[worth knowing] eBay to open its first UK shop – Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance
eBay, the online shop, is to open its first UK shop, in the latest sign that internet retailers are moving onto the high street.
The eBay shop will only be a five-day experiment, but follows similar schemes run by Amazon, House of Fraser and even Marks & Spencer (Dusseldorf: MA6.DU – news) to encourage their internet shoppers to visit real shops.
The shop on Dean Street, just off Oxford Street, will open during the busiest period for online shopping: December 1 to December 5.
However, the shop will have no tills and only a very limited selection of products, none of which shoppers can take away with them. Instead, 200 of the bestselling items such as a party dress from House of Fraser or an inflatable ride-in Dalek toy will be on display for customers to inspect.
A really significant move this one, even if the scope of what you can do is somewhat limited. The new high street bring and buy sale perhaps?