I recently had to sell my car and I thought what better way than using facebook. I had tried all the usual suspects before, such as drive.com.au and carsales.com.au but thought why not see if someone I knew could find a buyer. Then I could save time and all those strangers contacting me and asking, why I was selling it, what was wrong with it (nothing) and was the scratch from the shopping trolley hiding a major bingle? So I posted a message on facebook and offered the person who could find a buyer $200 payable using Kaching, (not too sure if I offered too much but I was testing the market!).
It’s a sale
I sold the car within a couple of days to a friend’s boyfriend – lets call him ‘Bobbie’ and he got a great deal. Plus I was able to give ‘Connie’, not her real name but close – the two hundred bucks using facebook. Everyone now knows that Connie and Bobbie have a newish car and that I am good for my word with making payments. All because I did it using fb.
Cash for chores
I then started exploring new ways to make fb payments, which I have since practiced on my son Andy (his real name). The problem with kids, or at least my kids, is getting them to do jobs around the house without a real incentive. My solution was to make a fb payment to Andy to mow the lawn @$40 a lawn, but not release the code to him until the job was done. It’s like waving the cash under his nose as he knows how easy it is to collect. The lawn was done and Andy got the $$ faster than he could say, “thanks dad”. Still waiting on the thanks, now I come to think about it.
My final Kaching payment was to a mate Barney, (his real nick-name) for a case of quality wine, okay so it was $10 a bottle and near its use by date. He dropped the wine off when I wasn’t at home so I used Kaching SMS to pay him. Now Barney is the wrong side of 50, and not the most technically savvy guy; he still has a Nokia phone with a monochrome screen, but he was able to collect the cash before I could say, “Salut”.