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April 11, 2014

Cashing in on Facebook groups

Car parts, clothing, guns, household items and pets are just a small number of items that can be found on a Facebook group site. These groups are becoming more and more popular every day.

According to Facebook.com, groups are the place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express their opinion. Groups allow people to come together around a common cause, issue or activity to organize, express objectives, discuss issues, post photos and share related content. When you create a group, you can decide whether to make it publicly available for anyone to join, require administrator approval for members to join, or keep it private and by invitation only. One of the popular groups people make is online “yard sales.”

Some people make a substantial amount of money or get the chance for a great deal from group selling and advertising items online. Others don’t do as well as they’d hope.

Jade Tompkins, a small business owner, has made money selling purses and items that she crafts.

“I made about $300 selling my Vera Bradley purses. I have my own business making bows and tutus, but haven’t done well with them on the yard sale site. I make more money off my Facebook page than I made for my business and by word of mouth. I think I would sell more on Facebook if I took more time or maybe paid to boost my posts.”

Brandy Roush-Steinard sells Pampered Chef and other household items on Facebook.

“I have a private group on Facebook for my Pampered Chef items,” Steinard said. “I also sell on the group pages my items and some clothing and have made over $150 dollars. I also buy clothing for my girls as well. Where clothes normally would cost $10-$20 apiece, I pay anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar for the most part, sometimes a little more. I think it is beneficial selling and advertising online because more people see it.”

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