After moving into our first house, we didn’t have the budget to go out and purchase all new furniture. We had gone from apartment living to a four bedroom house in New Jersey, so we had space to fill! Since we were on a tight budget, I started investigating “for sale” platforms to see if we could snag some great deals. We had purchased things before on Craigslist, but I always got a major sketchy vibe and felt uncomfortable not knowing who the person was on the other end. That’s when I stumbled upon Facebook Marketplace in its early stages of launch.
As a user of the platform for years now, I love the simplicity, transparency and community feel of Facebook Marketplace. The experience is pleasant whether you’re buying or selling. You also are able to see and communicate with people directly through Messenger. I have experience on both the buying and selling ends, but thought I’d share five tips for buyers when using the platform.
Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks to find the perfect sized dresser or antique bar cart. It can get frustrating when you’re scrolling through and can’t find what you’re looking for, but don’t give up! If you’re on the hunt, I’d recommend dedicating 15-20 each day scrolling through items (you can save a search on your feed!).
Use The Save Tag
I love that Facebook added this feature! You can now save items that you have your eye on but aren’t sold on yet. You can then go back and check them out again, or see if prices have dropped. I use this all the time so that I don’t lose a post in my feed!
Really love the style of a piece but not sure if it’s real wood? Ask the seller! I’m always looking for hardwood pieces when searching because they hold up the best, and are the easiest to refinish. I’d say 90% of sellers are more than willing to answer questions and send more pictures if you request.
I always encourage friends and family to do this when buying on Marketplace. It’s all part of the process, unless stated in the post that the price is firm. Just be respectful and realistic when making an offer as you don’t want to offend the seller. Goal is for both parties to be winners!
Be On Time
Unless there is an extenuating circumstance, always be slightly early or on time for viewings or pick ups. In some cases, sellers will have multiple buyers interested in a piece coming by to check it out. You want to be respectful of their time and also make for a smooth transaction. I’d also suggest meeting in a public place for a viewing or pick up if you can’t bring a buddy along with you.
If you’re looking for more Facebook Marketplace tips, check out my interview with Kelly Nyberg on Kansas City Live!