Tuesday, March 8, 2005
eBay Classifieds coming to a country near you
Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Rent.com and the Netherlands's largest classifieds site, Marketplaats, and its minority stake in San Francisco-based Craigslist, now comes Kijiji -- the eBay new venture that launched last week in Japan, China, Germany, France, Italy and Canada. The Kijiji website explains:
Kijiji helps you connect with your community. It's easy to use. You can find everything you need from housing to furniture, from jobs to new friends and more.
And, according to this BusinessWeek blog, the site:
"went live Feb. 28, [and] is the first project to come out of a six-month-old New Ventures Group inside eBay. Spokesman Hani Durzy says Kijiji focused on the six countries--specifically 50 cities in Japan, Germany, Canada, Italy, China, and France--because eBay thought Craiglist has pretty much nailed the U.S. market. The special sauce that eBay hopes to bring, he says, is a sense of community that may be lacking in other local classifieds sites. (Kijiji means "village" in Swahili.)
And here's an official eBay press release on the launch that showed up on the Wall Street Journal site about an hour ago.
Updated 2:28 PM