Smart Shopping & Selling Tips for the Online Marketplace: Helpful Suggestions as Online Marketplaces See a Surge in Popularity

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Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge Shares Her Tips and Secrets to Using Online Marketplaces like OfferUp & letgo to Make Extra Money

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to our lives, with many families finding themselves under financial stress. In fact, a recent survey found that six in 10 Americans said they need another economic impact payment in order to make ends meet. Recently, Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge teamed with Offerup & letgo and YourUpdateTV to discuss.

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Since the start of the pandemic, the newly combined OfferUp and letgo marketplace has seen an increase in new users, items posted, and items sold. Not surprisingly, the most popular items are things that are needed to keep families and children busy. Things like bicycles, kayaks, and above ground pools. Also, things like puzzles and games for time spent indoors. More recently, with back to school and additional remote learning on the horizon, desks have surged in popularity.

When selling unwanted and unused items, it’s important to treat it like a business. Trae suggests taking good, clear pictures from multiple angles, describing items concisely, and using the OfferUp & letgo marketplace as a pricing guide.

The OfferUp & letgo online marketplace is a very community minded organization, allowing users to meet up with neighbors to sell and exchange items, both safely and securely.

For more information, find the OfferUp & letgo app on the App Store or Google Play, or visit

About Trae Bodge
Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. She has appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America’s GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content.

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