Facebook Launches Marketplace In Nigeria To Help Boost Local Businesses
Facebook has launched a new e-commerce service in Nigeria called Marketplace to help boost the growth of the local business. The new service launched by Facebook in Nigeria would allow vendors to connect with customers in their local communities.
According to Facebook, Marketplace which is already available in Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia is an e-commerce service where people can discover, buy and sell items from others in their local communities. Marketplace allows customers to browse and search for items, based on distance or category.
While speaking during the lunch of the Facebook E-commerce service in Nigeria, the head of Public Policy for Anglophone West Africa, Adaora Ikenze, said the launch of Marketplace in Nigeria was to help boost buying and selling in Nigeria and connecting communities. She said This coming at a crucial time when everybody is affected by the covid-19.
“This comes at a crucial time as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact people and businesses, and with many people buying and selling on Facebook, this will provide people with a convenient destination where they can discover new products, shop, or find buyers for the things they are ready to part with,”.
Facebook Marketplace allows a seller, create and list an item for anyone to see on Facebook, which includes people on Marketplace, News Feed, Facebook search, Facebook Groups, or search engines. The seller simply by taking a photo of an item, enter a product name, description, and price, confirm their location, select a category, and post.
Adaora Ikenze also said the new service allows sellers to provide tips on buying and selling on the platform, and items, products, or services being sold must comply with its community standards and commerce policies.
She also advised buyers to request a certificate of authenticity or proof of purchase for high-value and luxurious items such as watches, luxury bags, and others.
“If you’re not satisfied with an item’s condition or have doubts about its authenticity, you can decline to complete the purchase. If the seller offers to ship the item rather than exchanging it in person, keep in mind that you may not have the opportunity to verify the item before completing your purchase, ”
Users of the Facebook Marketplace are also advised not to share financial account information (example public places and password, bank account info) with buyers or sellers, ” and they are to ensure that they meet sellers in public places and to use cash, Cash on Delivery, or person-to-person payment methods rather than payment links.