Facebook has implemented improved new ways for people to buy and sell things on the platform – aimed at selling goods.
As an alternative to services like eBay, Facebook users sometimes turn to Facebook Groups to make purchases. Previously, however, this was mostly done informally.
According to the social media platform: “For Sale Group members can choose the “Sell” feature when creating a post. Members can add a description to what they’re selling, including a price and set a pick-up/delivery location. Sellers can also mark posts as ‘Available’ or ‘Sold’ and easily view their catalog of previous items sold.”
Facebook users can now select a "sell" button instead of "post" when writing up a listing. Individual slots can also be filled out to specify price and product descriptions, instead of the typical single body of text you're used to when writing a Facebook post. Sellers can also mark the listing as either "available" or "sold" after it has been posted.
This development makes user-based commerce a bit more official on the platform. People who run so-called For Sale Groups on Facebook can nominate their group to get the new feature here. Facebook plans to continue expanding peer-to-peer sales on the website.
These new features are rolling out to Facebook For Sale Groups globally in the coming months across iOS, Android and web.