Folksy Ltd

Facebook selling groups

I recently joined a Facebook group that advertises handmade items for sale. I have been posting a few items a day with a link to my Folksy shop for people to buy. I have been getting messages from people on there making me ‘offers’ for my items…less than what I’m selling them for. The first offer was silly…£5.00 for a make up bag I’m selling for £7.50. I said no obviously. Today the same person has sent 2 messages offering me £7.00 each for 2 different make up bags, which I’m selling for £7.50 each. I don’t think she wants both…just one of them. Seems silly just to try and save 50p.
Is this how it normally works on these groups? Do others accept these offers?
I don’t really want to start accepting reduced offers for my items so I’m wondering whether to stay in the group really…
Kim
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A lot of these groups are like that set up to get ‘bargins’ so yes you’ll get all these silly offers.

They are seen as online car boot sale type things :frowning:

Thanks Eileen.
My shop is so quiet at the moment I thought I would give it a try but I don’t want to be bombarded with people making ‘offers’. I have already blocked one person as she keeps making these offers on the make up bags despite me saying no!
If it keeps happening I won’t stay in the group…
Kim
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It’s worth giving it a go if you don’t mind dealing with all the flak of low ball offers and persistant bargering.

Maybe a way around it is put your prices up on the group page -so that when an offer comes in it is acceptable, play them at their own game.

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I’m in several craft groups on Facebook but I’ve never had my one wanting to buy my work for less than the stated price. What a cheek!

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That would be an idea, but I don’t actually sell through the site I just advertise the item there with a link to my shop if they want to buy so they would see my Folksy price when they clicked the link.
I will see how it goes and if it becomes a regular thing and I get fed up I will just stop using it…I just thought I would give it a try .
Kim
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I know…I thought so too, in fact I thought it was a bit of an insult really when I think of the time and effort I put in to making my items. :confounded:

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I don’t tend to put a price on my items anymore, a while ago I read a post on there that if you include a price it tends to get lost in newsfeeds etc and Facebook don’t like it, don’t know how true that is. That way people have to contact you and ask for a price but I’ve never had anyone haggling with me over a price. I sometimes if they order more than 2 items give them some discount but certainly not on one item.

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@PaulinesCrafts The people who run this particular group advise you to put a price on the item. They say that in their experience people are more likely to take an interest if they see a price…a bit like looking in a shop window where nothing is priced…very few people will bother going in and asking the price. It’s a closed group so the posts don’t appear in my newsfeed.

I joined a similar group a couple of years ago and ended up leaving again. I got fed up with enquiries going nowhere. You could always try putting something like an ‘all prices are set’ notice on the item. :slight_smile:

Oh I didn’t realise it was one of those types of groups.