How to Sell an Item on Facebook

By Contributing Writer

Craigslist demonstrated that selling things on the Internet is big business. It is also an easy way to get rid of old stuff and make some extra cash. Facebook has also added an application to their site that allows users to sell or trade goods. The Marketplace application makes it very simple to sell items while letting your friends know what you are unloading. With Craigslist, it is tough to know who you are selling to, but with Facebook you can sell to your friends (or friends of friends), so it is a little safer.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera

Step 1

Take pictures of your item. This isn't necessary, but it helps when people are deciding to buy. Show the good condition of your piece or anything that makes it unique. If there are 10 coffee tables to choose from, try to make yours stand out.

Step 2

Log into your Facebook account. On your homepage, find the Applications box on the left side of the screen. Click on the Marketplace icon. This will bring you to the homepage of the marketplace. On the main page, you can view listings from your network. Look around here to get an idea of prices and descriptions.

Step 3

Click on the "Add new listing" tab at the top of the page. If you are selling anything, click "For sale." Housing is for people looking for roommates, Jobs are people looking for work, Free Stuff is what people are giving away and Other is everything else.

Step 4

On the next page, get more specific about what you are selling. Click on the appropriate category. (If you are selling a book, click "book." Other options include furniture, tickets and electronics.)

Step 5

Add information about your product. Make sure to include a description of the item and the asking price. On this screen, you can also upload a photo. Once you are done, click "Create listing." Now all you have to do is wait for someone to reply.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add photos to make your ad more desirable.
  • Keep your description short and snappy, but informative.

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