There has been decent discussion about Buuy.co.uk after our recent post: Buuy.co.uk launches crowdfunding campaign to increase server capacity. There is tangible interest in the emergence of a third marketplace, it seems. From a seller perspective at least.
And the chat has revisited a very welcome topic: could we ever see genuine challenger to the Amazon and eBay duopoly when it come to marketplace sales? Of course, there are other players in the marketplace space. Etsy is significant but currently under scrutiny. And NotOnTheHighStreet is well regarded by many sellers. But it is hard to consider either of those as a significant other.
Indeed, there is a case to make that eBay is lagging behind the all conquering Amazon. Two years down the line from the PayPal divorce, it’s fair to say that most eBay watchers would have wanted to see more. A bag of innovation. Exciting developments. That’s what the freedom to be a marketplace should have led to. And yet the daily concern of recent weeks from loyal eBay sellers seems to have been fear and worry about sharing contact details with shoppers. This has been the most viewed Tamebay post in recent days: Don’t try to give buyers your contact details in eBay Messages.
Competition is a good thing. eBay remains a most viable sales channel. But has it rediscovered it’s pizzazz? It’s hard to say so. Challengers such as Buuy need to prove themselves but it is positive to hear sellers talking them up and claiming decent enough sales to justify their time listing on the marketplace.
The ecosystem desperately needs a relentless third player. Amazon won’t notice, it never does, but eBay will benefit from an exciting marketplace yapping at its heels. Could a third marketplace player emerge in the UK? We hope so. What would you like it to look like?
It might not be an ‘eBay Killer’. But perhaps even just an ‘aide memoire’ competitor would have a positive impact?