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EBay offers new platform for local users

By Jessie Ho  /  STAFF REPORTER

EBay Inc, the world's largest online auctioneer, yesterday launched another platform for local sellers to sell their goods to overseas buyers. The new site will allow users to sell or buy goods from other eBay sites in the world, the company said.

California-based eBay said the dollar value of people in Taiwan who use eBay to transact with overseas buyers and sellers soared by 88 percent in the second quarter of this year from a year ago, although the company did not offer the exact figures.

This growth "makes Taiwan a potential market to develop this niche market," Kerry Wong, managing director of eBay in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, said at a press conference yesterday.

The exact charge will depend on the country platform. Except for Hong Kong, eBay sites in other areas collect listing fees and transaction fees. Users can use transaction tools such as PayPal to conduct the deals.

The auction giant has no day-to-day operations in Taiwan. It has transferred the usernames and passwords of current eBay Taiwan users to PC Home after the two companies announced in June that they would team up to launch a new venture.

The new company has a registered capital of NT$320 million (US$9.74 million), with PC Home chairman Jan Hung-tze (詹宏志) and president Arthur Lee (李宏麟) holding the same positions in the new company.

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