Facebook Marketplace is now rolled out in almost all the countries were Facebook is available. In United States and Canada this has become a major tool for buying and selling goods locally. This article gives an insight on how to use Facebook Marketplace and what are the common problems faced by users accessing this free service of Facebook.
How to access Facebook Marketplace
On Desktop PC & Mac
Once you login to Facebook, the Marketplace icon will be visible on the top rightside of the page. If it is not visible, the Marketplace option would not be available for your profile itself. Else the Marketplace icon will be enabled by default. Please note that the Facebook Marketplace is enabled based on the profile preferences, such as Lanuguage and location mentioned in your profile. It is not based on which location presently you are in.
On mobile app
Open the Facebook app and on the top center of the page you will view the Facebook Marketplace icon .Tap on that icon and you will view the screens below, if you are accessing it for the first time.
Once you tap on the Explore button, you will find the items for sale in the area mentioned above, as shown in the picture below. In this case it is 20 km from Bangalore. We can adjust the location settings as shown below.
How to buy or sell products on Facebook Marketplace
Click/tap on the products listed and you will get the option to Message the Seller and fix an appointment to handover the product directly to you. Please note that you do not reveal personal details as Facebook does not guarantee you the authenticity of the product or seller. This can just be considered as a platform to view the products listed. There are risks associated with this type of deal also there are benefits that comes along.
There are a lot of people complaining that the Facebook Marketplace icon disappears all of a sudden without users knowledge. The matter has been reported to the Facebook Support and a proper response has not yet received from the support team. You can follow the discussion here.
From the discussion, one possible way to fix the issue is explained below.
Play Store > Search “Facebook” > Uninstall (updates) > RESTART PHONE! > Play Store > Search “Facebook” > Install > RESTART PHONE! > Login to Facebook using app > Marketplace Icon back.
For more details on Facebook Marketplace, check out this article.