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How to Sell Stuff on Facebook Marketplace

Updated on June 10, 2017
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

In October 2016, Facebook rolled out Marketplace, where users can connect to buy and sell items with people in nearby communities. The feature is largely similar to Craigslist, with one very big difference -- you can review any public information on a prospective buyer's Facebook page as a way to screen them to see if you want to deal with them. You can post an item to Facebook Marketplace in a matter of minutes through either the Facebook desktop or mobile app. Prospective buyers will reach out to you through Facebook Messenger.

Post Item for Sale in Facebook Mobile App

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your smart device.

  2. Tap the "Marketplace" icon in the tray of icons along the bottom of the app. The Marketplace icon looks a building with a cover over the front of it. The Marketplace window opens.

  3. Tap to choose the "Selling" tab at the top of the screen.

  4. Tap "What are you selling?" toward the top of the Marketplace window.

  5. Tap to select an image associated with the item you want to sell, and then tap "Next" in the upper right corner of the screen.

  6. Enter a title on the next screen that asks what you're selling, and then press "Next."

  7. Enter a description on the next screen, which asks you to describer your item. Press "Next."

  8. Enter a price for your item on the next screen, and then press "Next." The Finish Your Post screen appears.

  9. The ZIP code Facebook has that's associated with your account appears at the top of the Finish Your Post window. If the ZIP code isn't correct, tap the current ZIP code, update it on the next screen, and then tap "Save" to return to the Finish Your Post screen.

  10. Tap "Select Category," and then choose the category the item you're selling best fits into.

  11. Tap "Post" in the lower-right corner of the Finish Your Post screen. The item will be displayed in the Active part of the Selling section.

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Launch the Marketplace application in the Facebook mobile app. Select the "What are you selling?" field at the top of the Marketplace window.The Camera Roll screen appears, where you can select images associated with the item you're selling.Enter a title associated with what you're selling on the screen that asks what you're selling.Enter a description for your item.Enter a cost for your item.The New Item screen appears, where you can tap "Select Category" to choose a category for your item.Tap "Post" after entering all of your information.Your post will now be live.
Launch the Marketplace application in the Facebook mobile app. Select the "What are you selling?" field at the top of the Marketplace window.
Launch the Marketplace application in the Facebook mobile app. Select the "What are you selling?" field at the top of the Marketplace window. | Source
The Camera Roll screen appears, where you can select images associated with the item you're selling.
The Camera Roll screen appears, where you can select images associated with the item you're selling. | Source
Enter a title associated with what you're selling on the screen that asks what you're selling.
Enter a title associated with what you're selling on the screen that asks what you're selling. | Source
Enter a description for your item.
Enter a description for your item. | Source
Enter a cost for your item.
Enter a cost for your item. | Source
The New Item screen appears, where you can tap "Select Category" to choose a category for your item.
The New Item screen appears, where you can tap "Select Category" to choose a category for your item. | Source
Tap "Post" after entering all of your information.
Tap "Post" after entering all of your information. | Source
Your post will now be live.
Your post will now be live. | Source

How to Post Items for Sale on Facebook Marketplace

Post Item for Sale in Facebook Desktop App

  1. Open your preferred Web browser and navigate to Facebook.
  2. Click "See More" in the Explore section on the left side of your screen.
  3. Click "Marketplace." The Marketplace screen appears.
  4. Click the blue "Sell Something" button toward the top of the Marketplace window. The Sell Something on Marketplace dialog box appears.
  5. Enter the name of what you're selling in the "What are you selling?" field.
  6. Enter the price in the Add Price field.
  7. Enter a city/state or ZIP code in the Add Location field.
  8. Click "Select a Category" to display a drop-down, and then choose the category the item you're selling best fits into.
  9. Enter a description for your item in the Describe Your Item section.
  10. Click "Add Photos" if you have photos of the item you're selling. Browse to where the images are located, selected the images you want to include with the post, and then click "Open."
  11. Click "Post." You can view your item by clicking "Selling" beneath Marketplace in the upper left corner of the Marketplace screen, and then choosing "Active" at the top of the window. The item you listed for sale will appear in this list.

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Click "See More" in the Explore section.Click "Marketplace."Click the blue "Sell Something" button toward the top of the Marketplace window.Enter the name of what you're selling in the "What are you selling?" field. Enter the price in the Add Price field. Enter a city/state or ZIP code in the Add Location field. Click "Select a Category" to display a drop-down, then choose a category.Enter a description for your item in the Describe Your Item section. Click "Add Photos" if you have photos of the item you're selling. Browse to where the images are located, selected the images you want to include with the post, then click "Open."Click "Post." You can view your item by clicking "Selling" beneath Marketplace in the upper left corner of the Marketplace screen, and then choosing "Active" at the top of the window.
Click "See More" in the Explore section.
Click "See More" in the Explore section. | Source
Click "Marketplace."
Click "Marketplace." | Source
Click the blue "Sell Something" button toward the top of the Marketplace window.
Click the blue "Sell Something" button toward the top of the Marketplace window. | Source
Enter the name of what you're selling in the "What are you selling?" field. Enter the price in the Add Price field. Enter a city/state or ZIP code in the Add Location field. Click "Select a Category" to display a drop-down, then choose a category.
Enter the name of what you're selling in the "What are you selling?" field. Enter the price in the Add Price field. Enter a city/state or ZIP code in the Add Location field. Click "Select a Category" to display a drop-down, then choose a category. | Source
Enter a description for your item in the Describe Your Item section. Click "Add Photos" if you have photos of the item you're selling. Browse to where the images are located, selected the images you want to include with the post, then click "Open."
Enter a description for your item in the Describe Your Item section. Click "Add Photos" if you have photos of the item you're selling. Browse to where the images are located, selected the images you want to include with the post, then click "Open." | Source
Click "Post." You can view your item by clicking "Selling" beneath Marketplace in the upper left corner of the Marketplace screen, and then choosing "Active" at the top of the window.
Click "Post." You can view your item by clicking "Selling" beneath Marketplace in the upper left corner of the Marketplace screen, and then choosing "Active" at the top of the window. | Source

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