Facebook is launching Marketplace in South Africa, offering users a place to buy and sell goods. It will roll out to users over the next two weeks.
Marketplace is now available in 47 countries, and over 550 million people visit Facebook and use Marketplace to buy and sell goods each month, said the company.
Facebook provided the following tips for trading on Marketplace:
- Commerce Policy: Items or services sold on Facebook must comply with Facebook Community Standards and Commerce Policies.
- Verify the item: When buying an item, examine it carefully before paying. For high-value items, such as watches, consider requesting a certificate of authenticity.
- Be shipping savvy: If the seller offers to ship the item rather than exchanging it in person, you may not have the opportunity to verify the item before completing your purchase.
- Meet in a safe location: Don’t invite buyers or sellers to your home. Meet in a public place like a coffee shop or the mall.
- Use cash or person-to-person payment methods. If you choose to pay using EFT, avoid payment links and log in directly through the payment method’s website.
- Don’t share your financial account information with buyers or sellers. Make sure your Facebook Privacy Settings are up to date.
If you have a problem with someone in Marketplace, you can report them, added Facebook.