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How to sell on Facebook Marketplace

One person's trash is another Facebook user's treasure.
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March 16, 2022

Marketplace is a section of Facebook where you can quickly buy or sell items with other people in your community, almost like an online garage sale. You can browse local listings and exchange things you no longer use, from vehicles to video games, all for a fair price. Here’s how to sell on Facebook Marketplace.

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QUICK ANSWER

To sell on Facebook Marketplace, tap the Marketplace icon, then Sell. Choose a listing type, then add a photo, title, description, and price before publishing.


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How to sell on Facebook Marketplace

To sell on Facebook Marketplace from your desktop, click the Marketplace icon at the top of the screen, then select Create new listing on the left-hand side.

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Select the listing you want to create. You can choose between an item, a vehicle, or a home for sale or rent.

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From there, you’ll be given a listing template with various information to fill in. See the next section for tips and tricks on making your items shine to attract buyers. When finished, click Publish, or Save Draft to edit it later.

Marketplace listing template
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To sell on Facebook Marketplace from the mobile app, tap the Marketplace icon from the top of the screen, then Sell.

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Select the listing you want to create. You can choose between an item, a vehicle, or a home for sale or rent.

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From there, you’ll be given a listing template with various information to fill in. When finished, click Publish.

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Tips for sellers

Simply listing your item on Facebook Marketplace won’t guarantee a sale. Here are some things you can do to attract buyers and raise the reputation of your commerce profile.
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First and foremost, use an original photo that clearly shows the item and its condition. Never use an image from the company website. This way, buyers can see that the thing is legitimate and in hand. Additionally, try to include multiple photos from different angles.
Be sure to add a detailed description of the item and its condition. If you’re selling used clothing or shoes, make sure they’re as clean as possible. Be honest about stains or scratches, as items sold that aren’t as they appear to be may require a refund on your part. Also, include whether or not you are willing to negotiate on the item’s price in the description. A willingness to accept the best offer will attract more buyers.

When selling an item, make sure you both agree on the price of the item and the exact location of your local pickup. It’s best to meet in a public space with people around. Have the buyer look over the item and make sure it’s what they want before accepting payment. The payment method is up for negotiation, but using a secure transaction such as PayPal is recommended.

Lastly, after completing the transaction, Facebook Marketplace will ask the buyer and seller to rate their experience with the other out of five stars. A little thanks can go a long way, and you might even have a returning customer.

Does Facebook Marketplace charge fees?

No. Unlike other online marketplaces, such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace does not charge listing fees. That means you get to keep all of the proceeds from items you sell.


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FAQs

What does pending mean on Facebook Marketplace?

Pending means the seller has agreed to sell the item to a buyer, but the sale isn’t final yet. All buyers who have messaged about the listing will get a message saying the item is pending. New buyers will see that the sale is pending before they can message the seller.

What does SKU mean on Facebook Marketplace?

SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit, or Storage Keeping Unit, and is one of the most popular methods used for product identification in online marketplaces.

Can you use Facebook Marketplace without a Facebook account?

No, you must have an active Facebook account to access and use Marketplace.

Does Facebook Marketplace have buyer protection?

Purchase protection is available in specific locations. Learn more from Facebook’s official policy.