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Zingaya lets website visitors voice call you instantly

Ever since I started working with Olark, I have come to realize the value of real-time customer interaction. Being able to talk to customers and help them out when they need something gives me a very real sense of both what people are looking for on the site and who our customers are. Zingaya takes this idea one step further. You get a "Call" widget for your site. Users can simply click the widge...

EveryScape provides Google Street View -like tours inside points of interest

A few days ago I posted something about Google planning to take Street View to businesses to let you look at them from the inside. Commenter Neil let me know that this sort of thing already exists commercially and pointed me towards EveryScape. And indeed, I think this is probably what Google have in mind with the Street View pilot. You start off on a city street and then use 3d-looking arro...

Is Buy.com partnership transforming eBay from a marketplace to a store?

Online auction site eBay may have started as a marketplace where anyone could buy or sell used books, toys, computer parts, or other junk, but over the last decade the site has turned into much more than that. Many power sellers depend on eBay for their livelihood, whether their running a bricks and mortar store and selling excess inventory online or selling handmade goods or items rummaged from...

Avoid pesky shipping costs with Free Shipping On

Has this ever happened to you? You run out of ink, paper, good books to read, or something else, so you go online to order replacement as soon as humanly possible. You find what you need for a good price, add it to your cart, and then when you hit the checkout button the shipping charges hit you like a 2 ton heavy thing. The truth is while many sites like Amazon promise free shipping on orders o...

eBayers save billions each year

There's a reason we love to shop on eBay and other auction sites that sell new and used goods. It's cheaper to buy second hand stuff than to walk into a store and buy it in a shiny new package. How can you put a value on that? Pretty easily it turns out. Two researchers at the University of Maryland found that consumers saved more than $7 billion in 2003. While the team didn't look at all of th...

It's hard to pay the bills with ads: PipeBytes charges for file transfers now

Back in November we took a look at a promising new service that lets you send large files to friends or colleagues without using an instant messenger, FTP site, or web parking service like YouSendIt. PipeBytes lets you establish a direct connection with another user. All you do is select a file you want to upload and PipeBytes will give you a code to share with a friend who will be able to downl...

PayPal will let you buy stuff on sites that don't accept PayPal

Like buying things online but don't feel like giving out your credit card number to a gazillion different web stores? For a few years now PayPal has been the big name in one-stop checkouts. Just sign up for a PayPal account, link up your bank account or credit card number, and send and receive payment for your eBay auctions and buy stuff from participating retailers. But while most stores take cre...

Microsoft buys shopping comparison engine JellyFish

Microsoft has just acquired JellyFish, a comparative shopping engine. The team in Redmond Washington has been working on shopping and commerce components for Live Search, and the recent addition of JellyFish to the Live team could mean some new improvements for the MSN Shopping space. Jellyfish calls itself the "internet's first buying engine". The service pieces together the shopping puzzle w...

Mini-eBays finding a niche

Remember when Yahoo Auctions folded up shop? Like many, we here at Download Squad were more than a little disappointed, but we absolutely understood that eBay had become a juggernaut, and competing with the world's biggest auction site was a losing proposition for Yahoo. Even uBid, arguably the second-most-significant auction site, can't touch eBay in terms of volume. Naturally, we were surprised...