Facebook Marketplace is an online marketplace launched by Facebook. Facebook since the day it was founded has been a platform that connects people with their loved ones, friends, and families.
Over the years, Facebook has grown to be not just a platform where people connect with friends and families, but also meet potential buyers and sellers.
This has been happening through various Facebook buy and sell groups. If you are an active user on Facebook, then you must have in one way or the other joined any of those buy and sell groups.
Sellers make huge sales from these groups. The problem, however, is these groups are not well organized as they are owned and managed by the individual Facebook user.
In resolving this issue, Facebook launched its Marketplace on Oct. 3, 2016. The goal is to simplify the buying and selling process so that people can sell and buy items withing their locality online.
Who can use Facebook Marketplace?
Facebook marketplace isn’t available to every user. A lot of Facebook users have been complaining that they can’t access the Marketplace.
If you don’t find the Marketplace icon when you open your Facebook app or website, it means you may not have the privilege to use the Facebook Marketplace.
Who then can use the Facebook Marketplace? Let’s find out.
To use the Marketplace on Facebook,
You must be 18 years or older: You cannot use Marketplace on Facebook if you are below 18.
Your Facebook language must be set to one of the following: Marketplace on Facebook only supports a few languages.
If your Facebook is not set in any of these languages, you may not be able to use the Marketplace. The languages are:
Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnis, French and French Canadian, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian (Bahasa), Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
You must not be new to Facebook: If you newly joined Facebook, you may not be able to use the Marketplace.
You must use the latest version of the Facebook app: You cannot use Marketplace if you are using older versions of the Facebook app, or on iPhone models older than the iPhone 5.
If you live in (or recently travelled to) a location where Marketplace is not supported, you won’t be able to use Marketplace.
How to Sell on Facebook Marketplace?
If you have not been using the Facebook Marketplace, you are missing potential customers and losing out on sales.
There are over 500 million active Facebook users. Imagine the sales you will have when you start showcasing your products and services to the millions of Facebook users in your locality that might be interested.
When you sell your products on Marketplace, you allow your products to be listed publicly, hence, can be anyone in News Feed, search and other places on or off Facebook.
Now, let me quickly show you how you can maximise this opportunity and sell your products on Facebook Marketplace.
To sell things on Marketplace:
Go to Facebook.com and click the Marketplace icon located in the left menu.
Next, click + Sell Something, then click Item for Sale.
Enter a title, price, location, and category for the item you are listing. You can also add a description.
If the item is free, enter 0 as the price.
Next, click + 10 Photos to upload a photo of your product from your computer.
After that, click Post to post your item.
Tips for Sellers
Before you start to sell your products on the Marketplace, consider these tips for sellers.
1. to use a photo that clearly shows the product and its condition.
2. Be detailed about the item description and its condition. Describe any stains or tears available.
3. If you’re selling used clothing or shoes, ensure they’re as clean as possible.
4. If you’re selling personal hygiene items, ensure they are brand-new, and they are in the original, sealed packaging.
5. Don’t be too excited to meet a buyer for your product without first agreeing on the price and location to meet.
6. Let the buyer look over the products, to make sure it’s what they want before you accept payment.
7. If for any reason you are unable to meet the buyer at the time you both agreed on, message them and try to reschedule another time.
How to Buy on Facebook Marketplace
Buying on Facebook Marketplace is very easy. There are thousands of products listed on Marketplace that you can easily find online for your locality.
Let me quickly show you how to buy something on Facebook Marketplace.
To buy things from the Marketplace:
First, go to facebook.com, and click on the Marketplace icon located in the top left.
Next, click on the item you want to buy and message the seller. This you can do in 2 ways.
Click Message to send a custom message to the seller.
Click Send to send a message that says “Is this available?”
You can see the item you want to buy and your conversations with the seller by clicking Buying in the top left of the Marketplace.
Tips for Buyers
Before you start buying things on Facebook Marketplace, here are a few tips for you.
1. Sellers receive many messages from potential customers. Hence, they may not reply to your messages on time.
2. Be sure the product is in good condition before meeting the seller. Also, agree with the seller as to the price and location of your meeting.
3. When you meet with the seller, don’t be in a hurry to pay for it. Be sure to scrutinise the products.
Inform the seller on time if you can’t meet with him/her on the agreed date and time.
That’s all for Facebook Marketplace.
I am sure you can now sell your items and buy items on the Facebook Marketplace.
What do you think about the Facebook marketplace? Do you think it will become the largest online marketplace in the world?
I’d like to hear your view through the comment below. Best of luck as you buy and sell on Facebook Marketplace.
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