How to sell on Facebook Marketplace

De-clutter your home and make some extra cash at the same time by selling online with Facebook.

how to sell on facebook marketplace

by Red Edwards |

What better way to make some extra cash and de-clutter your house by selling on Facebook Marketplace.

Most of us are on the lookout for ways to be more eco-friendly wherever possible. And this is just the thing that should be on our minds when it comes to throwing out unwanted items...

Before dumping your items into the bin, why not explore other great possibilities of giving your items life again and making the right choices for the environment, like dropping them off at charity shops, or banking yourself some extra pocket money by selling your unwanted items on Facebook Marketplace.

Well, here's how to sell items on Facebook Marketplace

packing items into boxes to sell online
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What is Facebook Marketplace?

Think of Facebook Marketplace almost like an online carboot sale, packed full with so many items to choose from, some good, some not-so-good.

Facebook Marketplace is an open exchange that allows users of the social media platform to buy and sell new and pre-owned items. Just about anybody can list their products or services on the market, and it's a fantastic way to gain access to, and connect with, a local audience.

Whenever somebody wants to make a purchase, it is all done via Facebook Messenger, giving buyers a way to engage with potential customers/sellers directly.

A huge bonus of using this method of selling unwanted goods, it there is no listing fees, so all the profit is yours to pocket! It's a win-win.

How to list your items on Facebook Marketplace

Step 1:

On your news feed, locate the Marketplace icon and click it.

Facebook Marketplace Icon
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Step 2:

Click the plus icon/ create new listing, then select 'Item for sale.'

Select the type of item you're selling, and then a take some good, clear photos of your item. You can select multiple photos to add, so ensure to have a handful of good quality snaps.

To upload simply click the 'Add photos' button.

Step 3:

It's time to add the info.

Enter the item title, description and price.

Top tip: when selling items via marketplace, you want to attract interest and sell your items as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to include all relevant details and write an appealing description, and then set the asking price.

Step 4:

You can add your location, and it's probably a good idea to do so. Adding your location won't pinpoint your exact location, it just gives the buyer an idea of whether you're in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland...

Users often browse items via location, so they can see what is available closest to them. Therefore, you'll want to confirm your location to ensure you attract larger interest.

Remember: It will never show your exact location, just a rough idea.

Step 5:

You have the option to select a category of your item, doing this is a great idea as users can filter items by categories.

That is all you need to do in order to list your item successfully and swiftly.

In your final steps to uploading your item, you have the option to choose to post your item to any specific buying and selling group you're a member of, and this will maximise your chances of selling.

Payment through Facebook Marketplace

Posting directly to Marketplace when selling items keeps your data a lot more secure, for all the buyer has to do is simply contact you through the messenger service on Facebook.

When it comes to buyers purchasing the items and sending you the money there are a few options.

Some buyers and sellers like to arrange collections or drop-offs in order to exchange cash for goods. However, Facebook have introduced a feature that enables users to check out directly through Facebook and have the sellers send the items using postal services.

Checking out via PayPal goods and services is the safest way to buy on Facebook Marketplace when paying online, as PayPal often offers buyer protection.

Some items are even covered by purchase protection directly through Facebook.

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