A new British online marketplace that aims to take on Amazon and eBay claims it already has thousands of products to offer – and is looking for more sellers to sign up.
Vendors offering more than 30,000 product lines have already registered to trade with OnBuy, which reports it is to go head-to-head with the two internet giants in the battle for online sales.
And OnBuy add it is in talks with a host of British businesses offering more than a million product lines.
The website will go live to customers on 1 November 2013 – but UK vendors are invited to sign up now so their products can be available at launch.
Getting on board is reported to be easy – vendors visit www.onbuy.co.uk and fill in an account sign-up form. The site is aimed at businesses – not individuals who want to make private sales.
An account manager will be in touch to talk sellers through the subscription process, advise on costs and offer advice on how to use the system.
There are no monthly fees for vendors who sign up now until the website goes live to customers in November 2013.
The cost-per-sale to vendors is claimed to be lower than those charged by Amazon and eBay, allowing vendors to sell at lower prices and to pass savings on to customers.
The site plans to offer millions of products from major brands to independent retailers – and can sell non-barcoded or custom products, unlike some of its major competitors, OnBuy said.
According to founders, the site has been designed to be exceptionally clear for sellers and shoppers to use.
Vendors can use a straightforward “seller panel” to quickly upload their product lists and sellers can list as many products as they like without paying a listing fee – they only pay once the item is sold.
Unlike Amazon, OnBuy said it will not try to compete with its own sellers, so vendors will have control of marketplace prices and don’t have to worry about their own offers being pushed down the page.
Navigating through the OnBuy site is designed to be quick and easy for shoppers as they are clearly directed to the best prices for a huge range of products.
Cas Paton, managing director of OnBuy, said: “The OnBuy team are really excited about the launch of the new marketplace.
“We’re looking forward to building some long-lasting business relationships with some world class sellers.
“I’m excited for the future of OnBuy. We have some great ideas in development and we can’t wait to showcase them to the public.”