I’ve sold and bought items online since 2003 so I’m going to share some of the differences between marketplaces such as eBay, Gumtree and Facebook. It’ll help you to decide which marketplace to use to sell and buy your items. Also, be sure to check out my part two post which goes into a lot more detail of the tactics and strategies I use to buy and sell online.
Differences between Facebook Marketplace vs Gumtree vs eBay
I often receive ridiculously and unrealistically low prices for things I sell on Facebook Marketplace such as furniture, jewellery and baby stuff. However, if you can be patient and work through them, you’ll find you can sell your unwanted items a lot faster on Facebook Marketplace – I’ve sometimes sold my item within 30 minutes!
It’s also a lot faster to list an item for sale using my mobile – I can list an item for sale within 30 seconds.
Faster to create an ad for your unwanted items using your mobile – and it’s free.
I sell most of my items faster on Facebook Marketplace than on any other marketplace.
You can view the sellers and buyers Facebook profile to make sure they’re genuine.
You can instantly message people which makes communicating with sellers and buyers a lot faster compared to Gumtree or eBay.
If you’re a buyer on Facebook Marketplace, you’re limited to browse items for sale within 500km from your location. This is very annoying because most of the items I buy online I ask the seller to post to me. So if I’m limited to 500km from where I live, it means I have to change my city location in order to view items I want to buy from other parts of Australia.
Offers are often low and unrealistic compared to offers received from buyers on Gumtree and eBay. BE PREPARED FOR A LOT OF TIME WASTERS!!!
If you’re a buyer, there’s a lot more inventory to shop from on Gumtree and eBay compared to Facebook Marketplace. I feel there is a lot more crap for sale on Facebook Marketplace than on Gumtree and especially more than eBay. I think it’s because it’s so fast to sell items on Facebook Marketplace that people feel they can list anything for sale! The most ridiculous thing I saw for sale was an invisible air guitar pick for $1.50!
I generally list the items I have listed for sale on eBay on Gumtree and generally receive up to $50 more per item when sold on Gumtree compared to Facebook Marketplace. So if you have something to sell and you’re not in a hurry to sell it, list it on Gumtree.
Listing an item for sale on Gumtree is free. They do offer optimised listings to help get your ad in front of more buyers, but I’ve never used that option. So you can get away without having to pay any listing fees when using Gumtree to sell your unwanted items. Just be prepared to log in several times to manually push each of your listings live again once they expire. It happens automatically for up to 30 days. But if you have not sold your item on Gumtree after 30 days you need to log back in and post the ad so it goes live again.
I receive more spam messages from buyers on Gumtree compared to eBay and Facebook Marketplace. I wrote some online trading safety tips here for our wedding marketplace. These tips can help those of you who like to buy and sell in person.
Gumtree is well known and has a stronger brand presence in Australia.
I receive more money for items sold on Gumtree over Facebook Marketplace.
It takes a long time to sell on Gumtree with an average sell time of 2 weeks to 3 months.
It’s not quick to contact the seller and usually takes a day or two to receive a reply.
I receive more messages from buyers trying to scam me on Gumtree compared to Facebook Marketplace and eBay.
I love the rating system on eBay, and it’s because of this that I have more confidence in buying and selling high priced items over Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace.
If I’m shopping for something worth more than $1000 I only buy from sellers who have a positive score of at least 99.7%. I have a score of 100% with close to 900 transactions so it makes it easier for me to sell on eBay because buyers know they can trust me when buying items from my eBay store.
eBay is great for high priced, designer items and for its excellent rating system.
They offer an excellent support team and even provide a call back service.
It’s not fast to create your listing. eBay has many fields that require information when creating an ad to sell an item. I feel they have over complicated it.
So there you have it, a quick wrap up of some of the difference between Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay. In summary, if your item is low priced, and it’s popular, and you need to sell it fast – use Facebook Marketplace. If you’re not in a rush to sell and can wait up to 6 weeks, sell it on Gumtree if you have a valuable item and need to feel safe use eBay.
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