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Mon Aug 31 2009 14:03:57

Walmart Marketplace Opens to Select Retailers

By: Ina Steiner

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Walmart.com launch today Walmart Marketplace, which enables a "select group of retailers" to offer additional products at Walmart.com. The new program has added nearly one million new items to the ecommerce site in categories such as Home, Baby, Apparel, Toys and Sporting Goods / Sports Memorabilia.

Current Walmart Marketplace retailers include CSN Stores (www.csnstores.com), eBags (www.ebags.com) and Pro Team, a subsidiary of Dreams, Inc. According to a press release, the company will continue to grow the Walmart Marketplace program with additional retailers over the next year:

Customers can find the expanded assortment online at Walmart.com beginning today. As an added convenience for customers, all purchases from a Walmart Marketplace retailer are managed through Walmart.com's trusted and secure checkout process. The Walmart Marketplace retailer will then manage and support the order, including shipping and handling, customer service, exchanges and returns.



Update: See Tuesday's article in AuctionBytes Newsflash.




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by: Pat

Mon Aug 31 14:47:48 2009

Hmm, who does this hurt more. eBay. Amazon. Or Buy.com...

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by: Jonathan

Mon Aug 31 14:56:15 2009

As a collectables seller, this won't affect me much, but I feel sorry for all the 3P sellers who have hitched their wagons to Amazon and eBay who sell electronics, DVDs, CDs, etc.

I know one thing, this is going to be very good for me as a BUYER! I expect that Wal*Mart's going to be lowballing prices in a big way this holiday season. That's the Modus Operandi - SLASH AND BURN!

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by: just me

Mon Aug 31 14:58:16 2009

Who really cares who it hurts the most.

Any e-commerce website is subjected to its share of scams and crooks. Its just as not as well known as the bums on Ebay.

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by: Sleepless in Chicago

Mon Aug 31 15:17:56 2009

I like Walmart.  They have great prices and I trust to buy from them.  I usually just go to the Walmart near my house, rather than buying on line though...

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by: 800lb Gorilla

Mon Aug 31 15:46:49 2009

Guess the 800lb Gorillas didn't notice the 1500lb Gorilla lurking...

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by: Sals

Mon Aug 31 18:03:55 2009

Ebay is having a difficult time with their new strategy and my guess is that they won't be able to compete with a new player like Walmart with 3rd party sellers like Amazon. Ebay should have stuck with what they did best and that is the average small seller.

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by: Patricia

Mon Aug 31 19:25:12 2009

This has been Walmart's bag for a long long time and they don't lose and they never give ground to anyone.  I kind of feel sorry for Ebay - the present team of nitwits are no match for Walmart.  That's one competitor they can't bully around.  I'll just sit back and watch the blood fly.

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by: matza

Mon Aug 31 19:27:44 2009

Ebay is fragmenting into pieces as something seems to have disrupted it severely.  

Amazon will be just fine. They have solid management and the prices on their own merchandise is very competitive.

This will hurt ebay the most. They have spit on and stepped on the mom and pops many of which have fled and or are fleeing.

Facebook payments will put a hurting on paypal. Apple is going to get in the game too.

Bonanzle is rumored to be starting auctions in the fall.

Where would you go if you were a small seller?

Ebay is dead in the water. sales are terrible, worse than my very first day of selling 11 years ago. Glitches galore
it's a complete joke.

Donohoe has been one GIANT DISASTER!

I hope he finally gets let go after the next quarter results for this year even though I think it's too late already for ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Aug 31 19:38:32 2009

Before anyone gets all misty eyed over WalMart, just keep in mind how shabbily they treat employees and how much cheap Chinese junk they sell.

Same song, different verse.

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by: Sals

Mon Aug 31 19:53:46 2009

ming.. I agree. I couldn't think of a more abusive company than Walmart to come into this business. Walmart will be given critical sales data with the 3P sellers and then they come come in rock their world and be their worse competitor.

My hopes is that Ebay will see that small sellers is an incredibly profitable niche and to come back down to earth and recapture their glory.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Aug 31 21:03:33 2009

Alibaba's U.S. business plan:

1. We sell cheap Chinese stuff.

2. Buy our cheap Chinese stuff.

3. Sell the cheap Chinese stuff you buy from us.

Walmart International Business Plan:

1. We buy cheap Chinese stuff cheap.

2. We sell cheap Chinese stuff cheap. Buy our cheap Chinese stuff. Help make the Walton family trillionaires while we fire union organizers, circumvent hourly wage rules, and deny most employees good health insurance.

3. Sell your Chinese cheap stuff in our site and try to compete against our cheaper Chinese stuff.

Ebay's International Business Plan (subject to change without notice)

1. We sell nothing, but we charge a pretty penny to sell to most, but not all, sellers. Many of our sellers sell cheap Chinese stuff or American cars for higher prices than anywhere else because of our fees are so high.

2. Buy from our sellers so we can continue to charge them exorbitant fees. Without buyers paying higher prices and sellers who are forced to charge higher prices, ummmmmm........
we could no longer exist.

3. Whoops, this plan probably needs to be revised now.

The Ho and The No have supremely frakked up.

So Say We All.

ROTFLMAO. Karma has struck.

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by: Sleepless in Chicago

Mon Aug 31 21:08:39 2009

Does Walmart treat its employees as bad as Ebay treats its sellers?  I shop at Walmart for cleaning products, etc.  The stuff I used to buy off of Ebay were things you couldn't buy at Walmart.  

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by: Sleepless in Chicago

Mon Aug 31 21:10:50 2009

@ Ming - You are pretty funny!

"Ebay's International Business Plan (subject to change without notice)"

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by: Jane

Mon Aug 31 21:19:57 2009

I sell to Wal-Mart and their employees love them.  My county is full of them---6 stores in one county and people line up for the jobs.  The story that their employees are treated bad is off the mark. I see the people daily and do not see the attitudes that are represented on this board.
For the record, most Wal-marts sell from local markets such as farmers, small manufacturers, etc from said markets.  These are specialty items and it is a great boost to those local sellers.  The money put back in the community and donations are top.  There are too many good things that never get mentioned.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Aug 31 21:21:49 2009

@ Sleepless in Chicago

Most basic cleaning products as well as out other common household products can be purchased at the dollar stores for the same price as Walmart.

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by: Daisy

Mon Aug 31 21:24:44 2009

"Bonanzle is rumored to be starting auctions in the fall."

If that's true, they might become real players against Ebay. I look forward to that!

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by: For Petes sake

Mon Aug 31 21:25:39 2009

I find it quite funny that so many comments here are hitting Walmart regarding “Cheap Chinese Junk”…bottom line people want it or Walmart would be bankrupt?

So possibly Walmart have it right and are supplying the demand…good for them & anyone who uses their platform

We all know eBay is becoming one of the Internets most hated company’s & peoples buying habits are changing drastically, so this is just another hit to eBay

On another subject is it possible for eBay to add MORE drop down menus to the summery pages…it really is quite crazy how the summery page has been taken over ..just move your mouse and bam! Another dropdown menu, these are just confusing for must people, Who like me just want a basic set up and use site map to find anything else

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Aug 31 21:40:14 2009

Most people have no choice but to buy cheap Chinese junk.

American corporations have eroded our buying power by actually decreasing wages (as compared to growth), diminishing the influence of labor unions, are exporting our jobs to low wage countries, are importing cheap labor legally or illegally, and corrupting the political proce$$.

If wages and benefits continue erode, in our lifetime Americans will no longer be able to afford even cheap Chinese junk.

While the American economy is still the world's largest, corporations understand the future is in Asia, not here. If corporations are allowed to continue raping the American taxpayer and worker, the sooner the bulk of future corporate profits will be in the Pacific Rim, NOT the United States and NOT in Europe. Then they really won't care whether Americans can afford their products or not -- our economy will be second or third world while China and India will become the new consumer societies.

We all need to look at the country of origin on labels or boxes when because there still are products being manufactured HERE.

Look for products sold on ebay that are made in the United States and Canada. If you sell an American or Canadian made product, put that in your item specifics "MADE IN THE USA/CANADA."

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by: Loops

Mon Aug 31 22:00:28 2009

I don't see much hope. Walmart sells U.S. flags and guess what? The poles are made in China.

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by: Jo

Tue Sep 1 00:08:08 2009

If Pierre has any plans on unloading eBay he may want to think about doing it now when he still has a slim chance to profit from a previous marketing success....cash for clunker

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