EBay shelves plan to axe unit

EBay shelves plan to axe unit

EBay has dropped plans to close its next month and move the online used merchandise store's buyers and sellers onto eBay's site., acquired by eBay in 2000, apparently changed its plans after many of the site's registered online sellers and buyers opposed the move. was slated to be shut down October 14.

In an announcement yesterday, said it will remain in operation "indefinitely."

"We have decided not to go forward with this plan (to close) and will keep open indefinitely," Mike Aufricht, vice president and general manager of, said in a statement.

While many sellers have already moved to sell their items on eBay in anticipation of the closing, "we have not seen a corresponding drop in business on," Aufricht said. "In fact, loyalty to has remained strong as we witnessed yet another outstanding back-to-school season on"

Now the company has decided to take the suggestions of many of its users and keep both sites open. The eBay site allows sellers to auction items to the highest bidder or sell them via instant fixed-price auctions under a sliding fee scale, with brief sales windows of up to 10 days at a time. allows sellers to list items at fixed prices indefinitely without any listing fees and forgoes the auction approach for a straight sale method.

By keeping both sites in operation, Aufricht said the online auction "marketplace can be more vibrant with both and eBay. Your input, as well as the data and experience we have gained during the transition efforts, are the basis for our decision to keep open. There will be no substantive changes to in the foreseeable future."

Officials at eBay and could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this year, eBay announced that the closing of would take place July 13. But that date was extended to Oct. 14 to provide more time for the transition.

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