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How to Sell on Gumtree

Gumtree is one the UK’s most popular local selling websites, filled with classified ads for everything from items for sale, to property, jobs, services and even pets. With over 1.8 million ads listed on Gumtree at the time of publishing this post, it’s a great place to find what you’re looking for.

It’s free for private sellers to post ads in the “for sale” section on Gumtree so there’s plenty of money to made for sellers and bargains to be found for buyers!

Whether you’re looking to snap up a bargain, or to sell your unwanted items without having to pay listing fees, then Gumtree could be the place for you. Here’s our guide to buying and selling on Gumtree and some of our top tips to help you sell your stuff or grab a bargain buy.

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how to sell on gumtree

Here's a summary of the four key steps to selling something on Gumtree.

Step 1

Select the category your items fits into, this will make it easier for buyers to find exactly what they’re looking for.

Step 2

Add your postcode or location. Your postcode won’t be shown in the ad, but it will help you find buyers who are local to you.

Step 3

Write up your advert. Gumtree make it really easy to compose your advert, all you have to do is complete their form, including a title, any images (or even a youtube video link if you have one!), a description for your item, the price you’re selling for and finally your contact details.

Step 4

When you've completed the form, all you have to do next is post your ad, and then wait for the offers to come rolling in!

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Tips for writing Gumtree ads

Do take good quality and accurate photographs

Photos can make all the difference to your ad and because it’s free to post your selling ad on Gumtree, you could find your advert in competition with quite a few others. Good  quality photos will make your item stand out from the crowd.

Accuracy of your photos is also important, the last thing you want is a buyer turning up to collect the item and then changing their mind because it looks very different to the  photo.

Do consider listing your item at a slightly higher price

Gumtree buyers can have a tendency to haggle for a lower price, so if you start a little higher then it gives you a starting point to negotiate.

Do offer different options for collection or delivery

Can the buyer collect the item from your place of work for example, if you work somewhere that’s easier to get to than your home, or would you consider posting the item via a courier? Offer as many options as you can, and if you need an idea on prices for sending via courier, you can quickly and easily get a quote from My Parcel Delivery.

Do include the full product name, model number and  specification in your item description

It might seem like a quick and easy option to give a brief description of your item, but if you can be as descriptive as possible, then it can really help people find your product and make it easier for you to clinch the sale.

For example, rather than listing your item as "Sony Record Player" a better description would be "Sony MP6776 Silver Record Player Turntable with Stylus".

For larger items like furniture, get the tape measure out and list the dimensions –  it’ll save you time answering questions from potential buyers asking "how big is it?"

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Tips for buying on Gumtree

Have a good look through the ads before making an offer

Gumtree’s search box makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for – you just type in the item, location you want to find it in and the distance you’d be willing to travel.

The search results are listed by the newest ads first, so we recommend having a good look through the ads and not just the ones at the top of the list. After all, it’s easy to spot what you’re looking for at the top of the list and hit "message" straight away, but then you could scroll down and see something similar for a tenner cheaper! Take your time eager beavers.

Don’t be afraid to haggle

Unlike eBay where you have a choice to “buy it now” or bid on items in an auction, Gumtree is less formal and there’s nothing to stop you from having a go at haggling down the price. Quite often, Gumtree sellers are looking to sell their items quickly, because they’re moving house or having a general clearout; so they could be open to accepting a lower price if you can collect in a hurry!

If you’re not happy, don’t be afraid to say so

When it comes to collecting an item after you’ve agreed a sale, if unfortunately you aren’t happy with the item in person then don’t be afraid to say so.

Perhaps the item doesn’t match up to the photos or isn’t as described. Even if you’re getting a bargain price, if the item isn’t right, it’s better to say so rather than take it home anyway and feeling stupid afterwards.

Simply say you didn’t notice the issue when you looked at the photos (maybe even blame yourself for not noticing), apologise for wasting their time and say that the defects could be highlighted a little better in their ad.

Be aware of the collection location and your safety

Perhaps you know the collection area well, but if it’s somewhere you’ve not been before  or a road you’re unfamiliar with, then you can always take a look beforehand on Google  Streetview.

If you have concerns about the area, take someone with you to collect the item and don’t stay around chatting for too long with the seller. Alternatively, if it’s a small item and you’re not sure about collecting it yourself, you could always look into having the item picked up by a courier and delivered to you that way. You can book a collection service from just £3.10+VAT (for a 2KG parcel with Hermes), but be aware that your buyer will  need to pack up the item ready for the courier to collect and may need access to a printer  to print the postage label. It’s a bit of extra effort required, but good to know you have the  option if you need to do this.

Please avoid the following

DON’T be misleading in your advert description

Of course you want to talk your item up to generate interest and find a buyer, but over-using positive phrases, like "extremely good" or "perfect condition" can make your advert seem too good to be true.

DON’T be misleading in your advert description

Of course you want to talk your item up to generate interest and find a buyer, but over-using positive phrases, like "extremely good" or "perfect condition" can make your advert seem too good to be true.