Facebook is celebrating the five years of Marketplace with more features that help people shop more easily and responsibly on the platform.
Facebook introduced Marketplace in 2016 to improve the experience for people turning to Groups to buy and sell items. Five years on, Marketplace gets one billion users per month from around the world.
Now, Facebook is celebrating the platform’s anniversary, with the release of a bunch of new features to improve its ease and safety ahead of the holiday season.
First of all, Facebook is introducing a way for Marketplace users to create a saved search on Marketplace and to get notified when new listings match their criteria. So, for example, if someone searched for an item on Marketplace but didn’t find the right one, they can now save the search to be notified when items that meet the same criteria appear for sale.
Secondly, Facebook is making it easier for users to shop anywhere globally, with the expansion of shipping options on Marketplace, rolling out in Great Britain, and within Buy and Sell Groups in the US.
By offering more shipping options, Facebook is making it easier for its users to shop and complete their transactions using Facebook Pay. In addition, Facebook will cover purchases made with checkout on Facebook with Purchase Protection.
Facebook is also keeping an eye on trends by highlighting top searches, most popular categories, and sustainable styles (such as the demand for clothing) trending on its US Marketplace.
This option will allow users to easily share with their friends on Messenger details about the location, time, and date of the arranged pickup appointment.
Marketplace will also offer meetup preferences, through which sellers can let buyers know how they prefer to exchange an item locally, such as a public meetup or via door dropoff or pickup to minimize in-person transactions.