The end of the year isn’t just for reflection, it’s also the beginning of a fresh start for some and part of that involves getting rid of a few things.
If you’re not going to be donating items you may no longer want, you might want to consider using Facebook Marketplace to sell your items as this is a great way to put a little extra money into your pocket while clearing up your space.
Even if you’re not in the market to sell items, you may want to score some great finds to add to your home or work life from Facebook Marketplace. Either way, The Citizen has compiled this guide to improve your Facebook Marketplace experience in 2022.
As a seller:
Beware of scammers
While most transactions go off with a hitch, it is advisable to remain vigilant about people who may be looking to get an item in exchange for nothing.
It is advisable to do in-person exchanges and not get too excited by electronic transfers which might be faked or reversed. Even with in-person exchanges, do check money for counterfeit notes.
Try to take clear pictures of your items from as many angles as possible
Since people can’t physically see items when shopping online, how the images are photographed plays a big part in swaying potential buyers on Facebook Marketplace.
Try to avoid using stock images of products that may look different to what you’re selling
Images of something similar to the product may put off potential buyers or leave them feeling duped once they come to see what you’re selling in person.
Watermark your pictures
Find a way to watermark your pictures to prevent scammers from trying to use your images to swindle others out of money on Facebook Marketplace.
Sometimes, people even use most of your details to make the sale seem legit leaving your name top of mind when a victim of a scam may want to find justice or get their money back.
Check prices of similar first and second-hand items similar to yours
Fair pricing is also another big part of selling items on Facebook Marketplace. You don’t want to put off potential buyers by pricing too high and you don’t want to disadvantage yourself by pricing too low. Doing your research allows you to understand the market so that you can find that pricing sweet spot.
Have someone else around for in-person pick-ups
If people are picking things up from your home, safety is always a concern so make sure to have someone who can be around during at-home pickups. Alternatively, you can arrange to meet people in public places like malls or coffee shops to feel safe during hand-offs.
Take note of your selected location to help buyers find you
People often look for items near them so marking your location clearly helps the Facebook Marketplace algorithm show your item to the relevant audience.
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As a buyer:
Beware of scammers
Scammers are just a concern for sellers. Buyers also need to be wary of people who may either take you money for nothing in return or people who wish to sell you items that do not work like the American woman in the following YouTube video.
She bought a fridge that wasn’t working. After her ordeal, she advised other buyers not to trust everyone on Facebook Marketplace and to do their research.
Avoid handing over money for items you haven’t seen or inspected
The point above this one ties into the point in an effort to ensure you’re happy with whatever you buy on Facebook Marketplace.
Check the seller’s profile
Since launching the platform, Facebook has introduced a number of tools that rank sellers and buyers on their Marketplace profiles, almost like the way ride-sharing services do to create a track record for the owner of the profile using crowd-sourced feedback.
Take someone with you for in-person pick-ups
Safety for the buyer is just as important as that of the seller and having an extra person around to keep an eye on things usually helps.
Take note of your selected location and radius
This helps determine what items you are shown and how far away they are.