eBay to buy Baazee.com

eBay to buy Baazee.com

EBay will buy privately held Baazee.com, India’s biggest online auctioneer, for about $50 million extending its international expansion to another burgeoning market.

California-based eBay has been building its international business, which the company hopes will eventually become larger than its US operations.

Last year, eBay completed $180 million purchase of China’s EachNet, the most popular online auction site in China.

Baazee.com, like eBay, allows people to buy and sell wares in an array of categories such as consumer electronics, home decor and jewellery.

The Bombay-based company was founded in January 2000 and says it now has more than one million registered users. Internet usage in India is still relatively low.

News source: News Source The companies cited data from International Data Corp. showing that there are currently 17 million Internet users in India, a number expected to rise to more than 30 million in two years.

“Although it’s early days for e-commerce in India, we believe there is great opportunity over the long term,” eBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman said in a statement on Wednesday.

The deal is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2004. It is not expected to materially affect eBay’s 2004 revenue and earnings per share results, the company said. (Reuters


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