Monday, August 20, 2007

Darple an eBay-like Web

Darple is an eBay-like Web site that allows bidding on multiple items.. without buying multiple items. When you win an item, your other bids for similar items are automatically withdrawn. It's pretty cool. My local paper wrote an article about it this morning. eBay should be doing this. They'd get a lot more activity, and pricing would reach realistic levels quickly because serious buyers would be able to rapidly place bids without worrying about ordering multiple items. As a buyer, you wouldn't have to spend so much time surfing eBay itself and mulling over choices. You'd just search, bid and wait for everything to shake out.

Do you think a feature like this would boost or erode pricing levels on eBay? That's the most interesting question, I think.

Please comment below and let me know what you think. Thanks.


At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Rayven said...

Isn't eBay's Bid Assistant designed to do this same thing?

I have never used it, but it says, "Having trouble winning an item? Create a group of items you’re interested in, set your maximum bids, and Bid Assistant will bid on your behalf until you win one item from the group."

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but isnt this what Darple is doing?

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Darple is quite different from Bidding Assistant. Darple lets you place all your bids at the same time, putting sellers into explicit and visible competition with each other for your business. Bidding assistant just bids on one auction at a time.


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