I will be the first person to tell you, I hate garage sales. Not going to them, sometimes you find fun things, but the actual setting up and having a garage sale. Every time I have had a garage sale, it has been a total nightmare, with us getting rid of some things and feeling exhausted afterwards. While it is a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff, it is also stressful for a packrat like me. When I get rid of stuff, it is usually in little batches. This is why I have always loved selling stuff online. It saves me valuable time and allows me to still make some money. The problem, however, is that I have never been a fan of Craigslist. It just always seem junky, and let's be frank, it has a bad reputation. Recently, I learned of a new, family friendly alternative – Bookoo.
Bookoo: What is It
Are you someone who loves to go to garage sales but don't have the time? If so, Bookoo is likely the place for you! Unlike some other 'sell-your-stuff' sites, you sign up for Bookoo under your closest major cities page. From there, you can browse through multiple categories, ranging from antiques to lightly used cars. The theory behind Bookoo is that you can find whatever you are looking for within your local area, allowing you to save not only shipping costs, but time as well, by seeing what is available in your area. Since the site is designed with both buyers and sellers in mind, the whole selling experience is designed to be easy and painless. If you are someone who loves more traditional yard sales, you can even find local sales in your area, allowing you to better plan your weekend adventure!
Before I go any further, I want to be honest about one thing – Bookoo is very new. It isn't as well established as Craigslist or Ebay. This means that some of the topics, such as the what is Bookoo, are still under construction. At the Cincinnati Bookoo, some of the categories were also barren, while others were pretty busy. Since it is still fairly new, however, you can easily go through items and find some very interesting deals. For example, I found a 2003 Mustang with under 8,000 miles, mint condition, for $8,000. There were other great deals in the car section, which was nice to see!
Other sections seemed more like a yard sale online. I fund toys that were in mint condition fairly cheap, as well as electronics that were slightly used. Overall, it seemed to me to be the place to sell things if you are someone who truly cares about your stuff and hopes it goes to a great owner. While some things may seem pricy at first glance, it doesn't seem that bad when you take into account the condition of the items in questions. For someone like me who hates to have yard sales but loves browsing at used stuff when I have the time, Bookoo seems pretty amazing!
I have to say that while Bookoo is obviously new, it is very interesting. It's nice having things so organized when looking for fun items. It really seems designed with all users in mind, allowing to find what you need fast. While I didn't have the opportunity to sell anything myself on Bookoo, I am planning on getting rid of some extra things in our house. After having an apartment and house for two years, we have some duplicate things that we could probably easily sell on their site. Based on my own experience with the site, I would give it an A- rating. While some of their categories are still barren and the site has a few bugs, I think it has the potential to be something big!
Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive free premium membership to Bookoo for review purposes via Tomoson.com. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers' opinions.
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