Facebook finally enables Marketplace feature in Singapore

Marketplace is now available for Facebook users in Singapore.
Facebook Singapore

Social media giant Facebook has launched yet another feature for its users in Singapore.

Called Marketplace, the feature will allow Singapore users to buy and sell goods locally via the Facebook app, starting from Tuesday (Jan 23).

Launched in the US a year ago, Marketplace already exists in 46 other countries, and will finally be rolled out here over the next two weeks.

Mobile app users will need to click on the Marketplace icon at the bottom of the updated app, while desktop users can access the feature via a new tab on the webpage.

According to Facebook’s director of product management Karandeep Anand, 550 million people currently use Facebook to buy and sell in groups every month.

With Marketplace, sellers can cross-list items on these groups as well as Marketplace at the same time.

“People can feel good about buying and selling on Marketplace because it’s easy to view the public profiles of buyers and sellers, your mutual friends, and how long they’ve been on Facebook,” Mr Anand said.

The app will match users to available items that are relevant to their interests, and allow them to search for items in a variety of categories such as household, electronics and apparel.

It will also allow buyers to contact sellers directly for negotiations.

Like local marketplace app Carousell, Facebook will not facilitate the payment or delivery of purchased items.