The modified iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android applications from Facebook now have a storefront icon in the lower menu, where you’ll find Marketplace.
With individuals purchasing and selling items locally, the Marketplace is just like Craig’s List. But you can only use your Facebook app to buy and sell things instead of going to a website. You learn a little from Facebook about the seller and can see products sold by your friends.
The Marketplace is also not quite like eBay. There are no deadlines or bids posted, sellers and buyers are not rated, and you negotiate directly with the vendor for payment and delivery of the item. In this part of the contract, Facebook may not get involved.
Buying on Marketplace
The Marketplace is found on iPhone/iPad and Android in the Facebook app. To see goods being sold by people in your general region, who may or may not be Facebook friends with you, tap on the Marketplace icon.
This icon for Marketplace takes the place of the icon for Messenger. Look for the Messenger icon in the Facebook app’s upper-left corner of the screen.
You can see pictures of the goods as well as costs. To find out more detail about products being sold, tap on the photo.
A picture, price, and a (usually short) item description are included in the listings. The seller’s location is displayed generally on a map, and you can see an abbreviate Facebook profile, including when they joined Facebook. You may make a bid or send the seller a message.
Expect to find everything from vehicles to clothing to furniture to phones. By tapping the file folder icon in the menu bar at the top of the page, you can search by keyword or category.
Within the Facebook app, you can hide and report an object if you notice an objectionable product being sold.
Before shopping at the Marketplace, be sure to compare rates on other pages. I saw a pair of headphones looking attractive before searching Amazon and found them cheaper for $50.
Selling on Marketplace
Facebook has made it easy to sell in the Marketplace. Snap an item photo, add a description, pick a category, and confirm your location. Post the item then.
Individuals interested in the listing can send you a message on Facebook asking for more information. A bid on the item may also be submitted.
In the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand, the Facebook Marketplace is currently open to users aged 18 and over through the Facebook app on iOS and Android. The company plans to bring Marketplace to its website and other nations but is slowly pushing it out when launched; the service had some big bugs.
Marketplace Roll Out – A Cautionary Tale
If you’ve ever wondered why tech giants are slowly pushing out new features, the question is answered by the Facebook Marketplace. The initial Marketplace launch didn’t go so well.
The Marketplace filters didn’t operate to block the selling of illicit and unsavory items. See, The Verge, Facebook apologizes to Marketplace for drugs, firearms, and animals that appeared.
It halted the rollout of Marketplace before it corrected the problem after Facebook apologized for the filter failure.
Although the filters may work better now, they are not ideal, so don’t be shocked to see some inappropriate products on the Marketplace being sold.
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