A few months ago, when I was putting my recycling and bulk items out on garbage day, I happened to run into my neighbor who noticed that some old toys and baby gear were among the curbside casualties.
She politely suggested that I was throwing good money away, and proceeded to tell me about a local Facebook selling group to which she belongs.
That night, after rescuing my almost-thrown out items, I snapped a few photos with my cell phone to see if she was right – that there are people right in my own neighborhood who would pay me cash for used toys and other “junk” taking up space in my basement.
A hundred bucks in my pocket later, and I was hooked.
While selling stuff online is nothing new, doing so through an unofficial channel like a local Facebook group wasn’t something I was familiar with.
Unlike eBay, there are no packaging hassles or shipping costs, no credit cards or PayPal transactions to deal with, and no system of starred user reviews to rely on.
It’s also a little less anonymous than Craigslist, which I find to be scary for a variety of reasons.
Instead, Facebook Group selling is like having a garage sale minus the folding table set-up and haggling over scratched CD collections.
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