Facebook has been making groups a stronger option for local commerce, giving people a way to sell and trade things in their communities. In December, Facebook started testing a “Sell Something” button, but now it’s giving designated “For Sale,” groups a better way to open up shop.
Now, members of these groups can click the “Sell” call-to-action button to make a posting. They can also go back into past postings to mark as sold or available.
In a Newsroom post, Facebook illustrated ways that groups have been using this feature:
- Lisa Duncan-Thayer from Florida created Made By Mama Buy/Sell/Trade to sell her crochet work and give other local artisans a place to sell their handmade items. Now with more than 4,500 members in or near Pinellas County, Florida, the group has helped many women turn their hobbies into businesses.
- Professional guitarist Kadu Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro created a Facebook Groupto help musicians in Brazil buy and sell instruments. In nearly three years, the group has grown to more than 34,000 members. Not only has the group enabled Kadu to personally buy, sell and trade musical instruments, it’s raised his profile and awareness for his band, Swell.
Readers: What do you think of this addition?