These days I find myself buying a great deal of things second hand. I have always loved garage sales, and would often plan a whole Saturday around which sales my mom and I were going to peruse. I still love garage sales, but in the winter it’s very limited. They tend to consist of the junk your neighbor leaves on the curb hoping someone will take and the craft sales at your local community hall. Not my favorites. But nowadays, especially with Facebook, you can buy and sell things without having to wish for good weather or get change at the corner store.
I’m certain that no matter where you live that there are Facebook groups that you can “join” to allow you to sell all the crap you no longer want, the sweaters that don’t fit or the fitness equipment that didn’t get used! It’s perfect. But be prepared for the annoyances that come when dealing with strangers ONLINE. And there are many….
1. All of these Groups have etiquette that you must follow. Generally speaking, much of it is the same from group to group. However, what I have come to realize, is that often the people running the group, or ‘Admin’ as they are called on Facebook, are people that feel the need to be in control of something. For whatever reason. It could be that their personal life is hectic and out of control. Maybe they are pushed around in their own jobs. They might even be just an annoying person. Whichever it is, if you don’t follow the rules they will let you know…IMMMEDIATELY! Seriously?!
2. People will always, always, ALWAYS be cheap. If they can get it cheaper, they will try. Doesn’t matter if it’s new in the box or still has tags on it. If it could have your cooties on it, then they will want a discount. Lululemon, Gap, Seven for all Mankind, and Juicy. You can find it all. But, it comes at a cost, and I don’t mind price either!
3. People will try and steal your sale. Intentionally or not. This has happened to me a few times. Someone will comment within your post that they have the same or a similar item and try to poach your potential customers. Generally, if it’s a popular item, there will always be lots of people wanting it. But people flake out, so having a few people on the list, kind of guarantees that at some point you will sell those purple Uggs. It’s totally lame when someone hijacks your post instead of creating one of their own. “Oh, I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to steal your sale. I just wanted to let them know I had some too. You know for the people that didn’t get them.”
“Yah okay. Here’s an idea. MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN POST and get out of mine unless you plan to buy my purple Uggs!!”
4. Just because you sell something, don’t consider it sold until it’s been picked up. Like stated earlier, people can be flaky. Sometimes they forget. Sometimes they change their minds. Heck, sometimes you just never hear from them again and you don’t know why. I generally leave the photo up for about a day (usually it’s because I forgot) and by that time you have since given it to it’s new owner and have moved on to something else. Less work is always better.
5. People you don’t know now have your home address. There are definitely creepy people among us. They look like you and me but are very disturbed. I’m not saying that everyone out there is a serial killer or out to get you. But if having people that you don’t know come to your house makes you feel uncomfortable, then this is NOT the way to sell your stuff!
6. There is more Drama in these groups on a daily basis then in a Grade 9 musical. Seriously. Just when you thought you had grown up, right? What I have come to realize is that some people thrive in all that drama. They live for it. They get out of bed for it. But for most of us it’s just that. Drama. Personally, the only drama I need is the kind I watch on an episode of Homeland. What about you?
7. People will often seek answers to things they should be asking their friends, family or even medical doctors about…
My baby won’t breastfeed what should I do? Just the thing you should be asking strangers, right? Maybe that’s what your family doctor is for.
Does anyone know where diapers are on sale right now? Umm, yah and you would too if you looked in a newspaper!
My back hurts. Does anyone know why? Oh yah, I’m pregnant. Again, isn’t that what you should be asking a medical doctor? There are clinics all over town, so wouldn’t it be better to get information from them then a bunch of people on Facebook?!
Every time I read these sorts of questions and comments, especially the ones relating to possible medical issues or conditions, I am astounded that this is where they are looking for answers. It is completely unfathomable to me. I will leave it at that.
8. Clearly people can’t spell. Everybody makes mistakes. Typos happen. And With everyone having iPhones, autocorrect takes over. Totally get that. But when you can’t even spell the word because, maybe it’s time to get yourself a dictionary! Here are the most misspelled and incorrectly used words I have ever seen by adults: their, there and they’re, too, two and to; by, bye and buy; your and you’re. These are just a few that I see regularly. C’mon people, this is elementary school English. Once again, get out your Oxford Dictionary and study up a few things would you!
9. People overprice their items. Just because you paid $600 for your BOB stroller, three years ago, doesn’t mean it’s worth that now. Yes, there are many brands that tend to hold a lot of their value. But when people can go out and spend a few extra dollars to get that particular item new, chances are they’ll do that. Like selling rare hockey cards on EBay, your item (i.e. BOB stroller, bumbo etc.) is only worth what people are willing to pay for it. Especially big-ticket items. When I want to make money, I DON’T sell on Facebook.
Well, there you have it. A few of the really annoying and super common pitfalls of selling on Facebook…Well, things that annoy me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Haha. It won’t be long before you too have a list of your very own. It’s human nature.