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An advert

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An advert

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 … .

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Submitted by Dibesciak on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 03:01

In my opinion is very good way of shopping. You may very easy save a lot of money when you buy secondhand furniture. There is a lot of shops online like ebay, amazon, gumtree or facebook market when you can get a secondhand furniture still in very good condition. Instead of paying hefty sums in stores is better to buy things like this online.
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Submitted by Jack Milgram on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 07:14

I try to buy secondhand furniture because it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But that doesn't concern home appliances.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 18:45

It looks like the secondhand trade is going very well and is also growing with internet; sure enough there are many websites which offer the platforms for putting into contact sellers and buyers. Personally I don't use these, because I prefer to buy new things. I
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 15:30

I think buying/selling secondhand things online is the best way to manage your household. Each of us has something that we don't need anymore. what to do with them? Throw away? But what if someone needs something of that stuff but doesn't have enough money to buy the new one? For example, that gorgeous brown sofa from the text above. No doubt, you can't buy the new sofa for 250 pounds but you can afford the nice and hardly used one for that price. I often use that kind of sites to buy or sell (mostly kids clothes and shoes). Those kids grow so fast - you have to buy things like forever. And only you bought something - they have already outgrown it. So you sell your thing in good condition and buy something bigger instead.
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Submitted by shelly on Fri, 06/11/2020 - 02:16

I never sold or bought secondhand things through internet. But I think with the dramatic development of digitalization, selling secondhand things is a trend for all of us, especially the things used for kids. We always buy lots of things for our kids that may not being used for a long time as they grow so fast, but how should we handle it if they are set aside. Selling things that are still in good condition as a relative low price online is a good choice. If I had a chance I would prefer to buy secondhand furniture as the new ones are really expensive.

Submitted by Denise on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 11:03

It depends, there a lot of excellent goods from secondhand websites but to be honest for me have never worked.They normally doesn’t deliver and I have no car so it’s quite difficult, But In general when the person has a car and is able to collect might be amazing !

Submitted by agnoxcv on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 08:25

Yes, Nowadays, We buy things which we don't actually need in the 21st-century capital system. Digital advertising and manipulation tricks for selling make us think like "We can't live if we don't have this and that." When we buy something, we understand for a while later; we don't need actually. And all stuff going to garage or garbage somehow. Buying or selling second hand is good for environmental recirculation and save money

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 17:17

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.

Submitted by Ramazan Altınışık on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 08:28

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.

Submitted by YaMaCa on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 06:59

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.