What is Facebook Marketplace and how do I use it to buy and sell?
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(Pocket-lint) – Facebook took on Etsy and eBay as early as 2016, with the launch of Marketplace, a feature in Facebook’s main app that you can use to buy and sell goods.
We’ve seen this works really well on a local basis, because it’s so easy to see free and paid items that are around where you live – and related to things that interest you.
Before Marketplace, people used Facebook groups to buy, sell, trade, and barter. For example, you could create a “garage sale” type group for your community, so that people in your neighborhood can post the items they have for sale and search for items from others. This system was a bit cumbersome, however, with Marketplace offering a much simpler approach.
Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook Marketplace, including where to find it.
Where to find Marketplace?
Just click on the Marketplace icon at the top of the Facebook app. This is the icon that looks like a small shop.
How can you browse items for sale?
Marketplace opens with photos of items that people near you have listed for sale. To find a specific article, you can enter a keyword in the search bar by tapping the search icon at the top right of your screen.
You can filter your results by location, category or price. There is also a “Categories” section, where you can discover articles in the categories “Clothing and accessories”, “Electronics”, “Family”, etc. You also have a location tool that allows you to adjust your search radius.
How to buy items?
When you find an item you want to buy, remember to click on the image to get more details about the seller, such as a product description, name, profile picture, and general address. You can also save the article to find it later.
Once you’ve decided to buy it – or are interested in it – you can message the seller from Marketplace to make them an offer, simply by tapping the “Message Seller” button. Facebook does not facilitate payment or delivery of items. The idea is that you and the seller can work out the details.
How to sell items?
To list an item for sale on Marketplace, take a photo of it (or add it from your camera roll), then enter the product name, description and price, confirm your location and select a category .
You can then post it so anyone searching in your area can find your item and message you if they want to buy it. Remember that Facebook does not facilitate payment or delivery of items.
How to keep track?
To keep track of all your current and past transactions, visit the profile section of Marketplace by tapping the icon at the top right of the screen, next to the search icon. From here, you can see your recent activity, any saved items, products you’ve listed for sale, and any previous messages you’ve had with people.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Elyse Betters. Edited by Luke Baker.