NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Facebook (FB) were edging up in pre-market trading on Monday after the social media company debuted a new feature for users to buy and sell in their communities called "Marketplace."
The feature will have its own icon on the front page of the Facebook app, allowing users to browse items for sale in their area.
Marketplace has a search feature to look for specific items and filters to adjust price, location and category.
Buyers can directly message sellers from within Facebook Marketplace.
The Menlo Park, CA-based company said that more than 450 million users already visit buying and selling groups on the social media platform each month.
The move comes as e-commerce companies like Amazon.com (AMZN) become more dominant in the retail sector.
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