More than 450 million people visit “buy and sell groups” on Facebook each month. In fact, buying and selling on Facebook has become so big recently, that the company is introducing Marketplace – a new place to buy and sell items in your local community.
Facebook had already allowed users to buy and sell goods in Groups. But today, it’s a whole new tab, dedicated to peer-to-peer commerce on the platform. Marketplace makes it easy to find, buy, or sell things on Facebook. For now, Marketplace is limited to doing business with people who are located near you, but Facebook tells us this is just the beginning, and that new features are on the way.
To visit Marketplace, just tap on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app, and start exploring:
When you open Marketplace, you will immediately see photos of things that people near you have listed for sale. You can search for anything you like, and browse across a variety of categories, like Household, Electronics or Apparel for example. You can also narrow your search by location or price.
When you find something you like, tap on the image for more information on the product. You’ll also be able to start a conversation with the seller. If you’re convinced, buy it. If you’re still not 100% sure, then you also get the option to save the item, to find it later.
Selling An Item In Facebook Marketplace
Selling in Marketplace is very easy. All you have to do is take a photo of your item – or add it from your camera roll – enter a name, description and price and then confirm your location. Then select a category. Finally, hit “post”, and voila! Your item is up for sale!
Marketplace is now rolling out to everyone over 18 in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. It will be available on both iPhone and Android. The feature should then expand to additional countries, and make its way to the desktop over the next few months.