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SELLING ON FACEBOOK

Facebook, originally known as “The Facebook” when it was launched back in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, has grown to become one of the world’s largest social networks. In the UK alone, there are more than 33 million Facebook users and it remains the social networking website and app of choice for many people.The company continues to expand its products and services, and the arrival of buying and selling groups has provided an easy way for people to sell items online.If you’re looking to sell through Facebook and want to make sure you get the best price and stay safe, read our guide and get started today!

Join a Facebook selling group

Thousands of buying and selling groups have emerged in the UK, and although it can sometimes be best to go with a local group, branching out to nearby or national areas you can deliver or post to will provide greater money making opportunities.

Click Sell Something

To list your item for sale, select the “sell something” option. It's free to post an ad so there's no need to worry about extra costs.

Write about what you're selling

Most selling groups will have a simple ‘for sale’ form to fill out, where you'll need to write up a description of what you're selling, the price, category and a photo.

Click post

Once you’ve provided all the relevant information a potential buyer would want to know, all you have to do is post your ad and wait for the replies to come in. It’s that simple!

TIPS AND ADVICE FOR SELLING ON FACEBOOK

What can I sell on Facebook? 

You can sell almost anything on Facebook, from nicheproducts, to secondhand items, clothes, cars and more. These are some of themost popular things people sell:

Unwanted items - Your old DVDs and paperback books caneasily find a second home.

Tech and gadgets - If you have gaming consoles, sparetelevisions or speakers, these are always a good choice.

Children’s stuff - Your child might be too big for thatold cot bed, but there are many parents-to-be waiting to grab a bargain.

Bulky items - Bigger furniture items like sofas andcabinets can be sold through local Facebook selling groups so that you can finda buyer who will collect.

 

How to find Facebook selling groups?

Simply search for your postcode or area in the main Facebooksearch box and include words such as ‘selling’ or ‘sale’. It’s worth joining asmany groups as you can find, but take the time to see what goods are being soldin each to make sure it’s the right place for your items.

There are also specialist national selling groups whichcover everything from musical instruments to cars. Simply search for aninterest related to the items you are selling, including words such as‘selling’ or sale’, and see what groups are out there.

One you’ve decided on a group, click ‘Join Group’ and waitfor your request to be approved. There are other groups which allow sellingtoo, such as parent groups or ones themed around particular interests. A littleinvestigation is vital, and make sure you follow each group’s rules.

 

How to post a selling ad on Facebook?

Posting your selling ad on Facebook is just as easy asposting a picture of you and your friends. Simply post directly on the group’spage with information about the item, including price, category and a photo.Relevant details such as size, dimensions, any damage and delivery orcollection options are also worth including. If you’re selling an item on morethan one group, unless the rules of a group explicitly ban this, mention this inyour post.

Tips and advice for selling on Facebook

Have a good look through the ads before making an offer

Gumtree’s search box makes it easy to find exactly whatyou’re looking for – you just type in the item, location you want to find it inand the distance you’d be willing to travel.

The search results are listed by the newest ads first, so werecommend having a good  look through the ads and not just the ones at thetop of the list. After all, it’s easy to spot  what you’re looking for atthe top of the list and hit “message” straight away, but then  youcouldscroll down and see something similar for a tenner cheaper! Take your time eager beavers.

 

Choose a local selling group

These are a good choice if you want to deal in person andsell bulky items such as a sofa - however selling groups related to specificinterests dealing on a national level can provide a bigger audience for youritems which is great for items which you can easily post.

Get your pricing right

Take the time to see how much money similar items have soldfor. Not just on Facebook; searching on eBay for ‘completed items’ can give agood indication of whether or not buyers were responsive to a particular price.Also be open to negotiating on price with potential buyers.

 

Upload good quality pictures of your items

People want to see quality pictures of what you’re selling,whether that’s a DVD, an old couch that’s seen better days or a wedding dressthat could make someone’s dreams come true. Don't forget to rotate your photoson Facebook if you're adding them from your phone.

 

Be friendly and follow etiquette

Groups will typically have rules on how buyers and sellersare expected to behave. These will vary so take the time to review them, andmake sure you follow them. When selling an item, the first user to comment isusually first in line to get the item. There may be more than one personinterested in the item you are selling, and if this is the case, be friendlyand inform them they’re next in line.

 

View the buyer's profile before completing the sale

It’s always best to be safe when selling through Facebook.Do not be afraid to dig a little deeper into a potential buyer by reviewingtheir profile page. You never know, you may even have friends in common. Withinthe selling group where you have posted your item, you can also search fortheir name and review their past dealings.

If you have a bad feeling about a buyer, there is nothingwrong with backing out of a deal. The best way to proceed is by telling a fiband saying that someone got to it before them by posting you a private message.It might break the rules of the group, but your safety is more important.

 

Choose a payment method to suit you

If you are selling locally and plan on exchanging your itemin person, payment in cash is the easiest option. If you are selling to peopleacross the UK payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal. Butalways be careful and ensure any transaction details you receive are authentic.

 

Delivering your item

An exchange in person can be done if you are sellinglocally, but if you are selling to people around the UK or even abroad, youneed to think about how you'll get the item to them and tell them anyadditional postage costs. You can easily compare different courier deliveryquotes from My Parcel Delivery - all you have to do is measure up and weighyour parcel and you'll be able to get delivery prices in just a few clicks.