Facebook launches 'Marketplace' on app

Allan Goodman
October 4, 2016

But unlike Facebook, Craigslist is not mobile friendly, which could boost Facebook Marketplace for the long term.

The company says that selling things on the site is already hugely popular - with 450 million buying and selling groups.

It will be available for Apple and Android users.

To buy an item, users click on the photo. Users can also save items for later, go back and view past transactions, as well as view past chat logs.

Items are sorted into categories that are titled, intuitively enough, things like Household, Apparel, and Electronics. People will be able to list things they want to get rid of or search the app for items they wish to purchase.

The feature uses location services to figure out what's being sold nearby a user, but people can also search for specific items. However, you have to personally contact the person for payment details, unlike something that is well integrated in Craiglist.

Marketplace is not just for purchasing purposes. You just take a photo, add the product name, description and price, confirm your location and select a category.

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A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment to Business Insider beyond pointing us to the company's Commerce Policy, which expressly prohibits selling these kinds of items and services.

The feature will first begin to roll out on the Mobile App as the Messenger icon in the centre bottom row of the mobile app is expected to be replaced with a new Marketplace button in the coming days.

Although Facebook is not charging users, the new selling platform could offer in the future the potential to further monetize its global user base, and keep them on the network.

Users in additional countries will receive the feature in the coming months, and a desktop version will be available soon.

But now, Facebook Marketplace is here to make the whole ordeal smoother and more organized.

This is it for now, folks. It explicitly states that it "does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace". When you find what you're looking for, tap on the picture to learn more about the product and about the seller.

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