How to Make Extra Money Selling Your Stuff on Facebook

If you’re looking for ways to supplement your income or to just make extra cash here and there, selling your used stuff online is a great way to get some dough in your pocket.

In the past, Craigslist or eBay were really the only options out there, but online yard sale groups have been popular on Facebook for a few years now. Facebook also came out with its version of Craigslist not too long ago, called Facebook Marketplace. Online yard sale groups are private Facebook groups, managed by an administrator, that you have to request to join and be accepted into, and they’re usually specific to a town or area. Facebook Marketplace is accessible to all those who simply have a Facebook account and the mobile app.

In the past two years, I’ve made over $800 by selling old purses, jackets, unopened make up, used electronic devices, hats and more on both Marketplace and online yard sale groups. It’s a super easy way to earn cash, and I will admit, decluttering while also making a few extra bucks can be a little addicting. Here’s how you can use Facebook to make extra money:

Join multiple yard sale groups.  

I am a member of almost 10 different yard sale groups for my town and the towns around me. The more places you post your for-sale items on, the more people you’ll reach and the better luck you’ll have finding a buyer. Simply search “online yard sale” on Facebook using your location preferences and join as many as you’d like.

Read all of the rules of each Facebook online yard sale group.

Some groups only allow you to post a certain number of times and others will allow you to post as much as you’d like. Some also have restrictions on what you can and can’t sell. Groups have to follow rules set forth by Facebook, as well.

When you’re ready to post an item, take great photos.

Facebook Marketplace and online yard sale groups are very image-based. Take your photos with lots of natural light. Try to avoid the harsh flash. Also, be sure the background isn’t busy. A close-up photo with a solid background usually works best. Crop out your pets or accidental photo bombers, or better yet, avoid including them in the first place. It also helps to include more than one photo of your item from different angles. When those interested in your item can see everything right off the bat, they are more willing to message you and go forth with the sale.

Include all the necessary details.

The description section is almost as important as the photos. In what condition is the item? How old is the item? What’s included? Is there anything missing? Are there nicks, dings, dents, stains or scratches? If it’s clothing, what size? If it’s an electronic device, what model is it? The more information you can provide, the better.

Price smart.

Before posting your item, do a quick search in the Marketplace to see how others price similar items. You don’t want to price too high when people can get the same product for less. Also, in the description, include the retail price or how much you paid for the item originally. People are more likely to go after a deal.

Be prepared for negotiations. 

On most posts, people will ask if you’ll take less than your listing price. When you post your item, know that people will most likely ask to pay less, and you have to decide how low you’re willing to go. You may also want to consider lowering the price yourself if it’s been posted for some time and no one has expressed interest.

Be prepared to be left hanging.

There will be times when someone seems genuinely interested in buying your item, but then all of a sudden completely stops answering your messages. People will also message you and say “I’m interested in this item”, and that’s as far as it will go. Be ready for this to happen multiple times for each item you try to sell. Don’t lose hope, though. There is a buyer out there for you.

Check out the buyer’s profile.

I always make sure I look at a buyer’s profile before or during engaging in a conversation with him or her. Check out how many friends he or she has and if the profile is not private, scan through some pictures. The purpose of this is to make sure this person looks legitimate and if you plan on meeting up, you know who you’re looking for.

If no one is taking the bait, re-post your item.

If your post has been in the Marketplace or on an online yard sale for weeks or even months now, delete your original posting and post again. Take new pictures of your item with different lighting and in a different room, and provide a different description if possible. It will be a brand new, refreshed post that will catch the eye of other potential buyers.

Remember to renew your post in Marketplace.

The Marketplace will automatically expire your post after seven days. Be sure to look at your listed items to see which items are up for renewal. At that point you can renew them as is, change the description or price and renew, or take them down completely.

Meet the buyer in a public place.

You never know who you’re doing business with, so always meet in a busy, public, well-lit place. My top meeting places include the parking lot of a busy grocery store or Wal-Mart, or a Dunkin Donuts located on a main road where there are always tons of people around. It will also help to bring someone with you or at least let someone know the name of the person you’re meeting and where you’re meeting them. Another popular meeting place option is the parking lot of a police station.

AND FOR MY MOST IMPORTANT TIP – Stay vigilant against scammers.

If you turn from seller to buyer on Facebook Marketplace, look out for scams. Scammers are notorious for using fake Facebook pages to post items for sale that don’t really exist. When someone agrees to buy the item, the “seller” asks them to transfer money directly to their bank account, send him or her a check or purchase gift cards. The buyer never gets the item, and the fraudster runs away with the buyer’s money without a trace. Never send money directly to a seller’s account, never send a check to a seller and never give gift card, debit/credit card or bank account information to anyone. If a person claims they can’t meet in person, and you must send them the money, disconnect immediately.

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