Cash strapped parents struggling to find the extra cash for Christmas are being urged to clear out the cupboards and sell unwanted toys.

The penny pinching experts at have pulled together their tips for families hoping to sell used toys, and buyers hoping to bag a bargain this Christmas.

With money being tight for many this festive season, the experts are expecting parents to find alternative ways to buy their kids the toys they’ve asked for without forking out for brand new items.

Buying second hand is a good option for securing a bargain for the buyer, and raising a little extra cash for the seller.

Rebecca Bebbington, online consumer expert at said: “Christmas is an expensive time of year and with the ongoing cost of living crisis, it will put additional pressure on families.

“Selling unwanted toys is a good way for parents to get additional cash together – and is great for those hoping to buy a bargain bundle of second hand toys.

“It’s also better for the environment too. Rather than toys being put into landfill, they’re being cleaned down, repackaged and sold on for another little one to enjoy.

“We’ve put together some helpful tips for toy sellers and buyers to make sure everyone gets a good deal this Christmas.”

Here are’s top tips for buying and selling toys this Christmas:

For sellers:

  1. Photos

Take plenty of pictures showing the toys at their very best. If they’ve been in the back of a cupboard to up the loft, give them a good wash down so they look as good as new. However, there’s no point trying to hide any imperfections. Ensure your images represent the item in the best way so a buyer knows exactly what they’re getting and the quality it will be in.

  1. Description

Write a detailed description, describing the items as accurately as possible to avoid any confusion. Don’t be misleading. It’s always important to be honest in your description, even more so when the item is likely to be a special gift for Christmas.

  1. Haggling

Be prepared for a haggle. Lots of buyers will offer you a price lower than you are selling for. Be aware of this and price accordingly.

  1. Price comparisons

Have a look online to see what the same items are selling for, you don’t want to miss a sale because you’ve overpriced. Likewise, you don’t want to underprice and not get the amount the items deserve.

  1. Delivery

Offer to deliver for a small fee. Sometimes this may make the difference in securing a sale.

  1. Hold your nerve

Don’t settle on the first offer. It’s likely that you will receive a few offers after posting your item. Hold out a day or two to be sure you get the best price.

For buyers:

  1. Haggle

Don’t be afraid to ask for a few pounds off. If someone really wants a sale they will be happy to negotiate a price.

  1. Offer a swap

If you don’t want to pay the full price or can’t afford to, have you got something the seller might want? Ask if they’re happy to do a swap instead of a sale. You never know, you might just have something they’re looking for.

  1. Buy local and collect

Try to buy items in your local area and collect them wherever possible. Often, sellers can create their own fees for delivery so it’s always worth saving yourself a few pounds by picking the items up yourself.

  1. Photos

If you think the pictures don’t depict the item clearly, ask for more. You want to be sure that you get what you’re paying for and that it’s in the condition they have stated. Particularly important if you’re shopping for the item as a gift and you want it to look as good as new.

  1. Ask questions

If you have any doubts about the quality or condition of an item, ask lots of questions. It may be that the seller wasn’t clear enough – it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

For more tips on saving on toys this Christmas including buying secondhand, toy swaps and making your own