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eBay set to launch exclusive business sales channel

Date 30 Mar 2006
Author Platform One
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eBay is set to launch its latest e-commerce platform, eBay express (www.ebayexpress.co.uk) in the UK in the next few months. The new site comes in response to in-depth customer surveys carried out by eBay that revealed there was a large demand from on line shoppers to buy new, fixed price goods in a more conventional e-commerce experience.

The new site which is expected to launch in the UK by the end of Autumn, will allow buyers to immediately purchase new products from reputable providers. Unlike the existing eBay site, there will be no auction facilities and shoppers will be able to fill their ‘basket’ with goods from multiple shops before proceeding to check out and pay all of the suppliers in one go.

It is anticipated that the launch of the new express site could be the start of a move to separate the eBay experience between new goods and used goods, and between sellers who are registered businesses and those who sell as a hobby. For the buyer, this separation means the ability to purchase products from registered businesses in a more conventional style, on a platform with an amazing variety of choice.

It is expected that the launch of eBay express will provide an increasingly attractive proposition for many UK businesses to utilise the site an additional sales platform.Through the launch of their Tradebox solution, which integrates eBay with Sage’s SME accountancy product, Platform One has been heavily involved with businesses currently selling on eBay, and those considering making the move. Stephen Bales, director of Platform One said: “There is a common misconception of eBay as a second-hand car boot sale, which deters many businesses using the site. However, these are the perceptions of the uninitiated. We’ve talked to numerous businesses that have had the same misgivings initially, but simply haven’t looked back once they have made the plunge and started selling significant quantities of stock. Hopefully, the advent of the eBay Express site will go a long way to removing these misgivings because it will only contain providers who are registered businesses. Hopefully, this will be the first step in establishing an online super shopping mall.”

If you have any queries relating to this article, please contact Stephen Bales at Platform One, stephen.bales or call 0191 280 4025.

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