Vendio Launches Free Stores, Support for eBay, Amazon
By Ina Steiner
A new Vendio Platform is launching in beta on March 4, 2009, offering free Stores for sellers. The Store offers robust features, and will charge fees only for those sellers wishing to sell on eBay and Amazon.com. Vendio also has plans to add support for other marketplaces.
The Vendio Platform allows sellers to manage all their selling activities on one online interface. Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Michael Levit said the new offering represents two years of work, with a focus on stability, a scalable user interface, and an API interface for partners and developers.
Levit said Wednesday's launch is a public beta for new customers, to be followed by a larger public launch in a few weeks. Right now, Vendio wants to take it slow with regard to moving existing customers to the new platform.
The Vendio Platform is integrated with Google Checkout, Authorize.net and PayPal's Payflow Pro for accepting credit cards, and sellers may also offer checks and money orders for purchases made on their own stores. Buyers may combine items, with the exclusion of Amazon purchases. Features include coupon functions and Google Analytics.
Stores hosted on Vendio Platform will remain free, and merchants who wish to list items on eBay and Amazon pay a $10 monthly subscription fee plus commission fees based on volume ranging from 1.95% for sales up to $1,000 to 1% for sales greater than $25,000. Sellers will pay no Vendio commissions on Amazon transactions through the end of the year. Pricing for other Vendio products such as Research remain unchanged.
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