Earning Opportunity: Facebook Yard Sales

It’s the beginning of the month and that means, it’s time to review another earning opportunity. I didn’t do a lot in February besides try to stem the flow of water coming into my house from ice dams, so I’m keeping it simple and reviewing something we’ve probably all tried at one point: selling our junk online.

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – sell the stuff collecting dust around your house on the internet and bask in the glory of extra cash.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

If you have no idea where to begin, eBay can be a tough training ground. Instead of trying your hand at the “big time”, why not train yourself with something a little more user-friendly, like a Facebook yard sale site?

All you do to get started is snap a picture of your item, create a post and wait for a buyer. There’s no fees involved, but you will have to arrange pickup, drop off or a meet to get the item to the buyer and the money to your hands. Most yard sale sites are local, meaning you don’t have to ship anything or deal with PayPal.

The downside? People are crazy.

No, really. They’re nuts. And for that reason, I recommend NOT having people swing by your house to pick up an item. I don’t care if they live 3 doors down according to their profile – you do NOT want these people knowing where you live. You never know when that sweet housewife from across town is going to go nuts because the mixer you sold her for $3 stopped working 5 months after you sold it to her. When that happens, you do not want Stacy Stepford to come knocking. No ma’am.

Then there’s always the creepers. Once, I sold an item to “Jane” only to have “Joe” show up to pick it up. Well, it turns out that Joe and Jane are the same person, but Joe found that people are more willing to sell items to Jane, so he made a fake alter-ego to buy stuff on the yard sale sites. Color me paranoid, but I think Joe is just 2 steps away from being a serial killer and I’d rather not have him know where my kids sleep at night.

So, the lesson is that although Facebook yard sale sites are wayyyy less sketchy than Craigslist, you should still meet in public places. During the day.

On the bright side, if you have things worth buying, you can easily make a good amount of money using Facebook yard sale sites without paying any fees to third party companies and without dealing with too much drama.

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