It’s six months since Dan reviewed BT Tradespace while it was still in beta testing. There’s been lots of development since then and the site is starting to feel more mature.
The latest news is that they’ve added trading capabilities, now you can list goods and services directly on your BT Tradespace. When a user searches they can now click the “offers” tab and buy directly from the site. Payment is with PayPal, so it should be simple for all eBay sellers to get up and running. There are two subscription levels:
- Basic is free and allows you to list up to five items with a 5% final value fee.
- Contact is a premium service which not only allows potential customers to phone you for free, but allows you to list unlimited items with a 3% final value fee. There’s a monthly fee of Â£15/mth
There’s still a few things I don’t like about the site, the most important being the lack of a “Sign in” button on the BT Tradespace homepage. You can “Sign up” for a new account, but if you have an existing account you need to type in your own Tradespace URL to access your information. They’ve yet to link the new information in the sidebar regarding PayPal too.
Overall it’s still a new marketplace, but definately one eBay sellers should keep a watchful eye on. If you sell products and services primarily to businesses and you’ve not signed up to reserve your BT Tradespace URL I’d recommend you do, after all it’s largely a free site unless you sign up for additional services.