of the country. Travelers leaving the United States for at least 48 hours may shop duty-free. 041b061a72


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