It sounds like a way to compete more against Craigslist. I don't know about anyone else but I have indeed used local buy/sell Facebook groups to sell items & have had more success than Craigslist. I've been pondering different methods to generate leads from these buy/sell groups for my various sites without violating any group rules... some type of backdoor marketing. Anyone generating leads from these local buy/sell groups?
I also have considered setting up my own local buy/sell group to go along with a future website project targeting advertising sales for retail businesses locally (may even have a physical magazine which I had in the past 20 years ago). I'm wondering if this move by Facebook will hurt local buy/sell Facebook groups or help them as far as membership growth. Thoughts?