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Declutter and Earn Cash Using Facebook Marketplace

Don't you think winter is a great time to declutter and breathe new life into your home?  When I'm spending more time inside my home I find myself looking around for things that need changing.  What do you do with all the stuff you no longer want, need, or love in your home?  Does it find its way to your closet, attic, or basement never to see the light of day again?  You can easily use Facebook Marketplace to sell those items instead.

How to Use Facebook Marketplace


There's no reason to let unwanted stuff hang around and take up precious space. That's what happened with a lot of my stuff until I discovered how easy it can be to sell unwanted items on Facebook Marketplace from your Android mobile phone or iPhone. With a few clicks, you can free yourself from the stuff you no longer want or need and put a few bucks in your pocket. Read more for my tips on how to use Facebook Marketplace.

There are many places you can list items for sale like eBay, Craig's List, Next Door, and local Facebook Pages. The reasons you might choose Facebook Marketplace include:
  • It's free.  There are no listing or sales fees.
  • It's easy.
  • You can complete the entire process using your mobile device.
  • It's location specific.
Recently, I sold a bed, mattress and box spring set, and a nightstand on Facebook Marketplace.  It was a relatively painless process and it is so easy to get started.  

Getting Started

To get started using Facebook Marketplace you'll need a Facebook account, a Facebook Messenger account, and the appropriate apps downloaded on your device. You will access Facebook Marketplace through your Facebook account and communicate with prospective buyers through your Messenger account.

How To Use Facebook Marketplace
Clean the items you want to sell. You want your items to show as best they can.

How to photograph an item to sell on Facebook Marketplace
Which Bed will You Buy?

Take multiple pictures of each item you plan to sell using your mobile device. Your pictures will be what catches the attention of prospective buyers so be sure the lighting and setting where you take the picture show your items well. Take pictures showing all sides of the item. Think about what questions you would have about each item and take pictures that will answer the questions.

When selling multiple items together as a group, take a picture showing all of the items together. Then, take pictures of the individual items as close-ups.

Research your item online and on Facebook Marketplace for comparison purposes. See what competition you will have. What price are others listing comparable items at? Is your item still available to be purchased new? Make note of the price of a new item. Use that as a guide to price your item depending on condition.  Somewhere between 25%-30% of the new price is a good place to start for a used item.

Listing Items for Sale on Facebook Marketplace

Now that you are ready to list your items for sale go to your Facebook account on your mobile device.  You'll find the icon for the Marketplace either at the top or bottom of the page.  It looks like a cute little shop.  Click on it.



You'll be taken to the Marketplace homepage.  The first step is to tell the Marketplace what you are listing.  Then fill in the description and set your price.  Be realistic about the price you set, but leave a little room for negotiation. 

Be sure to include all the important details about your item. The more detail, the better. At a minimum, include:
  • Size, with dimensions
  • Condition
  • Color
Upload your pictures.  You can use multiple pictures.

Complete the listing. Your listing will go live to the Facebook Marketplace.  You'll soon be able to see how many times your listing has been viewed.

Completing the Sale


Require cash payment at the time of pick up. Don't accept partial payment.

Don't hold an item.

Use a public location for the exchange of the item, if possible. If the item is large and you will need prospective buyers to come to you, move the item to a garage or location outside your home.

Be wary. It's always smart to have someone else with you when prospective buyers come to view your items for sale.  Most people are friendly and courteous, but remember to be safe.

Tips for Success Using Facebook Marketplace


Create your listing at a time when you will be available to respond to people who are interested.  In my experience, new listings get quick responses.  I made the mistake of creating my first listing at 11:00 p.m., just before going to bed.  Big mistake!  I got immediate messages of interest and had to stay awake to respond.

Price your items reasonably and realistically. Your goal is to sell.

Respond to messages quickly. 

If an item doesn't sell, assess why that might be.  Retake your pictures.  Rewrite your description.  Lower your price. Remember, your goal is to get rid of the item.

Have patience.  You will have to respond to many inquiries.

Mark your item sold to complete the process.

Good luck with selling your items on Facebook Marketplace.

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