Facebook announced a new feature on Monday called “Marketplace.” While users have been able to post items for sale before, this now allows them to make offers, arrange pickups, talk directly with sellers and more. It looks like it’s aimed right at killing off Craigslist.
Facebook Marketplace, for example, has features that helped keep Craigslist relatively unique. You can sort by location, then break down your shopping (or listing) into various sub-categories, like electronics, apparel or household, Facebook said.
Sellers can post images of the products they’re selling, the price, the general area it’s in for pick up and more. Buyers can view this information, place bids and message sellers. Again, Craigslist offers this sort of stuff, but in a clunky web interface that hasn’t really evolved over the past several years.
I know that, at least in my neighborhood, Facebook is already an incredibly popular place to sell items like bikes, furniture, books and other household items. Now there’s an entire section where folks can find all of this stuff. If I was Craigslist, I’d be shaking in my boots right about now.
Facebook Marketplace launches today in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, and users will be able to access it right through the iOS or Android Facebook application.
Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/10/03/facebook-marketplace-app/