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Old 3rd December 2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Has anyone used Instagram to sell items?

I have read about a few success stories, and am curious. I have several hundred pieces of vintage jewelry that I have wanted to sell, and I have put off the daunting task for too long. Etsy worked OK for awhile, but I want to try something else. Does anyone have experience, or suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 4th December 2019, 07:40 AM   #2
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I've never sold anything online myself but my coworker sells stuff on Facebook. She says she gets much more traffic via Facebook than she did with Etsy or Craigslist.
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Old 4th December 2019, 07:57 AM   #3
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I've only ever used eBay. In the last few months I've sold several video games. I have also bought many items through there. In over 200 transactions over the last decade I've only had a slight problem with maybe two of them.
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Old 8th January 2020, 11:45 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by alfaniner View Post
I've only ever used eBay. In the last few months I've sold several video games. I have also bought many items through there. In over 200 transactions over the last decade I've only had a slight problem with maybe two of them.
I'm nearly ready to sell something on eBay.

Having bought probably around 200 items from there myself, I definitely trust it as a great and popular place to buy from.
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Old 9th January 2020, 04:15 PM   #5
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IMHO, the problem with social media selling like Facebook and Instagram selling is that most of the things Iíve seen are local people who want to meet up to make the transaction. Just be careful.
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Old 10th January 2020, 01:06 AM   #6
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I ended up listing the thing I want to sell on Facebook Marketplace this morning.

It seemed easier to put online there than on eBay.

And I just remembered that I've bought things on Instagram, Facebook, and in apps such as Duolingo.

It's so easy I forgot!

In Instagram it looks like a friend or cool thing you follow, and they all are successful ways because you get shown things that interest you.

I was getting annoyed by my phone "stalking me" but I also like being shown cool inventions, products, and services that I may have been looking for.

I tend to switch my settings/preferences around so I sometimes get relevant content, and sometimes get generic/global/ or local ads.
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Old 10th January 2020, 02:13 AM   #7
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Having dabbled a little in using social media to promote events, I'm still a bit unsure how useful Instagram is for publicity unless you've already got a large following, even more so than Facebook and Instagram. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I only see posts on Instagram from people I'm following, whereas with the other two, I see what friends like, share, or retweet.
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Originally Posted by zooterkin View Post
Having dabbled a little in using social media to promote events, I'm still a bit unsure how useful Instagram is for publicity unless you've already got a large following, even more so than Facebook and Instagram. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I only see posts on Instagram from people I'm following, whereas with the other two, I see what friends like, share, or retweet.
You can save time by posting on IG and at the same time click "share to Facebook" and you'll be posting to your linked FB page (helpful if that page has got the event on it where they will be sent).

Some people only use one or the other, so you save time doing one post.

And they can both use the same Facebook advertising budget/account. Lots more options in that.
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