I am a member of several groups on Facebook that are for local people who want to buy, sell or trade items to other local people. As a member of these groups, I noticed that most people really don’t know how to sell, so I decided to write a blog that might be able to help them. Here are several tips to selling anything online:
GRAMMAR: Be very clear about what you are trying to sell. Many people have issues when trying to write clearly online, but if your post has too many spelling and grammatical errors, buyers will have no clue what you are even selling. Do NOT rely on your online spell check or grammar check. Read your post aloud to yourself and, if it doesn’t make sense, fix it. Have a friend or family member read the post. If they don’t understand it, fix it.
PICTURES: Post pictures of what you are selling. How do you expect anybody will actually be interested if they can’t even see the item you are trying to sell. So often I see posts without pictures and 100% of those posts have comments requesting pictures. Don’t waste your time or your buyer’s time by listing an item for sale without pictures.
CLEANLINESS: On the pictures topic, do NOT post pictures of a dirty item. An item doesn’t necessarily have to be in perfect condition for it to be able to sell in these groups, but it should be clean. Why should anyone have to buy an item that is covered in YOUR filth? This is especially true for vehicles. Clean your items as best you can BEFORE taking pictures and trying to sell your items.
VEHICLES: ALWAYS list the Make/Model, Mileage, Price and anything mechanically wrong with the vehicle that you are trying to sell. I often see posts of simply the picture of vehicles on these sites and the buyers have to practically beg for more information. Have YOU ever purchased a vehicle without knowing these things BEFORE you bought it? I highly doubt it. Don’t expect your buyers to do it as well. Save everybody’s time by simply listing these in your ad in the first place. And when selling vehicles, ABSOLUTELY include photos, especially photos that show any physical damage. Once again, a vehicle doesn’t have to be in perfect condition in order to sell, but it is best to show the damage upfront and not waste anyone’s time.
VALUE: Know the value of what you are selling. For example, do not even remotely try selling an iPhone 4 with a severely cracked screen for $100 when a person can easily purchase an iPhone 4 in good condition on eBay for the same price. Too often I see people trying to sell items for over-inflated prices on these sites. Sometimes people even buy them because they, too, didn’t do their research before purchasing the item. However, this is bad selling practice, and people tend to remember those that overcharged them.
ANTIQUES: Do NOT try selling an item as an antique that has been altered in any way. For example, a wood chest of drawers that was painted teal green because you thought the color was pretty, or you changed the knobs on the dresser. Antiques lose value when changed in these ways. It is of absolutely no value to a collector, so don’t even bother. Feel free to still sell the item, but don’t try to claim it as an antique or selling it for the price of an antique.
MEASUREMENTS: Include measurements for furniture pieces. Once again, this is a time-saver as anyone who is looking for a piece of furniture will want to know if it will fit in their particular space.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Include your phone number or e-mail address in all ads. Asking someone to Private Message you doesn’t always work as Facebook tends to send messages from non-“Friends” to the “Other” folder which cannot be accessed from most phones.
Finally, this is simply a personal preferences and it may offend some people, but I thought I would try anyway: PLEASE, for the sake of all the kids out there, PLEASE do not list your guns for sale or trade. I’m not a huge proponent of gun control, but if individuals would simply sell their guns back to dealers, then perhaps we might manage to keep SOME of the guns out the hands of crazy people who want to incite a race war or who want to kill the police because they lost custody of their children. I say this because individuals cannot run background checks on the people they are selling their guns to. So, how could they possibly know that they are selling their gun to a certifiably crazy person? They can’t. But, if you sell your guns to a dealer, the dealer CAN run a background check. Help keep guns out of the hands of people who should never, ever have one. Do your part to protect the men, women and children of this world.
As I am certain most of you have heard, the world lost a great actor on Sunday, June 7, 2015 in London at the age of 93. Beloved by many for his various roles, let us not forget Christopher Lee and the many ways he has touched us all. Many people from all over the world are talking about this great man:
Known for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and James Bond, he is probably best known for his role as Dracula. He is also one of few actors who have portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, and Sir Henry Baskerville. I believe that if anyone can claim immortality, it would be Christopher Lee. Many of his movies and television roles will be seen for generations to come and they will love him as we…
My daughter bought me this wonderful book called “500 Writing Prompts” for Mother’s Day. So far I haven’t used it, but decided I would start today. One of the prompts is: Name the top ten things on your bucket list. In the process of doing this, I managed to find a really cool website. Check it out: Bucketlist
From what I can tell, the use of the term “Bucket List” as a list of things you want to do before you die originated with the 2007 movie “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
I’ve never really thought about what my personal bucket list would contain, but thought I would give it a shot now. Here is a list of the top ten things on my bucket list:
I would love to go to the U.K. before I die. It’s a very expensive trip, so it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Own a house. I know this sounds like something that most people can do, but my finances are not the best in the world and I have never owned my own house.
Have a book published and have it be a bestseller. Let’s face it, we are all writers here, so I’m sure everyone has this on their bucket list if they haven’t already achieved it.
I would love to go on a road trip across the country where it’s not about the destination, but about the journey to get there. One where I wouldn’t have to worry about how long the trip takes or about how much it costs.
Take a cooking class. I know how to make the basics, but I would like to learn how to make new things.
Go skydiving. I probably will have a heart attack during it, but I wouldn’t mind trying it at least once in my life.
Learn how to write Gallifreyan. (For those who don’t know, this is the language of the Time Lords from Doctor Who.)
Would like to see both my kids be successful in whatever they want to do.
Attend San Diego Comic Con at least one time. (It’s expensive to go there.)
Meet David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman.
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