June 8, 2015

10 People You Encounter in Facebook Yard Sale Groups

Every house with kids is full of stuff. Dolls played with twice then tossed to the side. Random stuffed animals stuck under the couch never to be cared about again. Boosters, strollers, Boppys, Bumbos, and other gear galore. Clothes that looked so adorable yet were outgrown after being worn twice. That random thingamajig that promises it's the "must have, latest gadget for a newborn" that doesn't ever even get used. All of it sits taking up space in some closet you can't even fit anything else in because of all the kid junk. Then there's mom's stuff. Gadgets and gizmoes a-plenty, filling up the dark recesses of drawers. All the clothes you hoped to wear again post-baby that don't fit because your shape, weight, or both changed too much. They hang there doing nothing but mocking you, taunting you with the body of yore.
With all the stuff lying around, crowding you out of your house, Facebook yard sale groups are like a shining beacon. A promise of organized, cleaned-out closets, drawers, and rooms. A ray of hope to get some cash to help make paying those all-too-plentiful bills sting a little less this month.

Unlike your traditional yard sale, there's no hassle of putting stupid little tags on everything, no days spent trying to find tables to put all the stuff on, no hours spent in the hot blazing sun turning into a lobster as you hope people actually show up and buy stuff (and not pilfer anything). Just take a picture, slap a price on it, list the pick-up location, and voila!

If you've ever sold on these Facebook groups, you know that amidst the great people and easy sales lurks something more sinister. We've all dealt with it. We've all gotten annoyed and pissed at it. The Facebook Yard Sale Wreckers. These wreckers destroy the experience for everyone. They are most likely to employ these annoying tactics, which give them their names:



1. The "Give it to me for nothing." Don't low ball. It's just plain rude and insulting. If I list the item at $50, I'm just going to look cross-eyed at your $5 offer while snorting then click the little "x" in the upper corner of your PM.

2. The "Will you drive an hour each way so I can buy your $1 onesie?" Umm, no? That won't even cover my gas. Let's be realistic here, people. And no, saying it's for your niece/cousin/sister/dog's uncle's brother isn't going to make me change my mind.

3. The "I only want half the lot. Only the items worth the most. But I'm not going to pay anything more than 1/4 of your price for them." That's nice. Too bad I'm not going to agree to it.

4. The "I have no money." If you don't have the money for it, don't say you want it. Don't ask me a billion questions when you're not going to be able to get it anyway. Especially, don't say set up a time to get it then back out five minutes before saying, "Sorry, I don't have the money." This should be self explanatory. If you don't even have the money, why are you wasting my time? And yours, for that matter?


5. The "Where is that/How far is it from XYZ?" The pick-up location is listed clearly in the ad. Not familiar with  it? There are these things called Google and Mapquest -- use them. A bunch of messages asking me where the place that is listed on my ad is located or how far it is from your town ends up to be annoying. I sure as heck am not going to Mapquest is for you.

6. The "I can't decide on my own/want to be first in line but probably won't take it anyway." Don't say you need to check with your husband/fiance/whoever and then fade off into the ether. Either admit up front that you really don't want it or have the manners to come back and say you don't want it after talking it over with whomever. Oh, and no, I'm not holding it for you while you ask. I know that trick -- 10 to 1 I'll never hear from you again.

7. The "Give me a sob-story discount. Or better yet, give it to me for free." Please, oh please, don't give me a long sob story trying to get me to give you something for way less than it's worth or for free. I'm not kidding when I say every other person I hear from tries this. I've got my own sob story. If I could afford to give it away or sell it for less, I already would be.


8. The "I'll come to your house." Really? Are you joking? I have kids. You think I'm going to let a random stranger come to my house? Then open the door? Sure! Let me get right on that -- never.

9. The "No Show." If you say you want it, set a time to pick it up -- show up. Don't be a special snowflake of flakiness. Seriously, just show up. Don't cancel when you're already supposed to be there and I've already wasted the gas to get there. Don't cancel 5 minutes before as I'm walking out to door. Just. Show. Up.

10. The "Now that I have you here, how about a lower price?" No. A world of no. We agreed on a price. You pay that price. Or I'm taking my stuff and driving off, as I give you the finger. It's ok, my kids are still rear-facing. They won't see.

What annoying as heck entertaining characters have you encountered on Facebook yard sale group?

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21 comments:

  1. Haha, yup! You totally hit the nail on the head and I have actually started avoiding those groups because of a certain few.

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  2. This is hilarious!! (and SOOO true!!) I stopped selling stuff since it was such a pain!

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  3. I haven't sold anything yet. I've just stuck to craiglist. And based on your post, I think I'll stick to laughing at the entertaining way you described it, and steer clear.

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  4. Ugh. I think I've met all these people. I haven't sold for a long time because I got fed up with the no shows and the "I only have this much money with me."

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  5. Funny list. But when you put things online you open yourself up to all kinds of people and feedback, both good and strange.

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  6. This is awesome! I love the classified Facebook group for our area - you have two types a. those who basically give away high priced items for next to nothing (i.e. - high end furniture for $20) and b. the "we live in a wealthy area so I should charge retail prices for my used item". Ah, the drama of online yard sales. :)

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  7. Haha this is awesome! I just recently joined some groups like this and have only seen a few but I can imagine the rest!

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  8. I have not participated in any of these groups, but thanks for the heads up...LOL!

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  9. Oh my gosh, so true!! LOL! I haven't been on these types of groups in awhile now. ;)

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  10. I've never tried these groups, but I do like the idea of not having to set up a sale. I have a bunch of stuff I could sell. However, the hassles are making me wonder....

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  11. I've never tried selling online. I'd love to sell some stuff, but I'm having second thoughts after reading the list.

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  12. Elizabeth O.6/09/2015 3:32 AM

    I've never joined, but I heard about these groups from other friends. I will try to stay away from them if I decide to sell some stuff.

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  13. I sold something and I didn't notice she gave me less than we agreed on. I thought about causing a stink but I let it go.

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  14. OMG so true. I recently posted an item for sale. A women pm'd me asking if I would take a FRACTION of the cost because a friend got one for about that price she wants it at, and she's on a tight budget. ummm, no

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  15. Hahahaha! Love this! SO spot on. We've sold a few things that way and this is EXACTLY right.

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  16. Exact. Super annoying. No I won't pay $10 for your poop-stained onesie. And these groups also have lots of comment drama. Which I must say is shamefully entertaining.

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  17. LOL! I've gone back and forth with those websites - I want to sell my stuff but after the hassle more times than not I simply decide to donate. I've also purchased from the seller that lists an item "looks like new" and I get there as they wipe it clean with Lysol wipes and it's clearly not "like new". :)

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  18. We are getting ready for a cross-country move and this is SO ME right now!!! I am experiencing ALL of the above!!!

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  19. I had no idea you can actually buy something on Facebook; how fun...

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  20. Yikes sounds like you have had a hard time with this

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  21. This is hilarious! I didn't know you could sell stuff on Facebook. That's pretty cool... like Craigslist. I imagine you get all types.Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop.

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