Saturday 17 March 2018

The new feature on your newsfeed: Facebook launches smalls ads service 'Marketplace' in Ireland

Stock photo: Bloomberg
Stock photo: Bloomberg
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Facebook has launched its version of a small ads service in Ireland.

The service, called Marketplace, allows Facebook users to advertise items for sale to one another in a special section on the social network, identified by a shop icon.

The new service's main selling pitch is that purchasers can see the Facebook profiles of sellers.

However, Facebook does not handle any of the payments, leaving that up to the buyers and sellers themselves.

To list something for sale, a Facebook can upload a photo from their phone and enter a product name, description and price.

Once another Facebook user sees something they are interested in, they can send the seller a direct message and make an offer.

"Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace," said Deborah Liu, vice president of Facebook's Marketplace division.

"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 electronics, home & garden, and clothing and accessories. Use the built-in location tool to adjust the region you’re looking in or switch to a different area."

"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 city. You can also save the item to find it later."

Keeping track of all of current and past transactions in Marketplace is possible by visiting the 'Your Items' section. There, you can view your saved items, products you’ve posted for sale and messages with people.

Marketplace has been available to UK Facebook users, as well as Americans and Australians. Today's launch takes in most of the rest of Europe.

"In May, more than 18 million new items posted for sale in Marketplace in the US, and that number continues to grow," said Ms Liu.

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