Why Facebook Marketplace is a Safe Place to Sell
Facebook Marketplace has grown by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, and it is a tremendous platform for eCommerce sellers. But is it safe to use? We’re not going to beat around the bush – the answer is a resounding YES. The app is moderated by Facebook staff, so any inappropriate or fraudulent listings are quickly removed. This is as much for the safety of the seller as it is for the buyer.
Additionally, the platform has a feature that allows users to report any listing they feel is unsafe. FB staff then reviews each report and acts accordingly.
Just HOW Safe is FB Marketplace?
While it is possible to get hacked on FB marketplace (as with most any other online selling marketplace), there are simple things sellers can do to help protect their business on the platform. First, make sure you are using a strong password. Secondly, your computer should be up-to-date with the latest security patches. Lastly, be careful about who you interact with in the marketplace. If you see a customer (or potential customer) who seems suspect, check their profile for any suspicious information.
By and large, the vast majority of people on FB Marketplace, both buyers and sellers, are good people who just want to do business. But it always pays to stay vigilant.
Some Tips and Tricks to Stay Safe in Facebook Marketplace
- Only ship items if Facebook is handling the payment process for you. Utilizing PayPal is a good way to do this, as they guarantee every transaction, and if something goes awry, they can investigate any fraudulent behavior.
- Again, always check out a potential buyer’s profile before you accept any transaction. This will allow you to determine their location, and whether they are local or otherwise.
- Don’t give out your personal information. Remember, you are running a business on Facebook, so if you are asked for personal information, treat such inquiries as suspicious and do your due diligence on whether or not to sell to that person.
If the buyer’s profile is established and they have a good number of friends, it means they didn’t make a “burner” profile for buying or selling items. It is also comforting to know that if they are local, perhaps you have a friend or two in common.
The bottom line? Always trust your instincts as a Facebook Marketplace seller. This is, after all, a business, and you should treat it as such. This platform is only going to get more popular as a viable place to buy and sell goods and is a wonderful way to get your name and brand out there and scale your business.