What it is: There are multiple groups in the Durham area that have been created solely for parents that are looking to buy, sell and swap items that they no longer need. Items range from household items to furniture to baby clothes.
How it works: Locate and join the relevant Facebook groups and familiarize yourself with the rules for each group. Each group will have their own rules for how to post your listing so be sure to check this out too. Once you are satisfied with the photos that you have taken for your listing, upload the photos to a post within the group and include any information that you find relevant for potential buyers. Sizing, clothing condition, brand and asking price are all important to buyers.
Below is a list of all the Facebook classified groups for the Durham region:
- Ajax/Clarington/Oshawa/Whitby Buy & Sell Group
- Ajax Buy & Sell
- Durham Region Buy & Sell
- Durham Sells
- Mom’s buy and sell comes to durham
- Pickering/Ajax Mom’s Buy/Swap
- Oshawa Buy and Sell
- Oshawa Classifieds
- Oshawa/Durham Buy, Sell, Swap….
- Oshawa/Whitby Buy & Sell Group
Pros: You’re able to manage all interactions with buyers through Facebook. This is handy if you have the Facebook app installed on your phone so you can respond to any questions wherever you are. Interacting with someone else over Facebook is also great for security – being able to see someone else’s photo and profile helps screen sellers to make sure that they are legit.
Cons: The number of notifications you receive might bother you, selling through your account may be uncomfortable for those of you that like privacy, any posts you make on the group timeline will get pushed down (out of view) by other people in the group that post.
Value Potential: 2 out of 3. Time is an investment here. You may have to interact with multiple potential buyers asking questions about your items, also consider how much time you have to meet up with buyers to check out whatever you sell. The money you can potentially get for the clothes is high (compared to what you’d get in consignment or resale stores) if you find the right buyer, but it may take time to find this person.
Cost: Listing within these groups is free.