(ง︡'-'︠)ง I don't understand how these new Facebook virtual market-things work. HELP!
Facebook (FB) virtual/online craft markets makes shopping and social distancing easy. Because you don't come to us ~ this time we vendors come to you, in the comfort of your own home. And then shop from your phone, PC or iPad.
But are you a bit confused about how it works? Don't worry, we get it ~ i's pretty unfamiliar to most of us.
But it's actually extremely simple!
Just think of it as a virtual version of the in-person craft markets of pre-pandemic yore. Only now we vendors have virtual stalls that stand on an official Facebook event's page that an organiser will have created for their event and then invited vendors to. All the vendors who join become 'Hosts' and get certain page permissions.
You can see a list of all the vendors exhibiting their stuff at a specific online market in the About tab of the Facebook event page created for this particular market.
It looks like this:
Joining forces, all involved then starts spreading the word by sending invites to their Facebook friend-list and sharing posts in the run-up to the event.
On the day/days that the event then officially takes place, vendors report for duty like they normally do. But where they usually have tables, they now have FB posts. On every day/days of the market, each vendors will publish a series of posts to showcase products, special offers, and the like.
"But guys!" we hear you ask.
"Where the hell actually are these 'tables'? Because I sure as shit don't see them,"
And you won't be the first person to ask this. It trips up most people, ourselves included. But it's actually really simple and straightforward.
In order to see the posts all vendors are publishing on the event, simply click the Discussion tab at the top-left of the event page.
Here's what it looks like:
Scrolling through all the vendor posts on this 'Discussion' page is really the virtual equivalent of walking around at an in-person market, going from vendor stall to vendor stall, looking at all the cool stuff and seeing if there's anything you like. And if there's anything you want to ask or say to a vendor, you can simply leave them a message in the comments section of whichever published post relates to your comment.
There you go! That's pretty much it.
And now that you're an expert, you can go out and try it on for size ... see if how like it ... and hopefully bag yourself a bunch of brilliant new stuff!
We hope this helped. :).
Stay breezy, SADdos!