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Customers have access to a greater selection thanks to this new service which enables third party sellers to sell through Marketplace enables customers to buy and sell easily a large selection of used, collectible and new items at different prices

Paris, November 6, 2003 launched Marketplace today, enabling customers to easily buy and sell used, collectible and new products on the same pages that sells those items new. By enabling third parties to list products for sale on its web site, is significantly expanding the selection available to customers, while also enabling them to save money. Amazon has also introduced Marketplace this week on its Canadian site,

Amazon Marketplace makes it possible for anyone who has an item to sell, from individuals to small and large businesses, to offer that item directly to customers alongside the same item offered by This side-by-side placement provides customers with greater selection – including the opportunity to buy a used product at a lower price – helping them to find and discover products they may have been hesitant to try at a higher price. Having a lower priced option makes it even easier for customers to explore new authors, artists and genres of books, books in English, music, DVDs, videos, software, CD-Rom and video games.

“Marketplace is a new way to buy and sell on We are happy to be introducing this new service on, awaited by our customers and third party sellers. Marketplace is the marriage of Amazon's e-tail expertise and mass capabilities with the strength of niche players. This service enables customers to discover an even greater selection at lower prices. Actually, customers can already find over 2.5 million Marketplace listings available for sale on the site at launch! We are very excited with the possibilities that Marketplace can provide for customers as well as sellers”, says Thomas Lot, president,

Buying Through Marketplace customers can discover items from third-party sellers listed on product information pages across the web site. From there, customers can easily view the items being offered by third parties, as well as its price, its condition, and information about the seller. To buy an item from a third party seller, customers simply click the “Add to Shopping Cart” button and purchase the item using their account. guarantees all purchases made from third party sellers; more information about's A-to-Z guarantee can be found at

Seller Services at

Selling through Amazon Marketplace is easy and provides tools for the individual seller listing one or two items and also for businesses that wish to offer thousands of items. Sellers can begin selling an item in less than 60 seconds by simply entering the item into the search box and clicking the button that says “Sell Yours Here.” also provides sellers with a guide to help them price their merchandise. More information about how third parties can easily sell products through can be found at

Amazon Marketplace first launched on in November 2000, and has since launched on,, It has also been launched this week on

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