With rising fees of online auction sites more people are taking to other ways of selling their unwanted items. The popularity of sharing via Facebook has soared. If you’re looking to sell some old clothes or even niche collectables, then chances are you can find a group on Facebook for you. You can find everything from groups of sellers’ local to you, to international selling groups.
I have sold locally and internationally, and so far without a hitch! I find it’s a great alternative to eBay, and its never-ending fees and charges. Earlier this year a feature was added to Facebook that makes selling even easier! Now you can fill out the prompts on a form like this:
Here everything is clearly set out, and it couldn’t be easier. Anyone can sell on Facebook, find out how with my tips for how to sell in Facebook groups:
Search for groups on Facebook.
If you’re looking to sell local, search by your town or county. If it’s more niche search by keywords and ‘sales’ or ‘selling.’
Have a look at what people are selling? How have they laid everything out? How much are they charging?
There might be group rules posted. Read these. There may be rules about how to post, or how often. They’ve been put in place to keep the group pleasant for everyone, best not to tick anyone off!
Take appealing photos
Make you items look as appealing as possible. Think about lighting and clearing things in the background.
Be as descriptive as possible and list any defects. This will avoid any unnecessary problems later. If you’re selling in a local group state whether the item is for them to collect or if you can deliver it personally.
If you’re selling internationally, make sure to state what type of delivery you’re using and how long it will take to get to the buyer. Some people will pay extra for tracking so you can list different delivery options (and prices) if you wish. I’ve found as long as you’re clear about the postage, people won’t mind waiting a bit longer.
For local groups, people mainly just deal in cash. You could list PayPal or similar as an option if you wish.
For national or international groups, I recommend using PayPal and getting them to send payment as ‘Pay for Goods and Services.’
This will just ensure that you are covered by buyer’s protection should something go wrong. You can read more about buyer’s protection for PayPal here.
People will comment on your post for more information. If they are interested, generally they will send you a message to your inbox. Make sure that your privacy settings let people message you.
Also check the messages haven’t gone into your ‘other‘ folder.
To bump your post to the top of the selling page you can post ‘sts’ (still for sale) in the comments. Try not to do this more than once a day.
Unfortunately you might encounter time wasters. I find it best to send a quick message to see if they’re coming to collect the items. If you receive no reply, assume that they no longer want it and move on to the next interested person.
For local groups, delete the posts when your item is sold. For international, I like to keep my posts up just so I have evidence of the transaction if I ever need it. I also like to ask people to let me know when their posted items arrive.
My Selling Experience
I have sold a few things locally, and a lot of things internationally.
I thought I had been let down for my local sale, as the man didn’t show up, but it turned out he forgot! But he showed up a few hours late and paid for his stereo. The majority of these groups work really well, and have people who post regularly with no problems. But it’s always good to be prepared for the time-wasters!
When I have things to sell internationally it’s generally my Disney collectibles like pins or Vinylmations. I have sent items to North America, South America and across Europe and all have arrived safely. I tend to just use the normal airmail postage, but I have a friend who offers several options of postage depending on people’s needs. The regular airmail can take a while but I’ve found that people don’t mind as long as you make the potential wait-time clear. Everyone I’ve sold to has been pleasant and I’ve never had any trouble.
Of course, in selling on Facebook there’s less security if things get lost or broken in transit. As there’s no disputes centre like on eBay it’s possible that you’ll be left high and dry. It’s important to always use ‘pay for goods or services’ on PayPal to ensure you have that protection. You will have to be trusting that people will keep up their end of the bargain. I can honestly say that I haven’t had a bad experience with selling on Facebook yet.
- No fees or charges
- More reach for people either in your area, or interested in specialised items
- Less security ie no eBay Resolution Centre
- Not knowing whether you should trust the person to follow through
Do you have any tips for selling on Facebook?