We’ve all had to cancel our vacation plans for one reason or other, whether it was an unexpected medical issue or an unavoidable work commitment. What are your options?
A lot of people will open Facebook, write a quick status and maybe post a picture of the hotel they’ve booked. “Can’t go anymore, anyone want to buy my hotel booking? Dm me if interested.” This will reach the few hundred friends you have, one of which might be able to help you out. Some may also post it in the Marketplace, a 2016 invention by Facebook to facilitate these kinds of transactions.
Immediately, it’s obvious to us how buying and selling vacations on Facebook could cause problems. From a seller’s perspective, someone could say they want to buy your booking but as soon as you share your reservation number, they could use it without paying you. On the other side, you might buy a booking which isn’t legitimate, leaving you out of pocket and out of a holiday.
This is because the Facebook Marketplace is unregulated. This is largely because:
- They don't have a secure payment platform
- If there’s a problem, you’re on your own
- Travel tickets are date- and location-specific in a way that other products aren’t
Their tips for safe transactions involves pearls of wisdom like “use cash or person-to-person payment methods”, which means that there isn’t a payment platform in place to ensure your money is secure. For instance, if you were to send someone money for their tickets but they never gave them to you, you wouldn’t be able to get a refund or compensation on your lost cash.
Some more interesting advice is that you should “learn more about the person you are buying from or selling to” and “make sure you check seller profiles...if something doesn’t seem right, you can report it to us.” That sounds reassuring because if someone is acting oddly, Facebook will take care of it if you tell them. In reality, you have to do all the legwork so if something goes wrong during the transaction process, it’s on you for trusting something that was suspicious. Also, you’ll need to agree between yourselves about how to resolve it, otherwise you might have to go to small claims court, which sounds like a lot of hassle just for a flight ticket, right?
What can you sell on the Facebook Marketplace?
It’s more of a question of what can’t you sell? Although the expected restrictions apply (weapons, alcohol and drugs), it seems that anything goes, from second-hand clothes and books to houses and cars. Things that actually sell on Facebook are
When you buy one of the smaller products, the stakes aren’t too high as it’s a simple transfer of cash for an item. However, houses, cars and vacations involve exchanging paperwork and legal documents. For example, a hotel reservation requires a name change for a fee to transfer it to someone else, which means that you’re trusting that someone will follow through on the transaction.
Aside from the potential security issues, you’re unlikely to get anyone who would want to buy your reservations to do so. On the one hand, this because it’s near impossible to sell your hotel reservation on Facebook amongst the myriad of sofas, old DVDs and whatever else there is on offer. Most people don’t have the patience nor the time to trawl through the tat to find a vacation for sale that is exactly what they want. On the other hand, selling travel plans is a whole different market to selling a piece of furniture. Travel bookings are tied to a date and time, which won’t suit 99% of the people out there. Finding the person who can use your booking in the Marketplace is a fruitless endeavour to say the least.
When you shop and sell on the Facebook Marketplace, you open yourself up to potential issues with difficult buyers or sellers which could leave you out of pocket either way. Protect yourself from any of these problems by using a dedicated platform to buy or sell travel plans you can’t use anymore. This is ensures that you:
- will get the money you’re owed, or receive a refund if something goes wrong as part of TransferTravel’s money back guarantee.
- be fully supported throughout the transaction process by both the platform and the customer service team.
- find exactly what you need on the website because it’s dedicated to travel, meaning everyone on TransferTravel is there for the same reason. Overall this makes it a smoother platform for both buyers and sellers.
Your number one priority should be to take the risk factor away from selling your travel plans on Facebook. By listing on a dedicated platform, you are ensuring your money and your booking are secure whilst also reaching out to the biggest audience possible. If you’re buying, you want to make sure you know what you’re getting whilst also helping someone out and getting a good deal on your next trip.
A few tips for selling on Facebook:
- If you think a friend might want to buy it, post it on your personal profile and make sure you set it to ‘Friends only’. This way, only the people you know can see the private information on your booking.
- List your travel plans on TransferTravel’s secure platform and then share the listing on social media. This means you can relax knowing that the actual transaction is protected but are still able to reach out to everyone on Facebook.
For help on how to list on TransferTravel.com, you can check out our how-to guide or open that chat box in the corner to start a conversation with one of our lovely customer service members. If you’re looking for your next dream vacation, head over to the marketplace now!