september 12, 2005

EBay is going to cough up $4.1 billion to buy Skype. Some were guessing to what EBay was up to with this purchase. Now EBay has come out to tell us what their plans are: "EBay is renowned for its Internet marketplace linking more than 150 million buyers and sellers, who currently exchange about 5 million emails per day. It hopes that offering free Skype calls within eBay will smooth the way for more deals to go through, and let the company charge merchants for calls that lead to sales. EBay said its merchants would be able to use Skype software to allow buyers with last-minute sales questions to "click to talk" to a customer service agent." Hmm...Sounds like a lot more work having to take calls than to answer emails.

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