Facebook Marketplace is a feature that launched in 2016 on the popular Facebook social network. Facebook Marketplace essentially functions as an online classifieds service and gives users the ability to sell and buy items directly from within the Facebook website and apps.
Due to the large number of people who use Facebook globally, Facebook Marketplace can be an effective method for selling products as listings have the potential to reach a much larger userbase than similar services.
How Does Facebook Marketplace Work?
Unlike the Facebook Shop feature which acts as an online storefront, Facebook Marketplace doesn’t process any transactions at all. Instead, Facebook Marketplace matches a user who’s interested in buying a product from a seller and the two then negotiate a payment method and location for making the trade.
Facebook Marketplace is primarily used for selling products locally to buyers who are within the same city or town.
The selling of a product on Facebook Marketplace typically follows this pattern:
- The seller creates a free product listing on Facebook Marketplace with a photo of the product, a detailed description, and suggested price.
- The potential buyer then sees the listing and clicks on the Ask for Details button. This initiates a conversation between the two via Facebook Messenger.
- The seller and buyer negotiate a payment method and location for picking up the item.
- The buyer and seller meet in person and exchange the product or service for the payment.
Accepted payment methods vary depending on the seller. Some Facebook Marketplace sellers may prefer cash in hand or a direct deposit while others may ask for payment via a peer-to-peer payment app or in a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ripple.
How to Get Facebook Marketplace
There’s no way to add Facebook Marketplace to Facebook as the service is already built into the social network by default. You simply need to locate Facebook Marketplace within the iOS and Android apps or on the Facebook website. If you don’t see it, try these troubleshooting tips.
You can navigate directly to the Facebook Marketplace section of the Facebook website by going to https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/.
On the Facebook website, which can be accessed from within any internet browser from Microsoft Edge to Brave, the link to Facebook Marketplace will appear on the main menu on the left side of the screen.
You may also see the occasional Facebook Marketplace ad unit while browsing the Facebook website. These are used to advertise product listings and can be clicked on to navigate to the products being promoted.
On the Facebook apps, the link to Facebook Marketplace will frequently appear as an icon that resembles a shop along the bottom of the iOS app or across the top of the Android app.
While Facebook Marketplace will appear within the iOS Facebook app on an iPhone and iPad, the feature is not supported on iPod touch and will be completely absent from the menu once the app is opened.
A link to Facebook Marketplace can also be found within the iOS and Android apps by tapping on the menu icon from the top or bottom menu and then tapping on See More.
Is There a Facebook Marketplace App?
There is no official Facebook Marketplace app as the service is completely integrated into the main Facebook apps on iOS and Android.
There are, however, a variety of unofficial third-party Facebook Marketplace apps that claim to enhance the buying and selling experience but these are not needed.
What Can You Sell on Facebook Marketplace?
Most everyday items such as Blu-ray disks, furniture, collectibles, toys, and even cars can be sold on Facebook Marketplace.
Sellers can also list certain services like cleaning, electrical, plumbing, lawn, and massage sessions though those wishing to offer photography, event, fitness, personal care, and photography are required to do so through a Facebook Page and not a personal profile.
What Items Aren’t Allowed On Facebook Marketplace?
Facebook Marketplace bans the listing of healthcare products and animals. Users are also forbidden from posting “wanted” or “looking for” listings.