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Facebook has announced that it’s expanding its buying-and-selling Marketplace service to 17 new markets in Europe.
Marketplace first landed last October in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand and was quietly added to Canada, Chile, and Mexico shortly after. From today, it will be arriving in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, taking its total tally to 24 markets around the world.
Marketplace lets anyone search for stuff that people are selling nearby, which could be anything from clothes and electronics to furniture. It is essentially an extension of Facebook’s existing For Sale groups feature, and you’ll now see a dedicated Marketplace tab within the Facebook mobile app on Android and iOS, as well as through the desktop browser.
Facebook has previously revealed that the For Sale groups is used by 550 million people around the world each month. The company hasn’t revealed a comparable figure for the new Marketplace service, but it did note that 18 million items were posted for sale in the U.S. alone in May. “And that number continues to grow,” said Facebook VP for Marketplace Deborah Liu, in a blog post.
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