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Introducing Marketplace to Facebook

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Rivalling Gumtree and eBay, Facebook introduces Marketplace where people can buy and sell with their local community via their mobile phones.

In our very busy world, Facebook is known for connecting and keeping people updated with
friends and family. However, Mary Ku (Facebook’s director of product management) admitted that in recent years, people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other. This activity is commonly known and has blossomed in Facebook groups.

With over 450 million people visiting buy and sell groups every month, Facebook has spotted a niche market. As the new Facebook feature will be competing against increasingly popular online selling platforms, new features and options will be added regularly, ensuring that people have a great experience.

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Are you thinking ‘how does Marketplace work’? Simple. Once you have opened the Facebook app on your phone, a shop icon will display at the bottom. Once the icon is clicked, there will be photos of items for sale. All items can be filtered by categories such as location, category and price. Although it is expected that a lot of people will want to search for items near to them, the option will be there to expand location results.

If somebody is interested in an item, they will send a message to the seller directly from Marketplace to make an offer. Facebook won’t be facilitating the payment or delivery of items on Marketplace, they will simply be sharing photos/ items to the public. The rest is up to you! Due to this, Facebook won’t be charging people for buying new items and selling unwanted ones via the app. What a great benefit!

The expansion of Marketplace on Facebook will involve introducing it to desktop and additional countries within upcoming months. Watch this space!

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