Like many people, I have accumulated a lot of material “things” over my lifetime.  Some of them I no longer need or want.  Some items I gave away and others I want to sell.  Selling accomplishes two things: makes me a little money and helps me downsize. 

In the past I used eBay and Craigslist with a little success. I didn’t like the Ebay fees or Craiglist’s uncertainty and risks.  I do have a relative who loves Craigslist and has used it for years.  I also have two computer clients who have eBay businesses and do quite well.

I discovered another option recently.  For the last year or so I have been selling things on Facebook Marketplace.  It’s very easy to use and there are no fees like ebay.  The downside is there are no auctions so the price you set does not go up with bids. I just sell it to the first person who pays for the item in cash or paypal. If the item doesn’t get any interest, I can change the price, description or put it on hold. The nice thing is you also post it to various garage sale or selling groups on Facebook. 

To transact the sale, sometimes I meet people at my house and sometimes at a public location. So far I haven’t had any safety issues from a buyer.  At least with Facebook, you can see the buyers profile and information and ratings before we meet.  

Give Facebook marketplace a try if you haven’t yet and sell your unwanted items you have gathering dust.  And don’t forget you can buy some interesting things as well on FB Marketplace.