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Navigating the Online Furniture Market—How to Sell Safely on eBay, Facebook, and Gumtree

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Navigating the Online Furniture Market—How to Sell Safely on eBay, Facebook, and Gumtree

Selling furniture online has become increasingly popular, thanks to platforms like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Gumtree. However, the convenience of online selling also comes with its own set of challenges—scams. In this blog, we'll delve into the common scams that buyers use to defraud sellers and the lengths they go to scam you out of your furniture and money. We'll also discuss how to sell safely using

The Scams You Didn't Know About on Facebook Marketplace

According to a blog by thinkmoney, Facebook Marketplace is a hotbed for scams. Their research reveals that almost a quarter (1 in 6) of Brits surveyed had been scammed while using Facebook Marketplace. Here are some common tactics:

  1. Fake Profiles: Scammers often create fake profiles to contact sellers, offering to pay but never actually sending the money.

  2. Wire Transfers: Scammers may offer wire transfers, which can be canceled after you've sent the item.

  3. PayPal Scams: Scammers may ask you to use PayPal's Friends and Family option, which doesn't offer refunds.

  4. Harassment for Money: Some scammers may harass you for money once you show interest in selling an item.

How to Protect Yourself

  1. Check Account Creation Date: If the account contacting you was created very recently, be cautious.

  2. Never Pay in Advance: Always exchange money and the item at the same time.

  3. Use Reputable Payment Methods: Use PayPal's 'goods and services' option for added protection.

  4. Insist on Tracking: If you're shipping the item, insist on a method that allows you to track the postage.

  5. Only Communicate Using Facebook: Don't give away your personal number to a stranger.

Selling your furniture through offers a safer alternative. Here are some key features and benefits:

  1. Verified Buyers: You are selling to one company - no messing about.

  2. Secure Payment Methods: We pay cash or Paypal or Bank Transfer

  3. Customer Support: We are here to help throughout the process

  4. Transparency: The platform offers complete transparency in transactions, giving you peace of mind.

  5. Ease of Use: Super simple - send us a Picture, Price and Postcode and it's a simple yes or no.


While selling furniture online can be convenient, it's crucial to be aware of the potential scams that could occur, especially on platforms like Facebook Marketplace. However, using a secure platform like can offer a safer and more reliable selling experience.

Stay vigilant and happy selling!


About the Author: Stephen Currie is an esteemed expert in the realm of vintage furniture, used furniture, second-hand furniture, and new furniture. He possesses a deep passion and addiction for all things related to furniture. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, Stephen has established himself as a trusted authority.

Stephen is not only an accomplished business owner but also a seasoned guest blogger on various platforms such as this one. His insightful contributions have enlightened readers and provided invaluable information about furniture trends, restoration techniques, and the art of creating a successful furniture business.

If your website is in need of engaging guest blogs or if you seek expert advice on furniture-related topics, Stephen is your go-to resource. With his vast knowledge and expertise, he can provide compelling content that resonates with your audience and enhances the credibility of your platform.

For further inquiries or to explore the possibilities of collaboration, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Stephen is committed to sharing his passion and expertise to contribute to the success of your website or any furniture-related endeavors you may have.

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