Facebook Marketplace attempts to take on Craigslist (again)A new hub for buying and selling used items launches on Facebook's mobile app. But this isn't the first time the network has tried to launch a classifieds section.
Forget Ebay and Craigslist. Facebook wants to be the place you go to sell your used stuff. And to get you hooked, the mobile app now has a shopping icon on the navigation bar that will take you into a section called the Marketplace. It's a place to sell all sorts of things, furniture, clothes, even cars. And Facebook does not take a cut of the sale, well at least not yet. You may be thinking, wait, this isn't new. You could sell your stuff on Facebook before. And yes, you are correct. Facebook originally launched Marketplace as an online classified section in 2007. But that fizzled out. Later on Facebook made it so you had to join a special group for buying and selling and you needed. Approval from the group to join. Now with this new Marketplace section, you do not need approval to start listing things for sale. But with the new open Marketplace, there's no on to protect you from scams. So buyer beware, if you want to buy something, you'll have to arrange the pick up and how you will pay through private messages with the seller. There are some restrictions, you cannot sell animals, guns, or alcohol But not only is Facebook becoming a challenger to eBay and Craigslist, it's also going against this new surge in these garage sale type apps that let you post things for sale to others in your neighborhood. There's Offerup, Yerdle, letgo, and close finds, will Close5 is owned by Ebay, so even Ebay is trying to outdo Ebay. But of course Facebook is the only one with 1.7 billion users. That's it for the CNET News Update. I'm Bridget Carey. You can stay on top of the biggest stories at CNET. COM/UPDATE