When you invest in good quality outdoor gear for your kids, you expect it to last. Buying equipment that is suitably broken-in can be a great alternative to buying new. Hiking equipment and backpacks are often used once or twice and then put up for sale. It's great if you have a younger child you can hand it down to, but often times you're left holding a great kid's jacket, pack or sleeping bag when your kid grows out of it.
Tuff Kids Outdoors is all about re-use and recycle! Ok, so it doesn't make the best business sense from a retail perspective. However, we understand that good quality kid's gear can be expensive and a burden to keep purchasing year in and year out as your child grows.
If you can find a local gear swap as an outlet for your used kid's gear, that's fantastic. Sometimes though you need a little wider audience or the timing isn't right.
With online gear swap sites, now you can easily sell your outdoor products to anyone and use the proceeds to reinvest in new larger sizes to keep your kids warm and comfortable outdoors. There are several options out there. Nobody likes to read the fine print, so we have put together a guide to help you find the right solution for you.
If you live in an urban area you may want to look for a local buyer to increase your sales margin. If in a rural area, you can easily buy or sell items, and send them through the mail.
Some tips for a quick and efficient gear sale:
A PayPal account is a great way to get paid, or to pay a stranger, all you need is the email address or phone number attached to the PayPal account.
If buying, make sure you are comfortable with product quality and size through photos and good communication with the seller. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
If selling and you plan to mail out an item, if it is a small heavy item, or it is across the country, consider using USPS flat rate boxes. If it's lightweight, or the address is nearby, use other packaging.
USPS Priority mail comes with tracking numbers so you can determine when/where the package is at all times.
USPS Priority shipping labels can be payed for and printed at home.
Have an interested International buyer? If the product is under 4 pounds, you can affordably ship USPS International First Class. Above that it goes Priority and get's expensive fast. *Commercial senders will need to look up the Harmonized Tariff Number for the product.
If you would like to buy or sell used gear, but don't have the time to check out different sites, Tuff Kids Outdoors recommends the Alaska Outdoors Supersite swap and sell forum. It's simple, easy and free. The site is based in Alaska, though site members are from all across the US. http://www.alaskaoutdoorssupersite.com/ offers a multitude of outdoor forums you may be intrested in. For a direct link to youth gear swap forum, click here http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/forumdisplay.php/173-Kid-s-Outdoor-Gear-amp-Clothing-Swap-and-Sell. There are no fees associated with this site, but you will be posting your own pictures and doing payment/shipping yourself.
If you're not from Alaska or the West Coast area, you may want to consider one of the following swap and sell websites.
http://www.geartrade.com has a large selection of outdoor gear, including some youth sizes. It's worth a look though if you are looking for outdoor winter sports gear in particular. GearTrade is located in Utah. Sellers set the price for the gear. There are no fees to list gear, but sellers pay for the cost of shipping and commissions (which are subject to change at any time).
http://gearx.com/consignment also deals in outdoor sports gear. Consignees will receive 75% of the item's selling price in store credit or 65% in cash or check. The Outdoor Gear Exchange will not contact consignors when their item sells. The Outdoor Gear Exchange reserves the right to discount items up to 10% at any point.
Swap offers an opportunity to buy and sell a wide variety of kids clothing as well as some decor, sporting and outdoor gear. With prepaid labels, sellers send their items to Swap.com’s warehouse, which categorizes, photographs, and stores the items. The site then posts the items online at a price set by the seller. When a buyer makes a purchase, Swap.com ships the item to the buyer. The fee structure for this full-service process unfortunately can get expensive and complicated. *Note they do not ship to AK, HI or Peurto Rico
https://www.thredup.com/ offers mostly kids and women's clothing. Similar to Swap.com, sellers ship their like-new, name brand items to thredUP using prepaid shipping labels, and choose 1 of 2 methods to sell their items, “upfront sales” method where they sell their goods outright to thredUP for 10- 40% of what thredUP estimates is a fair resale price, or on “consignment”. Buyers pay reasonable shipping fees; free shipping for orders over $50.
http://www.loteda.com connects buyers and sellers, taking a 10% commission from the seller. Here you'll find lots of clothing (boxes of 4-50 items), rather than individual pieces. Sellers sort their clothes by size, gender, and season to create a box lot. They then take their own photos of the items in the lot and upload the photos to Loteda. Sellers set their own price for the lot, which must include shipping costs. Buyers purchase the lots through the Loteda website. Loteda then provides the sales information to the sellers, who ship their lots of clothing directly to the buyers. If a buyer does not seek a refund within 3 days, Loteda will send a check to the seller for 90% of the sales price.
Baby Outfitter is a simple operation offering new or gently used baby and children’s clothes. It offers a money-back guarantee and shipping is sometimes free.
Tuff Kids Outdoors wants to see happy outdoor families on any budget! Good luck out there!