This is how it works: Beginning this week, you’ll see a “Marketplace” option on the bottom of your Facebook app. (It’s where the Messenger icon used to be.) Once you enter the marketplace, you’ll be able to search for items by location, as well as by category and keyword.
See something you like? You can send direct messages to the seller to make an offer and coordinate pick-up.
There are some ground rules: No drugs, no animals, no guns and no services of any kind, including prostitution.
A day in, Facebook has apologized for the digressions. A company spokeswoman said a “technical issue” was to blame for the questionable listings, and that the site is actively monitoring new posts.
Here’s a run-down of what’s being sold on the site today:
Facebook doesn’t allow gun sales, but it appears gun-adorned jeans are just fine.
The company in January said it was taking a hard stance against peer-to-peer sales of firearms and ammunition. That didn’t stop users from trying to sell handguns as soon as Marketplace debuted, but Facebook says those listings have been removed. The jeans, however, are still up for grabs.
Users in New Jersey can pick up freshly-rolled bales of hay, which weigh about 50 pounds apiece. Don’t have space in your car? The seller says delivery is available for a fee.
3. Candy-corn vases.
4. Used hair products.
“I’m leaving the blonde hair life,” the seller says in this listing for a half-used bottle of shampoo.
5. A cucumber and a piece of bacon.
Bloody Mary not included.
6. Pennies for $2.
“Trump/Pence pennies” selling in the swing state of Ohio come with hand-scribbled inscriptions such as “Hillary lies to you” and “Long Island for Trump.”
7. Burial plots.
“This is the price we paid 15 years ago,” the listing says. “We moved and no longer need them.”