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Online Yard Sales Gaining Popularity

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If you got a Christmas gift you didn’t want and you don’t have time to take it back to the store, there’s a way to sell it online. Facebook “yard sales” and “swap and shops” are a growing trend, but you’ll want to avoid the pitfalls.

Linda Mancuso says she got what she wanted for Christmas this year, but one year, she didn’t. Mancuso describes her unwanted gift. She says, “It was a suit, a beautiful suit that came from my husband for Christmas. And it was really lovely, but it had a mini skirt on it.”

If you want to take back that gift and get some money in return, you can do it at home with thousands of your Facebook friends. Social media yard sales are growing in popularity. My Fox Carolinas found more than half a dozen online swap and shops for the Charlotte area on Facebook. People were selling a lawnmower and a smartphone. One person wanted to buy used appliances.

Alex Shea, a Charlotte resident, says, “I definitely would use a site like that (online yard sale) to sell stuff…It's just easier.” Megan Mancuso, a Huntersville resident, says, “I would probably sell something (on an online yard sale), but I wouldn't buy. I don't trust them.”

If you’re paying online and having an item shipped to you, the Better Business Bureau says you should use Pay Pal or a credit card over a debit card. And if you’re meeting someone face to face to do an exchange, the BBB says pay with cash. Tom Bartholomy, President of the Charlotte area Better Business Bureau says, “If you're selling it, you know that you're going to get cash, and there's not going to be a bad check or someone's going to wire you the money.”

Bartholomy adds that you should make the sale in a safe spot, especially if you don’t know the person you’re exchanging with. He recommends possibly meeting at a courthouse, sheriff’s office or a police department. Don’t go alone and try to meet up in the daytime.

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