Facebook Marketplace is The Best Way to Get Rid of Stuff You Don't Need

Jordan Mendiola

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The only two things you need in order to sell something on Facebook are a phone and the item you need to sell.

It’s super easy to take a photo of something you’re trying to get rid of and post it online.

You can post shoes, clothes, bags, and anything random you might see as having value. It’s a lot more convenient than a garage sale because it doesn’t require you to leave your home.

Most of the sales I make are done contactless, especially because of Covid. 

Here’s my process of selling items:

  1. Post the item you want to sell on Facebook
  2. Respond to messages and take the highest bidder for the item.
  3. Place it outside your front door.
  4. Have the buyer electronically pay you or give instructions to leave the money under the mat.
  5. Find more to sell, relax, collect money, and repeat. 

It doesn’t have to be overly complicated to sell on Facebook. Take some time to list items around your home and get rid of them if you see no purpose for it.

Some useful selling tips:

  • Take good pictures that are clear and easy to see.
  • Write solid captions and fill out as many descriptions as you can about the item.
  • Respond in a kind and quick manner to your potential buyers so that the sale can be processed faster.
  • Use eBay to figure out how much your item sells for and base it off that and the quality of your item.
  • Don’t lowball too much. There will be buyers who want to give you $2 for a $50 pair of shoes. Know it’s worth it and be greedy if you have to.

If your item doesn’t sell on Facebook or you really need to get rid of it, there’s no shame in donating it to Goodwill or a Salvation Army.

The next time you go on Facebook, list an item and get used to selling things you don’t need. 

Allow yourself to free the environment around you of stuff. It’s a minimalistic approach to life that has worked out well for me.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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