Chances are that if you love saving money, you know all about the yard sale Facebook groups in your area. But have you ever sold anything through these groups? If you're on the fence about the idea, here are some pros and cons of selling on Facebook yard sale groups.
1. Easy to List
It takes literally minutes to list items on Facebook yard sale groups. You just need to add a picture, a description, and price. If the item is new, or like new, you can grab most of this from a store listing, such as Amazon. In fact, it helps to put a link to the item so people can see the savings they're getting by buying from you.
2. Better for High-Priced Items
People don't usually visit local yard sales with the idea of buying expensive items. Facebook can be a great place to list jewelry, electronics, and other high-priced items. Best of all, you don't have to keep a close eye on the items like you would if you were having a yard sale with lots of people walking around.
3. Reach More Buyers
Lastly, you can reach so many more buyers when you post on Facebook. Some people work on weekends and can't make it to traditional yard sales. Groups give you the chance to reach thousands of people in your area. With many items, you'll find that they sell within hours of being listed.
1. There's Still Work Involved
While there may not be as much work involved as a traditional yard sale, you will still have work to do, especially if you have several items to post. You'll need to take pictures, write descriptions, and set prices for each item. This can take a lot of time.
2. Some Buyers Never Show Up
Another downside is that some buyers never show up to buy the item. This can be very frustrating and when this happens you want to make sure to notify the group's admin to report the buyer. Also, make sure to notify the others buyers that were interested that the item is still available so you can quickly sell it.
3. It Can Be Dangerous
Last, but not least, it can be dangerous to sell items through groups like Facebook. You want to make sure to always meet people in a very public place, like a grocery store parking lot. Avoid giving out your home address if at all possible. If you do have large items that need to be picked up at your home, make sure you are not alone and choose a time during the day rather than night.
Facebook yard sale groups can be a great way sell items, but it does have some drawbacks. Consider these carefully before venturing into this selling option.