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eBay Introduces Skype Functionality on Its US Site
Posted on 15-Jun-2006 12:56 | Tags Filed under: News



eBay users will have the option of including Skype functionality on listings in 14 categories across eBay.com. The launch of Skype on eBay.com is a pilot program designed to evaluate Skype use among different types of goods and user communities.

Beginning 19 June, sellers will have the option to add a "Skype Me" button to their item listings when completing the "Sell your Item" form. If the Skype option is selected by the seller, a "Skype Me" button will appear in a new "Ask a seller a question" section.

By clicking on the button, buyers will be able to communicate with sellers using voice, text chat or both. Buyers can use Skype to instantly request more information about a specific item and interact with the seller in real-time. This functionality will be available at no cost to users.

This "Skype Me" functionality will be available in the following categories on the eBay US website:

  • Automotive GPS devices
  • Manufacturing and metalworking
  • Camera and photo lenses and filters
  • Beds
  • Wired networking routers
  • NBA basketball cards
  • Skype devices
  • Silver coins
  • VOIP/Internet telephony
  • Lost in Space collectibles
  • Diamond solitaire rings
  • Radio control toys
  • Real estate (residential, commercial)
  • Cars and trucks

    Categories were chosen where instant communication can facilitate trade, such as those with high average selling prices, complex products, or new technologies that can generate a high volume of questions.

    Additionally, eBay selected categories with a local component, such as large items requiring local delivery or pick up, and those with a highly enthusiastic community, such as collectibles.






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