Friday, October 24, 2014

Make money with Facebook !

Here's a word of warning for all my like-minded yard sale flippers. Are you on Facebook? Have you joined a yard sale group? Are you addicted to it? This topic has been bandied about by my fellow bloggers in recent months. At the time I read all the comments, I had no idea what the big fuss was about? Then a few months ago, Mrs. Dude joined not one, not two...but three Facebook yard sale groups! Holy cow...we both got hooked like a couple of Breaking Bad ice addicts! Like any good junkie, we've had some highs and lows, but keep coming back for more of the stuff!

Lots of Facebook groups out there!
I ain't gonna lie. There's a lot to like about joining a Facebook yard sale group. Instead of having to leave the comfort of your home to go sourcing for inventory, the stuff comes to your home computer. An abundant, steady stream of stuff, both good, bad and ugly flowing down the FB newsfeed. It's an awesome raging river of merchandise that never ends. For example, I was blown away by the amount of Ugg boots, Coach purses and Vera Bradley purses that constantly show up on my local Facebook yard sale group. Admittedly, some of the stuff is priced way too high to make any money flipping. But it's there for the picking if you're fast on the mouse.

Being fast on the mouse is not the only skill you need when surfing an FB yard sale. It's also important to be "ever vigilant" and check the feed often. You just never know when something good is going to pop up in the newsfeed. This can be good and bad, because you can become a bit obsessive as you scour that feed constantly. When something good pops up, you have to act quickly to be the first to claim "dibs" on it. A quick post to the comment section proclaiming "interested" will lock it down for you. The beauty of claiming it first is this: it gives you some time to research it, before you actually buy it. There's been a few times when I grabbed dibs on an item, then quickly dumped it after doing some eBay research on it's value. As I said, all this obsessive FB news feed checking can become very addictive and distracting if you're not careful. You'll know if you have a little "problem" when you're not on-line. You may find yourself trying to concentrate on other matters when all of a sudden you become distracted, wondering if you're missing something good on Facebook? And you'll know you got it really, really bad when you refuse to take your eyes off Facebook on Saturday afternoons or Sunday evenings. That's when the steady stream of listings turns into a raging river! A few weeks ago, Mrs. Dude and I went on a little weekend get-away. While out and about, guess who kept checking the Facebook yard sale group? Not me....it was Mrs. Dude! I pointed out to her that even if she scored something good, we were away from home and couldn't pick it up. She kept checking anyway! But that's how bad the "fever" gets when you're a member of a Facebook yard sale group.

On a positive note, Mrs. Dude has been selling a ton of household stuff like costume jewelry, clothing and decorative items using the local FB yard sale group. (Mostly small stuff not worth selling on eBay due to fees, shipping, ect.) She's become pretty good at it and uses the "porch pickup" method. Buyers retrieve the item off our front  porch, leaving the money under the welcome mat. There's literally no face-to-face contact. I usually know when she's made a sale. The dog runs to the front door and starts barking when a buyer stops by to pick up an item. Next thing you know, Mrs. Dude is pulling a ten or twenty dollar bill from under the welcome mat. It's really a beautiful thing!

Apple Ipod on Facebook!
As always, my FB participation is all about finding good stuff to re-sell on eBay or Craigslist. So far, I've done good! I bought this Apple Ipod on FB for ten bucks. It's an older model, but Apple geeks still want them. It sold on eBay for $92! I also scored a garden windmill in the original box. I've had some past experience flipping garden windmills. A few years back, I blogged about flipping an old windmill for $75 dollars. The one I just found on Facebook is new/old stock in the box. I paid $15 for it and expect to easily sell it for more then a hundred bucks-all thanks to my local Facebook yard sale group!

So Mrs. Dude and I have just barley scratched the surface on the FB yard sale groups. But don't be overly concerned that we've turned into Facebook junkies. Mrs. Dude has already dropped one yard sale group she deemed unworthy, proving we can break the habit. Well, sort of, we're still on two other FB groups. In fact, I better go check them now. It's been a while since I last looked at the newsfeed, so I am starting to get the shakes!

Are you in a Facebook yard sale group? Share your flips and FB addictions in the comment section below....




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18 comments:

  1. Why yes I am a FB yardsale groupie. I once belonged to 10 different groups, but have whittled it down to 5. Early spring I went on a huge craft supply and small household decor purge. I made $250 over 2 weeks. Now that the weather is cooler and I can get back out into the garage, it is time to purge once again. Woudl love to hear about more of your FB flips to keep me motivated.

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    1. oliveoyl64 - Wow! Ten FB groups? I couldn't handle all that...I'd never get anything done-ha! I guess that's why you whittled it down. FIve is still a good amount though. And $250 in 2 weeks? That's awesome, now you're motivating me!

      But, for sure, as I do some more FB flips, I'll share them on the blog. Keep plugging away on your groups and feel free to share some of your biggies with us.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  2. My FB experience has been completely different. I am happy it is working for you! I posted packages of brand new diapers (I thought I was going to have another baby...but nope) so time to sell those items. I had 58 people, yes you read that correctly, 58 people write SOLD on the item and NOT ONE PERSON contacted me to pick them up. I even listed my phone # and address on the posting. I could not believe it. I finally sold the diapers a couple of days later and two people contacted me within 1 min of each other. I sold the entire lot to the first lady and this other guy wrote me 15+ emails yelling at me and saying he was going to turn me into the admin because I did not sell them to him. It was horrible! I kept my emails nice and just kept saying I am sorry, you were one minute later than the other person and have a good day. Holy cow was this guy mad!

    Craiglist has been much better for me and I will stick with that.

    Love all your posts.

    Suzy

    Hope your luck continues.

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    1. Suzy- That's amazing that all those folks passed on it. I am starting to see that every group is a little different in their tastes, what's posted and what's bought. Mrs. Dude posted a Pandora bracelet on our local FB yard sale group received absolutely zero interest-not a one! . She re-posted the same bracelet on a nearby town's FB group and received five people interested in buying it. She sold the very next day for $20. Like I said, what a difference. It's amazing!

      Anyway, don't kick FB to the curb yet. Try different items and see how you do.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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    2. I took your advice and tried again. Was able to sell a kids chair for $5 and was super easy. :)

      Thanks
      Suzy

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    3. Suzy- That's great. I am glad it worked out. Keep plugging away at it, especially now that the holiday buying season is here...Dude!

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  3. I sell tons on FB! Super easy money. I often use the front porch p/u method as well. I usually sell my EBay duds on here. It always amazes me that what might fetch $3 or $4 on EBay will sell for $15 locally:) The only issue I have had is with buying. I have actually put a stop to buying on FB b/c when I show up the item is usually not in good shape. At least if I am shopping at GW I can see the product up close ( scratches, etc.). I have quite a few people that comment on the good quality of the stuff I sell and after making a few ugh purchases on FB I can see why:) I am totally addicted to it too so I feel your pain:)

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    1. I've seen folks on various FB yard sale websites with the same complaint about condition. Kind of a bummer to drive all the way to a front porch and find the item isn't what you expected it to be. But I think at that point I'd walk away from the deal. I've also noticed that people have a tendency to ask more for their items on FB, then they would if they had an actual yard sale. But there other listings that are good deals, so I try to jump on those when I can.

      Like you, I am also trying to unload Ebay "duds" via FB. So far, its been hit or miss. But I usually get an eye roll from Mrs. Dude when I ask her to list my duds. She likes to monopolize all the listing for own stuff - lol!

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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  4. glad you have such luck. I quit the 4 I was in because people were asking more for used items than they were new in the store. Also I had no luck selling so I figured it wasn't worth high blood pressure for :D

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    1. Grace- I hear ya. Some FB sellers way overprice their stuff. I think they see what other folks are asking and think "me too".

      The local FB yard sale page consists mostly of moms selling their kids stuff, household items, purses and clothes. That's fine but if I post a "guy" type thing, more then likely, it ain't moving. So you have to know your market I guess.

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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  5. My husband and I have been selling on Facebook for about a year and a half now, and have had great success. Our most recent big score was a tub of "junk" from a auction, we spent 15.00 on it, and so far our profit has been $135.00 and counting! All sold in a matter or days. Another big money maker for us was when we bought 10.00 of golf balls at a garage sale and made a profit of 90.00, again in a few days. This week alone we have sold over 500.00. I find it easier and faster to sell this way compared to selling on ebay. I am embarrassed to admit that I belong to about 15 different groups, but sell on only about 5 of them.

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    1. Wow-Nice! you're taking FB to it's full potential! And you got me thinking about golfballs, I see buckets of them at yard sales from time to time. May need to explore that some more.

      I agree with the ease of selling on FB. Where else can you have buyers come right to your door and slip money under the welcome mat? You gotta love that!

      Thanks for sharing your FB story....Dude!

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  6. I did belong to a couple of "free/gifting" groups, but decided to leave ALL of them. It started to feel like people were expecting to furnish their entire home for free. I am all for helping people out but it got rediculous. I only had one "flake" in all the transactions , so I blocked her. I am even willing to drive a short distance and deliver so I think that helped my sales. I had offered a desk for "free" but earned $20 in gas money b/c I offered to deliver, so still made a profit on a freebie.

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    1. $20 bucks is nothing to sneeze at, right? Nice way to generate some cash out of the free deal. You delivered it, so you earned it!

      Never checked out the free groups on FB. Have looked at the free section on Craigslist though. For the most part, seems like mostly outdated furniture, "firewood" (recently fallen trees or pallets) and nasty looking fish tanks. But I guess if you're diligent, something good shows up occasionally.

      Thanks for the "Freebie" story....Dude!

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  7. I too am obsessed w the fb groups. I belong to about 5 or 6. We bought a house in may and we are in need of so much stuff. Yesterday I met a lady and bought a papasan chair for the playroom and some heavy duty shelves for the garage for just $20.

    I have to admit that I have started a small inventory of things to sell on eBay but haven't yet started BC I'm a little scared. I read a lot of flipper's blogs so I know what to BOLO for. I already sell at consignment sales twice a year but would like to get rid of the Middle man.

    Back to selling on FB, I haven't done that well so far, but yes, I am checking my new smartphone often BC I don't want to miss a great deal!

    Dana

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    1. Dana-With you following 5-6 groups, you should fill your house pretty quickly. Let us know if you makes some great scores. for eBay selling or your house.

      Thanks for checking in...Dude!

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  8. I'm actually an admin on one of our local fb groups. It was the first one in our area and now there are so many I can't even count. Our group is a little strict about posting and has slowed down a lot in the last few months. Stuff that is posted 3 hours ago is still near the top :-( I joined another page because ours slowed down so much. That page is a freaking mess and I haven't bought anything off of there

    I used to buy a lot and resell it on ebay in the early days of the groups. Now everyone is pricing their stuff to high for resale but ok if one were keeping it.

    I had a lamp posted for 3 months on mine and then posted it on the other and it sold that same day for $30. Last night I sold my old desk for $25 I have also sold a Harley jacket for $50 that was sitting on ebay for months.

    Sometimes people are so ridiculous. I had an item listed for $10 This lady offered me $6 I told her I wanted the full $10 Two weeks later she asked if I still had it and could we meet. We meet at walgreens and she only had the $6 I told her I never agreed to that and walked away. Later that day she has the gall to message me and say she found my item at shopko on clearance for $3 Ummm thats not possible. My item was made in the USA and was from the 80"s She bought some cheap Chinese crap

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    1. I would guess being an administrator can eat into your time. Not an easy job, so hats off to you for tackling it. Our local FB group has about 4000 in it and stuff just flies down the feed. With so much activity it can be annoying if you're trying to go back to look for something.

      I agree with you on the pricing, I've noticed people charge more then had they sold it at their own yard sale. I think one reason is they don't have to be face to face with the buyer, so why not jack up the price, right? Ha! For example I never seen pair of Ugg boots for less then 30 bucks. At a yard sale I've scored them for 5 to 10!

      Your $6 dollar buyer sounds like a pretty nervy lady. Hopefully, she's a rarity though-Ha!

      Thanks for checking in....Dude!

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