As social media network tries innovative and engrossing ways to keep users engaged, Facebook Inc has launched Marketplace, a feature that will allow people to buy and sell items locally.
Initially, this service will be rolled out in the UK, United States, Australia and New Zealand for iPhone and Android users over the next few days. The desktop users will have to wait for the desktop version as it will be available in the coming months.
In a statement Facebook stated, “Facebook is where people connect, and to help people make more of these connections, we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. 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.”
The feature will appear as a “shop” icon at the bottom of the Facebook app which will allow users to search for items on sale in their neighborhood. From here, the users can also list the products for sale.
Facebook will not facilitate the payment or delivery of items and will not take a cut from any transactions.