Facebook Marketplace

Buy and sell with your local community. A Craigslist killer.



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Ryan Hooverย โ€” Founder, Product Hunt
Facebook's been experimenting with this for a while. Some Facebook users have reported seeing the Marketplace button on the bottom row of the app for months.

Smart move by Facebook. Craigslist is somewhat ubiquitous despite how awful it is. Facebook is uniquely positioned to (finally) dismantle the long-time peer-to-peer marketplace.
@rrhoover It's ubiquitous despite it being awful? How is it awful? Craigslist looks the way it does because it works just fine. I think Craigslist is a good model for a lot of these utility-like services.
christopher lakeย โ€” paterfamilias
@rrhoover Nextdoor has been making tremendous inroads here.
Paul Katsenย โ€” Founder, Blockspring
@rrhoover just sold a bunch of stuff at office and got rid of far more via google sheet + messaging my networks... vs. going to craigslist.
Greg Cohnย โ€” Co-Founder & CEO, Burner
@rrhoover the popularity of Craigslist as a use case for @burner makes it very clear to me that a lot of users want privacy in some kinds of peer-to-peer transactions. There are times, though, when trust would help move transactions forward, or when knowing you're helping out a friend is an important complement to a few dollars.

When you're selling a car or a high-end piece of electronics, you don't want to sign a warrantee or have people come back to you if they have complaints on an "as-is" purchase. But if you need to move some concert tickets you can't use, or wanting to get rid of a perfectly good bike or used phone, a social network might be perfect. I've always thought marketplace would be interesting on facebook and will be interested to see if they nail it on this iteration. (It's not yet available to me, though.)
Adam Marxย โ€” CEO, Glipple, Inc.
@rrhoover I think doubly smart is that they're introducing this after introducing payments via Messenger. Putting the payment system out first, and then following it with an ecosystem in which those payments can exist, seems to me to be the best way to leverage to the new Marketplace release.

I wonder if we'll see other social networks follow suit. Doesn't seem too far-fetched to conceive a scenario in which a social platform like Twitter might try to take similar advantage of ecommerce. Actually, a partnership with Square to create such a dynamic is a fun thought-experiment, though I'm not sure if that legally qualifies as a conflict of interest, as Jack Dorsey is currently the CEO for both companies.

Food for thought though.
Marco Marandizย โ€” Product Manager & Designer
@thisismcgregor @rrhoover just because it works doesn't mean the interface shouldn't be worked on ever. it could still have a similar user experience AND be designed for delight.
David Changย โ€” Founder, Ziltag
@rrhoover and they will face the same problem as Craigslist: http://www.usatoday.com/story/te...
Sajid Saiyedย โ€” Experience Designer
@rrhoover We had launched a barter app long before FB marketplace came up with this:
I dunno. I really feel the less I know about a person I'm purchasing from, the better.
Steffan Pedersenย โ€” marketer. dk โž atl โž sf.
@cojovo Good point. I'm not trying to add every person I buy/sell from as a friend on FB. It's more like "Get off my FB!" actually.
Tamas Kalmanย โ€” Squidcode LLC
@steffanpedersen @cojovo why is that? it's because of the surplus value added in the transaction feels like theft?
christopher lakeย โ€” paterfamilias
@cojovo if i'm buying something expensive, i would feel more confident knowing more, not less, about the person.
Steffan Pedersenย โ€” marketer. dk โž atl โž sf.
@chhhris @cojovo agree on the expensive items. 100%. Those of course require more research, personal response, and time. Various factors in the decision-making process, for example I wouldn't buy from someone with poor grammar or slow response. But if it's soccer cleats, a phone charger, or simple items like a backpack, I don't care to reach that level of friendship or knowing. With the amount of small/random items I usually buy on Craigslist, I just dislike the idea of opening that quick exchange world to my personal world. If this makes sense to you.
Adam Leidheckerย โ€” Director of Social Strategy, @OttoRadio
@cojovo When I buy or sell on Craigslist I try to search the person on socials to see what they look like so at least know who to look for when meeting to exchange. I'm usually successful via linkedin or usually FB....so this speeds this up. We're not becoming FB buddies...it's more like seeing your drivers profile photo in Uber + verified account.
@steffanpedersen @chhhris I recently relocated from Seattle to the Midwest. There's a lot of variables I see that make me not want to use it locally, especially right now that my local marketplace is just full of puppies needing new homes.
Hans Gerwitzย โ€” Founder, The Artificial
@cojovo sorry to hear about your move. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Philipย โ€” Sr. Designer at Apple Inc.
Interesting point @cojovo, but only true in some cases. However, if you had to weigh transparency over safety, I would choose safety. I cant tell you how many times Ive sold things in the past on craigslist and get this uncomfortable feeling of anxiety when you had to meet the seller to exchange. Again, I agree with this statement but I prefer peace of mind over anxiety and I think most people do when they actually think about it. :)
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