Facebook Marketplace – These days, not everyone likes walking or driving to stores to look for what they want; not when there are online stores that they can buy from while sitting comfortably on their couch or lying on that warm bed wrapped with a duvet and yeah! I will heartily opt for online stores anytime and anywhere.
Facebook marketplace is a platform which has made it desirable for business owners, no matter how small or big, to buy and sell items in their local area.
It was introduced by Facebook in October 2016, with the aim of providing a “convenient destination to discover, buy, and sell items with people in your community”.
Facebook marketplace is available in the Facebook app, as well as on desktops.
HERE IS THE EASIEST WAY TO POST AN ITEM FOR SALE ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
Step 1: Enter the marketplace:-
The marketplace can be a group; it’s always a group.
Step 2: Add an image:-
You will be required by Facebook to add an image of the item you are selling. Make sure to add images that are same with the item you are selling. Be free to add as many pictures as you want.
Step 3: Add a title:-
This should be able to state what you are selling and remember to make it short.
Step 4: Add a description:-
Facebook will prompt you to give a sketch or enough information about the item you are selling.
Step 5: Add a price:-
This is usually displayed in your local currency but you can edit it later if you want.
Step 6:- Add location and category:-
Add the country, state or locality where you are and also the category in which your item falls into.
Below are the Facebook marketplace categories:-
- Clothing & Accessories
- Home & Garden
Step 7: Complete:-
You are done with adding every necessary information relating to your item. Facebook will set your item to be active so people can see it and also take you to the items management area, where you can communicate with buyers and edit your details.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELLING ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
- Orders must get to the customers within three days to 7 days:-
When a customer has made a purchase and has paid for the item, make sure not to delay the delivery of the product in any way. If it involves shipping, do it within three days so it can get to the customer on time.
- Communication and messages from buyers:-
Because you have posted an item and it has gone public, there will be potential customers interested in that item, and this means there will be a lot of messages. You need to be fast in communicating with the buyers so that they don’t lose interest.
HOW TO BUY AN ITEM ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
Step 1: Log in to Facebook.com.
Step 2: Go to the marketplace.
Step 3: Tap on the item you want to buy.
Step 4: Click on “Ask for details” to automatically send a message asking if the item is available.
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING AND SELLING ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
(1) Provides simple posting in 7 simple steps:-
Earlier, I listed out the seven steps you can use when posting an item on Facebook marketplace. All you have to do is upload an image of your item, add a description, price, your location, and category of your item and ta-da! You are all set.
(2) Gives you the ability to interact with potential customers:-
When buyers reach out to you so that they can verify an item, it gives you the opportunity to interact with them.
(3) Extended Reach:-
This is an advantage of selling on the Facebook marketplace; you stand the chance of your products being exposed to a more significant number of people.
(4) No listing fees:-
This is another advantage of selling on Facebook marketplace. Facebook doesn’t charge you for posting in the marketplace. It is entirely free, and also, Facebook doesn’t take cut from sales, so, any money gained is entirely yours.
(5) Builds a community-based trust:-
During verification of items, customers are dealing with trust because they don’t know you or they do, but they are trusting that you would deliver their items to them.