eBay Releases Fashion App for the iPhone
By Ina Steiner
eBay introduced an iPhone app for fashion shoppers that allows them to virtually "try on" items and add them to a personalized "Closet." The eBay Fashion app features an Outfit Builder feature, social networking sharing functionality, and a Virtual Style Gallery that showcases latest trends and fashions.
The new app comes as eBay, Amazon and retailers and manufacturers invest in the clothing, shoes and accessories category. In April, eBay launched a fashion portal with a more visual shopping experience and new navigation, including "image-similarity" technology.
eBay said it expects to generate $1.5 billion in gross merchandise volume (GMV) through its mobile platform in 2010, with more than 10 million downloads of eBay's core iPhone application. Apps also include Selling, Classifieds and Deals.
Apparel is eBay's number one mobile category in terms of items sold, and number two in terms of mobile GMV.
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