Marketplace opens in Canada, 17 EU countries coming soon
30 Jul 2017
Just a day after we posted that Facebook Marketplace was opening in Germany, the Financial Post in Canada reported that Marketplace is rolling out in a total of 17 European countries, as well as Canada.
The Berlin-based Der Tagesspiegel quoted a “person familiar with the plans” as saying that Marketplace will be introduced next in Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, followed by France and the Benelux countries.
Marketplace launched in October 2016 in the U.S., and quickly opened in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
Facebook’s latest moves position Marketplace as much more immediate competition to Naspers’ OLX brand, which has exposure in some 42 countries — more than double, but Marketplace could catch up fast.
Facebook did not confirm the reports in the Financial Post and Der Tagesspiegel, commenting only that “we hope to start Marketplace in other countries soon”. Facebook did say that 18 million new items were posted for sale on Marketplace in the U.S. in May.
Canada opened its doors to Facebook’s general classified app this past Thursday.