GREENSBORO, N.C. -- As we inch our way closer to the heart of the holiday shopping season, Facebook Marketplace offers you another alternative to stores.

Facebook Marketplace was introduced in 2016 as Facebook's answer to Craigslist.

Users are able to post items they want to sell, trade, or buy locally.

On the mobile app you can find the Marketplace by clicking the middle icon. On desktop, it will be on the left side of the screen.

If you plan to use it for your holiday shopping, the Better Business Bureau warns to you practice safe online shopping habits.

"Parents want to get their kids the latest greatest toy. There is a pressure for parents to try and deliver. At the same time parents need to protect themselves and conduct business in a good fashion where they are protected," Kevin Hinterberger, CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central North Carolina said.

Hinterberger says there are three red flags to keep in mind

  1. Sounds too good to be true.
  2. Pressure from seller to buy soon
  3. Seller wants funds wired

If you aren't going to meet in person to pay, always use a credit card since that gives you fraud protection. However, if you will meet in person, Hinterberger always recommends using a public place like a police station exchange zone.

"We warn little kids, be weary of strangers, well adults need to be weary of the same advice. And be weary of who there are dealing with," Hinterberger said.