Facebook becoming a venue for continuous garage sales

ONLINE SUCCESS: Eliza Bullivant pictured in Lismore.
ONLINE SUCCESS: Eliza Bullivant pictured in Lismore. Patrick Gorbunovs

WITH the popularity of social media, a new use for Facebook is gaining momentum - using groups on the site to buy, sell, or swap items.

It's like a virtual garage sale - you join an online group where members can post photos and descriptions of items they'd like to sell and members can put up an offer if they wish to purchase it.

With different groups available, (Closed - you must be accepted by a moderator - or open; local, state or national; item-specific or general) there are plenty of options.

Eliza Bullivant of Lennox Head has been using Facebook groups to buy and sell for about two years.

"I had a lot of junk in my house and thought it would be a lot easier than listing it on eBay or setting up a garage sale," Ms Bullivant said.

"I started swapping designer clothing that didn't fit for items I liked more. Then I moved to selling things lying around the house.

"I check them every day now - mostly holding the hope that I'll find something rare or special.

"People these days love a bargain. Garage sales have always been popular and it's basically an online version.

"I also think it's easier than eBay or other online sales because you don't get charged fees. Plus you usually don't have to change out of your PJs. Everyone has Facebook now so it's just a matter of comfort."

She said while it's been mostly good experiences, there have been a few bad ones where people either don't show up for the sale, or items get lost or damaged in the mail - "or they were damaged to begin with and sellers describe them as new."

"If you value your sanity I don't recommend paying by bank deposit," Ms Bullivant said.



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