Craigslist can be a great place to sell electronics, event tickets, and lots of other stuff you don't want. But it also seems to be a place where scammers lurk. Worse than that, killers are also using the site to find their next victim.
Many people have decided that buying and selling things via Facebook is more convenient. According to Mary Ku, Facebook's director of product management, 450 million people visit buying and selling groups on Facebook each month. The popular social media site decided to make local commerce even easier.
The app, called Marketplace, will operate very similarly to Craiglist. People will be able to list things they want to get rid of or search the app for items they wish to purchase.
When you open the app, you will see pictures and prices of listed items. You can use the search bar at the top to narrow your results by category (such as appliances or apparel), price and location. Tap on an item you like in order to read more details about it and hit "Make Offer" or "Message Seller" to begin the buying process.
If you want to list something, you upload a photo of the item then you add a description and price. Next, you confirm your location, select the category you want to list the item in, and post it.
It will be available for Apple and Android users. Click here to see a demonstration video.
The app is being released over the next few days in the U.S., the U.K., Austrailia and New Zealand for users 18 years old and older. In the meantime, make sure you have the latest Facebook update. The Marketplace icon will be located at the bottom of the screen where the Messenger icon is, which will move to the top left.
If you decided to use this app, it appears buyers and sellers you don't know may be able to view your Facebook profile. If that's not ok with you, make sure you review the privacy settings you have in place for people you're not Facebook friends with. Check out this article about securing your Facebook account.
It's not clear if there are any security measures in place to avoid the types of crimes that occur on Craiglist. If you keep using Craigslist, take our quiz to find out if you can spot the signs of a scam.