Recently, Facebook has come under fire for security issues and privacy risks. Most of these have to do with people accessing information they should not and exploiting that information.
Along with this, people have reported being able to buy and sell items through Facebook marketplace, which is not a feature currently available on the platform. Some reports say you can even link it to your bank account and pay for items via FB.
Unfortunately, this is a scam! You cannot directly buy or sell items on Facebook. If someone is offering an item for sale via Facebook, they are probably trying to get your account information or money in another way.
There are no ads for selling items
There are no ads for selling items on Facebook, which is a good thing. Many people have concerns about privacy on the platform, and seeing ads for things like clothes and furniture would be weird.
If you search for items on Facebook, you will find pages dedicated to items like yours. For example, if you were looking for new cookware, you could search for that and find pages with different brands and options.
You can also use the marketplace feature to post an ad for your item. This puts your item in front of potential buyers and pays you a small fee if your item sells. The only cost to you is the post promotion fee based on how much you pay to promote your ad.
The best part is that people can contact you through Facebook so that transaction can be secure.
There are no buttons to click to sell items
Although Facebook recently introduced a new feature that allows users to post items for sale in a Facebook group, you cannot directly post items for sale in the main Facebook app or Marketplace.
Selling items on Facebook is done through your profile. By linking your account to PayPal or by posting an item you are inviting people to buy from you, however, there are no buttons to click to purchase your item.
People must message you via Facebook messenger and negotiate the price and pick up of the item. It is very difficult to enforce payments through this method since there is no button to click for payment.
There is also no way to track the delivery of the item since it is just posted on Facebook. People can screenshot the post and take down the item if they decide to not pay at the end of the negotiation.
Ask friends if they want to buy something
If you have something to sell, the best way to do so is by asking your friends if they want to buy it. You can do this in a group message, in a direct message, or in person.
Group messages can be annoying for people who do not want or need the item you are selling, so be careful with this one. A plus side is if someone wants the item, they can easily message you to purchase it.
Direct messages are more private and only accessible by you and the person who receives the message. This gives the receiver more confidence that it is a legitimate sale.
In-person selling is always the most trustworthy because you can confirm whether or not someone wants to purchase your item. However, this can be time consuming and tedious.
Put item in a sale group
If you find a Facebook group that is relevant to your item, you can put it in a sale in that group. There are two main cautionary points with this option.
First, be sure the group is not a scam or fraud attempt. Many people have become highly suspicious of groups since the Cambridge Analytica scandal where political propaganda groups used Facebook groups to spread their influence.
Second, be aware that if your item is extremely popular or valuable, people may ask you to prove its value before they decide to buy it. This could be because they want it for free or they want to resell it at a higher price.
Both of these things can potentially be scams so do your research before handing anything over!
If you find the right group, this is a great place to post your item for sale.
Put item on Craigslist
If you have some items you no longer want or need, try putting them up for sale on Craigslist. You can do this for both online and in-person sales.
This is a great way to get rid of items you don’t want or need. You will be able to make cash off of the things you are willing to part with.
It can be nerve-wracking putting your information out there like that, but people who are looking for items are serious about buying what they ask for.
If someone is willing to pay what an item is worth, then maybe it’s time to let it go.
Use a pricing tool
Even though you cannot directly sell your items on Facebook, you can use the platform to find out how much your item is worth.
There are many price checking apps that use algorithms to determine the value of an item. These apps include Checkprice, Pricecheck, and Zefy.
These apps scan an image or list of items and give you a estimate price and where to sell it. This is a great way to get some cash for your item!
Selling on Facebook is becoming more common as people start to realize that there are no ways to buy or sell on the platform. By using pricing tools, you can still get some good cash for your stuff!
If you have items that are not very valuable, try organizing a local yard sale and advertise it on Facebook. This way, people will be more likely to go pick up the item at their house instead of having to go to a somewhere to get it.
Take photos of your item
Next, you need to take photos of your item. Make sure to set up your item like it is intended to be used. If it is a toy, pose it as if it was fighting another toy or as if it was fighting the world.
Make sure the photos are clear and not blurry. If the item is old or rare, showcase its quality by taking a high-quality photo.
It is best to use a tripod to prevent blurry photos due to hand shakiness. A good way to tell if a photo is high quality or not is by looking at the size of the pixels.
A high-quality photo will have large pixels, meaning the camera took time to focus and capture the image which resulted in more detailed pixels. Lower quality cameras capture quick images with less detail which are called flat pictures.
Answer questions about your item
If you are getting questions about your item, that is a good sign people are interested. Try to answer all questions people have about your item, so they can know they are making an informed decision.
If someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to, find a way to find the answer for them. Look up prices on different sites, do some research, ask someone for help- anything to give them an answer!
People will feel more confident in buying your item if they feel like they have all the information they need to make a decision. It is no trouble and will gain you more sales!
If you have time left on your sale or listing, continue answering questions and providing information until then.