With the rise in eBay fees and eBay cases opening, Facebook selling groups are a much easier platform for selling. With a more friendly approach, no listing cost and often no postage costs, it's becoming an ever-more popular marketplace. Here's how to sell on Facebook!
How does it work?
Selling on Facebook is simple. All you have to do is upload your items and if someone is interested then they arrange to come and collect it from you (simply done through messages). Remember that there is no seller or buyer protection like on eBay and you should treat your purchases and sales as “sold as seen”. This is for the simple reason that these groups are run by people of the public and not Facebook itself. Here are a few simple steps to get you started.
1. Find groups to join.
Simply log into Facebook and to find a group, type in the name of the town, city or county that you live in, and try several key words such as “for sale”, “selling”, “bay” (as in eBay) etc. Before joining, remember to verify the rules as they may vary between groups.
2. Make an album on your Facebook profile, being sure to make it public so that people who aren't on your friends list can see it.
3. Take photos of your items and upload them to your selling album. Add descriptions of your items and include your location and price that you would like. 4. It's then a simple case of “sharing” it on the Facebook selling groups that you've joined. Be sure to copy over the text from the photos onto the group.
5. Each group will have a different rule about “bumping” you post. Every time your post gets a comment it gets bumped up to the top of the group. You can usually bump your own post up after 24 hours (normally by commenting “bump” or “b” in the comments).
6. Make sure you check your “others” message folder, as messages from people who aren't on your friend list are sent here. They might be interested in your stuff so you don't want to miss that message!
- No fees.
- Ability to share multiple pictures.
- Great for selling anything from small items to bulky furniture.
- Ability to “bump” your items to increase exposure (thus increasing the likeliness of selling it).
- Your post might be difficult t find again as the Facebook search facility is rubbish.
- No buyer or seller protection.
- Buyers often let you down – either by not turning up or not replying to your messages.