It might not seem worth your time, but every little sale adds up to a good amount!
Want to declutter? Hoping to make some money by clearing out your toy room? Or just want to alleviate the guilt of having a cupboard full of unopened Lego? Selling on Facebook Marketplace won’t recoup all your funds, not even close. People go on there looking for a bargain.
But having said that, it all adds up.
An unopened LOL doll here, a gently-used baby rocker there – before you know it you will reclaim the play room and have some pocket money for redecorating. And once you get familiar with the Marketplace process, it’s easy and a bit addictive. When buyers message me about an item I get a dopamine rush akin to someone swiping right on my Tinder profile. I feel loved.
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Say goodbye to clutter. Source: supplied.
What are the downsides?
It can be time-consuming. People demand responses. Can I see another photo? When can I come? Where are you located? (um it’s in the listing my friend). They ask so many questions and then sometimes ghost you or don’t turn up.
What are my other selling options?
eBay – Listings are a bit time-consuming and expensive for sellers. 10% commission and rising, which doesn’t leave you with much after you make your sales.
Gumtree – Basically Marketplace for old people, with not as much online visibility as it used to. May be necessary if you can’t be bothered with eBay and don’t have a Facebook account.
So that brings us back to Facebook Marketplace
This is definitely the winner for speed and ease of use. You can have people ringing your doorbell within an hour.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Be transparent with your info. Include everything relevant. When the item was purchased, measurements, any flaws. Also your suburb. This saves answering the same questions over and over. Well in theory anyway.
- Take your photos with a clean, clutter-free background. It will make the item stand out and appeal more.
- Marketplace uses algorithms which means more clicks result in … more clicks! So make your first pic alluring.
- There is a ban on healthcare products. Listings including vaporisers, bottle sterilisers and thermometers will probably be removed, but it’s still worth a try. Failing that you can try eBay or Gumtree, or just donate them on a Buy