On The Marketplace feature on Facebook, you can look for second-hand items and score some real savings.
Of course, buying from a stranger may make you uncomfortable. You might be concerned about the quality of the goods you’re acquiring. You could even be suspicious of the seller. We understand how uneasy it makes people think that some bad guys are out there!
But don’t worry, we’re here to assist you. Here are some pointers on how to buy and sell products safely on Facebook Market Place.
1- Join a group.
You may need to get permission to join a group dedicated to a certain topic, but you may sometimes receive enhanced access to items for sale or unique discounts if you’re in the group. You’ll be a part of a community, not simply someone searching for answers. You’ll be able to connect with others all around the world who are also looking for guidance and support.
2- Check the seller’s track record.
In this social media marketplace, some individuals are constantly pushing things. You can bet that the buyers have rated them as a vendor because they’re always flogging stuff on here. Take a look at the seller’s history. Do they have a good reputation among the community? Or does it sound like they have Del Boy tendencies?
3- Always go somewhere public to meet the seller.
Unfortunately, on the internet, people may hide who they truly are. That doesn’t imply that sellers are short a couple of cans in a six-pack, but you should always meet in a public place to collect the goods and settle the bill. If you can’t do it in public, bring someone with you when you go to make the transfer.
4- Examine the item carefully.
This should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway: always inspect the goods before you hand over money. It will be more difficult to retrieve the funds once they have been transferred. Sometimes, while looking at an item, you realize that it doesn’t look quite as nice as it does in the photos or that there is something wrong with it that you didn’t notice in the description or photo. That’s fine. You have the option to leave.
5- Arrive at the appropriate time.
This is basic politeness, but don’t be late when you set a time and location for the transaction. Let the seller know if you’re going to be late, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Being polite isn’t only kind; it can also help avoid giving away your trade while still being punctual.
When someone wants to get rid of something, they’ll usually accept a lower price. This is particularly the case if the item requires some TLC, so don’t be scared to haggle for a better deal.
However, be polite. Don’t offer them anything that is far below their request. When offering a price, you must be reasonable. You may get as much as 10 to 20% off the original list price depending on the goods and your negotiating skills.
It’s also understandable that not everyone is comfortable picking up large items from strangers. That’s why large item courier services are available to help you get your new purchase home safely.
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