What: Sideline Swap is a marketplace for used sporting equipment, where you can sell old gear paying only reasonable 12% fee. 

Expected pay: NA

Husl$core: $$$

Fees/commissions: 12% (includes credit card transaction fees)

Where: Nationwide

Requirements: Sporting goods to sell


If you’re a serious athlete and have old equipment filling every closet and corner of your garage, you may want to consider selling on Sideline Swap. The site is specifically geared to peddling everything from skis and boots to rollerblades and lacrosse helmets to other sports enthusiasts. That may help you sell your premium equipment for the premium price that it deserves.

This, of course, does not mean you’ll get anything close to what you paid when the equipment was new. But, you may get more than what the same equipment would sell for on Craigs List.

It’s free to list your items for sale, however, when an item is sold, the site will take a 12% commission, 3 percentage points of which goes to a credit card processing fee. Maximum fees are $50, plus the 3% credit card fee.

The buyer pays for shipping, so if you list an item for sale at $100, you can expect to net $88. That’s , competitive with other sales sites outside of CraigsList, where listing and selling is free.

Sideline Swap, and it’s direct competitor Gear Trade, are unlikely to get the traffic of bigger sites like CraigsList and eBay. The bright side: Listings are free at all four sites (eBay will charge if you list more than 50 items in a month, though), so there’s no downside to putting your items for sale on all four and taking the highest offer. 

What their sellers say:

Oliver Stout, a 23-year-old former college athlete, says he spent a fortune on La Crosse equipment over the years. Now he’s clearing out his parent’s garage by selling his old sticks and gear to help finance his last semester at school. “I think I’ve sold $5,500 worth of stuff over the last three years. That helps.” He says he particularly likes the site because it caters to other sports enthusiasts, like himself, who are aware of the value of his gear.

“Brilliant idea. Easy to buy. A cinch to sell. Great interface with sorting capabilities geared to what an athlete wants. Perfect for sports families with fast-growing kids. I’m hooked.”

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