Sell Your Used Stuff For Cash On Facebook

If you're looking to sell your unwanted goods, there are some obvious choices: Gumtree, eBay, Trading Post. One potential gold mine that's often overlooked is the one that millions of people use every day: Facebook.

You can easily use Facebook to pitch your unwanted stuff to the friends and family members that you're already Facebook friends with, but that limits your audience significantly. For a broader pool of buyers, look for Facebook sale groups in your area.

Search for your state or city and the word "sell" or "buy" to find local groups . If there are none, you can always start one and get the word out in your community. Using a group, you can shop from people in your area, list your own items for sale, and set your own prices. You can even note whether you're willing to ship something, or whether you'd rather the buyer come and pick it up (a useful idea for larger items like furniture).

The big benefit of using Facebook like this is that you set your price and there's no one taking a cut of your sale price or charging you to host your listing. You can set your own preferred method of payment, and you also have the opportunity to become part of a community. Many of the groups are closed, so you'll have to ask permission to join, and others only accept certain types of listings, so make sure you read up on the group you want to join and its rules. Many have strict listing requirements and limits on how many items you can try to sell per day in order to keep out spammers and scam artists.

How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook [Wise Bread]


Comments

    Gumtree is free.
    Gumtree us set up do that you don't need to think about what data fields to add.
    Gumtree isn't a tool designed to invade your privacy to the extreme.

    Advertising to a few mates on Facebook is one thing, anything else is like using a fork to eat soup. Use the right tool for the right job.

      RTFM, its about using groups on facebook in your locale. They work and they work well.

    I've sold some stuff on our local Buy, Swap & Sell page, but people always try and undercut you badly. For example, I was selling a Rockband kit. Drums, guitar, microphone, three games (Beatles, GH: Greatest HIts and another GH game). I was asking $120, (given they were all in mint-condition and I paid $70 for the kit, and ~$50 for the games) and got an offer for $25. Eventually managed to talk the guy up to $50, but then he didn't want it.

    In another example, I almost sold a desk and chair for $50. Someone wanted to give me $15 and I said no, then the person who was going to pay $50, never showed up.

    So be wary of selling stuff on Facebook, because you'll run into no-shows and "Dude, this Rolex is only worth $5. Trust me, you'll never get $100 for it" sorts.

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