Facebook launches new ‘marketplace’ for buying, selling items in your community

NEW YORK (AP & WSVN) — Facebook is launching a separate “marketplace” section that will make it easier to buy and sell stuff locally. Over 450 million people use Facebook to sell anything from cars to baby clothes to furniture.

The last time Facebook tried its hand at such a marketplace was nine years ago, and it didn’t really go anywhere. Like Facebook itself at the time, it was a desktop computer-only product. The latest effort, or course, works on mobile devices, so it’s easier to snap a photo of the item you are selling and upload it on the site.

Facebook said Monday that the most popular items people currently buy and sell on the service include furniture, cars and clothes.

To visit Marketplace, just tap on the shop icon at the bottom of your Facebook app and start exploring:


Users can also send the seller a direct message to tell them that you’re interested in the item and then make an offer. However, Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace.


The new marketplace will be rolling out to anyone over 18 years old in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android.

For more information on this new feature, click here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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