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Facebook’s Craigslist-like marketplace section is getting a boost from Ebay. The social network has said that it will begin offering a selection of sales promotions from the e-commerce site’s daily deals program on the mobile version of Marketplace.
Facebook users can browse the deals within Facebook’s platform, but all purchases are ultimately made in Ebay’s own site through an in-app browser. Around 100 new offers will be added to the section every day.
The program is still in a testing phase and only available to a small percentage of users in the United States.
We’re conducting a test to determine if people are interested in shopping for discounted products when they visit Marketplace,” Facebook product Akash Anand said in a statement.
Ebay also confirmed the partnership.
It is to be mentioned that Facebook has had mixed success with its efforts to bring shopping to its platform in the past. Its buy buttons never really caught on, and its push into branded bots was never the game-changer it was originally touted as.
Facebook’s Marketplace has been growing modestly since it launched last fall, though it faces steep competition from reigning secondhand seller Craigslist and popular upstart marketplaces like Letgo. The program officially expanded to 17 European countries on Monday. Facebook and Ebay did not immediately return requests for comment.