Fb is testing a Craiglist-type Native Markets function
The subsequent time you clear out your home, you may find yourself promoting your previous stuff on Fb as an alternative of Craigslist. In line with a report from Techcrunch, Fb just lately did a small check of a “Native Market” function in its iOS app. As an alternative of the “messenger” button within the app’s backside navigation bar, a “market” button appeared that took customers to a categorized location for purchasing and promoting gadgets. The classes are acquainted to anybody who’s hung out on Craigslist: you possibly can browse gadgets throughout automobiles, furnishings, antiques, electronics, clothes, books, and lots of extra. Judging by some posts seen on Twitter, it seems like Fb has been testing the function for a a couple of weeks now.
Past these anticipated classes, Fb can also be letting customers filter gadgets by totally different “collections” like “every part free” or “males’s clothes.” Customers can comply with these collections to extra simply see stuff they’re in search of.
Whereas the function was solely stay for a short time, the marketplaces have been already populated with loads of gadgets. That is as a result of the Native Market was capable of pull in gadgets that folks put up on the market in native teams, a function Fb added earlier this yr. Some customers observed the choice to cross-submit their gadgets on the market within the new Native Market when including an merchandise on the market in a Fb Group. These sale teams have undoubtedly grown in reputation over the yr, with many teams being organized regionally as digital storage gross sales which are all the time ongoing. Increasing that out to make a devoted market for individuals trying to purchase and promote of their neighborhood is a logical subsequent step.
It seems like loads of different options are being examined for the Native Market, together with suggestions, saved searches, notifications and extra. However there is no phrase on whether or not this can launch broadly — the check seems to solely be reside in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia in addition to Auckland, New Zealand. Fb confirmed the Native Market check to Techcrunch however declined to say when it’d attain extra customers or launch formally.