My first experience with Facebook Marketplace came in September when, after much of my urging to purge, the boyfriend allowed me to list a few of his FunkoPOPs he was going to trash. Out of the 3 I listed, I received some inquires that never lead anywhere for one of the items and was able to sell another for $15 within just a few days of listing. It was so exhilarating so I knew I would eventually go back to list more items…and I did!
As part of a challenge to increase my income in November, I went around the house looking for items to sell. I set a small goal of listing just 5 items to start and made a total of $140 by selling my Series 3 Apple Watch and a tote bag from Target that I NEVER used.
Just recently, I made $21 from selling a pair of boots (that I listed in November), another tote bag, and a jewelry display. These sales won’t pay the mortgage but it does feel good letting go of things that I no longer need and getting some extra cash to throw towards my debt in the process.
However, like anything where humans are involved, patience is essential and success on platforms like Facebook Marketplace can be hit are miss.
Here are a few things I’ve learned that can help to close the sale and turn your clutter into coins:
Provide As Many Details About the Item You Can
You ever bought something based on the description only to receive it and it’s nothing like what was described?! While Facebook Marketplace is great for both new and used items, it’s important to include as much detail about the item listed as possible. Information such as when and where the item was purchased, the price paid for or the value of the item, the manufacturer or brand name, and the dimensions where necessary can be helpful to the buyer. For new items, include whether the items still has tags or was never been opened, and for old/used items, be sure to mention whether there are any blemishes or areas of wear.
Post a Variety of Quality Photos
Every picture tells a story and you want the photos you take of your items to tell the best story. The light in which you take your photos matters. When possible, photograph your items in natural light. However, if you find yourself taking pictures at night, use the flash and/or filters on your phone’s camera. Also, shoot your item(s) at various angles, including the soles of shoes and even inside of bags or purses. Much like with the description, being transparent and photographing the packaging, tags, blemishes and any areas of wear on your item, can go a long way with potential buyers.
Set Guidelines That Work for You
As much as you may want to sell an item, someone wants to buy it so use that to your benefit. Set and maintain guidelines regarding communication, bargaining, whether the item is available for shipping, the method of payment you prefer, and even how far you’re willing to drive to sell the item. If you are willing to meet the buyer in person, try to arrange selling in an area you plan to be or that you’ll pass as you run errands, to save time and gas.
Do Some Digging
Unless you’re friends with the potential buyer, you’re not likely to see very many details about them. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t obtain enough information to where you feel comfortable to proceed with the transaction. When possible, search through their profile, paying particular attention to profile photos, any information regarding a location, place of work, and even family ties. I’ve also conducted a Google search to cross reference the name/photos found on Facebook because, I’d be a liar if I said I never worried whether it was real person on the other end of the chat.
Put Your Safety First
This should go without saying but your safety comes first. After you’ve done your best to confirm that the profile is legit, arrange to meet only in public places you’re most familiar with and at a time of day you’re most comfortable with. You can also bring a friend along if you’d feel safer not being alone. No matter what, trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it.
Lastly, do your best to be patient. There are thousands of listings on Facebook Marketplace so it may take some time for your listing to come across the right buyer.
Do you have any tips for selling on Facebook Marketplace? If so, share them in the comments!
Happy Selling! 🤑