You’re probably familiar with Facebook’s popular “Garage Sale” pages which allow members to buy and sell second-hand goods with nearby locals. Today, the social media giant kicked it up a notch. The Buy & Sell page is a new, invite-only marketplace that is currently being trialed around Australia. It’s essentially eBay/Gumtree — but on Facebook.
Buy And Sell is a new function Facebook is adding to Groups, which you can find on the left-hand side of your Facebook page (see right).
Currently, the function is only being rolled out to a select number of Facebook accounts. (Curiously, the feature has also been disappearing for some users, which suggests some fine-tuning and tweaking is still taking place.)
The function has price, location and description fields, and most usefully, has a way to designate items as sold.
Despite the soft and experimental launch, there is already a selection of user items for sale as you can see in the lead photo above. Not that any of them are especially worth clicking on or anything. Still, it’s obviously early days at the moment.
So how do you get access? If you have already joined one of Facebook’s community-run Garage Sale pages, your chances should be a little higher.
If you have a bunch of unwanted junk lying around, Facebook is actually a pretty useful platform to spruik it on: unlike eBay it doesn’t take a cut of the proceeds. Plus, the function automatically groups communities based on location which removes the hassle and cost of postage. Naturally, you also have a much larger audience — or will have, after the official launch.
To see if you have it, click here. If you don’t, you’ll see a dead page.