The Facebook Marketplace is one of the quickest and simplest ways to sell your stuff online.
Firstly, it’s an absolutely massive marketplace that’s available in dozens of countries and is used by over 1 billion people.
Plus, finding things to sell on Facebook Marketplace is easy; the platform is free to use, and creating a listing only takes a minute.
But, some things will sell better on Facebook Marketplace than others.
So rather than waste your time photographing, measuring, and describing each item you want to sell– keep reading to find the most popular items to sell on Facebook Marketplace and some selling tips to get more per sale and sell faster.
The Best Selling Items On Facebook Marketplace
You can sell things in dozens of categories on Facebook Marketplace.
But, certain categories sell better than others due to simple supply and demand. Therefore, if you want to make some serious cash, it’s better to stick with these categories.
So, let’s dive into what sells best on Facebook Marketplace so you can start a new selling side hustle today to boost your income!
This one may seem obvious, but most people will only take the time to sell large furniture items on Facebook Marketplace (i.e. Dining sets, beds, couches, dressers.)
However, there’s also a market for smaller furniture pieces like:
- Side tables
Smaller pieces also fit into just about any sized vehicle, so they tend to sell quickly since people pick it up themselves.
Just remember to describe the condition of the piece you’re selling with as much detail as possible!
People want to know about existing scratches and dents, so take a lot of photos and be descriptive.
2. Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories
If you want to make money selling clothing and shoes, you might turn to websites like Poshmark to start selling.
But, apparel and accessories are actually some of the best things to sell on Facebook Marketplace, but you need to know some pointers.
The key to selling clothing on Facebook is to stick to well known brands of designer pieces and to sell them at a discount.
You can also have luck selling trending items, like a specific style or purse, shoe, or jacket that you keep seeing all over your Instagram Feed.
However, Facebook Marketplace isn’t just for trending, Instagram-worthy clothing, so stick with more of the staples. You can always use apps like Depop for selling trending pieces as well.
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As someone who reads a lot (my personal record is two novels in a day), I know how much people appreciate a good bargain price on books.
Now, books aren’t a high-ticket item, but if you’re never going to read them again and want to free up some self-space, it’s worth the listing and you could make some easy cash out of it.
Plus, certain books like college textbooks can fetch a higher price, so books are still one of the best selling items on the Facebook Marketplace.
4. Seasonal Products
Seasonal products are another popular thing to sell on Facebook Marketplace because you can take advantage of a sudden yet predictable surge in demand.
In terms of what you can sell, this can range from Christmas decorations, Halloween costumes, or Easter decorations.
But, you can also sell seasonal products like barbecues, snow shovels, certain clothing pieces, and patio furniture.
If you list the right items at the right time, they’ll definitely go quickly– but don’t expect to sell your snow shovel in the middle of summer.
5. Home Goods
Some things are sure to sell faster in this category than others. Home decor, for example, can be a little more difficult to sell than seasonal decor, since taste and needs tend to be very specific.
Small appliances, on the other hand, have much better success.
Things like air fryers, bread makers, air conditioner units, fans, and small fire pits have been in high demand over the past year– so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a good price for these or similar items.
Also consider selling any old lighting fixtures you plan on getting rid of.
These tend to sell really well on Facebook Marketplace, yet people usually end up tossing them during renovations. Just make sure you take a photo of it while it’s still mounted, so people can get an idea of what it looks like installed.
6. Garden Tools And Plants
Another popular thing to sell on Facebook are gardening tools and even plants.
Garden tools are more season specific, so make sure you’re waiting until at least Spring to list any items in this category.
You can also list things like pots and planters on Facebook, which can be sold year round if they’re for indoor use.
Plants are also very trendy right now, and if you have a green thumb, you can make a pretty good side hustle out of selling plants and cuttings for cheap on Facebook Marketplace.
I’ve purchased $5 cuttings on Facebook for plants that would easily cost me $40 at any Garden Centre or Nursery. And, the best part is they cost you pretty close to nothing to grow, so there’s only money to be made here.
7. Sports & Fitness Equipment
Fitness is a growing trend, but it’s also one of those classic categories where people buy something with good intentions but often stop using it after a few weeks or months.
Inevitably, this means that sports and fitness equipment is one of the most popular categories to sell on Facebook Marketplace.
I sold an older version of a bike trainer on Facebook Marketplace earlier this year. Most people were looking for a newer version, but it was still easy to make a fast sale for the price I wanted.
Plus, sports and fitness equipment is often quite expensive; even a pair of metal dumbbells can fetch a hefty price, especially since there’s a current shortage on a lot of equipment.
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8. Trading Cards
Facebook Marketplace is also home to a lot of trading card games, and people are making money selling Yugioh cards and Pokemon cards right now.
If you don’t know much about the worth of your cards and don’t feel up for the research, you can sell in bulk by setting a reasonable price for the lot.
Many buyers are willing to bank on there being a rare card mixed in and don’t want to miss out on that possibility, so bundles of trading card games are one of the things that sell fast on Facebook Marketplace.
You can also take the time to research your cards and find the highest valued ones, which will help you get the highest price from the right buyer.
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If you have larger tools or power tools, you shouldn’t have a problem getting them off your hands– as long as they’re in decent condition.
If you have many smaller tools, you can try bundling them and selling them as a kit, which may appeal to first time buyers or renters who need a starter tool kit.
This category might take a bit longer to sell, but considering how expensive new tools often are, this is another great thing to sell on Facebook Marketplace, especially if you know you won’t ever use the tools again.
A lot of people buy and sell children’s toys on Facebook Marketplace since most kids don’t know the difference between a brand new toy and a used one.
If you have some well maintained toys that your child has grown out of, there’s a good chance they will sell pretty quickly–just make sure you research the market and price them reasonably.
11. Baby Supplies
Babies constantly outgrow the clothes and supplies you buy for them, until eventually they aren’t even babies anymore and you’re left with a ton of gear.
That’s why baby supplies are some of the most popular items to sell on Facebook Marketplace.
Facebook Marketplace is also great place to buy and sell everything baby related, including:
- Car seats
- Pack and plays
- Shoes, and accessories
- Baby books
Just make sure you research things like strollers and car seats before selling them to make sure they haven’t been recalled and still meet safety requirements.
How well jewellry sells on Facebook Marketplace likely depends on current trends unless it’s timeless pieces like gold and diamonds.
But, when it comes to jewelry, there’s a strong chance someone with similar tastes as you will stumble on your listing, so it’s worth a shot.
However, you might find that higher ticket pieces attract lowball offers– so decide how low you’re willing to negotiate and then stick to that when selling.
If you’re wondering what sells best on Facebook Marketplace, electronics is probably one of the categories that’s a correct answer.
You can honestly sell any electronic device on Facebook Marketplace, as long as it still works.
Consider selling electronics like:
- Old TVs
- Gaming consoles
- Video games
Remember to reset your device before selling it. If you let the buyer come and pick it up, you should also show them that it works, or at least expect them to ask!
Selling vehicles on the Facebook Marketplace is a little more labour intensive than selling other products because you have to arrange the paperwork, do the research, and arrange a test drive with potential buyers.
But, one advantage of selling vehicles on the Facebook Marketplace is that you can make more money than you would by trading your car in at a dealership.
Furthermore, used car dealerships saw a shortage of vehicles in 2020 and a lot of people want to avoid dealer fees, so vehicles can be one of the best things to sell on Facebook.
Don’t expect your car to sell quickly– you’ll likely have to be patient and wait until the right buyer comes along and it may also take a while to finalize the sale, so be patient!
If you’re anything like me and your parents put you in music lessons growing up–only to realize it’s not your passion and you likely won’t become the next Mozart–then you probably have some instruments collecting dust in your home.
Facebook Marketplace is a great place to make some money for any instrument, including:
- Drum kits
- Musical equipment like speakers and microphones
If you price your items right you shouldn’t have an issue selling them reasonably fast, since buying used is more feasible than buying new for most people.
Tips For Selling On Facebook Marketplace
Now that you know the best selling items on Facebook Marketplace, you’re ready to make some extra cash!
But, if you want the best chance at a fast sale and getting your asking price, you need to create your listing the right way.
Thankfully, we have advice on the best way to sell things on Facebook Marketplace:
1. Take Multiple, High-Quality Product Photos
The most important tip for making money selling on Facebook Marketplace is to upload numerous photos.
You want potential buyers to immediately tell what they’re getting from your product photos.
This means taking product photos with good lighting, including multiple angles, and adding photos of any distinctive markings (think model number, brand name, tags if its clothing, etc.)
You should also add photos of any damages since you want to be honest so you don’t run into problems when making the transaction.
One trick I like to use is to include a photo of the product listing from the original website, if it’s still available and you can locate it.
People tend to trust the listing more when they can see exactly where the item is from and all the details listed by the manufacturer (their photos are likely better than yours too, which doesn’t hurt).
2. Write In-Depth Descriptions
When you create a Facebook Marketplace listing, you fill in certain prompts like dimensions, brand name, and condition.
But, don’t stop there; if you write more robust descriptions that explain why you’re selling and what your product is, buyers have more information to work with.
Include everything from brand name, to dimensions, how long you’ve had it, material, design, whether you live in a smoking vs non-smoking household, if you have pets vs no pets, if it’s pickup only or if you’re willing to deliver.
Again, mentioning why you’re selling the product in question is also important. You want the buyer to know you’re selling your road bike because you don’t use it anymore, not because it’s junk and doesn’t run well.
3. Use Keywords
This Facebook Marketplace tip relates to writing more in-depth listings, but it’s also important.
You need to use relevant keywords in your listing title and description. Being specific about exactly what your item is ultimately helps the right person find it in their search.
And you really have to be specific here.
For example, if you’re listing an Iphone, don’t just say “Iphone for sale”. Be specific: “White Iphone XR with 128 GB storage, unlocked,” and you’ll have much better luck.
4. Set Competitive Prices
Things that sell fast on Facebook Marketplace have competitive pricing with similar listings.
This shouldn’t be surprising; on a used marketplace, pricing is a massive factor buyers consider when comparing their options.
So, do some research and look at how other Facebook Marketplace sellers price their listings. Then, list your product at a similar price or even lower to compete.
Have a look at other listings and see how they’re priced, then go a bit lower. Unless your item is very rare or in perfect condition, you’ll want to make sure you’re priced competitively, otherwise buyers will just go elsewhere.
5. Be Responsive And Polite
When buyers message you, try and respond in a reasonable amount of time and always be polite.
As much as you’re trying to judge their character, they are also judging yours- so try and make the interaction as friendly and easy as possible.
6. Always Be Safe
Even though Facebook Marketplace connects to people’s real Facebook accounts, you still meet and interact with strangers, so it’s important to be smart about how and where you meet.
For starters, always meet somewhere public if you agree to meet a buyer for a sale. If you choose to meet at your house, make sure someone else is home with you.
If you don’t want to sell at your house, also make sure you don’t include your address or personal information in your listing, or share it with a potential buyer.
How To Sell On Facebook Marketplace
If you want to try making extra cash every month by selling on Facebook, you now know the best things to sell and some listing optimization tips to get started.
But, if you’re wondering how you create a Facebook Marketplace listing, here are the steps:
- Go to Facebook Marketplace from your main News feed.
- Click the “+” icon for “Create New Listing” and then select “Item for Sale.”
- Upload photos of the product.
- Write your product description and title.
- Enter the price you’re selling for.
- Click “Publish” to push your listing live.
If you need help, this video from Clark also explains how to start selling on the Facebook Marketplace.
Just remember to do your pricing research first so you know how to price your listing before you go to create it!
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Pros & Cons Of Selling On Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace has over a billion users, and it’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to start selling stuff online.
But, like every online marketplace, there are a variety of advantages and disadvantages you should consider before deciding to sell.
- Free to use
- Can create listings quickly
- A variety of categories sell well
- You can sell to local buyers very quickly and get paid in cash
- Not ideal for shipping products to customers/selling online
- You have to deal with lowballs and buyers who back out last-minute
- You don’t get to build a seller profile or online flipping business
This last point is very important.
For example, if you start selling on marketplaces like Mercari or eBay, you get to build up your seller reviews and storefront, which is like owning an online resale business.
In contrast, selling on Facebook Marketplace lets you make money fast, but you’re not really building a business.
So, if you want a longer-term play with a higher income potential, I suggest looking into marketplaces like Etsy or Mercari and trying to grow a seller profile.
But, if you’re just doing some Spring cleaning, selling on Facebook Marketplace is perfect.
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The bottom line is that there are plenty of best selling items on Facebook Marketplace you can sell to make some extra cash.
Just remember, since Facebook Marketplace is a local marketplace, local demand influences sales. This means a product that sells well in one city might not sell well in another.
If there’s something you want to sell that’s not included in this list, give it a shot!
Whatever it may be, just be sure to use the tips above so you have the best shot at making a sale. It’s always free to list on Facebook Marketplace, so the only thing you have to lose is a bit of time.
Best of luck in your selling adventures!
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Selena Fulham knows how valuable having a side hustle can be. She’s a freelance content writer with a focus on SaaS, B2B technology, social media, and the art of making money online. Currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Selena can usually be found either drinking coffee, hiking up a mountain, or snowboarding down it.