Buying cellphones, clothes and other items through Facebook is now easier and more convenient with Facebook Marketplace. The social media giant recently launched Marketplace here in the Philippines. The feature used to be available only in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia.
This is great news for both sellers and buyers alike. Previously, you can look for a specific for by joining local groups or by using the search box. Now, you can simply open Facebook Marketplace and items for sale nearby will be shown. You can also filter the results by price, location and category. There’s also an option to search for a specific item in the marketplace. For sellers, Facebook Marketplace will make their products more visible to more people.
You can save items that you’re interested in, and instantly send a message to the seller without viewing his Facebook profile page.
If you can’t find the item that you’re looking for near your place (the default is within 60 km), you can use the built-in location tool to adjust the distance (up to 100 km), or you can switch to a different city.
Tapping on an image will show additional details, such as the product description, name and profile photo of the seller, and his location. You can ask for the availability of the item or make an offer, and you and the seller can work out the details of your transaction privately.
Selling your items is pretty straightforward. Just click “What are you listing?” and choose whether it’s an item, a vehicle, or housing for rent or sale.
Click “Add Photos” and choose a photo from your camera roll or take a photo of your item. Enter the product name, price, category, location, and description. Choose whether you offer shipping for the item or not, and then click Next. You can then choose to share your new item publicly to the marketplace or to your profile, or to any of the groups that you’re a member of. Easy peasy!
To access Facebook Marketplace, just click the third icon (between friend requests and notification) on the mobile app, or the fourth tab (after Messenger) on the lefthand side on the desktop version.
Marketplace appears to be another attempt by Facebook to establish itself as one of the dominant players in the e-commerce industry. It remains to be seen whether it will surpass Craigslist and OLX as the top peer-to-peer selling platform on the Internet.