Give yourself a pat on the back. We’ve made it to our 4th and final post in the “Live More With Less Series.” This week, I’ll be sharing 8 Tips to Make Money on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. I am very excited about this post. While de-cluttering can be stressful, being able to help people make money from items they no longer want is very rewarding.
I put together these tips from my own experience. First, I buy almost all furniture off of Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. This to the chagrin of my husband who has to pick them up. But I find such great deals! Weeks ago I got a $1400 pottery barn sectional for $275. It is an adorable Pottery Barn teen sectional (mint green) that fits perfectly in my sunroom. I wouldn’t be able to afford something like that brand new -plus – it was in excellent condition.
As for the selling part, I once made $200 off of a pair of bar stools I found in my apartment’s trash room. I’ll share exactly how I did that below.
There are people who have turned to sell items online into their full-time gigs. They either buy items on Craigslist or at garage sales and resell them for a higher price.
Others actually repaint items and then up the price. You’d be surprised how much more money you can make by painting it white and adding new hardware.
According to an article from 2016, almost 450 million people use Facebook Marketplace to buy and sell goods. That was two years ago, folks. Imagine how many more to do today. More than 60 million people use Craigslist every single month in the United States alone.
What that means for you is that there is a huge amount of people out there waiting to buy your stuff. Maybe even me.
First, please read Are You Holding Onto Items Others Could Use? And then – How to Prevent Clutter from Sneaking Back In. They are critical to making sure you are in the right place to sell your items at all.
I haven’t bothered because Facebook Marketplace is so easy that I haven’t felt the need to. You can let me know in the comments if I am missing out on bigger deals.
But for now, let’s talk about how to make YOU money.
For the sake of this article, I am going to assume you already know how to take a photo and post it to either site. If not, here is a tutorial on how to actually post and sell on your phone. Craigslist is even easier to use.
Make Money on Facebook Marketplace + Craigslist
1.) Clean the Item.
I am surprised by how many posts read, “There is a small stain/spot that will clean right up!”
If it is so easy to clean – then clean it. Do not tell potential buyers about it. If it is something you cannot fix, okay I get it. But otherwise, do your best to dust, wash, or spot clean your item.
2.) Take a Decent Photo, Friend
Take your cue from Instagram. People like light and bright photos.
3.) Stage your Photo
I’ve gotten a lot of good deals because a seller took a crappy photo. Usually, so many other people have passed it on by they are much more willing to reduce their price.
4.) Take More Than One Photo
The buyer wants to feel like they are looking at it in person and able to examine it from all sides. Do the work for them. I’ve found that three photos work best.
5.) Stuff Your Post with Keywords
Some good keys words: like new, barely used, new with tags, excellent condition.
6.) Be Honest
Also, if the couch smells like a dog, or there is a huge chunk of a leg missing on a dresser, let the buyer know. Yes, it will scare some people away. But better then than they get to your house and are furious with you for lying.
7.) List Items Separately
Whenever I see people listing 5 or more items together that are not related, I know they have never bought anything from Craigslist. It is a pain for people to look through what you “might” have. This is not a garage sale. People are searching for specific items.
8.) Price Higher Than Willing to Sell
Like I already mentioned, people love to barter on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Let them barter! Price higher than you you’d accept so people can “bring you down” to where you are comfortable selling. That way you both feel like you got a good deal.