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Selling via facebook/facebook store?

Discussion in 'Small Business' started by TMNT, 23rd Dec, 2015.

  1. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    Was just wondering. Im not very facebook literate.

    I have some product worth about 500 each. Might look to test the market but dont want to invest too much money in websites etc.

    Is it possible to sell via facebook?

    I dont want to put it on my personal fb with a post saying "oi i got xxxx for sale. Buy it!"

    Is it possible to start a fb page page dedicated to selling this stuff?

    And yes. Not sure how payment methods are goig to work. Bank deposit would be the best however not sure many people are going to use non credit card payment methods
     
  2. Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    eBay would seem more appropriate than Facebook.
     
  3. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    Things might have changed . I had a Facebook page a few years ago for drumming up
    Business .
    On the whole it was useless . I paid for advertising was very expensive . Results Disappointing !
    Eventually I had page linked to my online store. It helped generate a few sales .
    FB page generated interest not many sales.
    If you could sell straight from FB it would so be much better. Can't figure out why they are not cashing in on this brilliant opportunity.
    Try eBay
     
  4. Michael_X

    Michael_X Mortgage Broker Business Member

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    I buy stuff from FB all the time but it's mainly through Facebook Groups.

    Is there a Group for this particular product? For example, I recently got into marine aquariums so joined some groups and been buying corals and fish through them.

    So search for your interest group and see if there are pages around.

    Cheers,
    Michael
     
  5. Brian84

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    Yes you can start a fb page to sell stuff. I know someone who sells stuff on their illegally because it is not a registered business so she wouldn't be paying tax. She also gets a nice pay from centre link because she is rotting the system. Sorry a bit off topic there.

    If you are selling anything on the internet make sure you have an abn so you don't get caught out. That is if you are selling several of the same item.
     
  6. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    That's not entirely true. You can sell homemade items as a 'hobby' without income repercussions.

    I do see where you are coming from though, as people buy and sell to make extra $$$ via Facebook/Gumtree and the like.

    pinkboy
     
  7. Brian84

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    But what about if you are making homemade products and selling them to make money, isn't that the same as making an income.
     
  8. pinkboy

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  10. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Dob her in to the Centrelink website...
    I've just joined a group today to sell something. It came about when a tenant dropped in last night to return some tools to us we lent her. We had a wine and cheese platter and chatted for an hour or two. She is in IT and told me about the group she is part of for buying, swapping and selling. It is a closed group, so I had to apply to join. I joined today, have a few people looking at the item and one of them suggested I join a more specialist group, which I've just done this very minute.

    Ebay has its place, but with fees nearly 10% these days, it is just getting stupidly hard to sell there. It would be good for FB to make some inroads. (I don't really use FB, so it has been a learning curve today but it seems I might get a buyer with zero fees.)
     
  11. Brian84

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    I have thought about it many times. She was even caught on video stealing gifts from our wedding but still denied it. We haven't spoke to them since but she pops up now and then on fb through mutual friend. She is on centre link and can still buy her son a new motorbike and daughters iPads and all the latest things like that for Xmas.
     
  12. Gockie

    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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    Hmmmmm......:mad:
     
  13. Lizzie

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    Dob her in an quit your grumbling ... no point in complaining if one does nothing about it. Can do so anonymously
     
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  14. Chilliblue

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    When does a hobby become a business?

    The main thing that determines whether you are running a business is whether you are going about your activities in a businesslike manner. Some of the things that contribute to this are registering a business name, whether you have the intention of making a profit rather than just earning some income, have set up a separate bank account for the business, do you keep accounting records for the activities of the business, and whether you operate from business premises.

    This means if you are only selling the jewellery you make on an ad hoc basis, to friends and acquaintances, you would more than likely not be regarded as running a business and therefore do not have to include you activities on your tax return.

    If however you are selling your jewellery in an organised manner on websites such as eBay, are selling at markets on a regular basis, and you are generally setting about maximising your income from the jewellery sales, you would more than likely be regarded as running a business and by the ATO.