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      Is there a way to search all Facebook shops? How does Facebook shopping work?

      I am trying to find a way to search for shops on facebook, but I don't think I'm getting everything that's available. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a special search that I have to do in order to find everything? I'm starting to get a little frustrated!!! Please clue me in, somebody??
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      I am trying to find a way to search for shops on facebook, but I don't think I'm getting everything that's available. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a special search that I have to do in order to find everything? I'm starting to get a little frustrated!!! Please clue me in, somebody??
      You're not doing anything wrong, I assure you. Facebook is simply not yet equipped to conduct facebook-wide searches of every available shop on their site. Facebook has special marketing/retail applications called Facebook Marketplace and Payvment. I'm not sure how familiar you are with these applications, but just to give you a brief overview:

      Facebook Marketplace allows searches for items listed in the form of classified ads, but not in the associated shops. It does, however, allow you to either search all ads listed on Facebook Marketplace or confine your searches to ads listed by your friends/networks. Searches that you conduct for items are pretty much restricted to items and/or fan pages connected with each of those respective applications.

      Payvment allows for facebook users to actually create their own shops, as opposed to just creating ads, and allows users to link fan pages to their shops. If you conduct a search within the Payvment application, you have access to the actual facebook shops and you can complete an entire transaction through the shop.

      I can understand being frustrated about not being able to search for all of the shops connected to facebook in one grand search. Plenty of other people seem to share your frustration. But, many people do seem to think that Payvment is a promising improvement.
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      I have heard of those apps before, actually. I just didn't understand why I couldn't get access to everything at the same time. Thanks for explaining that to me! I was wondering if you could tell me more about Payvment, tho. Like, how it works?...pros and cons, maybe?

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      Sure! As I mentioned above, facebook users can both create and access shops connected with Payvment, so I'll count that as a pro. But to keep it as simple as possible, the way it works is that sellers create both fan pages and stores and connect them to a PayPal account. Then, Payvment allows them to add items to their stores and list information about each item such as shipping options, photos, category, etc.

      One of the biggest pros that I know of (aside from what I've mentioned about creating shops and search options) is the Facebook Fan Incentive Pricing feature, which allows sellers to provide electric coupons to potential buyers who “Like” or become “fans” of their pages.

      (Potential) cons include

      1. Doubts about Payvment's ability to attract larger businesses, in spite of it's potential to support their business needs.

      2. Potential buyers cannot confine their searches as readily as they can on Facebook Marketplace—Payvment does not allow buyers to search listings belonging only to their friends. Payvment also does not permit searching for listings added from third-party shopping apps on facebook.

      Keep in mind, though, that pros and cons are subjective and that Payvment is still pretty new. People seem to have pretty good things to say about it, but it's still new, so only time will tell if it's a hit or a flop.

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      Even if there is wiggle room regarding what is considered to be a “pro” or a “con” regarding Payvment, I think even you would have to admit that being able to run searches across 3rd party apps would definitely be an improvement, regardless of whether or not you consider it's absence to be a weakness in the program.

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      I really like what Richard said about pros and cons being subjective and giving Payvment time to grow. A lot of people seem so ready to pass judgment on something new without giving it a fair chance first.

      I've been reading up on Payvment and it seems pretty interesting, but I'm not as technologically inclined as I'd like to be and I was hoping that maybe someone could help me get things started?

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      Even if there is wiggle room regarding what is considered to be a “pro” or a “con” regarding Payvment, I think even you would have to admit that being able to run searches across 3rd party apps would definitely be an improvement, regardless of whether or not you consider it's absence to be a weakness in the program.
      You're entitled to your opinion. I was just trying to answer a question that was posed to me without coming off as being too biased.

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      I really like what Richard said about pros and cons being subjective and giving Payvment time to grow. A lot of people seem so ready to pass judgment on something new without giving it a fair chance first.

      I've been reading up on Payvment and it seems pretty interesting, but I'm not as technologically inclined as I'd like to be and I was hoping that maybe someone could help me get things started?
      I'd love to help you! That is, if you don't mind.

      I don't know if you've read my other post above, but the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a facebook account and a PayPal account. Once you have taken care of those basic requirements, the next steps are as follows:

      1. Go to Payvment E-Commerce Storefront | Facebook
      2. Click “Allow to Install
      3. Enter Paypal email address, store name and select your currency
      4. Click “No” when asked if you have a Payvment account already. Facebook will create an account for you
      5. Attach pre-existing fan page to Payvment (if you happen to have one) or select the option to create a new one
      6. Add Payvment e-commerce storefront ad page
      7. Add “Shop Now” tab to your page by clicking on the plus or the arrow on the taskbar at the top of your page
      8. When the coming soon ad appears, click on "Initialize" to complete installation
      9. Turn the store on by clicking on "Go To Store Settings," then "Turn On Store." Confirm by clicking "Yes, Launch It!


      Then, when you're ready to add items to your store:

      1. Click on admin page and option set stat
      2. Select “Create a category”
      3. Click “Add new product” and fill out product description fields
      4. Launch the product or save it as a draft if you're not ready to launch yet

      I hope those instructions were clear enough, but if you should need extra help, there are video tutorials available for launching a new storefront, adding new products and other actions related to Payvment on Payvment :: Social Network eCommerce.

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      Thanx!...VERY informative!!

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      I appreciate the detailed instructions. It seems simple enough, but knowing me, I may still need the video tutorials anyway! lol Thank you for your help!

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