If you are looking to get rid of your second-hand furniture, electronics or art, look no further than the Carousell in Hong Kong. Carousell is a marketplace where consumers and businesses can post listings of the items they want to sell. If you’re from the US, you can think of Carousell as Hong Kong’s eBay. There’s a saying that you can get rid of anything on Carousell so just go ahead and post it! Before you do, I highly recommend you read this article for top tips on how to sell your things on Carousell Hong Kong.
1. Take Clear Photos of Your Second-hand Item
It is important to take legible photos of the item that you’re trying to sell because it’s the first thing that catches the buyer’s attention. Posting a clear photo will not only make you’re posting more click-worthy but also give the buyers a sense of trust in the product and you as a seller. Moreover, make sure you place your product in a well-lit place. If your apartment lights are too dark during the night then try taking photos in the morning.
Below are some angles you should use to take your product photos:
- Front angle
- 45-degree angle
- Photos of any imperfections on the product
2. Select the Right Category
You can select a range of categories from which can go pretty specific. There are options from “Computers and tech” to “mobile phones and gadgets” and even “cars. Take some time to browse the available categories to choose the right one for your product.
Below is an example of the category I would choose if I were selling a wardrobe:
Furniture and home living > Furniture > Other home furniture
3. Write a Clear Product Title
People use keywords to find things on Carousell. This is quite similar to when you search things on Google’s search bar. Because of this, it is vital to write a relevant title. When you are writing your second-hand product’s title, try to include the following:
- The general name of the product (e.g. sofa, TV, wardrobe)
- Colour of the product
- Material of the product if applicable
- Brand name
Below is an example of a wardrobe I would sell:
“Dark Brown IKEA Wooden Wardrobe”
4. Select your Product Condition
Carousell provides some options that people use to filter for products. You should use this feature to show up in the relevant searches and features on people’s recommended pages. If you’re selling second-hand things that you have used, the app provides several options to describe the newness and condition of your product. Below are some options to choose from
- Like new
- Lightly used
- Well used (in good condition but may have minor defects)
- Heavily used (generally meaning has some defects)
No matter what option you choose, it’s best, to be honest about the defects of your product. This helps the buyer make a decision before coming to see the product and most likely accept it the way it is. If you are not clear about the flaws of the listing in the first place you may waste both of your time by meeting up and not ending up selling the product.
5. Write a Clear and Concise Product Description
When people click on your product listing, they will look at all the photos and read the description before deciding to contact you or make the offer. So, you should write a good product description to ensure there are no unanswered questions. Below are the things you should include in your Carousell product listing:
- How new is the product and how long has it been used
- What brand is your product
- Clear dimensions including height, width, and length
6. Sell at a Reasonable Price
It is important to set a reasonable price for your product. The best thing to do here is to go on the app first and search for the product you’re trying to sell. See what others are selling their items for and how long has it been sitting in the listing. If everyone else is selling their IKEA wardrobe at HKD1,000 that’s the most reasonable price you should also set your wardrobe for. The same goes for any other products.
Of course, if you’re trying to get rid of something urgently and don’t want to bother with negotiating prices, you can simply post the item “For Free”.
7. Set Dimensions for Your Furniture or Big Items
If you are selling big items, especially furniture, it is important to add the Width, Depth and Height of the item for the buyers to make their decisions easily. Even if you don’t add it to the product listing, they will end up asking you in the chat. It will be simply less time-consuming if you add these details to the “Optional details” section.
8. Set Up How to Exchange the Item
People will often look at where your product is located especially if it’s a big furniture item that they’ll need to pick up from your home. In this case, you should select “Meet up” and put the location of your district or building estate. You can also choose “Mailing and Delivery” but it is ideal to let the buyer pay for the expenses for this.
Selling your second-hand things has become so simple in Hong Kong because of the Carousell app. It is a convenient and intuitive app that connects you to the right buyer. If you follow the tips above, it will be even easier to sell anything on the platform! If you’re looking to buy on Carousell, read my article on 14 tips to buy on Carousell.