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Facebook to Create an Alternative to Craigslist

by Nena Perry-Brown

Facebook to Create an Alternative to Craigslist: Figure 1

Facebook is looking to leverage its massive user base, many of whom already use Facebook groups to buy or sell items to others nearby, to give Craigslist some competition.

Recode reported on Monday that Facebook is unrolling Facebook Marketplace on its app to create a designated and easily-accessible site for those looking to create or surf classified ads. Both iPhone and Android users will be able to access the Marketplace from the main menu bar.

Although Craigslist is one of the longest-running and best-known online classifieds sites, it does not have its own app and hasn’t evolved much since its inception. Meanwhile, Facebook is not new to attempting to create a system for classifieds, having tested out the concept as far back as 2007.

“We’re really building on top of activity we’re already seeing,” said Mary Ku, Facebook’s commerce chief.

The Marketplace feature won’t necessarily replace “buy and sell” groups, but will rather allow for cross-posting, and incorporate features for messaging and for making offers on goods.

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