Published: August 7, 2001
SARATOGA, N.Y. and BATON ROUGE, LA. – Two Internet antiques sites have recently expanded their horizons on the World Wide Web.
Collector Online, a provider of marketing and merchandising solutions for online sellers, has introduced an advanced set of imaging tools for the Web.
The company is among the first to be certified by the eBay Application Program Interface (API) and developer program. Collector Online announced support for eBay Storefronts.
The firm enables sellers in many product categories, including antiques and art, collectibles, coins, books, jewelry and watches, as well as pottery and glass, to list high volumes of inventory, manage listings, supervise inventory, and send listings to eBay as well as their own fixed price, no commission showcase.
Collector Online’s adoption of eBay’s API will provide a scalable and available way to link to eBay. It will also allow Collector Online Members to more easily manage their listings and transactions on the eBay site as well as on Collector Online.
A key feature of the service is the introduction of high resolution imaging technology. This imaging technology improves the buyer’s shopping experience by enabling them to zoom into a listing and study the image in a high degree of detail. The technology also improves the speed of image loading for the buyer as well. Each listing can contain up to 8 high-resolution images for a buyer. This imaging technology was used to sell the second copy of the United States Declaration of Independence for $8.7 million dollars. The technology was also used to sell the rarest baseball card in the world, the Honus Wagner card, for $1.2 million, on eBay.
According to the company, sellers who are taking advantage of the technology are already reporting higher gross merchandise sales as well as a higher average selling price. Sellers also have to invest less time processing each image, as the image is imported to the system in a high resolution format.
Collector Online has also increased its commitment to training its existing members to use the technology.
An example may be viewed at www.collectoronline.com/danishsilver.
On August 2, GoAntiques, Inc. (www.goantiques.com), an Internet network of antiques and collectibles announced the availability of their services on Lycos Shop (http://shop.lycos.com), part of Terra Lycos (NASDAQ: TRLY), the largest global Internet network.
Visitors to Lycos Shop will be able to peruse an $83 million selection of antiques and collectibles from the inventories of hundreds of international dealers Additionally, consumers looking for a specific collectible can use the F.I.N.D. System, allowing them to enter keywords for that particular rdf_Description. If matching rdf_Descriptions become available, customers receive an e-mail that links them directly to these product pages.
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