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November 15, 2009

Glyde debuts online marketplace

Allows users to sell and buy used goods

By CBR Staff Writer

Simon Rothman, founder of eBay Motors, has formed Glyde Corp, a new company whose mission is to democratise eCommerce. Glyde has unveiled a beta version of its online marketplace which allows consumers to buy used items online.

The eCommerce site is for used goods that everyone has in their homes such as, books, CDs, DVDs and video games. On Glyde, anyone can sell online and no pictures, no postage, no packaging and no research is required. It allows buyers to safely shop for bargains on used items.

The company claims that the Glyde Platform makes buying and selling an effortless process by taking on all of the work on the user’s behalf. For sellers, it does the work of describing, pricing, merchandising, packaging, stamping and tracking the item. The seller only needs to place the item into the stamped, pre-addressed envelope and drop it in the mailbox.

Mr Rothman, said: “The average American household has three thousand dollars worth of unwanted media collecting dust. We built a service that makes buying and selling a used DVD as simple as trading a share of Disney stock. It’s the NASDAQ for physical goods.

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“Making things simple is actually really hard. To democratise eCommerce, Glyde absorbed the complexity so users don’t have to. There’s billions of dollars worth of unwanted stuff in people’s homes. Just think of the good that could be done if people had the ability to easily sell it. They could use the money themselves or give it to someone who needs it.”

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