I also opted against ebay for most things as shipping costs can negate any sort of deal on a lot of household items. We have done well with a few items on Craigslist, but selling on Facebook has been a huge success for us.
Tips for selling on Facebook:
Find a local group – Head to Facebook and search for ‘Your Town’ Yard Sale or similar terms. If there’s an open group, chances are you will find it that way.
Check out more than one group – I highly suggest you check not just your town, but a couple close ones you regularly go to or are not too far away as to waste gas. But, remember, though some items are worth the drive, many people post items for a few dollars and spending $10 in gas for a $2 item doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Take good pictures – Any time you sell online this makes a difference. You want people to be able to see what it is, if there are marks and any details.
Price it right. – Take a moment to check Amazon and or ebay for prices of items new and used and price it to sell. Yes, you want to make some money off your stuff or you wouldn’t be doing this, but what’s the point in wasting your time if you over price it an no one will pay it?
Follow the rules – However, each group may have different rules, so make sure you read through them. Many require that you be willing to meet in the town the group is set up for. Don’t bump items more than allowed, follow grace period rules and the like. Many of the groups that are very active strictly enforce the rules and will remove you if you do not follow them.
Follow through on your promise – Set up the meeting time and place (often through private message after someone has put a “claim” on your picture) and make sure you stay in contact and get there. And make sure you know what the price was you listed the item at and stick to what it was or what agreement was made.
Tips to keep you organized when selling multiple items:
Take good notes – When posting more than one item and when more than one person is interested in an item, your messages and notifications can get messy in a hurry when selling on Facebook. I like to note the item as I post it and then note the name of the interested people. If it falls through with the first, I know who to move on to for the next offer with out having to dig up the messages.
Schedule it – Once you have your offer set, make your meeting time and place. Add that information to your list, but also to your personal calendar. Since the group that I use the most is in the next town (the one I do a lot of stuff in) I try to schedule multiple meet ups for the times I’m already there to save gas.
Scratch and delete – AFTER the sale is complete. I always leave the picture up until it’s gone from my possession so that I have the back up list in case of a no show. And as things are sold, I scratch them off my original list so I know what I have to track or not.
Do you sell on Facebook? What additional tips do you have?