First, Instagram turned into Snapchat. Now, Facebook is coming for Craigslist’s spot.
The social media site announced today that it is launching Facebook Marketplace, an integration that allows users to buy and sell items with people in their community.
In a blog post about the feature, Facebook explained that this was a natural next step, as “more than 450 million people visit buy and sell groups each month.”
With Marketplace, users can browse through photos of items that people have listed for sale.
They can also filter results by category or price if you’re looking for something specific, or browse through a variety of categories like Household, Electronics, and Apparel. Plus, a built-in location tool allows you to hone in on a certain neighbourhood, or search for an item in a different city altogether.
“When you find something interesting, tap on the image to see more details from the seller, including a product description, the name and profile photo of the seller, and their general location. You can also save the item to find it later,” Facebook explains in their blog post.
Buyers and sellers can DM each other to work out the payment and delivery details, and posting an item is also pretty intuitive: simply take a photo of your item, enter in the necessary details (name, description, price, etc.), confirm the location and category, and then hit ‘post.’
Unfortunately, Canadians will have to wait a little while to get in on the Marketplace action.
Facebook will be rolling it out to every user over the age of 18 in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand on their mobile app first. They will continue to expand to other countries and their desktop version in the coming months.
In the meantime, us Canadians will just have to stick to sites like Kijiji to get rid of our unwanted goods. Or trade them for tokens on Bunz.