Sales & Marketing

Published on April 20th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley

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Online Sales Sites Help Consumers Go Green And Save Cash

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day, the one day each year when we should all pause for a moment and reflect on what impact we personally have on the environment. You don’t have to be Elon Musk to make a difference. Small things can add up to a lot if enough people get involved.

Online Sales via Zibbet

New online sales sites are part of the sharing economy. Instead of buying things and keeping them forever, we can get what we need now and pass it on later when we are done using it. It applies to everything from homes and automobiles to small items like home furnishings and clothing.

What if instead of jumping in the car and driving to the mall to buy new clothes, we could simply go online and find gently used garments for up to 90% off the original retail price? And what if those items would ship directly to our door so we didn’t have to burn a drop of gasoline to get them?

There is such an online sales site and it is called ThredUp.com. This is a subscription service. You can log on via Facebook or Amazon, or you can subscribe by sharing your e-mail address with the company. Once you log on to the site, you will be able to review thousands of items of pre-owned clothing and purchase the items you want without leaving home.

BookScouter.com helps people find buyers wiling to pay cash for unwanted books. You never know whether that old textbook you got from Aunt Agathe’s estate is valuable. But with BookScouter, you can offer it to as many as 50 book dealers. Each one has an online sales user profile so you can determine whether you are doing business with a reputable person. The service is free. All you need to do is complete the sale, then deliver the book to the nearest UPS or FedEx store for shipment to the new owner.

Perhaps you are an artist or someone who is into crafts. Usually, your work either sits on the shelf or you give it away to friends and family. But now you can list it with Zibbet and find buyers for your artwork or craft products online. Its website says, “Zibbet is a marketplace powered by a global community of independent artists, crafters and vintage collectors. It’s a place where you can buy the most amazing, unique and inspiring products that can’t be found anywhere else. Our sellers are passionate and endlessly creative. And we are passionate about them.” What do have you want to sell?

Finally, there is MaxSold.com. If you need to have an estate sale but don’t want to go through the hassle of a live auction, now you can simply take photographs of the items you want to sell and dispose of them through online sales. If you use MaxSold, people from around the block or around the country will have an opportunity to bid on them. Turn your unwanted items into cash. What could be more earth friendly than that?

 

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writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.



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