Guys, I’m floored. I just saw 2 really common items in Facebook yard sale groups being sold after days of inactivity for the full retail price.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of the Facebook yard sale pages, I think of good deals. I don’t think of used items at or above retail. If I’m going to go through the trouble of scheduling a time to meet, getting cash and driving to your house, I kind of want to at least feel like I’m getting a little bit of a bargain.
So, here’s 5 tips for how you can get a great deal in a Facebook Yard Sale group.
1.) Join a lot of groups. Yes, you’ll probably spend significantly more time surfing said groups than you would have otherwise, but if you’re looking for something specific, join all the groups in your area for the best odds of finding it and maybe finding multiples of it so you can choose the best deal.
2.) If it’s not a hot item, go ahead and wait a couple hours after you say interested to message the seller. This will probably make the seller a little crazy, but if nobody else has been interested in that time, the window is wide open for negotiations.
3.) Assuming you’re the first and only interested party, private message the seller and ask if they’ll take less for their item. Don’t cut their asking price by 50%! Be reasonable with your request and you’ll be more likely to get a positive response. For example, if an item is $10, offer $7 or $8 instead of $5. If the item is $12, offer the seller $10 so you “don’t have to get change”. If you don’t care whether or not you get the item or if it’s common and there are plenty of people selling it, go ahead and try to haggle even if there are other interested parties.
4.) Check the price on Amazon. You don’t want to pay retail, or even close to retail for a lot of items, so it’s helpful to know exactly what retail is. Do your research quickly after commenting and pass if the seller is asking at or above retail.
5.) Put out an ISO post. If your group allows, put out an ISO post, but leave out the price you are willing to pay. For example, say something like, “ISO: City Mini Stroller. Not picky on color. Will travel for a great deal”. You may get people posting their outrageously expensive, near-retail strollers that are “like new”, but you’ll also find people that are having a yard sale and have that item or who are thinking about selling an item, but haven’t made the commitment yet. By putting that you’re looking for a reasonable price, you’ll get lower-priced items.
Haggling isn’t the only way to get a great deal on a Facebook Yard Sale Group. Try these tips today and see if any of them work for you.