New Zealand, the US, UK and Australia have been named as the first four countries to get a ‘new’ online marketplace from Facebook, called simply, Marketplace.
Announcing the move, Facebook said: “More than 450 million people visit buy and sell groups each month — from families in a local neighbourhood 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.”
However back in May 2007, Facebook announced: “As of today, Facebook has fully rolled out our new Marketplace feature. You can use Marketplace to list what you have and what you want within your group of friends, networks, or other networks. Beyond its use for classified listings, you can use Marketplace to get a sense of everything available or desired within your networks.”However the Marketplace link in that posting is no longer valid.
Introducing the new incarnation of Marketplace, Facebook said: “Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people.”
It added: “Marketplace opens with photos of items that people near you have listed for sale. To find something specific, search at the top and filter your results by location, category or price. You can also browse what’s available in a variety of categories such as Household, Electronics and Apparel. Use the built-in location tool to adjust the region you’re looking in, or switch to a different city altogether.
Facebook takes no role beyond facilitating contact between buyers and sellers. Potential buyers send the seller a direct message from Marketplace then “From that point on, you and the seller can work out the details in any way you choose. Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace,” Facebook says.
Marketplace will initially be available only on its iOS and Android apps, not on its main web site. Facebook says it will make Marketplace available on the desktop site and in other countries, “in the coming months.”