Robbie Klitzing: Why Facebook Marketplace cost me a few lemons


Over the last two weeks I’ve started referring to myself as the ‘Facebook Marketplace Ninja’.

This self-given nickname has come around because I’ve been going to town selling stuff on the ‘book.

It all started about a month ago when I’d finally had enough. We moved into a new house in September 2018 and the third bedroom instantly became the junk room.

The move was very rushed at the time. So rather than throwing out our old junk, we brought it all with us, put it in the spare bedroom and shut the door. We genuinely didn’t think about the wall-to-wall crap we had in that room for another six months.

Fast forward to April this year and the waste of space was starting to grind my gears. We had this whole extra room in the house that was just being wasted. That room could be used so much better.

A Man Cave.

An Office.

A Cinema Room.

Airbnb?

Inspired… I shut the door, went off to hatch a plan, ended up watching Billions and completely forgot about my little decluttering brainwave.

Five months later I found the inspo again when I came across an article about the ‘Declutter Queen’ Marie Kondo – I was back!

If I’m being honest I couldn’t give two craps about the Konmari method. I guess the whole ‘chatting to your items’ and keeping the things that ‘spark joy’ has some merit, but that’s not where I was at.

The KlitzBlitz method is much more my jam. This method consists of chucking out anything I can’t sell and making some money out of the rest. I don’t want karma, I want cash!!

Inspired again… but this time for real… I got out the iPhone and started taking pictures to post online. One thing I learned pretty quickly is that Gumtree is done. I had minimal bites on anything I listed and it tends to just be the low ballers.

Facebook Marketplace though, that’s where it’s at.

It probably helps that any item you sell pops up on your friends news feed, the Marketplace page itself and your local Buy and Sell Pages – props to Buy and Sell…Scarborough, Doubleview, Innaloo and Surrounds – but it appears to me that people just seem to be more engaged on this platform.

I listed a rusty backyard fire pit for sale on both Gumtree and Facebook. At the princely sum of $10, it was a steal, yet I got no hits at all on ‘The Tree’. However on the ‘book, well that was a different story. I got at least 10 enquiries on messenger and the deal was signed, sealed and delivered with two hours on a Sunday arvo. The next round of coffees was on me.

And this is how I became the ‘Facebook Marketplace Ninja’. All of a sudden I’m pulling deals left, right and centre. By the end of week two I’d sold 25 plus items and never left the driveway.

An office chair that a friend gave me for free – SOLD for $25!

A couple of bits of cricket gear from the shed (just confirming I didn’t list my box, I threw that out) – SOLD $50!

A set of eight bowls and eight plates that I originally bought from Kmart – SOLD $20!

And the list just kept growing.

But the “Facebook Marketplace Ninja’ did come unstuck on a flagship item. Sometimes having so many treasures on the go can lead to a bit of confusion. It’s hard to keep track of WHO you’ve talked to and about WHAT item.

I had organised ‘Lee’ to come and pick up a ripper bargain, an eight-foot Soft Malibu Surfboard for only $170. A good buy for Lee and a price I was happy with. After the deal I wandered inside happy and started preparing a lovely stir fry for dinner.

I’d just finished chopping the onions and was about to add the chicken, when I heard a knock at the front door. A little confused, I stared at the stranger as I opened the front door and he explained he was here to buy my surfboard.

The Ninja had buggered up!

I’d doubled up. Poor old ‘Garry’ from Midland had driven 20 minutes across the city to Innaloo for a bum steer.

As Garry angrily walked away with a couple of lemons from our backyard tree that I’d offered up as a consolation prize, I realised I had learned a valuable lesson. The ‘Ninja’ may need a new method.

In the future it might be best to give out my neighbours address instead and meet Facebook Marketplace buyers out the front. At least then if I get confused up again, Vanessa next door can sort it and it won’t cost me anymore lemons.

Come to think of it, I reckon I could get a dollar a kilo for lemons on Marketplace!!





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