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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 Suraj paliwal on Mon, 08/11/2021 - 15:05


Yes, it's a good way of shopping. Second hand things get you very cheaply and good condition. It's best way to shopping. I like it.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 04/11/2021 - 22:30


I think it really good everyone who don`t need from something to sell or donate in different places. In that way you can have the item which you need for less money and you can give it your money for something important like a subject or services... Even and I sell many things, the last thing is my baby new clothes /why we need to keep unnecessary items, when we can make place for other/. I support that small business.

Submitted by Daniel Kyaw on Sat, 07/08/2021 - 14:28

In my opinion, selling or buying second-hand through online is one of the most effective strategies nowadays. Each of us has something anyway that we don't need anymore, so you should donate to those people who need it seriously.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 20/07/2021 - 05:59

If there is a site that check the things and we can trust it, yes it is a good way to buy second hand things. especially in this days that covid-19 virus is a barrier to traffic and accumulation.

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.

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

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.

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.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 07:35

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.

Submitted by Yamamoto Yucca on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 03:53

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.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 09/05/2020 - 19:23

No. But, some people still prefer it.

Submitted by Huini on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 11:35

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.

Submitted by jazmin marquez on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 23:20

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.

Submitted by Magedelabd on Sat, 11/04/2020 - 18:51

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.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 07:44

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

Submitted by farid007 on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 06:19

Digitalisation truly changed our lifestyle and we must accept it. I would say online sale of furniture makes life easier for us. But that is not only argument why online sale is worthy way of shopping. While older generation is conservative about computer world and its revolution, one should accept that online shoppig saves our time. We do not waste time by going from one website to another, just by navigating websites we can find favourite furniture. Similarly, we can easily sell furniture just by posting photos of items that we want to sell and adding good add. Added that sometimes even delivery also included to price of furniture, one should accept that online sales is much more sensible way of shopping. Still one should not risk spending good sum of money online, in this case 250£ is a bit excessive to pay in the internet as risk of online fraud and spam is not excluded. I would rather meet with seller before payment operations.

Submitted by dhiniduta on Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:31

I would say that it is one way of shopping. It might require a little more attention to detail about the item’s condition so that we wouldn’t end up with broken goods.