Listing an item on New2U Marketplace
Thanks for your interest in listing an item on New2U.
First of all, know that N2U is not a rummage sale. It is intended for items that you are no longer using, but consider too good to donate to a thrift store. By listing items on N2U, you are de-cluttering, giving a great deal to a buyer, and benefiting UUSG. Plus getting a tax deduction to boot.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
1. Click on the LIST AN ITEM NOW button, and you get a form to fill out describing your item. After submitting that, we ask that you send a separate email with a photo of the item. The New2U Crew will have your item posted in the on-line catalog within a few days.
2. When someone is interested in your item, they will contact you directly. Hopefully, they will agree to purchase it.
3. The buyer pays you for the item.
4. Then you write out a check to UUSG, with "New2U" in the memo line, and get it to Christine. Your contribution will be recorded on your annual UUSG statement, to be used as a tax deduction (cash donation). Please know that New2U donations cannot be used to satisfy your annual pledge.
What to list?
Items must be in very good condition (gently used) or new. An exception might be something like a piece of wood furniture that in order to be a gem, needs refinishing – in that case, the listing would reflect an accurate description of the condition, and the price would reflect the condition. Please be forthright in descriptions of items, so there are no surprises for the buyers. Know that N2U reserves the right to respectfully decline a listing if it is determined that the item is not suitable for the marketplace. If you have a question about eligibility of an item or need help with a description, contact N2U.
Suggested items for listing are:
- Airline miles/plane tickets
- Children’s large playthings (tricycles, playhouses, etc.)
- Furniture (upholstered furniture must be clean and in excellent condition)
- Gift cards/gift certificates
- Handcrafted items (valued over $25)
- Home décor items
- Home goods
- Musical instruments
- Recreational items (bikes, skis, etc.)
- Tool sets or power tools
- Yard and garden sets
In general, items that will not be accepted* are:
- Building materials
- Outdated Electronics/TVs**
- Small toys
- Items not in good condition
- Anything that won’t be purchased for at least $25 can be listed in the FREE section.
* If you have an exceptional item that falls into one of these categories (i.e., a valuable, rare book), please contact N2U to see if it might be appropriate for the marketplace.
**We will accept electronics that are new, still in the box, or that are "current" items; nothing outdated or unusable.
Please be as accurate as possible when describing the condition of your item. No need to worry about complete sentences or flowery language. We’ll do that for you. Just submit the facts, and we’ll contact you if we have questions.
Determining a Price
The minimum selling price on the marketplace is $25*; with $5 increments ($30, $35, $40 and up). Determining the price is up to you, so keep these things in mind: 1) An item is only “worth” what someone will pay for it; 2) Excitement is generated in a resale venue when buyers can get a “deal” and items sell/turnover quickly; for that reason, we encourage you to keep your prices on the low side. This will encourage buying and quick turnover. You will be given the option to allow New2U to lower the price after 60 days, or to remove the item from the marketplace.
*If you have items valued less than $25 and would be willing to offer them for free to congregants, we will list them in the FREE section. If you have several small items, we will list them as one entry in the FREE section. In most cases, we will not post photos of FREE items.
If an item sells for $100 or more, you will be given the option of keeping 50% of the monies, and donating 50% to UUSG.
Negotiating prices with potential buyers is not encouraged, as it could put the seller in an uncomfortable position (all sellers want to raise as much as they can for UUSG). Should a buyer ask whether you will take less for an item, let them know that after 60 days, the price on the marketplace may be reduced, and they should check back.
A key tool in selling on the marketplace is a good photo. If at all possible, shoot the photo against a plain wall (simple background – use a sheet to simplify the background if necessary).
The buyer will contact you directly to arrange to pay and pick-up the item. If you are not completely comfortable with someone coming into your home, be creative – meet them at a neutral location (the church, a public parking lot, etc.). As long as you get payment in advance, you could also leave the item on your front porch for pick-up. (A future goal of N2U is to arrange a volunteer delivery service for large items; stay tuned.)
Your contact information will appear in the item listing. And, while we are not promoting N2U to the general public, know that it is accessible. You might consider creating an email address just for this purpose.
If you list great stuff at great prices, it’s possible that you will have several potential buyers contact you. N2U policy is first come, first served. So the first person to contact you, and hand over the cash, is the lucky one. Give the first one a reasonable time frame to make the transaction (3 days? 5 days?) and if it does not happen, move on to number two.
By listing items on the marketplace, sellers agree to donate the monies to UUSG within two weeks of making the sale (please drop off or mail a check to the office; indicate "New2U" on the memo line; you will then receive a tax-deductible charitable contribution receipt.); and to immediately notify N2U when a sale is made so that the listing can be removed. Know that any donations made to N2U are not considered to be part of your annual pledge to the church.
WANTED: Looking for an item or service? Maybe a congregant will be able to fulfill your request. While there's no requirement to donate to UUSG in this category, if monies change hands, New2U will be happy to accept a donation, with the tax deduction going to the donor (be sure to indicate New2U in the memo line of the check). To list something, or for more information on WANTEDs, contact N2U.
FREE: Got an item that's worth less than $25, and you'd be happy for someone to take it off your hands? List it here. In most cases, we will not post a photo of free items, just a description. If you have many small things, they will be listed as a grouping, and interested parties will contact you directly if they want any of the items.