Tricks for Facebook Selling and Buying on Facebook Marketplace – Facebook: It’s where your family comments on each and every one of your pictures, where an old high school friend constantly updates you on their new baby, and now…a website where you can purchase furniture? With the introduction of Facebook Marketplace, Facebook has expanded beyond family, friends, and a constant bombardment of political posts to become a place where you can buy and sell almost everything.
If you’re not new to online shopping and selling, you’re probably curious about what makes Facebook Marketplace special. After all, there are already Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo, and dozens of other websites that allow you to buy and sell virtually everything from the comfort of your own home. However, Facebook Marketplace has a number of distinct advantages that have earned it a reputation as one of the best and most user-friendly places to sell.
What Makes Facebook Marketplace So Unique?
Security. Historically, online buyers could only weed out unscrupulous sellers through the service’s rating system (such as OfferUp’s five-star seller ratings). In the absence of that, you can perform a background check to ensure the individual is not a suspect, but that seems unnecessary for a used coffee table. With Facebook Marketplace, you get a much more complete image of a person, beginning with a literal photograph and progressing to some common friends, as well as some basic details about their origins, age, and lifestyle. Additionally, if you’ve seen their face before, it makes it easier to remember them in public when you meet to complete your order.
Messaging. On Craigslist, you must either include your cell phone number or use the site’s email encryption service to communicate. These are not viable alternatives in 2018. By contrast, Facebook Marketplace is accessed through Facebook Messenger. There are no additional hassles or security measures: simply message via the app or online in the same way you would with your mates. You can also pay through Facebook Messenger, which is much more convenient than the old-fashioned method of cash.
Convenience. Have you ever tried using Craigslist on your mobile device? If that is the case, you might have ended up throwing your phone against a wall. We don’t blame you – the interface is incompatible with mobile devices. And, while apps like OfferUp and LetGo have the ease of a native app experience, it’s so much easier to navigate to Marketplace by sliding two buttons to the right from your Facebook News Feed.
Tips for Facebook Selling on Marketplace
Detail, Detail, Detail
Whatever you’re selling – pre-owned designer shoes, brand-new furniture, or auto parts – specifics matter. Is the sole of the shoe scuffed? Have a close-up photograph. Is there a car component that is only compatible with a specific model? Include details about the model. Give potential customers every reason to believe in you, and they’ll be more receptive to purchasing from you.
Choose the Right Category
Please refrain from spamming the appliances segment with advertisements for your used pickup truck. Not only is this infuriating, but it is also a simple way to get your item removed (and your account flagged). You’ll regret it even more if you end up being banned from Facebook completely – because, unlike with Craigslist, it’s not as simple to build a new fake account to sell your pickup.
Be Clear About Your Price
Make it clear that you will accept no less than $250 for your leather sectional, not even a dollar less. Although being open to deals is always a good idea, telling prospective customers upfront that you will only accept a fixed price keeps your inbox safe for interested buyers.
Know What Items Facebook Marketplace Won’t Let You Sell
There are a few things that Facebook Marketplace does not allow you to sell – and attempting to do so in a sneaky manner would result in your entire Facebook account being blocked. What you do not attempt to sell:
- Drugs, or something else that is illegal (same as any other sales site)
- Guns, such as firearms and knives (even decorative items), as well as ammunition for firearms
- Animals, including domesticated animals
- Counterfeit/knockoff goods
- Anything that constitutes an infringement of intellectual property (like unlicensed fan gear)
- Tobacco and tobacco-related goods and paraphernalia
- Anything involving a “get rich quick” scheme (MLM goods, scams, and unapproved drugs/medications)
Include Delivery/Shipping Whenever You Can
Nobody wants to purchase a sofa and then be responsible for moving it. When you add in delivery and a small markup, the products will come off the (electronic) shelves. Send smaller products that USPS flat-rate boxes for the most cost-effective shipping process.
Buying On Facebook Marketplace: What to Keep in Mind
As a seller on the Facebook marketplace, you have an abundance of opportunities. However, as a consumer, it’s vital to note that scams do exist – though they’re less prevalent here than on Craigslist. Here are our top tips for shopping safely.
Make Sure the Profile Is Legit
Spam profiles and trolls are ubiquitous, and they could be posting bogus advertisements to swindle you out of your money. Are you checking the authenticity of a profile? Here are a few telltale signs that it’s a forgery:
- The profile was recently created.
- Their profile picture is either not a photograph of a person or is a photograph of nothing.
- The profile has 0 or a very limited number of friends (less than 25 is usually suspicious)
- Their page is devoid of information: no place of employment, no area, no friends, no pictures, or no posts
- Profile only shares political material or links to very tiny, virtually unknown websites.
If you come across a bogus profile, do the world a favor and report it to Facebook to prevent someone else from being a victim of fraud.
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Comparison Shop (Beyond Facebook)
You can find that prices are slightly higher (or lower) on Facebook, so checking what other sites are selling for comparable items is a good way to determine if this is your best option. Of course, Facebook Marketplace offers benefits that other platforms do not, so if you’re set on purchasing via Facebook, consider requesting that the seller respect the price of the product you discovered elsewhere to save both the deal and your sanity.
PSA: You Don’t Have to Accept a Seller’s Friend Request to Buy From Them
Via the messenger app, you can communicate with people who are not Facebook friends. You are not required to be a Facebook friend of theirs. You are not required to provide them with your phone number. Proceed with caution if a seller requests that you friend them.
Just Like with Craigslist, Don’t Wire Transfer for Purchases
This is fairly self-explanatory: if you’re making a transaction on Facebook Marketplace, avoid wire transfers. Some better options include the following:
- Payment via Facebook Messenger
- Square Cash
Whichever payment method you prefer, ensure that you receive your item before making a payment – otherwise, your money is essentially wasted.
Although buying and selling on the Facebook marketplace may sound new at the moment, it may become the simplest way to buy and sell in the future.
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