You Can Buy Products Directly Inside Instagram

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Written by Ann Brown
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You see something you’d like to purchase in an ad on Instagram. Normally you click on the ad and you are directed outside the app to shop. Well, soon this will be no longer. Within the next few weeks, you will be able to shop and buy within the app itself.

This development has social media experts wondering if the Facebook family of apps will now be getting into the retail business.

For each transaction, Instagram will get a small portion of the sale for facilitating the purchase. It has partnered with PayPal to process the payments. It will also allow users to have a credit card and shipping address stored on the app.


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There are benefits to Instagram, too, including potential revenue. The company will take a cut of each transaction — what it’s calling a selling fee,
Recode reported: “Instagram won’t say how much it’s going to take, but even a small fee could add to the company’s business growth — an incentive considering parent company Facebook’s revenue growth has been slowing. Even if the fees don’t provide much at all, it’s likely Instagram will eventually let retailers promote these shopping posts (though they can’t at launch). If indeed people are more likely to buy thanks to the direct checkout feature, those ads could be lucrative,”

This will also allow Instagram to collect data, which could supplement Facebook’s advertising business.

Starting out, Instagram’s checkout feature will work with a limited group of about 20 retailers including Burberry, Michael Kors, Nike, Mac Cosmetics, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Zara, and Warby Parker.

Items eligible for in-app checkout now have a big blue “Checkout on Instagram” button below them, The Verge reported. “Tap it and you’ll be asked to provide your email address so that the seller can complete your order. From there, you enter your delivery information and payment method, and after reviewing your details you can place the order.”