eBay launched eBay Express at the end of 2005. Its purpose is to provide a streamlined selling experience, where buyers used to the traditional e-commerce platforms such as Amazon can purchase from a whole lot of different sellers in one go by adding items to their shopping cart. It’s a slick looking site that provides much greater security for buyers as all sellers must meet vigorous admission criteria.
To sell on eBay you must:
The main problem with eBay Express is that shipping costs pile up frighteningly when buyers purchase more than one item, as each seller adds their own shipping costs. Thus there is an incentive for buyers to purchase most of their items from just one or two sellers.
I haven’t tried eBay Express thus far as it is only open to sellers from the US at this stage, but I would be interested to hear feedback from sellers who have. Is this the beginning of a new era for eBay? Or simply a publicity stunt to show that they are continuing to make new developments?