You can sell things to local people on Facebook Groups for free. Unlike eBay, there are no fees for listing, no fees for selling and no fees for anything else. Even better, Facebook is a network of friends and friends of friends – so you’re likely going to connect with like-minded people who trust you and share your interests.
What better way to get rid of all the hidden treasures cluttering up your living room?
- Finding your place
- Get creative
- Lights, camera, action
- Just the fact ma’am
- Stay in the loop
- Safety first
- Play fair
Consider what you want out of your Facebook group. Do you only want to sell to people in London or Manchester? Would you feel more comfortable only selling to women? Are your items better suited for someone over the age of 30? It doesn’t matter how selective you are – you’re bound to find a group that suits your specific needs and ensures your success as Facebook seller.
It might not seem like you have anything worth selling, but look around – your bookshelves are likely full of novels you haven’t picked up in years.
Take a look in the attic or basement, too. How about that violin you never learned to play? What about that dining set?
You don’t have to be an award-winning photographer to get your offers rolling in. Most smartphones take high-resolution photos. All you need is your iPhone or Android and some decent lighting.
Make sure your photos are flattering, but honest. If there’s wear and tear on your leather purse, don’t hide it from your customers. Otherwise, you’ll lose your credibility.
Make sure your description is clear and readable. Be honest about the condition of whatever you’re selling. Be sure to proofread before publishing the description. Have a friend read over it as well. In matters of business, you always want to come across as professional and intelligent.
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You never know when someone’s going to have a question or make a purchase. Check your messages and notifications on a regular basis. That way, you won’t miss potential buyers.
We at MoneyMagpie.com suggest downloading Facebook’s smartphone app. That way, you can see your notifications and respond instantly.
Doing business online can be tricky. You don’t need to worry as long as you take some common safety precautions.
You might feel more comfortable meeting your buyer in a public place, such as a coffee shop. Or, you many simply mail out your item.
If your buyer needs to meet you at your home to see a particular item – say, a piece of furniture – invite a friend over for the duration of the visit. At the very least, you should let someone know when your guest will be arriving, and when they leave.
No one’s going to look twice at your designer purse if it costs more than it’s worth. Look around online and see how much it’s selling for before slapping on a hefty price tag. If you’re not getting a lot of interest but you still want to sell, consider lowering the price.