Facebook’s classified-ad section supplies a great deal of advantages that Craigslist can not match.
Trying to sell some old or unwanted things? For quite a while the go-to source was Craigslist, which permits you to post local classified ads at no cost.
Let us take a peek at the various points in favour of Marketplace, and you are free to inform me I’m mad and Craigslist is much better.
It is simpler to make listings on your Mobile Phone
Craigslist has no official mobile app, and while it’s not particularly difficult to create an ad using your mobile browser, it’s definitely easier with the Facebook program.
Really, here’s the procedure:
Measure 1: Harness in the”Which are you list” area then choose Items for Sale.
Measure 2: Insert (or capture) photos.
Measure 3: Fill in the remaining details, such as price, description and category.
Measure 4: If you want, add the list to some local for-sale groups you’re currently a member of (another benefit ).
Presto! You’re done. I will normally get an item listed in about 60 minutes — a bit longer if it needs a more detailed description. Craigslist’s interface is slower and clunkier, particularly when it comes to incorporating photographs.
It is easier to navigate listings on your phone
Facebook Marketplace lets you easily adjust the radius to your item searches, a much better method than Craigslist’s by-counties-only filter.
Similarly, the lack of a Craigslist app means you need to use your browser to get listings. That needs a lot more navigation, lots of tapping because you see a product, go back to the preceding page and so forth.
From the Facebook app, 1 tap of the Marketplace icon lands you at the regional listings, where you can quickly begin scrolling through the available products. You could also quickly filter the listings based on place or space, price and category. And there’s a”free” button if you only wish to peruse the giveaways.
Speaking of place and space, that’s another big Marketplace plus: You can specify a radius to your hunts, not just counties such as in Craigslist.
It is probably safer
For better or worse, Craigslist allows for total anonymity. You can fake nearly anything, from the thing you’re selling to your identity and address. (Indeed, this may be why the agency has resulted in some very unfortunate offenses .)
Clearly those can be faked too, but at least you can look at a person’s profile, find out how long they’ve been on Facebook, check their preceding Marketplace activity and so on. (You may also report them if something seems suspicious.)
As a result of this accountability (of which there’s zero on Craigslist), Marketplace ought to be the safer way to purchase and sell items. There are no guarantees, of course, and that I can not point to some data supporting this theory. I’m just saying, when someone attaches their name and face to some thing, they are not as likely to do a shady deal.
While we are on the topic of safety, be sure to read these six strategies for preventing Facebook Marketplace scams.
It offers better chances for selling your item
My success rate for selling items on Facebook Marketplace is roughly 70 percent. Sometimes I have sold things exactly the exact same day I’ve posted them.
On Craigslist, it is much more like 25 percent. I have a few guesses as to why. First, there’s the aforementioned ease of browsing items via Marketplace. On Craigslist, I do not think people browse; they search. So there is less opportunity for a person to stumble upon my thing.
Second, at last count, Facebook had 2.2 billion users. That’s a lot of eyeballs, and while clearly, only a small part of them is going to be looking at your ad, it’s a fantastic bet you will find more than will be looking at your Craigslist ad. It’s only a numbers game.
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Add to this mix the greater simplicity of communicating (see below) and higher accountability (see above), and I think you are definitely more inclined to make the sale on Marketplace than you are on Craigslist.
And speaking of chances, be sure to read these five strategies for selling on Facebook Marketplace.
You do not need to give your phone number or email address
As a result of Facebook Messenger, it is possible to conduct Marketplace communications via text message or even telephone call.
When you’re dealing with strangers, then you might not feel comfortable sharing your contact number or e-mail address. Thankfully, Facebook allows for communication without revealing either of those details.
Instead, you receive instant messaging by means of Messenger — that, as it happens, also allows for telephone calls. That means you can easily communicate with another party as you would through traditional methods, but without showing any private information.
And that is it! Agree? Disagree? Hit the comments and tell me why.