From the name marketplace, anyone could conclude that the Facebook marketplace is Facebook’s way of trying to assist in the day to day buying and selling activities that occur worldwide. A marketplace is an avenue to conduct marketing activities as it brings people together for the purpose of buying or selling.
But how about a marketplace on the largest social media network on earth? With nearly 3 billion people on Facebook, a marketplace might be the best feature Facebook has ever come up with.
Its ability to connect people easily as a social media platform worked efficiently into advertising and marketing. Facebook marketplace is not just easy to use but also efficient, it works based on location, meaning you can buy goods from sellers just around you.
Facebook is a large platform, you can use this to your advantage by selling your goods or junks easily. Facebook decided to make it easier for users looking to sell and buy on Facebook by developing the Facebook marketplace.
Do note that there are also Facebook buy and sell groups that work almost like the Facebook marketplace.
More About Facebook Marketplace
It might not be the best or most exclusive buying and selling software ever developed but it’s easy to use. Facebook doesn’t really interfere in transactions, the negotiations and interactions are left to the buyers and sellers in person.
The service is free and all goods are enlisted categorically, making it easy for any buyer to locate a commodity. These commodities are filtered based on location hence you would be shown the commodities available in your area of which you searched.
Facebook marketplace isn’t really an online mall. It’s more of an online marketing software connecting sellers to their respective buyers.
What You Can’t Sell or Buy on Facebook Marketplace?
It’s an online marketplace, surely there must be somethings you just can’t sell on it. If no one is selling it, there is no way anyone can buy it.
The Facebook marketplace offers a platform where goods and products can be sold. Not so much for services or products whose uses are complicated.
Commodities categorized under drugs and healthcare, alcohol, animals, gift cards, event tickets, weapons, and some classes of electronics can’t be sold on this platform.
How to Find Facebook Marketplace
To use this tool, you need to be a registered Facebook user hence you must have a Facebook account.
Login to your Facebook account and identify the Facebook interface you are using.
This means you still use the old Facebook interface or layout. On your news feed page, click on the hamburger menu at the top right corner.
Scroll down till you come across a Shop icon, click on it.
The new Facebook is one of Facebook’s new updates to give users a better experience while using Facebook. if you are using New Facebook, you must have seen and agreed to Facebook prompts to switch you to it.
On your news feed page, look to the left side and click on the Shop icon there.
How to Sell on Facebook Marketplace
Once you’ve successfully found the Facebook marketplace, you can now proceed to sell on it. Follow these easy guides to do so;
- Take a photo of what you want to sell.
- Proceed to upload it to the Facebook marketplace.
- Fill in the commodity’s name, description, and price tag.
- Add the location so as to make it easier for buyers to find the specific commodity.
- Choose the category under which the product falls.
- Preview everything and make sure you filled everything correctly and click on Post.
To improve the probability a potential buyer finds your product, follow Facebook’s prompt to post your item on buy and sell groups. You would have to join some buy and sell groups to be able to do this.
How to Buy on Facebook Marketplace
It’s simple once you’ve successfully gotten to the Facebook marketplace. Assuming you have something in mind that you want to buy, all you need to do is figure out the category it falls under.
There are up to 10 different categories which you could select from, choose one that best describes the commodity you want to buy. Next, specify your location, and every available product under that category around your location will pop out.
You don’t want to go through this stress, just use the search bar and type in what you want. Buying on the Facebook marketplace is way easier than selling.
Found what you are looking for, click on the image to see everything about the commodity including its full description and price. If you are okay with what you’ve seen, tap on the message icon at the bottom of the post to start the negotiation process, and eventually buy the item.
Facebook Marketplace Not Available
The Facebook Marketplace is not available to all countries yet, so there is a possibility you might not be able to access this feature. You might find the Facebook marketplace, but when you click on, a Facebook prompt appears informing you that it’s not available in your country.
If you do not find it after following the guides enlisted above, try these tips
- Update the Facebook app on your mobile device. Did not work, try the next one.
- Delete the Facebook app on your device, download it from your device app store, and restart your phone. Then open the Facebook app and see if you’d find it.
Still can’t find it, I am sorry to inform you of this, but the Facebook marketplace feature is not available in your region.