NEW YORK — Facebook announced Monday the launch of a new feature called Marketplace, which gives users the ability to buy and sell items through the social-media site.
Marketplace will be available in its own tab on the Facebook mobile app and could give Craigslist and eBay a run for their money, as the feature will make it easier for millions of users who have already been buying and selling items in Facebook groups and via posts.
Photos of items for sale near the user’s location will pop up, and a search option along with categories like “electronics” and “apparel” lets users find specific items they may be looking for.
A built-in location tool finds items near the user, or they can opt to choose a different city or location altogether.
To buy an item, users click on the photo. A product description, the name and profile of the seller and their general location will be in each listing.
Interested buyers can send sellers a message through the Marketplace listing to let them know they’re interested and make an offer for their item.
Final price, payment method and delivery are all entirely up to the buyer and seller. Facebook won’t transfer payment or facilitate delivery.
Selling items is just as easy: take a photo of the item; enter a product name, description and price; confirm location and select a category; and post the listing.
Marketplace will only be available to Facebook users over 18. It is now available in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
Users in additional countries will receive the feature in the coming months, and a desktop version will be available soon.