Facebook Marketplace works like apps like Craigslist, LetGo and OfferUp. You can list practically anything right from your computer or mobile device: items you no longer have use for, vehicles for sale, rental properties — even a job for hire.
In this article, we’re going to take you through the steps to get started making extra cash with Facebook Marketplace.
How to use Facebook Marketplace
Step 1: Access Facebook Marketplace
You can get to Facebook Marketplace from your smartphone or desktop by clicking the storefront icon to the left on your News Feed, or by going directly to Facebook.com/marketplace.
Step 2: Post your item
Click “Create Listing” on the left side of your screen.
Then, choose the general category your post belongs in.
After that, fill in the item details, including the specific category, price, location, description and pictures of the item or items. I listed a pair of shoes for $15 and waited for a message.
If you don’t know how to price an item, research the competition by searching Facebook Marketplace to see what other people are asking. Buyers on Facebook Marketplace will often try to haggle with you to get a lower price, so keep that in mind.
If you are listing multiple items on a single post, setting the official post price at $1 and having further details on individual pictures may attract potential buyers.
Important: Before you take pictures of the item you’re selling, you should probably clean it up to make it more appealing!
Step 3: Wait for buyers
I waited a day and a half before I received any messages about my listing. After about a day, I lowered the price of the shoes I posted from $15 to $10 in an attempt to attract more interest.
Keep in mind that interested people will be contacting you via Facebook Messenger and comments, so check your account regularly to respond to prospective buyers quickly.
Facebook organizes the messages regarding each of your active posts in the “Selling” section of its marketplace.
You can widen the area where you want to sell or join local exchange groups if you want more people to see your listing. You may have to travel a little farther to meet a buyer, so keep your transportation cost in mind when broadening your post area.
Another way to get more people to see your wares is to list them on multiple platforms like LetGo, Craigslist and OfferUp. Doing this increases the chances of someone seeing your item and getting it sold more quickly.
If your post still isn’t attracting buyers, you can boost your post by making it an advertisement. Boosting a post is probably only worth it if you are selling a very high-value item or many items that you’ve grouped together in a single listing.
To boost your post, set your budget, add the amount of time you want the ad to run, then pay Facebook. Facebook accepts credit, debit and PayPal, but also gives you the option to link a bank account directly.
Step 4: Arrange the sale
Facebook doesn’t handle transactions, so you don’t pay a fee like you would on eBay. This means that you have to arrange payment with the buyer.
Facebook recommends PayPal or another person-to-person payment method like Venmo or Cash App. Whatever you choose, make sure that you communicate how you’d like to be paid with the buyer before you meet them.
Safety is another consideration when meeting someone to sell an item. Bringing someone with you and completing the transaction in a public area with people around are both recommended.
Facebook has a list of tips for safely buying and selling on their marketplace here.
Step 5: Mark it sold!
This step is simple! Once you sell your item, click the “Mark as Sold” button so that people know it’s off the market.