Buying and selling pre-loved furniture can sometimes be a minefield, we have all been there, and it often ends with wanting to bang our heads againts a brick wall, especially here in the UAE. Our friends at Decosouq.com provide a user-friendly online platform with professional delivery services, wherein customers can sell and buy pre-loved furniture easily, quickly & safely. To help you get started, below are some helpful tips recommended by Emir Tumen, Founder of Decosouq.com, to take into consideration when buying or selling pre-loved furniture online. Enjoy!
Tips for selling second-hand furniture
Describe your furniture
When creating a listing for your furniture, make sure to describe all details including defects and any damage, this will provide clarity to the buyer and prevent returns. Below are some important points that we suggest sellers add to their description when selling pre-loved furniture online:
- Briefly explain the condition of your furniture, considering adding the shape, colour, defects, damage, and life expectancy.
- Mention the usage of the furniture in numbers, considering adding the number of months/years that it has been used.
- Mention the name of the brand.
- Ensure you provide dimensions and measurments, this information is vital for some buyers.
Determine the price of your furniture
From vintage gems to gently used furniture, always determine the value of your furniture. To set a reasonable price for the furniture, consider the characteristics of the piece, including age, condition, brand, and of course, time of sale. Additionally, as a best practice, always consider checking the price of similar products on other platforms. This is useful as it will give you an idea of an average price that can be set for your furniture.
Upload clear and full photos
Another tip to take into consideration is uploading clear photos. Always take eye-level pictures of the front, back and side of the furniture during prime daylight hours, this not only helps the buyer double-check all defects as per the description mentioned, but it also makes the process of selling your item much quicker than usual. Aside from this, you can also click pictures that showcase the furniture in a decorated space.
Tips for buying second-hand furniture
Read the description of the furniture carefully
Pay attention to the details provided in the description of the furniture to avoid inconvenience or return. As a best practice, try comparing the photos of the furniture with the description, this will give you a better idea of the look, design, color, and defect.
When in doubt, always ask questions to the seller
If you are doubtful of the description or the defects mentioned in the listing, make sure to clarify with the seller by asking questions through the comments. This will help you determine whether or not the piece is a perfect fit for your place.
Measure the dimensions of the furniture and your space
You must pay attention to the dimensions of the furniture that you are planning on purchasing. Make sure to always measure the space where you will be placing the furniture to avoid any size issues. Also, it is helpful to measure the height and width of the furniture in advance to understand whether it will fit through your doors and staircase.
Make an offer
If you like an item and think that the item doesn’t fit your budget, you can always make an offer to the seller. There is a high chance that the seller will consider your offer or negotiate to match your budget.
If you like it, buy it
The beauty of secondhand furniture is in its uniqueness, there is only one of each product, so if you are lucky to find the piece you have been looking for make sure to buy it, especially the vintage pieces as they sell fast.
Keep checking the website regularly
Sometimes you might not get the special piece that you have been looking for on the platform, in this case, it is a good idea to regularly keep a check for new listings. Decosouq.com uploads new listings every day, so there is a high chance that the product you are looking for is hidden somewhere in the hundreds of new listings.
We hope the tips provided in this article will help you buy and sell your second-hand furniture hassle-free. To check out Decosouqs pre-loved collection, feel free to visit decosouq.com.