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how to sell on social networksEvery single one of us has a few items laying around the house that we’d like to sell, but sometimes the more conventional methods of transactions can be a bit sketchy. Craigslist often has a few crazy individuals stalking its boards 9 Of The Strangest Things Found On Craigslist 9 Of The Strangest Things Found On Craigslist You see a lot of strange tidbits if you care to put in the time to browse through them. Craigslist is no different. I also realized there are probably some other crazy things among the... Read More , and eBay typically provides ample opportunities for scammers. Wouldn’t it be better to sell items to the people that you already know and trust?

With social media, you can do just that. Using Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, you can sell your gently-used belongings. You may even be inspired to start your own online business using these existing services. For your information, below are three ways how to sell on social networks.

Create A Facebook Album

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I’m stealing this idea from my mother (but don’t let her know). For many years, she would occasionally hold garage sales in an effort to get rid of all our unwanted belongings while grabbing a little extra cash. It was typically inconvenient, though. Sometimes we would sit for hours and no one would show up. Other times too many people would show up, and we would end up with some very odd individuals (such as the elderly woman with a punk-rock haircut). However, using the power of social media, my mother devised a plan to run the garage sale without the garage.

By creating a photo album consisting of images of the items she wanted to sell, she was able to post her items as if they were a Facebook auction. Her friends could clearly see the items, and they would even share the photos with their friends. When the item was sold, she simply deleted the picture. It worked quite effectively, too.

Set Up A Pinterest Board

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In a similar manner to Facebook, you could pin items to your Pinterest board that you are wanting to sell. Personally speaking, I believe that this would be a bit more effective for small online businesses. Those of you who craft jewelry and other homemade items may find a bit more success here since it’s more of an artistic outlet, and people who use Pinterest would already likely be on the lookout for various artisan products. Besides, Pinterest is already used in other unique and innovative ways 4 Unique and Innovative Uses for Pinterest 4 Unique and Innovative Uses for Pinterest Social networking site Pinterest can be pretty addictive, with good reason, but it can also be an incredibly useful site. While we know it's easy to waste many an hour on Pinterest, being less than... Read More .

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If you are an Etsy user Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Read More , this would be a great way to complement your Etsy shop. Art-lovers already flock to Pinterest, so why not go where they go? Of course, don’t limit yourself just to Pinterest. Be sure to share your cool Etsy crafts using other modes of social media, too. This just seems as if it would be the best place for it.

Tweet Your Items To The Masses

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Twitter is a great tool for getting your items out to people, but it would be best for you to make sure your followers are actually paying attention. If you have a decent following on Twitter, you should have no problem Tweeting a picture of your old armchair and getting it sold. However, if you aren’t much of a Twitter user, you may have a bit of difficulty. If you feel as though your audience is a bit limited, hashtags like #forsale and #selling could be used to your advantage.

On the other hand, if you plan on selling items as a business entity, you can’t go wrong with Twitter. However, do not use the service to only promote your items. People hop on the little blue bird so that they can build relationships with friends, celebrities, and brands – not just for advertising. With that said, you must market yourself as if you are not marketing yourself. Be conversational, Tweet things that other people would be interested in, and try – with all your might – to be human. Then you can start promoting the stuff you want to sell.

Conclusion

So there you have it, folks. You can use social media to sell whatever you have on-hand, and with a bit of time, you might even upgrade your wares. Major businesses already use social media to promote their products. Why can’t you?

Now it’s your turn to talk.

How do you sell on social networks? Has social media been an effective vehicle for your to sell your belongings? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Image Credit: Ian Mutto

  1. Onaje A
    July 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I do not trust a lot of these sites> But I will try one or two of them anyway.

  2. null
    April 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Interesting. I've been thinking about selling some stuff but I dont know if I want people by my house or tell them where I live.

  3. Tom Six
    April 9, 2013 at 4:26 am

    And that is why I love MakeUseOf...I always feel smarter after I come to this site and read columns like this!

  4. Zhong J
    April 9, 2013 at 3:44 am

    The most practical advice would be having a yard sale, selling online is fine as long as you're cautious to whom you can trust and inviting your friends or their friends to join is also a safe haven. At my apartment, there's garbage but it's mostly my cousins' with her useless makeup and accessories. But there are all reusable and I'm very conservative on using a product that's old or not worth much anymore.

    • dragonmouth
      April 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Garage/tag/yard sales are good if you do not mind getting low-balled to death. People frequenting those kinds of sales are looking for brand new stuff or antiques for literally pennies. I run a tag sale couple times a summer. The more valuable items I sell through classifieds or on eBay.

    • Chris Marcoe
      April 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      I think, mostly, the yard sale is just to get rid of all the excess crud you have laying around. I know we have one every year and its jsut cleaning. Trying to get rid of it. and there might be a few things that will help out our neighbors who can get something for a few pennies, as you say. Wow...Who knew garage sales could be so altruistic.

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