Here's How to Sell Your Old Furniture Online

Here's How to Sell Your Old Furniture Online

Jan 1, 2022, 3:18:24 AM Business

Everyone needs to replace their furniture from time to time. The sad fact is that, more often than not, old things end up in landfill. About 9.7 million tonnes of furniture are thrown away every year in the Dubai.


It turns out that there is a better solution than throwing out old used furniture in Dubai, and that is to give it a new home - and get a little more money in your wallet in the process.


Furniture resale is a huge market; according to Market Watch, it will be worth over $16 billion by 2025. In the past, reselling furniture meant either putting up flyers around the neighbourhood or posting an ad on Craigslist. Today, more and more would-be sellers are using online furniture marketplaces to do business.


One such marketplace is Dubai, founded by Alpai Coralturk, which takes the furniture out of your hands, photographs it, arranges it and sends the items you want to sell. One look at the website makes it clear why the second-hand furniture market is so big.


By making selling great furniture very convenient with quick and free self-checkout, and by giving buyers the opportunity to buy a collected collection of well-made pieces from trusted sources, we are encouraging our customers to reduce their global footprint," says Coralturk. "Many of our customers are looking to save money and we give them access to designs and brands they can't afford at full price. This encourages them to reject cheaper, less eco-friendly, disposable furniture brands."


We asked Coralturk for some tips on selling old furniture in Dubai, whether you go the old-fashioned way or use a service like Everyone needs to replace their furniture from time to time. The sad fact is that, more often than not, old things end up in landfill. About 9.7 million tonnes of furniture are thrown away every year in the Dubai.


It turns out that there is a better solution than throwing out old furniture in Dubai, and that is to give it a new home - and get a little more money in your wallet in the process.


Furniture resale is a huge market; according to Market Watch, it will be worth over $16 billion by 2025. In the past, reselling furniture meant either putting up flyers around the neighbourhood or posting an ad on Craigslist. Today, more and more would-be sellers are using online furniture marketplaces to do business.


One such marketplace is Dubai which takes the furniture out of your hands, photographs it, arranges it and sends the items you want to sell. One look at the website makes it clear why the second-hand furniture market is so big.


By making selling great furniture very convenient with quick and free self-checkout, and by giving buyers the opportunity to buy a collected collection of well-made pieces from trusted sources, we are encouraging our customers to reduce their global footprint,. "Many of our customers are looking to save money and we give them access to designs and brands they can't afford at full price. This encourages them to reject cheaper, less eco-friendly, disposable furniture brands."


We asked Coralturk for some tips on selling old furniture in Dubai, whether you go the old-fashioned way or use a service like Kaiyo.


Get your furniture ready to sell

This is the time for your furniture to shine, and it needs to be ready for sale to make them want to buy. Give everything you're selling a good wipe down and make sure it's as photogenic as possible.


In doing so, don't try to hide any defects or damage, and be sure to disclose any imperfections that might reduce the value of the item. If you're going to sell your furniture the old-fashioned way - on Craigslist, Etsy or any other online marketplace, for example - be sure to take photos in a well-lit area and from as many angles as possible.


Coralturk says that sellers should make sure to remove all personal items from drawers and compartments - it's great when you find something good when buying second-hand furniture, but being on the other side isn't so great.


You can't sell everything.

Just because it's furniture doesn't mean you can sell it, especially if some things are illegal to sell. "In many states, it is illegal to sell cots and certain types of baby furniture," says Coralturk. "Mattresses usually can't be sold for the same reason, so couches or convertible sofas that can't be removed from the mattress are a problem."


Although second-hand furniture tends to wear out, don't try to sell something that is on its last legs or should be consigned to the bin. "Most marketplaces won't accept items with structural flaws, so choose well-constructed items."


Don't expect a huge payout

Look, you're selling your furniture to give it a new home and rid it of the landfill, not to make an easy fortune. Be happy with any money, but there are some ways to maximise the amount you put in your pocket. Koralturk suggests sharing the original price of your item. This means proving exactly how much you paid, rather than offering something approximate.


"It's helpful to provide a receipt of purchase, if you still have it, so that we understand the original retail value of the item," he says. "And if you're selling something from a well-known brand, be sure to emphasise this by highlighting any logos, tags or other distinctive marks.


Know what people want.

If you've bought furniture, it doesn't mean everyone else will want it, especially after it's been in someone else's home. Brand recognition plays a huge role when reselling furniture. "Buyers tend to want items from brands known for their longevity," says Coralturk. "Reselling items from fast furniture brands is usually not successful and is not likely to bring in much profit.


Instead, try to resell items from higher-end brands that people trust. Top brands in Dubai include RH, Design Within Reach, Room & Board, CB2 and West Elm. Buying these brands at retail is expensive and, as Coralturk points out, "people want a certain aesthetic but at a more affordable price than buying new."


As tastes and trends change, so does the cost of certain pieces of furniture. For example, modern is in vogue now, so it will cost more in the resale market. Stay in tune with fashion trends and you'll be adding to your.


Get your furniture ready to sell

This is the time for your furniture to shine, and it needs to be ready for sale to make them want to buy. Give everything you're selling a good wipe down and make sure it's as photogenic as possible.


In doing so, don't try to hide any defects or damage, and be sure to disclose any imperfections that might reduce the value of the item. If you're going to sell your furniture the old-fashioned way - on Craigslist, Etsy or any other online marketplace, for example - be sure to take photos in a well-lit area and from as many angles as possible.


Coralturk says that sellers should make sure to remove all personal items from drawers and compartments - it's great when you find something good when buying second-hand furniture, but being on the other side isn't so great.


You can't sell everything.

Just because it's furniture doesn't mean you can sell it, especially if some things are illegal to sell. "In many states, it is illegal to sell cots and certain types of baby furniture," says Coralturk. "Mattresses usually can't be sold for the same reason, so couches or convertible sofas that can't be removed from the mattress are a problem."


Although second-hand furniture tends to wear out, don't try to sell something that is on its last legs or should be consigned to the bin. "Most marketplaces won't accept items with structural flaws, so choose well-constructed items."


Don't expect a huge payout

Look, you're selling your furniture to give it a new home and rid it of the landfill, not to make an easy fortune. Be happy with any money, but there are some ways to maximise the amount you put in your pocket. Koralturk suggests sharing the original price of your item. This means proving exactly how much you paid, rather than offering something approximate.


"It's helpful to provide a receipt of purchase, if you still have it, so that we understand the original retail value of the item," he says. "And if you're selling something from a well-known brand, be sure to emphasise this by highlighting any logos, tags or other distinctive marks.


Know what people want.

If you've bought furniture, it doesn't mean everyone else will want it, especially after it's been in someone else's home. Brand recognition plays a huge role when reselling furniture. "Buyers tend to want items from brands known for their longevity "Reselling items from fast furniture brands is usually not successful and is not likely to bring in much profit.


Instead, try to resell items from higher-end brands that people trust. Top brands in Dubai include RH, Design Within Reach, Room & Board, CB2 and West Elm. Buying these brands at retail is expensive and, as points out, "people want a certain aesthetic but at a more affordable price than buying new."


As tastes and trends change, so does the cost of certain pieces of furniture. For example, modern is in vogue now, so it will cost more in the resale market. Stay in tune with fashion trends and you'll be adding to your

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