Selling faster with promotions

Promote your items near the top of the feed and increase your chances to sell using individual, paid promotions.

How promoting works

When you pay to promote an item, your item appears at the top of buyers’ feeds for a limited amount of time. Items at the top of the feed get more views, which means they’re more likely to sell.

A promoted item at the top of the feed.

Buying a promotion

Buying a promotion is easy! Select from our available menu options, such as Promote 1 Day or Promote 3 Days. Or, customize the number of days by combining multiple promotions. If you’d like to promote an item for 30 days or more, try a Promote Plus subscription.

To get started in the app:

  1. Tap My Listings.
  2. Under your For Sale list, find the item you wish to promote, then tap Sell 2x Faster.
  3. Select the number of days you'd like to promote your item.
  4. Tap Next to open the app store purchase dialog. 
  5. Choose your preferred payment method, then tap Buy.


To combine (or stack) multiple promotions, repeat steps 2 - 5 for the same item.

Once you’ve purchased a promotion, your item will appear with a Promoted icon in featured spots on OfferUp, including the home feed, category feed, and in related searches.

Don’t worry if you don’t see your item at the top of the feed immediately. Promoted spots are shared between sellers. Items rotate among the featured positions so all sellers get fair exposure.

Promoted items rotating in the feed like a carousel.

Additionally, you may not see your promoted item in your own feed at all since you’re not paying to promote it to yourself. But potential buyers will see your item in their feed, depending on what they’re searching for.

Checking real-time results

To find out if buyers are viewing your item, check the Promotion Results dashboard. You'll see how many views you’re getting in real-time, and how much time is left until the promotion expires.

To view your real-time results in the app:

  1. Tap My Listings.
  2. Under your For Sale list, tap Promotion Results.
  3. Check how many Promoted Views your item is getting.

    Promotion results graph.

Cancellations and refunds

Once you've purchased a promotion, you cannot cancel it. However, you can request a refund after the promotion expires. Just know that refunds are issued on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.


OfferUp is unable to process refunds for Apple (iOS) users. Your promotions are paid through your iTunes account, and you must work directly with Apple to request a refund.

To request a refund, complete the following steps for your type of device.

Apple (iOS) users Android users
  1. Visit and sign in to your account.
  2. Locate OfferUp on your list of App Store purchases.
  3. Tap Report A Problem and complete the form.

Apple will review your case and determine if you’re eligible for a refund. If granted, the refund may take up to 2 business days to process.


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