Top 10 tips for selling on Facebook Marketplace

Learn how to sell on Facebook Marketplace with these ten tips.

Facebook Marketplace is available in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and the USA. Thanks to Facebook’s large user base, it’s one of the few real rivals to the local classified sites like GumTree, Craigslist, Kijiji and even the established online auction sites like eBay and TradeMe. 

It’s accessible to all Facebook users in your area, it’s fast to create a listing, and there are no fees. 

But unlike selling on auctions sites, classified listing require a slightly different approach. The basics are the same.

1. Use the RRP as a price anchor. Facebook automatically calculates and displays the discount between your listing price and the retail price to entice buyers. 

2. Take good photos. Try to avoid photos taken at night with your cellphone that end up super grainy. Take your photos during the day with lots of natural light. Avoid placing your items in direct sunlight. Make a space around the items so it’s clear what is for sale.

3. Use emotive and technical language in your descriptions to connect with different buyer personalities. Emotive can be as simple as a couple of key words thrown in like beautiful, stunning, reliable. Technical can be as simple as the objects dimensions, colour, appropriate ages, model number. Don’t go overboard with listing every spec. Just what is relevant for today’s buyer.

4. Be realistic about what you own is worth. Search for similar items on Facebook market place and auction sites to understand both the asking prices and sale prices. Understand retail shops typically run 100% markup, so if what your selling is new expect no more than the wholesale price (50% of retail). If it’s used but in good condition expect 25%. If it’s used, but imperfect 10-15%. 

Now onto the differences​. With classified listings you have to be more hands on with negotiating the price and closing the deal.

5. Understand buyers on Facebook Marketplace are looking for a bargain. Nearly all buyers will attempt to negotiate on the price. A negotiation should be win win for both the buyer and seller. Adjust your listing price up by 20% so you have room to negotiate to a lower price and still get to a “win win” solution. 

6. When negotiating with a potential buyer, close the deal by seeking confirmation from the potential buyer.

Hi. Yes I can do $80 pickup for the kids table and chairs. Please confirm you will be buying them and I’ll send through my address details.

7.  Keep in touch with other buyers who expressed interest. Once you have received confirmation from the first buyer let the other interested buyers know it’s on hold. 

Hi. I have someone buying it tomorrow morning. If they don’t show, I’ll let you know. Thanks.

This is to ensure you have a good relationship with the other buyers encase the deal falls through.

8. Be patient. Unlike an online auction there is no deadline for the sale. If there’s no interest after three weeks consider dropping the price, or trying to sell elsewhere. 

9. Don’t inconvenience yourself when arranging pickup times. You will get no shows. There’s no point getting mad about it, just move on to the next buyer. One way to combat no shows is to offer to deliver the goods. 

10. Be a good marketplace citizen and mark the item as sold once you have the money in your hands.

Is there anything special you do when selling on Facebook market place? Let us know in the comments. 

3 Replies to “Top 10 tips for selling on Facebook Marketplace”

  1. Thanks for another great post on selling. I think everyone would have something that is surplus to requirements and could be sent on to the next person for the sake of the environment and our budgets.

  2. I’d like to sell my bike but when I posted it on a sight I was harassed and made fun of because I had to sell it to pay a bill so now I don’t know if I should please could someone give me some advice please and thank you

    1. Don’t disclose why you are selling it. If it appears urgent it gives the buyer more leverage to negotiate you down in price.

      Best thing I found with selling bikes is.
      1. Clean it
      2. Take good photos
      3. List the make and model
      List the frame size and estimate the suitable rider heights (170-190 cm tall)
      4. If it’s an expensive bike list the make/model of key component (gears, brakes, shocks, wheels).

      Good luck.

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