What are the different types of marketplaces for sellers?

We have identified 4 different selling models or marketplace types. Some marketplaces only use one model, others use multiples. It’s important to understand your personal selling style and goals when choosing a marketplace type.

BOR: Buy OutRight

If you want to make a little bit of money while quickly cleaning out the clutter on your bookshelf or in your closet, you may want to pack up your stuff and send it off to a marketplace that will buy it outright. (For example, thredUP for clothes or the Amazon Trade-In program for booksellers.)

P2P: Peer to Peer

These are the marketplaces where you as a seller interact directly with the buyer of an item. These items are usually shipped from the seller directly to the buyer and the proceeds (after fees) go straight to you. (ex. eBay, Poshmark, Mercari)

CON: Consignment

These marketplaces will take your item but you may not see any money until the item sells. Usually, the consigner keeps around 50% of the profit for their troubles. If your items don’t sell they may be donated or in some cases returned to you. (ex. Chairish, Flight Club)

LOC: Local marketplaces

These marketplaces are based on your geographic location and allow buying and selling between neighbors or those in relatively close proximity. These marketplaces are great for selling large items, cash transactions and keeping it all in the community. (ex. Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, 5 miles)

Please see our Marketplace Directory for more details on each marketplace type.