In a bid to make inroads into the emerging e-commerce space, Facebook has launched ‘Marketplace’ – its new user-to-user exchange for buying and selling goods with others in the community on its platform.
Over the next few days, Marketplace will roll out to everyone over 18-years-old in the US, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android.
“We will continue expanding to additional countries and make Marketplace available on the desktop version of Facebook in the coming months,” Facebook’s Director of Product Management Mary Ku said in a post late on Monday.
In recent years, more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way — buying and selling with each other.
“This activity started in Facebook Groups and has grown substantially. More than 450 million people visit — buy and sell groups, each month — from families in a local neighbourhood to collectors around the world,” Ku added.
Marketplace is a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in the community.
To visit Marketplace, just tap on the shop icon at the bottom of the Facebook app and start exploring.
Marketplace opens with photos of items that people near you have listed for sale.
To find something specific, search at the top and filter your results by location, category or price.
You can also browse what’s available in a variety of categories such as household, electronics and apparel.