It is said the French are lazy, but they sell and buy used items of all sorts, from
collectors' items to used household goods, and sometimes downright junk as never
before. The French have taken online selling of used stuff to their hearts.
Almost anything can be sold, even hi-fi equipment and other devices that don't
work any more. If they can't be repaired, they can be used as spare parts. Just
be realistic with the price. The good thing is that so long as you only sell
your personal belongings that haven't been bought for the purpose of reselling
for profit, then there is no requirement to declare your auction activities or
revenues to anybody, and there is no tax or social security charges.
If you do sell, you probably want to optimise your postage costs, not least
as some sites pay you a pre-determined amount for postage regardless of the
actual cost. Read my page about
French post so you don't miss out on the little-known secrets that can save
you a lot of money when posting junk in France. The post office won't tell you.
Sell your gold, old watches, jewellery, whether broken or not. Gold and
silver rates are higher than ever, not least thanks to the financial crisis.
Service. German company, multilingual, that I recommend: when I
compared rates in July 2012, this company paid significantly more than the
French companies, even when taken into account that you have to pay for
international post to Germany with insurance; the higher rate more than pays for
the postage. They issued payment the same day they received the packet, and
every microgram of gold had been counted. Beware that German post, in violation
of the EU's universal postal service, does not accept valeur déclarée
(insured postal items).
If the value doesn't exceed €150, you can send items up to 2 kg as
petit pacquet prioritaire international with the option recommandation
internationale R2. Alternatively, you can insure up to €1500 in a
colissimo international with the option of ad valorem insurance
(but the conditions state that for any claims, an invoice must be provided to
justify the value). Cash contre or. Cash vs gold. Comptoir national de l'or -
gold.fr. Gold by gold. Or à vendre. Or en argent. Oradom. Cashgold.
(Italy, multilingual) Or postal.
Get Valuation on your Works of Art, Furniture, Jewellery & sell them
Car ads. Part of the Mixad network.
321moto. Bike ads.
Part of the Mixad network.
Abebooks. Old, rare and
used books. Adoos. Free classifieds
including housing and cars. Amazon France.
Bike ads. Part of the Mixad network.
Cars and various other ads. Part of the Mixad network.
adverts. New and second hand car price index.
France. Free ads. All sorts of
ads, including cars. Organised by region. Still very new, so yet few ads.
Used car ads from the publisher of Pages Jaunes - the French Yellow Pages.
adverts. Official new and second hand car price index (payable). Important site. Good
Car ads. Owned by PriceMinister.com. New and second hand car price index.
car magazine, new and second hand car price index and adverts.
Autoreflex. Second hand cars.
Le Bon Coin. Free
La Centrale. Cars adverts. New and second hand car price index (free).
Important site. Good
Adverts for cars, property, jobs, IT/Telecoms equipment, and more, at most
reasonable prices. Get your ad on several hundred sites. Craigslist
Free classifieds. In English and French.
Drouotlive. Online bids
for the Gazette Druout auctions (see later).
Auctions, free ads etc. In French.
life car auctions. Fnac.
classified ads for expats in France, site in English. Gazette Drouot.
Auctions on site. Online bids via Drouotlive.
classified ads. French site. Kijiji.fr. Free
classifieds for local communities in some French cities.
Lesannonces. Same as "Vosannonces";
see there. Marchander. Free.
Auctions, classic ads etc.
PriceMinister.com's site for classified car ads.
Net-annonces. Second hand
cars and other used stuff. Free.
OLX. Free. All sorts of
ads, including cars.
Onlycar. Second hand cars.
Particulier. Person to person.
Everything. ParuVendu. Various ads.
petites annonces gratuites. Advertise your stuff free.
Pleex. Distribute your
small ads via bluetooth on mobile phones. Speo.
Car ads. Part of the Mixad network. Topannonces.fr. Classifieds. Totalfrance.com.
Extensive, free expat classifieds section. Good site.
Trocanglaise.com. Classifieds for expats in France, site in English. Currently (July 2006) fairly
uninteresting; very few ads; the link pages are restricted to very few sites
because they only link to sites linking back to them.
Public sector auctions of public goods no longer used and lost-and-found goods.
Free classifieds for local communities in some French cities.
Second hand cars.
classified ads. French site. Wanteed.fr. Free
classified ads. Site in French. Webcarcenter. Second hand cars.
Webmycar. Second hand cars.
Windil. Part of
ParuVendu. Good site.
Yahoo France. Everything.