You are here

An advert

Learn how to write an advert.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

Sofa for sale

This gorgeous brown sofa made by is excellent quality and extremely comfortable. It is in immaculate condition (see photo) and comes with a 25-yr guarantee. Material is cotton and it has a cool modern feel.

Cushion covers are all removable and machine washable, with a quality foam filling, and it's super comfortable. Keeps its shape when you sit on it. The dark-coloured wooden legs can be easily removed to allow the sofa to fit through a standard doorway.

No wear and tear as we've only had it for two years and kept it in good condition. Sofa comes from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Only selling it due to moving house as the new place isn't big enough for the sofa.

Sofa measurements:

  • Width: 182 cm
  • Overall height: 81 cm
  • Height without legs: 63 cm

Any questions, feel free to ask. Asking price: £250. **For collection ONLY**


  1. Keep the advert short, with clear paragraphs or bullet points.
  2. Include description of the material, style, size/measurements and condition.
  3. Say if the item must be collected or if you can deliver it.
  4. You can leave out certain words to make sentences shorter, e.g. Selling due to moving house instead of I am selling … .



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I don't know if buying or selling secondhand things online is a good way of shopping. I've not verified if that works, because, on the one hand, I dislike buying secondhand things and, on the other hand, I think that, if someone wants to eliminate something, it would be better donate it to people who need it.

I think in last few years buying and selling second hand products online is being popular. The main reason to buy second hand product is financial. It is more cheap than first hand product. Also in the point of seller view, when second hand material is sold, it is not put in a trash bin so seller earns money and saves their materials. There are some online applications which are served to sell second hand products so buyers don't need to visit second hand shops. They are able to meet seller online and negotiate in price.

I have never bought or sold second hand things by internet. Moreover, I think it is a good alternative to get a extra money and put in order our house. In contrast, buying in the web, I don't like it but it is a good way to spend less money.

I think it is a normal habit that we can buy or sell out our unused items online. and I would agree with that point because every one of us needs to get financial support if we want to move to a new place that means we can sell out our some items online for facilitating our shifting.
I am thinking right now, maybe I will sell out my bed online, and I need to make an advert for selling. The Braun colored legs of the bed can be easily removed to allow to fix standard transportation. A beautiful and convenient bed is in immaculate condition. I am selling this due to moving to a new place there is not enough space for the bed. Asking price; 100$ or nearest offer. For collection only.

I think buying or selling secondhand things online is good way of shopping. There are many merits buying or selling secondhand things online. One is easy. Many people are busy, so they don’t have much time for selling or buying. Selling or buying online is easy, people can buy or sell things in house if they haven’t much time for go to shopping. Furthermore, buying or selling secondhand things is economic. If someone throw used things away and if someone buy expensive new things, it is not bad, but it is wasteful and not economic. If someone sell secondhand things cheaper than original price and someone buy it and use, it is economic. In this way I think buying or selling secondhand things online is good, but there is demerit. There is individual difference recognize about secondhand things. Seller think this secondhand thing is clean almost brand new, but buyer think it is dirty after actually thing arrive. Like this, actually things arrive, it is worse than buyer think is problem. I think it is demerit, but I still think the way of shopping is good. I think way of shopping like this will be increase.

No. But, some people still prefer it.

Secondhand things are now being buying and selling than ever before due to virtual connectivity. Both buyer and seller get their advantages through this process. The later gets money, less than the actual price, instead of unused or broken, while the former receive product at a cheaper rate than actual. However, online secondhand things buying or selling has some demerits.

Many online sites have been available to sell or buy products. Many reasons such as, for house movement, updated product, urgent money needed at crisis moment people want to sell their product. They take an online site as a platform to expose, sell, and deliver it. Various pictures of product have been uploaded on the online site. On the other hand, some people are always seeking secondhand products to buy at a cheaper rate. Similarly, they also use an online site too. Thus, both buyer and seller take advantage of online secondhand shopping

However, deception has been seen as a common thing nowadays during product selling and buying. Some sellers try to obscure the defects of their products and show their products in good condition over the surface. Generally, a buyer buys a good quality product by observing over the surface. But, he/she got frustrated when he/she realized that it was a defective product. So this activity causes mistrusted many buyers, which is a big loss for the online secondhand product transfer market.

Overall, online secondhand things buying or selling is a good thing if buyers will remain honest in his/her position.

I think buying second hand stuff online is a good way to shop if you do this carefully. You should be sure that the page you are shopping on is trustworthy, and if possible, don't pay until you have verified the product. To sell, I think it is a good and easy option, because online you can find the buyer who needs exactly what you are selling faster.

Yes I do think that the online is a perfect way to buy or sell goods . Because you can reach many customers. Also you can add photos to the goods you sell.

Nowadays, digital marketing is one of the necessary for our lifestyle. So, secondhand things are bought or sold better in an online manner.