How To Make Sure Carousell Doesn’t Turn Into “Carouhell”
Selling things on Carousell isn’t an easy feat—not when some buyers bombard you with questions about the product (AND make you snap photos of it from every angle) before deciding it’s not for them. And then there are buyers who are plain rude, or who agree to meet up but then ghost you 15 minutes before.
There’s a reason why it’s sometimes dubbed ‘Carouhell’—the emotional rollercoaster you embark on just by using the app can be brutal. Here are seven tips on how you can have a more pleasant experience.
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Text: Joy Fang
1. Don’t expect too much
I’ve come to develop a pretty laissez faire attitude when it comes to Carousell. Assume nothing and expect even less—the deal is not done until the cash actually grazes your hand, or bank account. In fact, I tell myself that I’m probably not going to sell anything (cue shrug). And if I do, it’s a bonus. This helps to keep my expectations in check, so that I don’t feel crushed when my $65 bottle of perfume was ALMOST sold.
2. Be detailed
To prevent multiple questions of the same kind, include as many details as possible in your listing. Be honest: Talk about flaws if there are any, the number of times you’ve used it, and even why you are selling it—that adds credibility. Also make sure you state any conditions you might have: If you don’t want trades, low-ballers, or meet-ups, state it upfront. You’re then not obliged, really, to answer any irritating queries that don’t meet that criteria.
3. Give yourself some wiggle room on price
Set your price higher than what you were willing to let the item go for, but not too high—you don’t want to scare away potential buyers. Somewhere between $2 to $5 more is good enough. You can then offer a “discount” when customers come a knocking . This makes you look good and you don’t feel the pinch.
4. Research, research, research
Before getting into a lengthy negotiation with a potential buyer, click on the buyer’s profile to check the feedback they’ve received. For me, if someone’s negative reviews make up more than 10% of the total feedback, that’s a sign for me to decline dealing with them. Of course, you can always ask the buyer about their negative reviews to see if there are valid reasons behind them.
5. Ask for offers
When the deal is almost through (that is, negotiations about price and location are done and a meet-up is imminent), get the buyer to make a formal offer. This gives you a small measure of protection because you can then leave feedback for each other — and there’s a higher chance the buyer won’t flake out. It’s not a guarantee, but at least you can leave an angry rant about the irresponsibility of this buyer and save another person from your fate.
6. Be safe
For added security, ask buyers to pay you via CarouPay, Carousell’s payment feature which allows people to pay directly within the app using DBS PayLah!, credit or debit cards. It’s a win-win situation: buyers will be less likely to back out since payment has been made; CarouPay holds onto the funds until buyers have received their items, so that gives you extra cred.
7. Have the patience of a saint
When someone tries your patience, take the high road and keep your cool. What’s really going on is that everyone wants a good deal, and some might try to get it in ways that are more assertive than others. Breathe, maintain professionalism and take the lows as par for the course (see point 1). The consumer may not always be right, but you don’t necessarily have to be affected by it. At the end of the day, it’s just stuff, isn’t it?