Facebook vs eBay
Instead of eBaying second-hand items, local Facebook groups and Facebook Marketplace are where people harness the power of Facebook to sell to others in the local community.
The concept is easy: sellers post advertisements for unwanted products, and if they’re satisfied, buyers pop round and pay cash in hand. Think of old-school secret free pages.
One question that always arises is: “Where is Facebook or eBay the best place to sell for the highest cash?” The boon of Facebook is that it is fee-free, while when products sell, eBay takes 10 percent of the overall sale including postage-add it to PayPal fees and it’s a fair whack.
Logic dictates that products can sell more easily on eBay *, since it is popular to post items, so you have a broader audience. Bizarrely, though, many MoneySavers report immediately moving items to local organisations, although they remain unsold on the ‘Bay.
That said, voluntary administrators run Facebook groups and the company won’t participate in transactions between sellers and buyers, so if you have issues, there’s little comeback. Buyers aren’t really trustworthy-sometimes they simply aren’t going to show up or change their minds.
For people in towns or villages, selling on Facebook often works well, considering that it’s all about selling to those nearby. If you’re miles from your nearest neighbor, there’s going to be a small demand for your products …
Which pays the most, eBay vs Facebook?
We wanted to put this to the test, so we pitted eBay against Facebook in April 2019 to see where you get the most for your products. To get an idea, we crunched the sales prices for 20 products, from trainers to Nutribullets.
For 14 out of 20 products, Facebook won, once fees were taken into account. But it wasn’t an exact science, because we just looked at the asking prices of Facebook vendors, so although we know the item was sold, it’s likely that some customers ended up negotiating a different price through a private message.
Read MSE Jenny’s eBay vs Facebook for full results and more observations-who wins? Blog. Blog.
On Facebook, what sells best?
Here’s a rough guide to what Facebook offers best. You have nothing to lose, of course, by first trying your luck there, then bunging it on eBay if you have no joy.
Common products. Facebook is a good bet for popular items such as Wiis, sofas and spare TVs, stuff that many individuals have and want.
When postage outstrips the value of small objects. This is perfect for paperbacks, baby growth and old DVDs, as the income on eBay is dwarfed by postage.
Bulky or ruptured objects. In either case, the demand for collection-only items, such as sofas and wardrobes, is mostly restricted to local people.
Kids’ stuff. Parents are among the most busy classes, so this is perfect for cots, children’s clothes, frozen dolls, and jumperoos.
For the following stuff, though, it’s not so great-if you ‘re trying to flog one of these, you might be better off on eBay * or Amazon *.
Rarer objects. For an Aston Martin DB9, Facebook’s a less safe bet for expensive, niche products such as high-end art or spare headlights.
Grown-up apparel. There might be a few people in your city with the same taste and size (though you might be lucky).
Items of high importance. You can find it awkward to meet strangers to sell very expensive goods, such as a Macbook.
It is fast and easy to sell on Facebook, and it won’t cost you a penny.
The big selling point for Facebook, uh, is its sheer simplicity. Facebook is free to enter and there are no selling costs either, so it’s very low risk, and it’s easy to get to grips with because so many of us already use the social network to keep up with friends and family. What isn’t there to ‘like’? (Apologies …)
The excitement of instant sales is addicting. We’ve got lots of success stories from people who have been minted by selling on Facebook. To inspire you, here are a few:
Find the top selling groups near you on Facebook
Thousands of groups that buy and sell Facebook have sprung up around the UK. To get started, search in the main search box for your area or postcode, along with words such as ‘selling’,’ sale’ or ‘buy’.
There are several regions with many categories, such as Greater Manchester Purchase, Sell And Exchange, Manchester Purchase-Sell and Manchester & Salford Buy / Sell / Exchange / Giveaway in Manchester (although we have no clear input on these categories).
Joining as many communities as you can find is worthwhile, although some are more busy and deal with higher-quality products than others. By joining one or two bordering regions, particularly if they are well-to-do, ramp up your chances.
Just click ‘Enter party’ to begin selling, and an administrator should approve you within 24 hours. Facebook recommends similar groups after you have joined-a list should show up on the right-hand side, or only click ‘New groups’ on the left-hand side.
Checking the ‘about’ parts of members’ profiles to see which ones they have joined is another cheeky way to scout out top groups.
Some other forms of Facebook group also allow sale, such as parents’ groups or those based on a particular interest or hobby, not just particular sale groups either. (Do check the rules of the party, as some do not allow it.)
However, be very careful to sell outside your local area-see Facebook specialist selling groups for more information.
Sale items via Facebook Marketplace by location
Facebook has its own classified advertisement site, called Facebook Marketplace, to challenge the likes of Gumtree and eBay.
It is accessible via the Facebook apps for iOS and Android, plus desktop browsers as well, and allows vendors to list products with images and descriptions, tagged to a specific location, for free. Then, users can check for products and/or navigate by category and location.
The program runs, at least for the time being, alongside Facebook communities. As with these, for products listed on the marketplace, Facebook is not involved in payment or distribution, which is between the buyer and seller. So many of the same protection and cash payment alerts, as well as the other tips in this guide, apply equally to the two sale schemes.
How to post an ad on a party on Facebook
Most individuals already know how to use Facebook to upload wacky pet videos, post lunch pics, or give an ex a flirty letter.
It’s just as convenient to post products to a local community for sale. Just post to your group’s page directly and upload a pic. Most for-sale groups, including object, price, category and a picture, just have a super-simple ‘for sale’ form.
Have as many important points as possible about the item: size, measurements, defects, whether you’re going to deliver and if a van’s required is too big. As a customer, there’s no more annoying now than having to slowly pick up the details in the comments below … ‘Pic? Huh? “Größe? “How many? “Whereafter? ‘and so forth.
Just stay safe. Note, posts are public, so offer a general position, but at this point, not your phone number or full address.
On more than one party, you can advertise (unless rules forbid it), but it’s good ways to note you advertised elsewhere.
Handily, any Facebook pals who are also community members get email updates when you post an ad. Users are also able to tag friends who may be involved. However, don’t think about spamming all your mates with commercials for scrapped espresso manufacturers and hamster cages. If it’s a closed party, advertising can only be seen by members.
How to list a Facebook Marketplace item
Posting anything on the Facebook Marketplace is also simpler.
Tap the Marketplace icon, then press the button for ‘Sell’ or ‘Sell something.’ Choose an object form, then take a picture of your object (you can pick more than one item from your gallery), and then click ‘Add Images’ to upload it.
Enter the title , description and price of your item. Include all necessary information to draw attention, as when selling through a party. Set an asking price then.
Confirm the place for you. (This is how customers search Marketplace products.) Don’t worry, your exact address will not be released, only a rough spot.
Pick the item type. Via these, buyers can also filter listings.
In the final stage, if you want to optimize the visibility of your item, you can also choose to post to any particular buying and selling community you’re a member of at the same time as you list on Marketplace.
Under the ‘Your products’ tab, all your for-sale products will be stored, including any offers and messages you have received from interested buyers (for more on this, see below).
Pricing it right (and allowing space for haggling)
Head over to eBay * to do a ‘completed listings’ item search to get an idea of how much your item is worth before you put it on Facebook. Next to the main search button, press the ‘advanced’ search option and type your item into the ‘enter keywords or item number’ box. Then pick a choice for ‘completed listings’ and scan. If the price is shown in black, it means that it has not been sold.
Check local Facebook groups (top right) or Facebook Marketplace (the magnifying glass icon) for similar items as well. How much have others asked for and at that price have there been enthusiastic takers?