I've used Listia for several years and "bought" and "sold" many items through it. I share my experiences for anyone curious about the site.
What Exactly Is Listia?
Listia is an auction site like no other. Buyers and sellers deal not in cash, but in credits instead. The main idea of this site is that users are able to give and get items for "free." The site is set up like any other auction site with categories, sub-categories, browse, and search box options. Listia is free to join, and it's basically free to bid on and list items. The site is very user-friendly, and I feel most people would get the hang of it fairly quickly.
Credits Instead of Cash
When I first came across this site, I was a little put off by using credits instead of cash when bidding on items. I am a longtime eBay user, so using credits was new and different for me. It was easy to figure out the credit system, though, and for the last couple of years I have "bought" and "sold" many items on Listia.
How Many Credits Equal a Dollar?
The creators of Listia have devised a formula to interpret exactly how many credits equal a dollar. I have no clue what it is or how they do it, but it seems to work. Just like the actual dollar, the amount of credits that equals a dollar fluctuates and changes.
- Back when I first started on Listia, the ratio was roughly 1,000 credits to a dollar.
- Now that credits are much easier to earn, it has risen to 27,500 credits to a dollar (at the exact time of writing this article in 2018).
This amount is updated daily on the Listia site. At first, it can be weird thinking of an item in the form of credits instead of dollars, but you get used to it. One of the many things auctioned on Listia is gift cards. If you see a $10 Amazon gift card going for over 200,000 credits, it can seem a bit odd. Then you take into account the credit to dollar ratio and realize that is actually a good deal.
What Can You Get?
Almost anything is the simple answer. I could make a list, but it would be too long, and you wouldn't make it to the end. Think of other auction sites and what they have. Those are the exact same things you can win on Listia: clothes, electronics, collectibles, antiques, toys, and so much more.
From Coins to a Button to a Car
When I first started on Listia, I joined because I wanted to grow my coin collection. To this day, I still "buy" and "sell" coins on Listia. I also like to shop on the site for holidays. I can nab up some fun gifts for my kids and even stuff my wife likes. I've seen everything from a button being auctioned to a car—yes, a real car that you can drive. Every single day, new items are being listed. If you are looking for something in particular, just keep on searching, and I'm sure it will pop up eventually.
People get creative on Listia; it's not just items from stores you will find. Many people have a hobby or a passion, and they sell those items. It's not odd to see listings of hand-drawn pictures or handmade jewelry. If you can make it and think people might like it, it's up for grabs. It can be fun scrolling through the listings and seeing what others have to offer.
What You Won't Find
The only items you will never find are illegal items (drugs), weapons, sexual items, and recently I believe they just got rid of coupons.
What Can You "Sell"?
Again, the answer is almost anything. Most new and used items are accepted. If you have a secret family recipe, you can put it up, or when your kids grow out of their clothes, those can go up. Every spring, a lot of seeds go up for growing, and most of them are from plants the seller grew themselves.
The only items I have ever listed are coins and paper money because that is my hobby. When posting, just remember that you can either pay for the shipping and get a more-viewed listing or make the winner pay for shipping and get fewer views. All of my listing are always free because it costs me one stamp to ship them.
Auctioning Handmade Goods
If you are a crafty person, why not try to auction your creations? Like I mentioned before, lots of people sell their handmade objects. That box of crafts you made five years ago—why not get rid of them? Those knitted scarves and hats that are taking up room in your closet—auction them off. Can you make a sculpture out of twisty ties? Sell it to the highest bidder!
There aren't many limits to what you can auction off, and since it is free, why not try? With thousands of users going on everyday, there is sure to be at least one who will think your button mosaic is truly a work of art.
Are You Ready to Try It?
The ease of setting up an account and navigating this site makes it a great site to join. I know not everyone will like it, but I can guess many of you will. I have a lot of fun "buying" and "selling" on Listia as well as just browsing and seeing what is there. The site grows bigger and better all the time with new people like you joining.
Listia wouldn't be what it is today if new members didn't join and if those already using it didn't take full advantage of what it has to offer. I think it is time you jump on board and become a Listian! I have, and I love it. If not, at the very least, check it out and see what you think. My opinion is just that, my opinion. You will have your own opinion, but you will never know what it is if you don't check it out.
Why I Joined Listia
My reason for joining was to find an alternative to eBay. At the time, I wanted a new way to auction items that I didn't want or need anymore. The only drawback I found was that you don't actually make any money from "selling" items. After looking into it more closely, I figured out that it indeed was a site for me.
Although I do not make money from it, I do get to bid on items that I actually do want or need. I am a coin collector, and by auctioning the coins I do not want, I am able to bid on coins that I do want.
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