Consignment Stores & Apps Tested

Back in my hay-day (a word I think I just made up), Craigslist was the world renowned the place to sell any unwanted items and in my book, it still stands as my go to place for selling. However, nowadays, you have a lot of options as new startups are popping up everywhere. My-OH-my, times have rapidly changed.  Here are a list of companies I’ve dealt with in the last few months. Most are new and others are found locally. These are purely base off of my experience but, feel free to check them out.

1.) Book-Off USA – Westminister City (cd’s, books & other misc. items):

Likes: Locally accessible. Friendly staff and awesome customer service (responded quickly). They made me sign a paper when I came in and told me to wait since, there were others before me. I walked around the mall for a bit while I waited and within 5-15 minutes they called me and informed me that my items were ready. Out of 20 items, they took about 5 with were sold at $1 each.

Dislikes: The return value, as expected, wasn’t too high and they don’t recycle.

2.) MoveLoot – L.A. (Furniture):

Likes: Cool concept & easy to navigate. What you do is create a profile online. Go to their selling section and upload your items. Get your ID #, email them that you want to drop off the items you want to sell and include the ID #. You need a value of $200 or more in order for their movers to come and do a pick up. The other option is to drop off the items at their nearest location but, make sure to email them first for a consignor to review your items before you do. That way, you know exactly what they will buy from you.

Dislikes: They currently don’t do any drop-offs in L.A. 😦

3. Crossroads West Hollywood (Apparel, Footwear & Accessories):
Oldie but, a goodie.

Likes: Friendly staff and very organized.

Dislikes: They accept mostly (if, not all) designer labels and parking wasn’t as accessible (except WEHO location).

4. Craigslist (everything): It’s still a top contender for me.

Likes: Quick responses on inquiries regarding sale items and have dealt with a few nice individuals.

Dislikes: A lot of flaky people, disorganized, a few weirdos and some never bothered to respond.

5. ThreadFLIP (clothes & shoes):

Likes: Cool concept. You request on their website for a drop off bag with a paid postage stamp included. Once you receive the bag, you place all of your merchandise in it and then do a pick-up at your location. Simple, convenient and easy. Also, they respond to their emails quickly. You’ll get an answer the minute they receive your merchandise to when you can view your items of what’s being sold online. Lastly, the rest of the merchandise they don’t sell goes to Goodwill (definitely a plus for me).

Dislikes: The time in processing your bag is lengthy, there’s a low return value and the pay-off is solely through Paypal. It takes about a week to receive your money and I never heard from them ever again. No responses via email or a phone call. Sad.

6. Threadup (clothes & shoes):

Likes: same concept as Threadflip. You create an online profile, you request for a bag with a paid postage stamp and you send in your merchandise then, you wait. They send you an email every time they are processing your bag (from receiving your bag to when your merchandise can be viewed online and/or when your payment is being processed).

Dislikes: Time in processing your bag is lengthy. Pay out is through PayPal with 2% fee + 2-3 days for the transaction to go through.

7. Close5 App – FREE (everything): 

Likes: Easy to use & convenient. Create a profile similar to any app that you download. You do a point and shoot through your camera phone. Upload the photos and write a description about the product. Voila! 

Dislikes: The response rate is ok and I haven’t sold anything.

8.  5Miles App – FREE (everything): 

Likes: Easy to use & convenient. Verification requirements. This app works similar to Close5 App where, you create a profile, provide images, upload the photos and write a description. Their competitive advantage is that you can hit the “renew” button to bring your items back to the listing page (thus, increase your view ability). You can review buyers and sellers.

Dislikes: Stating the original price (even your collector’s item that dates back to early 80’s). There were a ton of flakes & weirdos. Also, I’ve had items posted for a month now and have not sold anything. Eventually, I sold my items elsewhere (Craigslist) and I’ve decided to de-activate my profile after 2 weird scenarios. I don’t want to get into it on here but, I didn’t feel comfortable. I ended up de-activating my account. I truly believe that if your instincts gives you a weird vibe about someone, move on.

9. OfferUP App – FREE (everything):

Likes: Same as 5Miles and Close5 apps. You create a profile, snap images, write a description and hit done.

Dislikes: I haven’t sold anything and their UI needs work. It get’s annoying to find the back button to go from one page to the other when viewing a merchandise for sale. It should just be a simple swipe from left to right. Also, I eventually figured out that you have to swipe down in order for the top bar to appear and swipe up to get the bottom bar (rather annoying). It took me a few minutes to get myself oriented around the app. Lastly, I haven’t sold anything.

10. The Last Bookstore (CD’s / Books):

Likes: Local & has a beautiful interior. I say it is one of the hidden gems in L.A.

Dislikes: Parking & low return value.

Lessons learned:

  • Be patient and be flexible.
  • Read the reviews (yelp or google +) about each company to get a feel for what they offer.
  • Be careful where or who you meet. If, you feel it doesn’t feel right, then, you shouldn’t do it.
  • People will negotiate the stated price. Be firm or say “set price” if, you don’t intend in changing the original price at all.
  • If, you’re running out of time. Write “Everything Must Go By (insert date here)”. It get’s people moving.

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