eBay Adds Half.com Inventory

eBay Media Listings to Compete with Half.com Listings

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eBay announced today that starting in early May, inventory from Half.com will become available through eBay.com. The company says it is giving sellers an advance warning 60 days notice.

This could be a move to get people paying attention to the company’s other properties as eBay.com continues to be heavily criticized. They also recently announced more focus on their PayPal property.

Sellers pay attention. A post on the eBay Ink blog says the addition of Half.com listings to eBay is happening for two "critical" reasons:

1. We are testing a product-based experience in the media (books, music, movies, and video games) categories. For buyers, a product-based experience will make it faster and easier for them to find what they are looking for. For our sellers, a product-based experience will save them time and make it easier to list an item. Given these benefits, Our hope is to move this experience across the site for categories with a significant number of listings utilizing product details. Before doing so, we have to understand how our buyers will interact with this type of experience. To properly test this experience, we need to ensure significant SKU breadth and depth. A positive reaction to this test from our buyers would be a big step towards eliminating insertion fees in certain categories.

2. Great values in Media are a tremendous traffic driver for the entire site. Increasing our selection with the great values available on Half.com benefits all sellers regardless of category.

eBay listings are already displayed at Half.com.
eBay listings are already displayed at Half.com 

Consumers will be able to find Half.com listings on eBay, but individual listings will not be searchable (eBay.com sellers’ listings will still be). Media sellers can pay a $.05 insertion fee for items on eBay or sell with no insertion fee through Half.com yet still be found on eBay.

In other eBay news, the company has announced its intentions of pursuing a stock option exchange program. This would allow employees to trade underwater options for restricted stock units. 

eBay Adds Half.com Inventory
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  • http://www.autoakseeds.com jj

    ebay is pants anyway but i suppose for people who dont have access to their own site or experience its ok

  • Jake

    Who cares what a “product-based experience” is if all you have is shit?

    • Guest

      RIGHT ON!

  • matt

    Ebay has owned half.com for what, almost a decade now, and they’re FINALLY NOW getting around to truly integrating half.com with ebay?! What were they waiting for? For such a huge company, you’d think Ebay would implement the ideas it pursues in a relatively short amount of time. Ebay is slower than the government with changes!

    But maybe they took this long because Ebay almost completely killed off half.com right away when they first bought it, and all of us half.com people were furious. So instead Ebay killed off half.com little by little over a decade.

    You used to be able to list more than just video games, movies, cds, and other audio media on half.com and it used to be an awesome site to sell your stuff since there were no listing fees. Even though it took a larger percentage of your selling price than Ebay, you could keep the listing on Half.com forever until it sold.

    Now, I’m thinking this latest change with Ebay must be the last step before they simply turn off half.com. I don’t know what’s worse, instantly shutting down a web site, or slowly and agonizingly killing a web site by taking away all the features that made it a hit originally like Ebay did with half.com.

  • Guest

    Ebay has become so very slow lately…btw if I consistently choose time ending soonest the default should not be best match…whatever the f**k that is…and shipping cost matters…always has and always will

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