Buy & Sell Online Using Facebook’s New Marketplace Feature

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Facebook has been known to keep in touch with old high school friends, your college buds, and posting sweet 1-minute videos of cooking a meal in high-speed. Always on the brink of innovation, Facebook has rolled out with another new function—Facebook Marketplace.

Tons of people on Facebook have created “online garage sale” groups for selling items in their communities. Seeing this as a prime behavior in users prompted Facebook to add a tab at the bottom specifically for selling.

Users can now buy and sell items right on Facebook. Use the search bar at the top to find items you’re on the hunt for or flick through featured items to do some virtual window shopping. A built-in location tools allows you to search within specific cities near you.

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If you happen to spot a velvet tufted sofa you’re googoo over, tap on the image to see the product description, name and profile of the seller, and a map of the general location. If you’re still a little ‘iffy’ on your piece of eye candy, you can always save it and go back to it later. If you decide you can’t live without your item, you can make an offer or message the seller. All payments aren’t connected to Facebook, so make sure you and the seller come to an agreement on how to pay, and where and how the delivery will take place.

Interested in being a seller?

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    Capture your item’s good side by snapping a pic and uploading it

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    Write your product name and description

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    Determine your price

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    Approve your location and select a category for your item

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    Post!

This feature is currently active in four countries—United States, UK, New Zealand, and Australia on mobile Facebook apps only. Be on the lookout for the desktop version that will debut in the upcoming months.

What do you think of the update? Do you think Facebook Marketplace will soon knock competitors like Craigslist and OfferUp out of business?