Like Craigslist but with more protections
Buying and Selling with a Facebook Group
by Christina Stephens
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While most use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family or to follow corporate advising of goods and services, a frugal new use of Facebook is emerging, which is "the user group."
A user group is owned by a moderator who must have a personal profile or business page on Facebook. These groups are formed to create discussion groups for products or services, but the products do not have to be sold by just one person. This is where Facebook becomes the neatest bulletin board just shy of eBay to advertise your unwanted wares.
These groups allow you to create a private space, according to Facebook. "Have things you only want to share with a small group of people? Just create a group, add friends, and start sharing. Once you have your group, you can post updates, poll the group, chat with everyone at once, and more," explained the Facebook website.
These groups are becoming increasingly important as regional bulletin boards for sale of household items, furnishings, houses, and vehicles. It's like placing a Craigslist advertisement, but you can view the profile of the person who is interested in purchasing your item. This brings an improved feeling of safety to some after recent stories of crime targeting Craigslist advertisements.
These groups are searchable on Facebook by name or city of origin. A person with an active profile contacts the moderator of the group to ask for admission. Many moderators do check to see if the application is indeed located in the nearby region. When permissions are granted, a list of available wares are posted in a rolling list on the wall with interested purchase parties submitting price bids and requests for contacts using the comments portion of the site. Seller and buyer make contact through the use of private messages or instant messages.
The comments section of each posting helps the seller keep track of bids on their item.
If a new user wishes to place an item on the list for sale, it is as simple as uploading a picture and comment on the Facebook wall of the group. It is best to remain logged into Facebook as some items have requests for information or bids within as few as 10 minutes in really active groups.
A vibrant and active Facebook group, Council Grove Buy, Sell or Trade represents a small town of 2,500 residents in the Flint Hills of Kansas. This group is comprised of 3,241 members at the time of this publication. The group is a hot spot with wants, items for sale, and even small jobs listed frequently. It serves as a great way to shop locally in the second hand market.
Facebook user groups are yet another resource to unite frugal people in your local community.
Reviewed August 2017
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