Facebook Marketplace takes on eBay, Craigslist

0 Posted by - 4th October 2016 - Technology

If you’re spending a lot of time using Facebook, you may as well get a little shopping done, right?

That’s the thinking behind Marketplace, a new online version of a yard sale Facebook announced today in a blog post. Marketplace can be found by tapping on the shopping icon on the bottom of the Facebook app for iPhone and Android.

The feature is set to roll out to users 18 and older in the U.S., UK, Australia and New Zealand over the next few days, according to the company.

Facebook bills Marketplace as a service people can use to find the things they’re looking to buy and sell what they want to get rid of.

“Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other,” wrote Mary Ku, Facebook’s director of product management. “More than 450 million people visit buy and sell in [Facebook Groups] each month — from families in a local neighborhood to collectors around the world. To help people make more of these connections, today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community.”

The move gives sites like eBay and Craigslist, which have made their names and their fortunes on acting like online flea markets, a new rival.

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