So my latest obsession is local selling pages on Facebook. If you are down with second hand and like a bargain check this out.
I was introduced to my first one about a month ago. These sites are brilliant for both buyers and sellers. It is a garage sale at your fingertips. I have never been a huge fan of garage sales just because I don’t like driving all over town, getting out of the car and not seeing one thing of interest. Or even worse, not getting out of the car because the description of the sale is no where near what they have. The selling pages skip all that-Love!
At first I didn’t really get it but then the more I watched the more addicting it became. Someone starts the page as an administrator and they make the rules. Usually it is pretty basic: have a picture, price and description. Also, be honest and fair with how you deal with people. You are also suppose to do all initial communication on the page not private messages until you get to personal information. This can be good and bad which I will get to later. A lot of them are closed groups and you have to be invited and approved. The idea behind it is more of a community and more honesty. Of course there are still issues that arise but I think overall everyone abides by the rules and stays honest.
It is first come first get so you have to be fast (this is the addicting, constant watch!!! Kind of like Ebay bidding so the last second when it first began). This is were the addiction comes in because if it is something really hot it people comment in under a minute and they have first dibs on the item. Then people claim “back up” or second, third, fourth, etc in line if the people above them pass or don’t finish communication. Usually children’s items go the fastest if they are priced right, for example: ride on items, playhouses, and water tables to name a few. There is also room for negotiation but you have to be careful about it because everyone in the group can see your request. So someone can comment they will give the seller full price which puts you in a spot to pass or pay full price. This is the downside to having everything communicated on the page. The upside is that if you are not the initial person you are able to read what is going on with the item. It is also like being a fly on the wall sometimes seeing what is going on with hot items or topics people bring up.
Here are some tips based on my experiences:
-Check often and a lot. Add notifications on the Facebook page to all. If it is a busy site you will constantly get updates but you will have a better chance in getting an item you find interesting.
-If you see something you like immediately comment and say you are interested. You aren’t obligated to buy but it will put you first in line if you catch it fast enough. Caution on this: ask what you need to know to make your decision and then let them know if you want it or pass. This is a common courtesy to the seller and another potential buyer. But if you wait to think about it you may miss it. That has happened to me several times!
-Contact the seller once you have been told its yours! Get information on where they live and pick up options. Sometimes people will meet you or you pick it up at their house. I have had people drop off items I bought at my house but I think I was super lucky! Once an arrangement has been made keep your end of the deal.
-Clean your item up, nobody wants to pick up a dirty item plus people tend to want more $ off if it is dirty.
-Post a good pic, short description and a GOOD price. I also leave a little room for negotiation on a big item but if it is small I make it a price that can’t be resisted.
-Once you have a buyer let everyone know “sold pending pick up” in your comment section. Once it is picked up delete the post off the wall. Both of these things are common courtesy so people know it’s gone and deleting helps to not clog the site.
-I try to pretty much post everything that I am about to take to goodwill. I price it cheap because I figure a few dollars is better than nothing. Those items I leave on the porch for people to pick up and leave money at my door. I don’t want to have to wait around for someone for $3. My thought is that it is a community and most people aren’t going to steal from you. But I am taking a chance and figure I am out a few dollars. Anything larger I make sure I am home to actually make a transaction.
-Some people do post things for free just to get rid of. This is nice if you don’t want to make a trip to a donation center.
If you join a group, have fun and remember it’s addicting!!!