Being a parent is an expensive business, particularly if one of you has to give up working to stay at home and look after the kids.
Raising a little bit of extra cash is therefore a very appealing prospect. It is no wonder that lots of people turn to eBay, Gumtree and Facebook selling groups to raise some pocket money from unwanted items; baby clothes that the kids have grown out of, toys they probably never even used, general baby related paraphernalia, dresses you will never fit into again and furniture that is now deemed too dangerous to have inside the house.
I recently sold some baby toys via a local Facebook group. The woman who bought them was on time and it was the first time I’d seen a new fiver so I got pretty excited.
I must admit though, selling groups can become a little addictive, but probably not for the reasons you think. No, I am not spending the housekeeping on buying second hand tat, but I am obsessed with seeing the treasures that people are trying to offload; in among the veiled attempts to lure people into the clutches of the latest MLM or hawking shit scrabble tile pictures, there are some real gems out there and fortunately I have a group of friends who seem to share my sad little fixation.
I feel I’m now an expert in how you should approach online selling in Facebook groups, and I offer my top tips to you here, together with some of our best finds. You’re most welcome.
1) Make sure the item is in saleable condition.
Just slight discolouration. You know there’s a body in there.
2) Make sure it’s something that someone would actually want to buy.
For the saddest playground in the world
3) Make sure it’s not unsafe and/or entirely illegal.
Umm… I think I’ll just strap them to the roof, take my chances. Totally unsafe and against the law but hey, anything for a few quid right?
4) Make sure it’s not CREEPY AS HELL or liable to give people nightmares.
5) Make sure you set a fair price.
You’re. Sorry, had to. Only Kanye could take some fugly shoes that look like your dear old nan knitted them with her eyes closed and charge £150, and only a Kanye fan could try and charge 3 times over the RRP…
At 30 years old I’m not sure high chairs hold nostalgia value, do they? Especially if they’re falling apart and a possible death trap. Head to Ikea instead.
6) Make sure to use your words, so people can understand what the hell you’re on about.
Even autocorrect didn’t have a clue.
7) Make sure your pictures show the item in its best light.
8) In fact, you might want to go the extra mile to set up a professional looking backdrop to your photo.
9) Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, make sure you give it a thorough clean first.
10) If you have nothing to sell, you can always take to crafting.
I hope, with these tips, you’re now ready to start making your fortune.
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