What is Facebook Marketplace?

Just in case you don’t spend enough time on Facebook already, Facebook is launching its answer to eBay and Gumtree: Facebook Marketplace

Are you an eBay fan? Or a Gumtree addict? If so you’re probably quite excited about Facebook’s latest announcements; the launch of its own online shopping centre, Facebook Marketplace. Australia (along with the US, the UK and New Zealand) is one of the few countries to be included in the initial roll out.

Canstar-star-rating-and-awards--Compare icon“Facebook is where people connect, and 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 neighborhood to collectors around the world.”

Source: Facebook

Facebook marketplace

 

Like most Facebook functions, it will be easy and intuitive to use Facebook Marketplace, with a new “market” icon appearing at the bottom of the app.

In terms of functionality, it seems that Facebook Marketplace will be far more like eBay-owned Gumtree than eBay itself, in that searches are location-based.  Unlike both eBay and Gumtree, Facebook Messenger does not facilitate the payment of any items. Once you’ve found something you want to buy, it’s over to you: you can direct-message the seller and work out payment and pickup details.

 

If you would prefer to be a seller, you simply:

  • Take a photo of your item, or add it from your camera roll
  • Enter a product name, description and price
  • Confirm your location and select a category
  • Post

It’s available on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android.

If you would prefer to be a seller, you simply:

  • Take a photo of your item, or add it from your camera roll
  • Enter a product name, description and price
  • Confirm your location and select a category
  • Post

It’s available on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android.

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