Selling in Facebook groups is a great way to earn extra cash and rid your home of items you no longer need. If you aren’t careful, however, selling used items in these groups can become a total pain in the backside!
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent any issues and make sure you earn the money you want when selling items in Facebook groups. Below, we will discuss the best practices for preparing your items, listing your items, and finishing up the transactions when selling in local Facebook groups!
Best Practices for Selling in Facebook Groups
Before Listing your Items in Facebook Groups
Clean up and prepare all the items you want to sell before you even think of listing them.
- Clothing – Wash all garments. Inspect for holes, tears, and stains.
- Toys – Wipe down thoroughly with a Clorox wipe to remove germs. Make sure all pieces to puzzles, race tracks, board games, and other toys are together. Don’t try to sell something missing a few pieces.
- Housewares – Dust the items. Place any breakables in bubble wrap or newspaper.
- DVDs – Check for scratches. Pop each disc into your DVD player to make sure it still plays correctly.
- Books – Make sure there are no torn pages or excessive markings.
Photograph all of the items you want to sell in Facebook groups. Take photos of individual items as well as groups of like items if you hope to sell them together. Photograph every side/angle of each item, to reduce the amount of questions you will get once your photos are live.
Research the groups you plan to sell in. Look at the items that are currently selling. Note the prices, and make sure what you want to get out of your items is in line with what others are charging. If you hope to get more, you may want to take the item to eBay or sell in another way.
Listing your Items in Facebook Groups
Okay, once you have all the items cleaned and photographed, it’s time to list them. Selling in Facebook groups is very similar to selling on eBay and other websites, in that you need to be clear on what you are selling.
Use the “For Sale” post feature in groups. This will give you the option to place your listing in the Facebook marketplace. This can get it seen by many more local buyers, not just those that are members of the groups you are selling in.
Create a descriptive headline. This is typically your first impression on users scanning through the groups or the Marketplace. Your headline will be bolded to stand out, so use this space wisely.
In your headline, be sure to include:
- Brand Name
- Product Name
- Size (for clothing)
- Gender (for clothing)
- Condition (“NWT” = new with tags still attached, “Unopened,” etc)
Provide more information in the description. There is no need to repeat the info you have included in your headline. This is the place to further describe the item. For clothing, you can talk about how it fits, if the article was only worn once or twice, if you are willing to split of a lot, etc.
Make sure to provide meeting information. I would never give your physical address, but you can put the city you are in and if you are willing to drive to any nearby towns to sell your item.
Require cash only. When selling in Facebook groups, it’s never a good idea to accept a personal check from someone you don’t know. There’s always that chance that the check will bounce when you try to cash it, and then you will be out the money as well as your item.
Respond to interested parties promptly. Never just list your items and then log off Facebook for hours. You need to be ready to respond to questions or comments on your items. Being available will help you sale the items much faster.
When your Item Sells…
Once your items sells, you need to start a private message on Facebook with the buyer. Find out what they drive and where they would like to met. It’s always best to meet in a public location, such as a busy shopping mall parking lot or local playground.
Arrange the meeting for no more than 24 hours out. Some people will claim items in Facebook groups only to string the buyer along. They may say they need to wait until payday, for example. To insure you get rid of your items and don’t miss a potential sell from someone that is truly serious, don’t let a buyer drag it out.
Note your item is pending on the listing. When selling in Facebook groups, you want to be as upfront with potential customers as possible. It’s a common practice for other people interested to comment “in line” after the first person has stated they want the item. Keeping your listing alive until you have actually completed the transaction lets you refer to the next interested person, should the first person fall through.
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