Facebook today announced Marketplace, a way to make buying and selling goods within your community a whole lot easier than before. Previously, Facebook users would create “swap” or buy and sell groups to exchange goods within their communities. A user would post something for sale and other users would express interest in buying it. After that, the buyer and seller would arrange a place to meet to conduct the exchange or transaction.
But now, Facebook Marketplace is here to make the whole ordeal smoother and more organized. Hit the break for all the great details.
“To help people make more of these connections, today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people.“
To access Marketplace, there’s a new button being added to the navigation. Now, users will see a Shop icon, which they can tap on to start exploring goods in your area.
Marketplace works just like a buy and sell group, except without all of the added drama. Sellers can add items for sale in just four steps. It’s as simple as taking a photo of your item, adding a product name, description and price, confirming your location and selecting the most relevant category, and finally, posting the listing.
Buyers have a lot of options for them. If they’re looking for something specific, they can filter by location, category and a price range. They’re also able to browse what’s available in highlighted categories. This can include things like Electronics, Household, Apparel and other options.
Then, when you find something you’re interested in, you can simply tap the item for further details. This is also the place where you’ll be able to make an offer on the item as well as message the seller.
Keep in mind that it’s still up to you and the seller to work out the deal. Facebook isn’t facilitating payments or actual delivery of items within Marketplace. They’re just creating an organized and well thought out market for buying and selling.
Facebook Marketplace will be available initially in four countries–the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Marketplace will roll out to additional countries over the next few months, which is when we should see a desktop version of Marketplace, too.