Selling a used aquarium can be a real pain. It’s often big, heavy, and extremely difficult to move. However, aquariums – used or brand new – can also be VERY valuable, which means putting your used aquarium up for sale is an excellent way to earn some extra cash.
Therefore, if you have a used aquarium to sell, and want to get top dollar for it, I have some good news for you because in this article I’m going to share with you the best places to sell used aquariums [offline and online], but I will also share with you some tips to help you get the best price for it.
Additionally, these are great places for selling any type of used pet tanks and accessories from aquariums and terrariums to reptile care kits and other fish and reptile tank accessories.
9 BEST Places For Selling An Used Aquarium
- Local Aquarium/Reef Clubs
- Facebook Marketplace
- Yard Sale
- Specialty Forums
- AquaSwap Reddit Group
BEST Places To Sell Used Aquariums
Generally, there are two options for selling used aquariums – online or locally. Each option has its pros and cons, therefore I’ve tried to capture everything there’s to know about selling used aquariums so you can start earning some money fast.
1. Local Aquarium Clubs
Local Reef Clubs is by far the EASIEST way to sell a used aquarium, but you should also consider privately owned fish stores. Some local fish clubs have their own forums, so we’re talking about people that are located in your area, which will increase your chances of finding a buyer.
I recommend that you do a quick search and see how many local reef clubs and privately owned fish stores are in your area. Start by calling each one of them and ask if they’d like to purchase a used aquarium.
⭐ Sell For A BETTER Price
Most local reef clubs and privately owned fish stores are willing to pay a higher price for old, used aquariums than the usual person.
2. Facebook Marketplace
Generally, you have two options when considering selling on Facebook. Facebook Marketplace is one, and it works pretty much the same as Craigslist. Another option is to use local buy and sell groups. A good example of such a group is Aquarium Stuffs: Buy/Sell/Exchange.
Facebook Marketplace is a site for selling stuff within the social network, and is also VERY easy to use. Simply head over to Facebook Marketplace, create a listing, add your location, and in no time your item will be visible to potential buyers.
Local Facebook Groups can be found in many areas, and there are probably a few in your area as well. All you have to do is look for local buy and sell groups and request that you are added to that group. Read the rules and guidelines prior to creating a listing as most each community has different rules.
⭐ 100% FREE To Use
Facebook can be used for selling used aquariums, is FREE, it has a HUGE audience, and you get to see the person’s profile to make sure is real. The bad news is that you have to arrange shipping and payments yourself, or just meet up with the buyer.
3. Yard Sale
Do a Yard Sale. You will surprised to know how many people show up at these events. And since you’re doing it, consider this as an opportunity to get rid of other items you don’t use such as old, used furniture, books, old electronics, etc.
However, make sure to sort and organize your aquarium goods so that people passing by can take a short look at what you’re selling. And since you’re now a member of plenty of Local Facebook Groups, consider letting them know you’re doing a yard sale and that you’re selling some aquarium goods too.
⭐ SELL Other Used Items
If you don’t feel like having enough items to do a proper Yard Sale, team up with a friend or neighbor to split the workload and have as many items listed for sale as possible.
4. Specialty Forums
Another good option is the Reef2Reef Marketplace, which gives you the option to list your aquarium for sale for FREE. Additionally, they have a huge community all interested in everything aquarium and fish keeping.
The Reef2Reef Marketplace is a go-to destination for all experienced fish keepers looking for aquarium related items, so the chances for someone to be interested in buying yours are pretty high. This place has hundreds of aquarium related items listed for sale every single day.
But the same applies to ANY fish keeping forums. I do recommend that you become a member of as many aquatic related forums as possible to increase your chances of finding a buyer.
⭐ Find The Right People To SELL To
Reef2Reef Marketplace and any aquatic related forums are all about aquatic stuff with plenty of members that buy, sell, and trade aquarium related gear 24/7.
5. AquaSwap Reddit Group
AquaSwap is a classifieds Reddit Group for selling aquarium goods. The group has over 40,000 member at the time I’m writing this article, meaning the chances you find a potential buyer are very high.
The #1 thing I like about AquaSwap is that it is 100% used for selling and buying aquarium goods, meaning that the chances for you to sell your used aquarium very fast are very high due to the large audience interested in buying everything related to aquariums.
⭐ Reddit International Community
AquaSwap is an international community where everything aquatic related can be bought, sold, or traded.
Craigslist is another great option for selling your used aquarium locally. Getting started couldn’t be any easier, all you have to do is simply head over to your area’s local board, select the right area for selling your aquarium, and then simply create a listing.
High-quality photos is a must when selling stuff on Craigslist along with an engaging description. Simply let people know why you’re selling your aquarium, for how long have you been using the aquarium, are there any issues with the aquarium, etc.
Honesty, good pictures and an engaging description is what will help you sell your used aquarium for a good price and really fast. The good news is that Craigslist is a huge platform with thousands of potential buyers and it is 100% free to use, but the bad news is that you have arrange shipping yourself or simply meet up with the buyer.
⭐ Craigslist Has A HUGE Audience
Consider listing your used aquarium on the site alongside some other platforms to increase the chances of finding a buyer.
eBay is a VERY popular platform to use for selling used items. eBay is a GREAT platform to try and sell your used aquarium due to its large audience. BUT while the platform is FREE to use, eBay takes 10% of the total sales value.
Additionally, you will also have to arrange and pay for shipping, unless you want eBay to take care of that as well for which you will have to pay an extra fee. If you want to pay the extra fee for shipping, all you have to do is add it to your listing. You also have the option to only sell via local pickup.
⭐ NEW Members Hardly Sell Anything On eBay
If you don’t have a strong profile on eBay, it could be very difficult for you to make your first sale because people won’t trust you.
OfferUp is a great App/Website people use to sell both used and brand new items to people located in their local area. To get started, simply create a listing, add some good pictures and a description. If someone interested sees your aquarium, he can shoot you a message from within the app and make an offer.
OfferUp allows you to look see the profile and transaction history of any potential buyers, helping you sort out possible scammers. This is important because that way you know that you’re in business with trusted people.
OfferUp is 100% FREE for items you ship yourself. If you choose to meet up with someone and sell your aquarium, they have no transaction fee neither. OfferUp does charge a fee if you want them to ship your aquarium.
⭐ 100% FREE & EASY To Use
Note that while OfferUp is FREE and EASY to use, it may be a bit difficult to make a sale if you’re a brand new member with no transaction history.
Remoov is a great side that helps people remove clutter from their homes the easy way. And the process couldn’t be easier than that. Basically, you are required to send the company photos of your used aquarium, or schedule an at-home meeting.
The reason Remoov comes in last is mostly because they take 50% of the selling fee. Additionally, you have no control whatsoever over where they choose to sell your used aquarium, meaning that you won’t always get the best price for your aquarium.
⭐ The #1 Hassle-FREE Way To Sell Used Items
If you simply want to get rid of your aquarium – or other old stuff you have sitting in your home and occupying space – Reoomov is a hassle-free way to do so. For people wanting to get the best price for their old aquarium, it is definitely not a good option.
5 BEST Tips For Selling Used Aquariums
If you want to get the most out of your used aquarium or terrarium, there are a few tips and ticks I’d like to share with you to help you get the best price possible for your used aquarium.
1. Price Assessment
To sell your used aquarium successfully, you really need to get an idea for how much it is worth. You can do so by checking the platforms listed above and see for how much used aquariums sell. However, you will also have to consider the overall condition of the aquarium and how big it is.
2. Take GREAT Pictures
High-quality photos are extremely important when listing items online for sale. Before turning your camera on, clear your aquarium to make sure it looks its best. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I personally would probably pay more for the same aquarium if it was properly cleaned.
3. Write A Thorough Description
The description of the item is also very important. And is really not that difficult to write a good description, so don’t panic. Just make sure to include all the information you think the buyer is likely to be interested in such as the dimensions of the aquarium, how old it is, for how long you have been using it, the brand, when it was made, why you want to sell it, etc.
4. Post Your Aquarium EVERYWHERE
If you need to get rid of your old aquarium as soon as possible, consider listing it on several platforms. Listing your aquarium on multiple platforms is likely to increase the chances of you finding a buyer to no additional cost. Luckily, I have shared with you at least 9 places you can use to try to sell your aquarium, so why not use all of them?
5. Negotiation Is Part of The Game
I get it. It may be difficult for you too put the perfect price on your used aquarium, but if you want to get the best deal possible make sure you are willing to negotiate. Dropping the price from $120 to $110 may keep the buyer happy and quicken the sales process…and there’s also dharma.
In conclusion, the best possible place [online or offline] to sell your used aquarium will depend on your needs. If you want a 100% hassle-free way to sell your aquarium, then it’s probably best that you use a platform that includes payment processing and delivery.
If you are looking to make some extra cash and you don’t mind working a little bit, then consider listing your aquarium on specialty forums. Either way, I hope you have found today’s post useful.