Launched in 2016, Facebook Marketplace’s popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years. Many Facebook users prefer the Marketplace to buy and sell several items. Facebook’s e-commerce platform comes with several rules and regulations. There are times when the Marketplace prevents you from posting items on the platform. Here are the possible reasons and solutions you can try when Facebook Marketplace is not letting you post.
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Why Can’t I Post on Facebook Marketplace
Facebook doesn’t specify why you failed to post on the Marketplace. Several factors can limit your Marketplace reach. One of the reasons can be the violation of Facebook Marketplace rules.
A sketchy internet connection or incorrect listings may also lead to suspension from the e-commerce platform. Let’s go through some common factors and take the necessary steps to start posting on Marketplace.
1. Comply with Standard Facebook Marketplace Rules
You must be at least 18 years old to post on Facebook Marketplace. You also need to link your mobile number with your Facebook account. Otherwise, the platform won’t let you post.
2. Follow Facebook Marketplace Guidelines
Facebook Marketplace comes with community standards and commerce guidelines to comply with. If you don’t follow Facebook policies, it may result in temporary or permanent suspension from the platform. If you try to sell an irrelevant or illegal item on Marketplace, the platform won’t let you post the listing.
Here are some of the products you can’t sell on Facebook Marketplace.
- Adult products
- Body parts or fluids
- Digital media and subscriptions
- Documents, currency, and financial instruments
- Virtual currency
- Hazardous goods and materials
- Adult services
- Medical and healthcare products
- Land, Animals, and Animal products
- Stolen goods
- Used cosmetics
- Tobacco products and related paraphernalia
- Gift cards and vouchers
- Weapons, ammunition, and explosives
3. Use Relevant Categories
You need to use relevant categories when posting an item on Facebook Marketplace. If you continue to pick incorrect categories on Marketplace, the social media company may ban your account for a couple of weeks. You can’t post a new listing on Marketplace. A relevant category helps buyers easily find and save necessary items on Facebook Marketplace.
4. Don’t Post Incorrect Items
You should never try to scam your customers on Facebook Marketplace. You shouldn’t post incorrect listings, either. Many have been caught posting fake products on Facebook Marketplace. When your buyers complain about such behavior to Facebook, the company may ban you from posting on Facebook.
5. Check the Network Connection
If you have network connection problems on your Android or iPhone, you may face issues with posting on Facebook Marketplace. You should connect to a high-speed internet network to start posting on Facebook Marketplace without any issues.
You can temporarily enable the Airplane mode on your phone and disable it to fix the issue. Android users can use the Airplane mode from the quick toggles menu. If you have an iPhone, swipe down from the top-right corner and enable the Airplane mode.
6. Don’t Upload Large Photos and Videos
If you want to rent a property or sell an old car, the sellers may ask you to provide videos. Sometimes, you may run into errors when you try to upload large photos and 4K videos with your listing on a slow internet speed. You should opt for a high-speed Wi-Fi network or avoid uploading 4K videos on the platform.
7. Authenticate Your Facebook Account
Due to an account authentication error, Facebook may prevent you from posting on Marketplace. You can sign out from your current Facebook account and log in again to fix such issues.
1. Open Facebook on your phone.
2. Go to your account.
3. Scroll to Log out.
4. Sign back in using your Facebook account details.
8. Don’t Post From a New Facebook Account
Did you recently create a new Facebook account for your personal or business use? You can immediately post listings on Facebook Marketplace. You should wait at least a week to make your first listing live. You should also add a profile picture, description, and other personal or business details to solidify your identity.
If you don’t add such details, Facebook may flag your account/profile as a bot and block the listing.
9. Use Facebook Marketplace Web
Facebook Marketplace is available on the web too. Use the web version if you can’t post on the e-commerce platform using the mobile app.
10. Save Your Facebook Marketplace Listing as Draft
According to a Reddit thread, users were able to fix the ‘Facebook Marketplace not letting me post’ issue by saving the listing as a draft.
You need to remove all the listing pictures, save them as a draft, and start adding pictures again. The listing should go live in a minute or two.
Explore Facebook Marketplace
You can always sell your products on another platform. But you may face a hard time clearing the inventory since a rival e-commerce platform doesn’t have as long a reach as Facebook.