“ Buying or selling a second hand bargain. „
I have found site "Preloved" to be a really good place to buy and sell second hand goods.
Having trued E Bay - but the fees there are so high that for my unwanted stamps I found that I ended up paying E Bay for the selling them.....which was daft.
So Preloved was suggested by a neigbour and what a great place in is.
Anyone can sign up for free and buy/sell right away.
To buy 2nd hand goods that have just been uploaded - there is a fee payable by "Paypal" of £5 for 12 months instant access to recent offers. This is called a "Full" member. A "Free" member has to wait for 10 days but if just selling then of course this is not needed. To become a "premium seller" there is a fee of £25 again via paypal. Premium Sellers have a larger advert and so on. Again perhaps not needed.
Well after signing up I uploaded 5 items, two sold within a week, the others are still sitting there but get loads of page views. (There is a helpful "Stats" button that allows sellers to see their page views). Unlike E Bay there is not final fee. So all of the profit goes to the seller.
If someone wants to buy an item they contact the seller via the site system and discuss - bit like e mail.
Everyone seems really friendly... may take more time to sell than E Bay but there are no fees!
I have brought two small items now from Preloved and found it easy.
We were selling our old Furniture and didn't have much response although we did sell the furniture eventually. It is a popular site so we did get a few enquiries and as the user has to pay to view contact details you do get qualified leads.
Both FreeAds and other sites were free to view although you can pay to get a better listing on Freeads. I think overall I poorly rate because Gumtree as well were very good, again this is free.
Oddly we sold our stuff on a site I had never heard of before which was prelovedads.co.uk, weird thing this internet, there are so many sites.
I think overall it depends what you are selling some of old Childrens clothes went well on Ebay who have been around for absolutely ages.
So overall a good site as we said very populaur but there are cheaper options out there!
Preloved is a website that lets you place internet ads for free. They also have a search option meaning that if you want to buy something secondhand you can browse the website to see if anyone's selling what you're after. There's a section for private sellers and business sellers and the private sellers option (for people like me who just want to get rid of a few bits and bobs) is free of charge.
The website isn't the most attractive due to the rather ugly yellow and white colour scheme but what does it really matter? The layout is really good and the site is easy to navigate due to the range of catergorys and options on the sites main page, eg 'sell it now', 'search for a bargain' and so on. Further down the page there's a section with all of the catergories listed - there's everything from cars, pets, furniture and bikes to jobs and houses.
Signing up to Preloved is a really simple process which takes a matter of minutes. It is free to join and all you need to do is enter your details. These include your e-mail adress, full name, home adress (don't worry, only your town is made visible on your profile) and your phone number. Phone numbers are optional but if you are selling a product I'd recommend adding your number as I've found that 99 percent of people prefer to ring than email as they get a quicker awnser to whatever they want to know about the item you're selling.
Once you've joined you will be sent a confirmation email - all you need to do is click the link in the e-mail that you've been sent. This simply ensures that it really is your e-mail adress. If you're using Preloved to buy products you will not need to provide any extra information to confirm your identity but if you are selling items you will need to confirm your identity by phone or post. I opted for the phone option and I was rung up and given a code which I entered on the site and my account was then ready to use.
I've used Preloved for both buying and selling and I've been a member for around a year. We got my daughters travel cot from a local woman who had advertised it on preloved - we got it for £15 instead of £40 and we also got a television for our guest room for £60.00 instead of over £300 from a local couple. We also were going to buy a new bed frame however as the guy was unable to deliver it and was unwilling to give us time to arrange a van to pick it up we ended up buying one from a furniture shop as it was too much hassle arranging to pick it up.
Placing an advert on Preloved is really easy. You can add photos, the price that you want and a brief description of the item. I've sold a petrol mower on Preloved for £40.00 along with a rowing machine for £120.00. I got cash in hand for both of them and it took under a week to sell them. I got lots of responses for both and sold them to the people who replied to the advert first. I've not had issues with any oddbods or time wasters which is good and this is obviously always a worry when your phone number is made public. The people that I sold the items to were very pleasant and one even sent me an email after collection telling me that the mower was great and he'd just mowed his lawn and how nice it was meeting me - bless!
Preloved lets people pay through Paypal which is handy if you're selling something to someone who isn't local however everything that I've bought and sold has been paid for with cash in hand. The site's a brilliant, free way to get quick cash for unwanted items and it's fun to browse through the different catergories (especially the pet catergory!) to see what's for sale. Overall, highly recommended.
I have recently discovered Preloved, the easy version of ebay.
When you first go onto the site, sign yourself up for a free membership. You can post adverts with pictures for free! There are thousands of other members who will view your items and they can write you a personal message if they want more information or wish to purchase.
You can either meet up with people to sell your goods or send them in the post if they are small enough. I recently sold some Swarovski items to a collector which was fantastic as I dont think I would have found that person any other way. They came all the way from up north to london to buy my things and it worked out really well.
You must be careful about personal safety, make sure you never post anything until you have received the money for it. Dont get involved with anything to do with western union transfers. You can usually tell when someone is messing you around or a hoax.
The site is very easy to navigate, and I find it way easier to use than ebay. There is no bidding, you just set your price or state that your willing to take an offer and then sit back and wait. You can upload 3 pictures for free and I think that ads that have pictures probably get more responses.
I havent had to talk to the sites moderators for anything but they posted my ads on the site swiftly and without fuss. One thing that would be a good addition would be a counter to see how many people have viewed your item.
If you have a load of old junk lying around then post it up, one persons trash is anothers treasure! You can literally list anything from jewellery to caravans to bric a brac. Im hoping to bag myself a few bargins on there myself!
What is preloved?
Preloved is where people go and sell the things they used to love to other people. You place a free advert on the site promoting whatever it is you're wanting to sell, and then others can search the listings and contact you if they want to purchase you're item. Simple as that! You can also put up wanted notices, promote events, advertise something to rent or swap for something else.
Placing an ad.
It is a very simple site to use, and part of the reason why I am straying there more often instead of using ebay is because of how easily accessible the site is. I find using gumtree pretty hit and miss as it feels such an open market laden with far too many search options and people placing dodgy adverts. This place feels very secure in its moderation. You place a free ad and are asked if you're a private or business seller (this is a paid service with a free-trial period...that's all I know on that!). Next you choose your category, much like ebay but with less steps. Everything is there - vehicles, computers, clothing, pets. You then fill in the clearly labelled boxes, ensuring you have outlined the type of advert you are making (you can create wanted adverts, sell something or promote an event) and fill in the details. Once you've put on your price and whether others can try and convince you to part with it at a lower price, you're all set and your advert becomes live. You do need to become a member, which is free, in order to do this as obviously you will need to track your advert. Unlike gumtrees annoying system of advert codes which allow you to edit your listing, your registration means that you can look at your active adverts, edit, remove and renew them as appropriate. Simple.
It is free to be a member of preloved and for a long time I was none the wiser and content with the free service as it really offers so much. As a member your searches for items are made easier because they are broken down into local, regional and national adverts because they have details of your location. However recently I got carried away and purchased an unncessary full membership...eek. The reason I say it is unncessary is because in terms of selling as a private individual, it offers its services for free. The purchase of membership came out of getting frustrated as a buyer. I'm now a full member for a year. In all fairness, it was only £5. The benefits as a buyer mean that I can respond to adverts as soon as they come out. At the time I went on a frantic search for a parrot friend for my parrot (shhh..I know, fruitloop!) and was pulling my hair out because some came up and I wanted to know more information. They had been posted that day and I really wanted details (some people can be patchy on the info). As a free member I had to wait a couple days. Paid members get the benefit of being able to respond as soon as an ad goes live on the site adding the incentive that they will snap up the bargains before the free members get a look in. So yes, a year of responding to adverts whenever I want. Not bad for a fiver but if you're more chilled out and can wait, I would keep the free membership.
I find the site pleasantly laid out. The simple banner at the top 'Preloved - the joy of secondhand' and the simple column layout with cartoon characters directing you to the search engine and advice for sellers are all easy to find. There are also forums (which I haven't used), an area for reviews where people can write about the items they've owned (helping others to buy the best in second hand products) and they also have advice pages to help people either with the website or how to shop safely. The members page where you can look at your listings, develop a profile and place new ads is simply devised with all the options down one side, your active ads in the centre and your member details on the right.
When someone contacts you, you receive an email to your email address and once you log in you can respond in turn to their questions. The screen appears with your profile pic (if you have one) and theirs with speech bubbles coming out where a message has been typed. It is all laid out on one page and you can see the whole exchange without losing information when you click reply.
I have sold one guitar on preloved, having arranged for the person to visit and take a look at it. They were pleased and off they went. I had one ad removed because I stated it was advertised elsewhere (ebay) which was fair do's and at least showed they are keen moderators of their site. I have another visit scheduled tomorrow to sell a second guitar. I suppose the only concern is that you are safe when giving out details and allowing people to view the goods. It doesn't have the same back up as ebay. You can arrange payment with paypal accounts and arrange for delivery of items but there isn't the same security as with ebay where the whole transaction is overseen by the ebay overlords and you have a back up. I bought a £250 Nikon D40 DSLR camera (an expensive bit of kit) and having spoken to the buyer via preloved, I parted with the money. That would have been a lot of money to be screwed over for but thankfully they were very genuine and I was extremely pleased with the purchase. Being savvy is the only way to get by on this site and to quote them 'Please don't let common sense be clouded by what looks like an unbelievable bargain. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is. '
You can probably tell that I really like and recommend this site. It is easy to use, the free membership offers the average user enough in way of features and at £5 for a year you're not losing a lot if you bump up to full membership. I have been fortunate with my transactions and it is always a case of ensuring you are safe, never meet buyers without taking someone with you and if you live in a flat tell others you are expecting someone to come and look at an item if you are selling something and they want to look first. It's the same with any dealings via the web and I think if anything, this site has good moderation and catches enough of the 'bad guys' which are definitely overlooked by gumtree. Yes it doesn't work as effectively as the countdown style of ebay but if you are just wanting to move some stuff on over time and not immediately, why not list it for a while for free on the site and see what happens. You can renew, change the price or remove it and dump the offending item (or charity shop it) if you find it's not shifting. At least you have not paid a listing fee for something that maybe no one is ever really going to want. If they don't buy it on preloved, why would they bid, wait for others to possibly outbid them and buy it on ebay when they could contact you and get for a fair price straight off.
Preloved is a brilliant way of advertising stuff that you want to sell in a more civilised way than ebay. Preloved is a great way of advertising any second hand stuff for free and it is really simple to create an ad. I have sold a couple of items on this sight and i like that you can say exactly how much you want for the item or whether you are willing for people to make an offer for it. I also like that you can get people to pay you in cash on collection which is much better than mucking around with paypal and a lot safer for you the seller. The advert stays on the site as long as you want and you can update so that it appears at the top of lists if you want. The one down side of the site is that although it has nationwide coverage there aren't that many adverts and tend to focus in areas so it is not always easy to find what you want that is nearby, the upside though is that you don't have to trawl through millions of adverts. This is a great site for people who are selling quality second hand stuff, you don't tend to get the junk that other auction sites.
After a pain in the backside seller on Ebay got my account closed down, (I won't go into details!) I needed to find a site where I could sell items other than books, cds or dvds. I haven't got a clue as to how I found this one but I am very grateful for it.
Preloved is a site for second hand goods. One where you can put your used items up for sale using a free advert.
To sign up is all very simple, (the little box to join is right down at the bottom of the home page) and won't take you too long to set up your account. Just your usual home details, username etc.
Once you've done that you're all set to begin.
To list an advert you need to go to the Classifieds link. There are then two choices - private or business sellers. The private sellers is completely free to place your ad, even if you do have your item sold the site won't take any money from you. If you're a UK business then it will cost you £20 + VAT every month. At the moment Preloved are offering a 2 month free trial for business advertising.
Once you've picked your choice you will get a list of different catagories to choose where you're going to put your item.
Home and Family
Health and Leisure
Holidays and Travel
Property and Accommodation
Office and Business
Employment, Education and Training
As you can see, there is a wide variety. Under each of these headings are subcatagories, so you can just scan your eyes down to see if the product you want to sell is in which section.
Most of the time it will be there, they just may not be where you expect them to be. Jewellery comes under home and family whilst books come under health and leisure-which thinking about it does acually make sense!
In some cases there will be extra choices to pick, but that's just to make it more detailed.
When you get the advert selling page there are more options as to how you want your item to be sold. You can place adverts saying you want something, to sell something, rent or swap.
If you are selling it is better that you provide a picture as it's more likely that someone will purchase it.
The asking price section does give you a wide variety of how you want your product to be sold. Anything from being free (not a lot of people pick this option), to making you an offer, or to how near to your price.
After that your advert will appear on the site after about 10 minutes. You will need to be a bit patient. A lot of the time you don't always get much success. If however, you do keep it there eventually you might get a bit of luck. It took 3 months for one of my necklaces to get sold but I got £30 out of it so patience is a virtue!
There is also a forum page where you can message and chat with other members. The actual members link will go to your own account. This will provide details like how many adverts you've got listed.
This is a great site for selling items and I have found them to be trustworthy sellers and buyers. It's a nice site and fairly easy to use and understand. I think if people were more aware of it the sellers would have more luck with getting money but either way, for now at least it's still something good for finding used goods which are perfect for you.
Preloved is a great little site that I found a few months ago.
It's basically a free classified site that's really user-friendly and isn't clogged up by a whole host of jumbled, incoherent adverts.
Users can sign up to this in seconds. You either join as a free member or pay £25 per year (just increased from £5) for extra features such as the privilege of being the first to view adverts; having one's adverts remain at the top of the list for longer; being able to create bigger; advertisement-free adverts; enhancing one's listings with colour and additional photos and being able to add links to one's adverts.
The search feature enables users to find classified ads quickly, as well as links to auction listings on eBay (although the latter seems a bit pointless).
Members can also refine their searches by distance price and type of advert (for sale, auctions, wanted).
You can also use Preloved to read and write reviews on whatever products fit into the categories (a bit like DooYoo, but with fewer reviews).
When placing an advert, you can list your item with a fixed price, with 'or near offer', with 'or very near offer', 'make me an offer', 'free' or 'swap'. Different currencies can also be chosen.
As this is a classified site, you cannot actually buy items through the site, but you make contact with the seller via the integrated email system.
It's a nice site which is very well laid out and is extremely easy to use, but unfortunately, I don't think many people actually buy things, so it's not all that effective. I thought to start with that it was quite new, but it says 1997 at the bottom of the page, so who knows!
I hope this site gains more members and becomes a bit more active, because I want to sell more things!
AFTER BUBBAS DEATH WE NEEDED A NEW BAND MEMBER. FOURTEEN YEAR OLD MEMBER TOLD US ABOUT THIS SITE HE WAS TRADED FOR COOKIE DOUGH ON CALLED PRELOVED.CO.UK. ON THIS SITE WE FOUND LOTS OF GOOD LOOKING LITTLE BOYS WE COUDL. USE AS BAND MEMBERS AND TRADED THEM FOR OLIVE OIL AND BROKEN FURNITURE. HAHAHA WE DIDN'T TELL THEM IT WAS BROKEN! WE SAID "LIKE NEW" AND THEY BELIEVED US! HAHAHAHA! NEXT DAY WHEN PACKAGE ARRIVED BOSS WENT TO THE DOOR TO ANSWER. IT WAS THE POLICE. HOW THEY FIND US? WHAT WE DO? I QUICKLY JUMPED OUT WINDOW BEFORE THEY COULD SEE ME AND RAN AWAY. FORGOT MY GUITAR THAT KILLED BUBBA. I WAS GOING TO RETURN IT FOR REFUND. OH WELL. I SELL MYSELF TO MEN LIKE BUBBA AND BOSS ON PRELOVED.CO.UK FOR LOTS OF MONEY AND BUILD THE BAND BACK UP FROM THE TOP. OVERALL A GOOD SITE BUT NEEDS FEWER POLICE OFFICERS AND MORE LEGITIMATE TRADERS.