Marketplace is accessible via a new shop-shaped icon on the Facebook mobile app. Users see images of items listed for sale near them, and can search for specific goods by location, category or price. The listing contains a product description, the name and profile photo of the seller, and their location.
Marketplace can be used to send the seller an expression of interest via direct message, but it doesn’t support payments or delivery, which must be worked out privately between the buyer and seller.
Marketplace will be launched over the next few days to all Facebook users over the age of 18 in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android. It will be available on the desktop version within a few months.
Facebook has also formalised the buying and selling groups under a separate tab, complete with a maps function to find nearby groups.