Deborah Liu, Facebook’s VP for Marketplace, has announced the roll out of Facebook Marketplace to 17 countries across Europe (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), giving more people a single destination on Facebook to discover, buy and sell goods in their local communities.
Marketplace has already expanded to six countries – Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and the UK.
“Whether you’re a new parent looking for baby clothes or a collector looking for a rare find, you can feel good about buying and selling on Marketplace because it’s easy to view the public profiles of buyers and sellers, your mutual friends, and how long they’ve been on Facebook,” Liu said in an official announcement.
Liu said throughout the initial rollout, Facebook’s focus has been on making it easy for people to connect, browse and discover products.
“In May, more than 18 million new items posted for sale in Marketplace in the US, and that number continues to grow,” she said.
With the service expanding to more countries, its impact in Africa when it is eventually rolled out could be a game-changer for the ecommerce landscape since almost everyone is now on Facebook.