Online yard sales are similar to yard sales staged in front of a brick-and-mortar house or on an actual sidewalk, except private vendors sell items online through a virtual marketplace. Online yard sales take place at such vending websites as Craigslist.com and eBay.com.
Craisglist.com is free to use, and users can post free ads with photos. Ads automatically move to the bottom of a category list as other users upload newer ads. Craigslist.com allows users to refresh ads periodically, which moves them back to the top of the ads list within any category. Users are free to edit and delete ads at any time.
Users post their own contact info or opt for Craiglist.com to dispatch emails to them from interested parties. The interface at Craigslist.com requires sellers and buyers to meet in person at some point to close a sale, which might be inconvenient for some people. Old baby equipment, collections of toys, furniture and decor are recurrent yard sale categories on Craigslist.com.
Similar to Craigslist, vendors upload photos and descriptions to eBay.com of items they wish to sell or auction off. Vendors have the choice of conducting sales or auctions, or both, simultaneously. Customers contact vendors through their vendor profile on eBay.com. Customers pay for items with credit, debit, PayPal or some form of eBay currency. EBay has solid return policies in place, which protect both vendors and sellers. Name-brand children's clothing and vintage toys tend to sell very well on eBay.com.