Ask any avid open-air or online marketplace hunter and they will happily tell you about the treasures they’ve found for a fraction of the retail price. No wonder markets are having a kind of renaissance, with people opting for ways to consume more sustainably and budget-friendly.

Facebook marketplace is one such popular destination. The goods are reachable from the comfort of your home, a single message to the vendor away. But the truth is, this kind of shopping often takes a weird turn after people occasionally spot a ridiculous, plain weird or absurdly hilarious item put on sale.

Luckily, there’s a safe place to gather for all those who get frustrated with such bizarre ads. Known as “That’s it, I’m FB marketplace shaming,” this Facebook group is home to 81.7K members coming in for either a chuckle, a vent or random entertainment. Below, we wrapped up some of the funniest examples, so enjoy!

Also, scroll down for our interview with Sean Fowlow, a professional thrift hunter and seller, as well as the creator of "Ridiculous Thrifter", who shared some insights into online marketplaces, the reasons why they’re so popular, as well as whether they will replace good old open-air markets.

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Brionna Chantel Report

D Battle II
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2 months ago

It's a trap!

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Phoebe Nagle Report

Zophra
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2 months ago

This has to be a joke. ?

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v3lv3t_v10l3t
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2 months ago

ah cool, we have matching funko pops :)

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Sean Fowlow confirmed that lately, online marketplaces have become immensely popular. “It’s my belief that most people would rather browse through locally available items for sale online from the comfort of their own homes… than driving around their area looking for flea markets and garage sales,” Fowlow adds that this takes a lot of time and energy.

“There is a large community who still enjoy doing this but I would bet there’s an even larger one growing who are frequent online marketplace shoppers, mainly Facebook Marketplace,” the professional thrift hunter said.

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Nancy Witt McDonald Report

Kusotare
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2 months ago

Clever!

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Belle Clarke Report

Marianne Alana
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2 months ago

I have to admit, as long as it’s a brand new, never been used, toilet from the store.. it’s pretty creative. 😂

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Zophra
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2 months ago

Is anyone dying to buy one? I'll pass.

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According to Fowlow, we are certainly heading in the direction where everything is being done from our smartphones. “As a seller of used items myself, it’s much easier to list all of my garage sale items on Facebook Marketplace than it is to set out a table in front of my house or in a public market and wait there for hours. This way, people can then come get the specific item they want at an arranged time with ease… not having to rummage through hundreds of items set out on tables.”

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Shantae Carter Report

Kusotare
Community Member
2 months ago

Is magic allowed?

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Shelby Koppenhaver Report

D Battle II
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2 months ago

These are actually pretty cool.

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Gaya Knust
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2 months ago

Gotta give credit to the seller, he is a tad creative.

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Fowlow agreed that there are definitely a lot of weird, funny, and fake items for sale on online marketplaces. According to him, “Most of them are people just having fun… and it is indeed funny to see these items. For instance, I remember seeing someone selling a stainless steel toaster on Facebook Marketplace where the reflection in the toaster was the seller in his underwear taking the photo for the listing. It was done totally on purpose and I highly doubt there was an actual toaster for sale.”

Having said that, Fowlow explained that “even though there are a lot of listings like this, they only make up a very small percentage. The greater deal are legitimate sale items.”

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v3lv3t_v10l3t
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2 months ago

sounds a bit like a dating profile

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Haley Embleton Report

Derek Dufrane
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2 months ago

Sure it's not a toilet 🙄

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Jessi Sansom Report

Karri Berkowitz
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2 months ago

Grave robbing, extreme edition

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Fowlow himself shops on online marketplaces often, but he mainly uses them to sell. “As I stated before, online marketplaces (like Facebook) make it so easy for me to sell my items and I get tremendous value and time saved because of the mass exposure the platform provides. It’s completely free to list, and they do not charge any fees… like eBay does.”

Another good thing about selling on online marketplaces is that the buyer shows up at your door (or at an arranged location) to purchase the item. Plus, “there are no shipping charges involved. It’s a near-perfect system…”However, Fowlow warns, “there are a lot of questionable people out there… many interested buyers waste my time, failing to show up at the agreed time/place, backing out at the last minute.”

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Group member Report

v3lv3t_v10l3t
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2 months ago

slightly? 😅

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Marielle BV Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

"only worn once"

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Shelby Alexander Report

Milady Blue
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2 months ago

For that, I expect either Jesus or the Virgin Mary's face on them!

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Moreover, Fowlow explained that “oftentimes, people will just simply block your account rather than just say, ‘I’m no longer interested in your item.’ As well, the ‘lowballers’ can be ridiculous. These are the people who will offer you but a fraction of what your item is worth. Factoring all of this into the process of buying/selling on Facebook Marketplace, it’s still tremendously worth it!”

When asked whether online marketplaces will ever drive out open-air markets, Fowlow believes that may be probably if we have another pandemic. “Almost everything is online now. But there is still that old-fashioned crowd who love a good open-air market and will make time and space for them. These markets usually take place in the daytime.”

Meanwhile, “anyone can browse through items on Facebook Marketplace day or night. It’s so easy,” the professional thrift hunter and seller concluded.

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Elijeanah Monroe Report

Sir Guy
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2 months ago

This is amazing, the fact that there is a random alligator with a nuke makes it so much better.

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Sir Tarsier
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2 months ago

How much would this cost to make y'all would consider it?

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Jo Muehlemann Braun Report

Milady Blue
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2 months ago

Doesn't smell bad. I presume "bad" is relative.

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Nicola Casey Report

Karri Berkowitz
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2 months ago

Is this for a witch's brew?

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Looks like one of those “No_____ing” signs to me.

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Gaya Knust
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2 months ago

And now I've seen everything lol

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Bex Emerson Ridgewood Report

Milady Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it neutered? Good with kids?

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Tina Graeser Report

Dandelion Girl
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2 months ago

The vibrator industries are getting more and more creative these days, aren't they?

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Krystal Johnson Report

Zophra
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2 months ago

About those stains...

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Jasmine Rowley Report

v3lv3t_v10l3t
Community Member
2 months ago

nothing like a cold glass of "aaaaah, wtf..." to ease me on my saturday evening

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Rachel Parks Report

Karri Berkowitz
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2 months ago

The chicken nugget toes really set it off

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Dandelion Girl
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This actually looks great I want it

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Ashley Campbell Report

v3lv3t_v10l3t
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2 months ago

i don't think that's chocolate milk anymore

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Mama Panda
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2 months ago

Do you push the tail down to toast the bread? hahahaha

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Karri Berkowitz
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow here I have been putting leftovers in the fridge, I could be selling them. Lol

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Katie McNeil Report

ThatHuskyStorm
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2 months ago

Would it be a…jouch?

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Kusotare
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2 months ago

At least the fluid is the expected color.

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
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2 months ago

I have all the parts. The windshield is in this ziplock bag.

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Tori Wilson
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2 months ago

People seem to think that adding the word 'vintage' to the name or description of their crappy item makes it instantly desirable. WTF. Yeah nah

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SexualHarassmentPanda
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2 months ago

Judging

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Kelly Forrester Report

Zophra
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2 months ago

My cat perked up at this one - said it's really nice.

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Hannah Crockett Report

Mara Is Non-binary 🇺🇦
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2 months ago

slightly used

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Brionna Chantel Report

Sir Guy
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2 months ago

Better come with holy hand grenades and a flamethrower.

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Elexis Keele Report

Mama Panda
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2 months ago

Used once? Like did you rub it all over your body a few times during that one time?

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Chomp chomp. Only tried on a few times according to comments. Don’t pass this deal up

Niki Lea Report

Sharkbait1313
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure dentures don't come "one size fits all:

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Neve Lamb Report

Sir Tarsier
Community Member
2 months ago

A mummified body made of paper mache, or a body that was mummified with paper mache?

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Gaya Knust
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2 months ago

What in the walking sticks Barbies in going on in that picture? lol

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Ahri Snow Report

BordestPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

$1 for every year it takes to decompose (/photodegrade, whatever)

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Group member Report

Mama Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

hey this would go perfect with that foam (?) shelving thing up higher!

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Bailey Wilson Report

Jaden Alexander
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2 months ago

Ummm. Which slot did you put the money in?

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Megan Phipps Report

v3lv3t_v10l3t
Community Member
2 months ago

that mask is very nice, ma'am/sir

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Pryse Montgomery Report

v3lv3t_v10l3t
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2 months ago

I'm concerned as to what the saddle is for 🥲

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Rebecca Jennings Report

David
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2 months ago

That baby is going to be the best Pokemon trainer ever, it's already holding a pokeball in the top photo

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Jaden Alexander
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2 months ago

Santa Wayne Gacy's house.

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Milady Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't tell me, let me guess - vintage ingredients?

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