Facebook sets eBay in its sights with second hand goods

Facebook is to go head-to-head with online auction house eBay with the launch of its own second-hand goods service allowing members to flog items such as used appliances, unwanted event tickets and electronics.

This follows the introduction of an official ‘sell’ button to its site, functionality which has now been enhanced by an expanded search tool and category filters for public and private transactions.

Sellers simply assign a category to the product they wish to sell and then wait as buyers rifle through the available categories for the object they seek, with payments made direct to the seller.

Currently in its testing phase the programme is expected to roll out to all users over the coming months.

Explaining the process Facebook notes: “Any transaction made through a Facebook Group is between you and the seller.

“Keep in mind Facebook doesn't own or possess any items a seller lists, so if you have any questions about the things you're buying in a Facebook Group, try contacting the seller.”

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