Buy and sell websites and apps in the Philippines (and also around the world) are becoming very popular as the years go by. One of the probable reasons is modern economics. As years go by, the income of one person is becoming insufficient especially when one has a family to feed, kids to send to school, parents to support, etc. And because of the rising prices of all commodities and services that we consume and use on our day to day living, a lot of us now are looking for other ways to augment our incomes. One of the most proven ways of earning additional income is by selling.
Do you remember your teacher when you were in grade school selling tocino and longganisa? Do you know any office mates who are selling imported goods in your office? Yes, at one point in time, all of us have sold something to someone so we could earn. However, with the advent of technology, you can now increase your target market which will help you increase your earnings and help you save more money.
Here is our list of Top 7 Free Buy and Sell Online Websites in the Philippines:
eBay is probably one of the most popular buy and sell websites in the world. It has been around for ages and it’s still is one of the best websites to sell your stuff. It does not matter if you are selling brand new items or second-hand items as long as you properly describe your items then you will definitely attract buyers.
eBay has a feedback feature wherein buyers and sellers can leave each other positive and negative feedback. The more positive feedback you have in your eBay account, the more trustworthy you are in the eyes of your buyers. Be sure to generate as much positive feedback as you can by:
- providing timely and polite interactions with your customers
- posting clear pictures of the products you are selling
- and by describing your products accurately
eBay may or may not be completely free though depending on how you’d like to set up your post. If you utilize additional options that could help you sell better then there would be corresponding fees for those options. However, if you do not utilize those then you won’t have to pay a thing. I’m not sure if this is the same for eBay in other countries but I’ve been using eBay Philippines for a few years now and I was not being asked to pay a thing (unless of course if I utilize additional options on their website).
Shopee is one of the newest kids on the block. It’s very convenient for buyers to browse through your products and to buy from you as well. One of the reasons why buyers go to Shopee is because Shopee offers free shipping and COD payment option(see Shopee’s website for details).
Shopee has a 1 – 5 Star rating system wherein 5 is the highest and 1 is the lowest. Just like eBay, the higher your rating is, the more trustworthy you are in the eyes of your prospective buyers. So be sure to give your best in every transaction. Always bear in mind that every transaction is an opportunity to get a 5 Star rating.
Like Shoppee, Carousell is another convenient way to buy and sell products because it has a mobile app that anyone can download on their phones. You are limited though to only four pictures so be ready to send your customers additional pictures if needed. Payment transactions are arranged between buyers and sellers.
Carousell also has a feedback system which is summarized in three emoticons located beside the sellers’ name. A smiley face means positive feedback, a neutral face (perhaps the buyer is just ok with the transaction – not necessarily negative), and a sad face for the negative feedback. Get as many smiley faces (or positive feedback) as you can and you will definitely attract more buyers.
After acquiring OLX, Carousell is gradually becoming one of the most popular buy and websites in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region.
Instagram started out as a photo-sharing app instead of a selling platform but it has evolved to be one of the most powerful buys and sell websites and internet marketing tools that could help you sell your products online. Be sure to take a clear photo of the item that you are selling and be sure to use hashtags. If you do not know which hashtags to use then check out your competitors on Instagram.
Just like Instagram, Facebook is not an online selling platform, however, due to the huge number of users that it has, it became one of the best ways to reach your target market. A lot of people found success in selling on Facebook. You can also utilize both Facebook and Instagram to complement your other online stores. (Update 041720: Aside from using Facebook Pages or your personal account to sell, you can also post your merchandise on Facebook Marketplace).
There are also Buy and Sell Facebook groups that you can join in order to sell your items.
Online Classified Ads Website
OLX is one of the most famous classified ads in the Philippines and I have tried buying and selling stuff using OLX for countless of times. (Update 041720: OLX is now Carousell).
You could also sign up for smaller online classified ads websites such as BuyandSellPH, AyosTo, or MyBenta.
Niche-targeted Online Classified Ads
There are specific niche market classified ads that you can sign up for if you wish to sell your items. If you intend to sell your car, you can post it to Carmudi. If real estate is what you are selling then you can post it to Lamudi or Property24. If you are selling computers and other similar gadgets then you can check out TipidPC.
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Do you know any additional free online classified ads website? Feel free to share it in the comment section below.