Here are some additional interesting tidbits to chew on:
- Buy.com is not using eBay's checkout and in fact they are taking buyers to a checkout page that looks like an eBay page but is actually hosted on Buy.com's site -- without the nice little message "you are about to enter a third party site" that all software vendors have to include when they setup checkout for a client. There are strict rules they must follow with checkout redirect. It appears that Buy.com does not have to do this.
First, its about time that eBay allowed this and secondly; why aren't they letting everybody do it? Imagine the improved "buyer experience" if they rolled out these types of features to everybody. I know, I almost choked while writing that.
- Also, I would imagine they are planning to roll-out a new pricing structure for the commodity categories similar to the one suggested in the many Stores Surveys making the rounds. Basically, Store Subscriptions will determine your CORE listing fees where the more you pay for a store (Anchor $299) the less you pay in listing fees (2 cent listing fees).
They may not be planning on announcing this just yet because the Buy.com deal became public a couple of weeks earlier than expected, but I would look for a big announcement regarding pricing at or around eBay Live.
- Speaking of eBay Live! It looks like 2008 is it for while.
That's it for now, keep those cards and letter coming!