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Everything you need to know about Facebook Marketplace

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It seems like social networking wasn’t enough for Facebook to keep those 1.71 Billion users engaged enough. The company has recently announced an extension to its business model with the introduction of Facebook Marketplace.

What is Facebook Marketplace?

Just like eBay and Gumtree, Facebook has extended its business model to include an online marketplace feature which lets you discover, buy, and sell items to the people in your area/community. The platform is similar to eBay but with an added touch of ‘Social-ness’. You get to chat with the other party over Facebook messenger and also have an access to their Facebook profile.Facebook Marketplace

How it all started?

It all started in February 2015 when Facebook introduced buy and sell groups which let users add items for sale in such groups which included adding a description of the product, setting up a price and set a pick-up or delivery location.


Why Facebook Marketplace?

Looks like the current user data information available to Facebook isn’t enough to carry on its revenue generation through ads. It wants advertisements to be more targeted.

How will marketplace help Facebook in better revenue generation?

Well, this new feature will certainly result in users spending more time on Facebook (Ebay’s userbase has been poached), posting about what they want to sell (because they’ve already bought or going to buy that item soon), looking for things to buy (they can buy that item from Facebook’s advertiser too, if it’s affordable) and chat with the strangers (more use of Facebook messenger).

There are already around 450 million users in buy and sell groups. Hence, this is a tried and tested option to roll out.

These groups were privately owned and were so diverse that Facebook didn’t have much control over the sale offers posted. Some of the products posted (like guns, drugs, etc.) violated the website’s new policies. Marketplace, which will act as a common place to buy sell goods, will also help Facebook keeping a check on such products

Facebook marketplace

Is Facebook Marketplace Better than eBay?

Yes. Facebook may turn out to be a better marketplace than eBay as unlike eBay, which is a typical marketplace, Facebook has positioned itself as a Social Marketplace where you can not just see the seller’s profile but can see the mutual friends you have (in case you want to inquire about him) and can also chat with him using Facebook messenger.

But, unlike eBay, Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace. There is also no comments or review feature on the marketplace yet.

FB Marketplace

Few More Details about FB Marketplace.

  • It will be available to everyone over 18 years of age.
  • Currently launched in four countries (US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand)
  • Currently available for iPhone and Android and not on windows or desktop version of Facebook.
  • Facebook does not facilitate the payment or delivery of items in Marketplace. You and the other party get to decide it on your own.

How To Remove Marketplace From Facebook App?

Facebook marketplace is a permanent feature in the Facebook application and unfortunately, you can’t remove or disable the Facebook Marketplace feature from the Facebook application yet. We’ll update this section as soon as we find any information from Facebook about removing Facebook Marketplace from Facebook App.

Go On, Tell Us What You Think!

Did we miss something?  Come on! Tell us what you think of this article on Facebook Marketplace in the comment section.

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37 Responses

  1. Peggy says:

    I don’t have Facebook market place how do I get it

  2. AJ says:

    So how do I opt out of the Marketplace? I only want to sell in and to my local neighborhood. What if I received a gift and I want to sell it? I certainly don’t want my friend to see that I am selling it. The sales groups are private or public for a reason – the Marketplace removes that and anyone can type in your name and see what you are selling. How do I opt out?

  3. Anna Bosazzi says:

    where is the comment section on facebook market place.?????I need help and cant talk to anyone

  4. SHK says:

    can anyone tell me where to find the comment section on facebook marketplace?? TIA

  5. Hi Anna, Facebook marketplace doesn’t come with a comment section yet. You need to contact the seller/buyer directly.

  6. I’m receiving a pop up error message every time I inquiry about items in marketplace…
    The action attempted has been deemed abusive or otherwise disallowed.

    I have no idea how to remove it or why it is appearing…..
    please help me… thank you

  7. Darlene Hurst says:



    PLEASE ADVISE…. thank you so much

  8. Joann says:


  9. Neelam says:

    Oh now i got that it was market place.

  10. Robin says:

    How to remove error message about message deemed abusive and disallowed. How to remove this. Help please

  11. Ali says:

    I don’t even have the option FOR marketplace and I would really like it. It gives me an error message saying I’m not approved to be in this audience.

  12. Ken says:

    Is there a way to put a period in the price. Like I’m selling pecans for 2.50 per pound but haven’t found a way to put the period so it looks like 250

  13. Tim Hebb says:

    It could be a good thing BUT it seems the page is not monitored at all.Im a cash buyer and have messaged people on a lot of items within 20 miles…………..but I never get a reply and the item is still for sale.Or its posted for weeks and your told it sold weeks ago.People aren’t removing sold items,as well as bumping unsold items up everyday as if they just posted it.And you have no idea how long an item has been posted if its over a week.I gave up.

    • Tina says:

      I agree that’s frustrating. I don’t understand why it doesn’t list the exact date the item was listed. When it says over a week it could be 8 days or a year. 75 percent of the time they don’t have it anymore, changed their mind, or moved.

  14. melissa doby says:

    How come for some people, me included, the marketplace icon doesnt appear on my phone app or on desktop. both phone and computer are up to date. language and region is set for english and united states. have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, clearing memory cache… apparently im not alone that it happens to people. I have even “liked” and joined the facebook pages and marketplace groups….

  15. Mary says:

    I want to put my stuff on market place but want it only to be local. How can I keep other than locals from seeing my stuff?

  16. Elia Pacheco says:

    when does my post expire?

  17. Robert Malin says:

    Tried to buy a truck through Facebook Marketplace, but want to get some answers first so i called a number to Facebook marketplace customer service and after talking to Allen Walker [if real name] i place the order and paid by gift cards as told to do. I did’t receive the truck, so i called Allen and he stated the seller decided not to sell the truck , so i said i wanted a refund back. He stated that the only way was to sent more money so he could add it to the cards and then i could get my refund. i sent the money and when i checked for my refund, there was not any money on the cards. So i called him again and he stated he made a mistake, so again he told me to send more money. I know mistakes can happen so i sent it. It has gotten up to $10200.00 and he kept asking on more money and i said no more money. He got upset and said i was going to lose my money and DO NOT CONTACT HIM AGAIN. I told him i was recording conversations before and made notes and still have the cards. I also him i was sending it to Facebook Legal Department and other legal places. This has been going on since August 2017 and as of 2/28/2018.
    I saw anther phone number 800-368-6135 and talked to them about what happened and they said they could get my money back if i would send them $1000.00. I guessing they are scammers also.

  18. Peter Fazzi says:

    I been blocked out of marketplace and have tried to get back on numerous times and different ways….I read many others have been blocked and not able to get back on…I’ll stay with ebay as Marketplace is a BS for me!

    • Elaine Scherer says:

      Yes same here.. Blocked out for unknown reasons.. Just crazy..I post only clothing and shoes like only 3 posts a week and got blocked.. Why why?

  19. Massama Traore says:

    I was in confusion about the Facebook Marketplace. But, now everything is clear by reading this article. Thanks, Aashish!

    I’m using FB marketplace, It is amazing. 🙂

  20. Joyce Gottlick says:

    Market place sucks! 3 times they denied me from selling a challenge coin, yet many other people are selling thiers. I ask them what the reason is in an appeal and they keep saying DENIED. It is not real money, so it is not a restricted item!

  21. Elaine Scherer says:

    Just ridiculous that I had Marketplace blocked for unknown reasons. I only sell clothing and shoes. I have for 2 years and then all of a sudden blocked.. Just disheartening..I only post like 3 times a week. Any ideas?

  22. Paula says:

    Can you separate Facebook from marketplace? When you create a marketplace post does it automatically go to all your friends in your Facebook account?

  23. Heather says:

    You know how I can block people from seeing my name when I post something on Facebook Marketplace? I don’t mind if they see my first name but how do I block my last name?

    Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers Heather

  24. Dallas Ann says:

    Every time I log on to Facebook and check the marketplace it sends me back to Seattle when I have clearly selected Fairbanks Alaska several times period and changed back but like I said every time I log back on it turns back to Seattle

  25. Van says:

    When I post an item it always comes up with the comment “Mark as Sold” If I post it as “available ” then the title reads ” sold ……”
    I can’t seem to change this to read “Ask for details ” or something similar
    . HELP

  26. Benjamin B Alvarez says:

    I am also getting the same comment. I posted my bike and it sez “Mark as Sold”.
    I thought I made a mistake, so I deleted my item and re-start all over again. Then it was the same “Mark as Sold”. Help please!

  27. Jo says:

    I have been blocked from market place and would like to get back on. Have tried everything and do not know what the problem is I have not done anything wrong any help please it provided a bit of extra income that has now gone dry

  28. Crystal says:

    Why does marketplace hide the group the item is listed in? I prefer to see it in the actual group so I can see other comments, how many people are in line, etc.

  29. Barbara says:

    I want to know how to make a line through a price and then put the sale price beside it.

  30. Fred Farkle says:

    I don’t give a damn about what people have to sell or want to buy. If I want something, I know where to get it and don’t need lead around by the nose. I see these ‘suggestions’ as harrassment and should not be mandatory but an option. I belong to 4 military facebook groups and they are unit or theatre of operation oriented and accept NO outside postings. I wish facebook people could get that thru their thick skulls that all that spam is unwanted.

  31. Shasta says:

    How do I make my forsale post to only post to groups
    That I choose instead of automatically posting to Markstplace.
    There are particular sights that I can sell certain things on
    That the Market place keeps rejecting . This is driving me insane
    Please someone… Help!!!

  32. mbuh says:

    how do i recover an item that i have paid for the owner is hesitating to deliver. can marketplace help me trace this person’s location.

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