Congratulations! You’ve opened your first misprint and you’ve learned there’s this neat place on Facebook where you can sell them. Facebook is a non-regulated marketplace. This means that when you buy or sell on FB, you’re doing so at your own risk. Marketplaces like eBay give buyers and sellers some measure of protection, but don’t have the same audience for niche collectibles (such as MTG Misprints). Fear not! Here’s a simple guide to teach you everything you need to know to sell as safely as possible on Facebook.
Posting your cards for sale:
When selling cards, it’s best to post as much information as possible about the terms of your sale in order to avoid any potential confusion or disagreements. It’s your card, and your sale so YOU get to set the terms. If someone asks you to do something you’re not comfortable with, DON’T DO IT!
“What information should I include?” you ask! Well I’m glad you did. Here’s what I’d recommend for any sales or auction post:
Clear photographs or scans of the cards you’re selling
The sale price or starting bid if auctioning
Shipping options & costs
Plain White Envelope (aka PWE)
How you want to get paid (PayPal is the standard option)
When/How quickly you want to be paid
Auction end date & time (be sure to include the time zone)
Minimum bid increments
*Anti-Sniping rules are a good way to ensure a fair auction by preventing sneaky people from winning auctions by placing last minute bids. They do this so that other potential bidders don’t have a chance to respond. Most anti-sniping rules extend the length of an auction if last minute bids are placed or require a bid to stand uncontested for a certain amount of time.
Here’s a really good example from a very experienced seller of how to run an auction:
You’ll notice that bidding takes place in the comments section. Asking bidders to place bids nested under images of the cards in the comments is a great way to keep everything organized!
Getting Offers and PMs:
So you’ve posted your card(s) for sale/auction and now people are starting to contact you! Neat right? Unless you’ve specifically stated otherwise in your post terms, you might receive some offers via private message (PM for short). You need to be careful about this! Private messages are private. A lot of folks will take advantage of that and engage in less than ethical behavior. There are rare cases where a buyer wants anonymity when purchasing a high end card, but unless you’re a very confident and experienced seller, I would strongly advise against running a sale via PMs only. It’s best to keep offers public because not only does it prevent you from getting shafted, it lets other interested parties know there are other legitimate people they need to compete with on their own offers. 99% of the time you’ll get a better price that way, but that's not to say that offers sent via PM can't be really good offers as well!
*Note, sometimes folks will comment in your thread that they’ve sent you a PM. If you don’t see it, check your message requests!
Closing the deal (aka getting paid):
I highly recommend clarifying the terms of the deal prior to closing the deal. It never hurts even if it does feel repetitive, and avoiding the headache of a trade dispute is always worth it. Confirm what your selling, for how much, how it’s getting shipped, and what happens if it gets lost in the mail. When things go wrong, you’ll be glad your clarified the details.
PayPal is the standard payment method the misprint community uses to buy and sell cards. If you haven’t set up your PayPal account, you should probably go do that. To send someone money through PayPal or receive, all you need is their account’s email address. It’s a fairly simple process and if you run into any issues PayPal has plenty of resources to help you. The one thing to note is that there are two payment options, Good & Services and Friends and Family. Goods and services offers you a bit of buying protection, but comes at the cost of a fee to the seller (usually 3%-4%). Sometimes a seller will ask you to cover the fee. This is technically against PayPal's terms of service, but tends to happen anyway. Friends and Family is free of fee’s but should only be utilized with buyers or sellers who you trust. When you send money via Friends and Family, there are no strings attached. There is a risk (unlikely) of you being scammed, and F&F provides no protection. It’s the equivalent of digitally handing someone cash. I use it for small purchases or with those who I trust.
All that’s left now is to mail the cards out! Congrats on the sale!
Things to look out for:
Being asked to delete your post as part of closing a deal.
This is scum behavior. They’re trying to rip you off and hide their tracks. If someone asked me to do this I would not deal with them ever….Ok maybe that’s a bit harsh. If someone asks you to delete your post as part of the deal, ask them why. It’s up to you to decide if you’re comfortable with the reasoning and if you want to move forward with the deal.
Being asked to send the card prior to payment.
This is an artifact from old trading websites, but this practice is now obsolete. It’s a great way to get scammed.
Lowball offers & Sharks
There are people who will contact you really quickly and try to get you to sell fast. They’re low-balling you. It’s best to give your sale a few days for people to take note of it. Don’t get pressured into selling your card for way less than it’s worth.
I hope this guide has been helpful! There are a lot of folks in the community who will be more than happy to help, but if you ever have any questions feel free to send me an email!