Here are the pros & cons of some of the main sites. Do you know of any other sites I should check out?
For me, ebay has been the most expensive of the choices. Problem is I'm almost always buying "new with tags" from ebay, &, if anything, sellers charge more for the items than they cost in the first place--they're making a profit on desired merchandise. I still roam around ebay but with great caution since it's a little like going to Costco--before you know it, you've spent $200.
I've sold a few items on ebay, but since I've offered reduced-cost shipping & reduced the price of the items to dirt cheap, I've never made more than about $5 on anything.
You can see some of my ebay purchases in this post.
My first swap.com purchase just arrived. It looks good!
Swap.com sells everything--too much stuff--it's like a huge warehouse thrift store. I wonder how they manage it--it's probably chaos there. Their prices are so-so--rarely under $10. Their merchandise is not displayed as nicely as ebay or thredup--things look more wrinkled & sloppy, so it's harder to take the leap to buy something. They offer a lot of daily discount coupons, but the coupons don't seem to have much impact on the prices.
The search feature is good, though--you might find a new item from the brand you love for next to nada. They accept returns within 30 days.
I sent swap.com a box of clothes about a month ago. They have a lot of restrictions on their selling, & you have to pay for the shipping. But my box just got processed, & here's the link to the page with the things I'm selling. I priced the items, & in moments, four of them sold! I've already made over $20!
Worst thing about swap.com: they require you log in with your Facebook account (I couldn't find any other way--they don't post anything on FB for you, luckily!), & you also have to enter a Paypal account to receive payment.
Some swap.com offerings...
Thredup is my favorite so far. The clothes are displayed well, & some are as cheap as $3. The number of clothes in any category is manageable, easily searchable. The clothes are in excellent condition. I've returned a couple things--it costs $8.99 to return, which is rarely worth it.
It's fun to sell on thredup because you see photos of exactly what you sold & know if someone purchased it. They don't give you very much for your clothes, but you do get to send them in for free.
You can see more of my thredup purchases here & here.
For sale at thredup:
Recent thredup purchases...
I also don't entertain any illusions about the altruistic intentions of these sites. They're making money off other people's castoffs. For that $20 I made above, swap.com made about the same amount. But maybe we are helping keep a few things out of the landfills.
Have you tried any of these online second-hand stores or any others? Do you thrift in person?