Facebook has announced the expansion of Marketplace to 37 Sub-Saharan African countries and territories, including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome, and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, and Zimbabwe.
Facebook Marketplace is a convenient destination where people can discover, buy, and sell items from others in their local communities. It is currently available in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria.
“Increasing the availability of Marketplace to 37 more countries and territories in Sub-Saharan Africa reinforces our ongoing commitment to helping connect communities and support buying and selling through one simple online destination,” said Facebook Director of Public Policy Africa Kojo Boakye. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on people and businesses, the expansion of Marketplace will provide more people with a convenient destination where they can discover new products, shop for what they want, or find buyers for what they want to sell.”
It’s just as simple to list an item for sale as it is to search for one on Marketplace.
Sellers can upload a photo of their product, enter a product name, description, and price, confirm their location and choose a category.
They also have the option of posting their listings to Facebook Buy and Sell Groups. Interested buyers will locate the item they seek and contact the sellers directly via Messenger.
They can select a payment method based on their own preferences.
To stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Facebook advises all buyers and sellers to follow local guidelines.