Trade Me, New Zealand's Largest Free Online Trading Community (http://www.trademe.co.nz), today announced the release of
Trade Me Merchant, a business to consumer auction service. Trade Me Merchant provides businesses with the ability to
conduct auctions to sell to the nearly 2000 registered Trade Me buyers. Businesses may also sell exclusively to their
own clients through the service.
"Internet auctions are particularly valuable to businesses selling goods where the price that the market will tolerate
is unknown." managing director Sam Morgan said. "The value of an ex-rental computer is a prime example - publish the
wrong price and it won't sell. You then watch as the value of that PC decreases with each passing day, making the price
you set more and more unrealistic." Morgan says. "Trade Me Merchant offers businesses a low cost-of-sale and an
excellent way to increase their sales. The commissions of Trade Me Merchant are only a fraction of brick-and-mortar
auctions. If items don't sell, no fees are incurred.
"There are not many auctions held each day with 2000 bidders on the floor." Morgan says. "Traditional auction houses
will struggle to compete with an alternative that costs so much less, and is so much easier. We estimate that we will
have 20,000 buyers online within 12 months. This provides a very cost-effective for businesses"
Other potential uses of Trade Me Merchant include the ability for companies to sell perishable goods and services -
anything from vegetables to advertising. "Advertising is an example of a product that has a value which decreases to
zero once the magazine prints, or the web page has been shown without a banner ad." Morgan says. "Trade Me provides
businesses with an alternative to fixed pricing models, allowing businesses to increase sales by letting the market
determine the price or such goods. Auctions can be open to the general public, or exclusively to a businesses own
clients - providing the auctions as a value added service for selling surplus product.
Trade Me Merchant is free for merchants that register in the next month for the live pilot phase. Trade Me Merchant is
self-service - merchants place their own listings, and are responsible for completing the transaction with the winning
bidder once the auction has been completed. Auctions run for 1, 3 or 7 day periods.
Trade Me can be found at http://www.trademe.co.nz.