The internet auction site Ebay is being used by record numbers of small shopkeepers and market traders to shift excess stock in a retail climate that has left many small shopkeepers desperate to recoup at least some of their losses.
New research shows that about 3,000 small traders are using Ebay’s 10 million registered users in the UK to ditch stock that they cannot shift at normal markup.
Now the Royal Mail has launched a joint venture with an e-commerce company, Marketworks, to provide small traders with everything from storefront design on Ebay's site to product warehousing and delivery.
Ebay's small business manager, Azita Qadri said: - “At the moment they are retailers with just one or two shops, or perhaps market traders. We do not think that this dilutes the spirit of Ebay, which has always been about selling stuff that you do not want any more at a good- value price”
“We think there are thousands of traders who have excess stock that they cannot shift in their own, very local marketplace. There comes a point when they would just have to write it off, so it makes sense to put it on the web. We are not going to differentiate between businesses and individual traders. They all pay the same costs and have the same conditions.'”
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