Do you have a lot of friends on Facebook? Do you have a lot of junk lying around the house? Do you have a product that you could sell? Well, then selling on Facebook might be your answer.
Unless, you have been living on a desert island without a cell phone or any hint of civilization since 2004, you no doubt know about Facebook. You probably don’t just know about it, but have many friends and followers who love to share pictures, “like” recipes, and instant message or text one another throughout the day.
You also probably know that businesses use Facebook to promote their brand via Facebook ads, fan pages, contests, and uploaded articles. You can actually have either a personal Facebook account, a business Facebook account or both.
But did you also know that you can sell your unwanted items on Facebook? Yes, you are no longer limited to just eBay, Craigslist or offline yard sales and flea markets. You can sell a variety of unwanted items via Facebook yard sales or Facebook events such as home parties. Over the years, I have been invited and attended both Facebook yard sales and Facebook home parties.
What Are Some of the Ways to Sell Things on Facebook?
Actually, there are several ways to sell on Facebook, but I will just touch on the three main ones. They are:
- Facebook yard sale groups
- Facebook home parties
- Facebook F-Commerce stores
What’s All the Buzz About Facebook Yard Sales?
You can do a search within Facebook and find or connect with a yard sale group in your area. If you’re like me, you’ve already been invited to several in your area and can just join and “like” them for now until you decide to post your own items.
If you haven’t, you can find a group by typing in the search field: yardsale + your county or city name. Once you find it, an administrator may have to approve your request, which could spell a waiting period for you. If it is a closed or private group, you’ll have to try to find someone to invite you.
If you live in a very small town, you can always try a varied search and use terms such as “garage sale” to try to find the nearest county or town yard sale Facebook group to join.
What Makes Facebook Yard Sales So Successful?
While it goes without saying, it would depend upon what you are selling. However, given any yard sale group, what generally makes Facebook yard sales so successful are:
- the non-stop obsession with potential buyers checking their Facebook accounts.
- any time someone comments on an item, the item goes to the top of the event page.
- you can communicate via private message and don’t have to worry about too many calls, texts, and less than desirable people wanting to come to your house.
- you can “tag” people who might be interested in the item you are selling.
- the number of people in the group could be several thousand.
Once you are in the group then you just upload your items, give them a name and description, and then give them a price. You and the buyers can later decide how to work out the payments.
It also goes without saying, that there will be rules and regulations for each group, and you want to make sure that you are adhering to those rules and regulations.
How Can You Also Sell on Facebook Via Home Parties?
Another great way to sell is through online home parties. Since January, I have been to two Jamberry Nails parties and an Origami Owl jewelry party. Both were done by creating an event on Facebook and inviting others. The one I remember the most was the Jamberry Nails party, where we folks online had a free conference line to call in on and listen to the hostess and the people at her house as well as interact on the Facebook event page.
Online we “virtual virtuosos” on Facebook were answering trivia questions on the timeline and trying to be the first to post our answer to win a prize. There were also other types of online games geared towards winning more prizes and giveaways. The online party went on for about four hours. During that time, I could log out and come back as many times as I wanted.
Photos were also being posted as we learned about different products and nail designs. We were also able to click a link to a product page to order.
Just How Popular Are Facebook Stores and the F-Commerce Model?
Thirdly, another way to make money on Facebook is to set up a store offering what you sell. Instead of e-commerce, a term we all should know by now, it is F-commerce or Facebook commerce. Even small businesses with only one person can set up a Facebook store and sell cakes, handmade jewelry, knitted clothing, etc. Most of these vendors also have online presences at Etsy, Amazon, and their own website. I found a very positive article about a few vendors who have done very well with their own Facebook store.
In conclusion, these are the three main ways that individuals can sell and make money on Facebook. While there are other ways, and as sure as this article is published, there will be some innovative individuals coming up with even more ways to make money selling items on Facebook.
If you are interested in using any of these three methods to make money selling items on Facebook, then just get on there and start inviting your friends. The worst thing they can do is decline the invitation, and that just means more prizes and bargains for everyone else!
P.S. – Amazon also offers a great way to get paid for selling used (and new) items via their FBA setup. This is where you source the items, then ship them to Amazon, they do the selling and packing for you, and then you get paid. there is more to it than that (of course), but that’s the gist of it.