According to Money saving expert, The Facebook marketplace is launching a new postal service, but its use will not be free. The service will require sellers to pay a 2% fee starting in January but don’t panic, using their collection option will remain free.
It’s probably common knowledge that Facebook is making some changes to its platform. One of those changes includes a postal service that could impact the way consumers and sellers interact with the market by providing more choice. Now sellers will be able to use the platform to sell items to buyers in and out of their local area.
Facebook has been allowing sellers to offer pickup or shipping options since last month. At the moment, this is a free option, so now is a good time to see if offering the service will benefit your business. Facebook stood out among sellers over other marketplaces because it is free to use, adding a paid option might seem like a problem to some, but in reality, compared to the fees we see being charged elsewhere and the fact that sellers always have the free collection. option the addition still seems relatively fair.
To offer this new service, Facebook has partnered with Hermès. The courier company will calculate the shipping cost based on the product information provided before the seller delivers the package to a Hermes drop-off point.
The postal service can only be used for items that fall into the following categories:
- Babies and children.
- Bags and luggage, books, movies and music (as long as they are physical items – digital sales are not permitted).
- Clothing and footwear.
- Electronics and IT.
- Health and beauty.
- Jewelry and accessories.
- Mobile phones.
- Sports and outdoors.
- Toys and games.