Facebook makes local buying and selling easier with ‘Marketplace’ | HT Tech

Facebook makes local buying and selling easier with ‘Marketplace’

Facebook said new ‘Markertplace’ formalises what some members have already been doing in Facebook Groups for years.

By: AFP
| Updated on: Oct 03 2016, 19:33 IST
image caption
Facebook said new ‘Markertplace’ formalises what some members have already been doing in Facebook Groups for years. (Facebook)

Facebook on Monday launched a new online "Marketplace" allowing members of the huge social network to buy and sell with each other.

The new feature puts Facebook squarely in competition with local online selling platforms led by Craigslist, and offers an alternative to marketplaces like eBay.

You may be interested in

MobilesTablets Laptops
7% OFF
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Black Titanium
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Storage
23% OFF
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G
  • Green
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Storage
Google Pixel 8 Pro
  • Obsidian
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage
Apple iPhone 15 Plus
  • Black
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage

Facebook said the new program formalises what some members have already been doing in Facebook Groups for years.

Also read
Looking for a smartphone? To check mobile finder click here.

"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," said product manager Mary Ku in a blog post .

"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."

The new feature helps facilitate this with "a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community," Ku said.

Marketplace will display photos of items for sale based on proximity, and users can adjust their location and search for specific items or categories such as clothing, household items or electronics.

The new feature will be rolling out to over-18 users in the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming days on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android, with additional countries and a desktop version in the coming months.

Catch all the Latest Tech News, Mobile News, Laptop News, Gaming news, Wearables News , How To News, also keep up with us on Whatsapp channel,Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 03 Oct, 19:32 IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS