The Facebook marketplace is a great place to sell your unwanted gifts during the holiday season. Whether you have too many clothes, books, toys or other things lying around your house, you can use the Facebook marketplace to sell them and make some money. There are hundreds of thousands of people selling items on the Facebook marketplace with great success.
Even if you don’t have anything to sell right now, creating a business account on Facebook and browsing through all of the items for sale is an excellent way to get ideas for what you could sell in the future.
Moreover, learning more about how to sell on the Facebook marketplace will give you a head start when that time comes. Here are some tips for selling on the Facebook Marketplace at Christmas .
Decide What You Want To Sell
The first thing you will need to do is decide what you want to sell on the Facebook marketplace. If you are trying to sell something specific, it will make it easier to create an ad that will attract people looking for exactly that item.
However, if you want to sell anything and everything, you will have more options when it comes to creating ads but fewer people will see your ads.
For example, if you decide to sell your unwanted clothes, you can create one ad that sells everything you have or create an ad for each clothing item you have for sale. As long as you have a good description of the item and some photos, people looking for that item are likely to see your ad.
If you want to sell items that are very specific, like an Xbox video game console, then create an ad just for that item. However, if you want to sell everything from clothes to toys and everything in between, you can group all of those items together in one ad.
No matter what type of items you want to sell on the Facebook Marketplace, keep in mind that you will probably have more success selling things that are new, in good condition and less expensive than items that are old, worn out and expensive.
Check The Condition Of Your Items
If you want to make the most money off of your items, make sure they are in great condition. Most people will not buy something that is falling apart. However, if you clearly state that an item is used but in good condition in your Facebook marketplace ad, you might attract more sales than if you tried to sell it as new.
Additionally, if you are selling clothes, make sure that they are clean before you take photos of them. People will be able to see if your items are dirty or have holes in them when they click on your ad. If you need to, clean your items before taking photos of them. It will make your clothes look new, even if they aren’t.
Create A Great Ad Featuring Photos And Videos
If you want to make the most money from your items, create a great ad with photos and videos. Upload at least three photos of your item, one of the front, one of the back and one of the inside if it is a clothing item or something similar.
You will want to include as many details as you can in your ad as well. For example, if you are selling a backpack, include the colour, size, amount of pockets, type of material and any other details that might be important to someone looking to buy it.
If you are selling a toy, write down how many pieces are included, their names, etc. If you are selling a book, include the title, author and any other details you think would be helpful to someone looking for that specific book.
When People Respond To Your Ad, Communicate With Them Quickly
When someone responds to your Facebook marketplace ad, communicate with them quickly. Let them know that you have received their message, let them know when you will get back to them and do so as soon as possible.
This will show people that you are serious about selling your items and that you will respond quickly to any questions they have. It will also show that you are trustworthy, allowing you to close more sales.
If you have a lot of items for sale on the Facebook marketplace, you can either respond to each message individually or create a dedicated email address that all vendors can respond to. Use an email address that has your first and last name followed by “marketplace” at the end.
Facebook will automatically flag emails that come from the address “[email protected]” as coming from your account, while emails that come from “[email protected]” will be sent from a different account. Responding to each message individually may become a bit tedious but it is important to do so anyway.
Create A Business Account
Creating a business account will allow you to see more information about the people who are viewing your ads. It will also allow you to see information about the people who respond to your ads and make Facebook marketplace payments.
A business account is free when you use it to sell items on the Facebook marketplace. You don’t have to pay for it unless you want to buy ads or use other business tools. Creating a business account will only take a few seconds and will allow you to make more sales on the Facebook marketplace.
Be Organised And Stay Patient
If you want to make the most money from your items, be patient. Don’t expect to sell everything within a few days. In fact, it will probably take weeks or even months before you sell everything. When someone responds to your ad, take your time getting back to them.
If someone asks you a specific question and you need some time to think of an answer, let them know that you will get back to them in a few hours or a few days. Be patient with people who decide to buy items from you.
Some people will purchase items from you and pay you quickly, while others will take weeks or even months to decide what they want to buy. If you are selling items that are relatively inexpensive and people are responding to your ads, you should expect to receive many low-ball offers. Be careful not to get frustrated, just politely decline the offers and move on to the next person.
Use Facebook Messenger To Communicate With Buyers
If someone responds to your ad, you can use Facebook Messenger to communicate with them and close the sale. You can link your Facebook Marketplace and Messenger accounts so that you can see all of your Messenger conversations in that same place.
If you use Messenger to communicate with people who respond to your ads, you may find that you receive more low-ball offers.
People may be less likely to ignore the fact that you can see their names and photos when you communicate with them through Facebook Messenger than through an ad.
Be Descriptive With Your Product Information
If you are selling items that need to be cleaned or repaired before they can be used, be descriptive with the product information so that people know what they are getting. For example, if you are selling a pair of jeans that are dirty, write in the product information that they need to be washed. If you are selling a toy that needs to be cleaned or repaired, be specific about the problem.
For example, if the toy is missing a part, write that it is missing a part and what the part is. If the toy has a broken part, write that it is broken and what part of the toy is broken. Be detailed when you are selling items that need to be cleaned or repaired. People who buy your items will appreciate it and will be more likely to give you a good review.
Set a Competitive Price
If you are trying to sell a lot of items, you will probably want to set a price that is as low as possible. However, if you only have a few items for sale, you may want to set a higher price.
As long as you are willing to sell the items, you can set any price you want. However, if you want to make the most money possible, it is a good idea to look at the prices other people are selling similar items for.
If you are selling an item for $50 that someone else is selling for $25, someone is probably going to buy the cheaper item. Make sure your items are clean and in good condition, have a low price and are listed on a popular day and time and you will likely be making money from your items in no time.
Selling items on the Facebook marketplace is a great way to make money from items you have lying around your house. You can sell your unwanted gifts during the holiday season and make money while you wait for the new year to roll around.