As Mobile Shopping Takes Off, eBay Is an Early Winner Selling Via Smartphones and Tablets

Tim L. Fields bids for jewelry, art, and antiques on eBay, sometimes in 30 to 40 auctions at a time. The New Orleans attorney spends hours in court and away from his PC, so he gets his shopping done using an eBay application on his iPhone that sends alerts when he’s been outbid or when a sale is a bout to expire. “It’s sort of an addiction,” says Fields, who has used the eBay mobile app to buy a $15,000 set of antique French silver.After losing ground to Amazon.com for years in online retailing, eBay has emerged as a leader in a new market: mobile commerce. As consumers increasingly shop with their BlackBerrys, iPhones, and handsets powered by Google’s Android software, such as the Motorola Droid, eBay has become the top mobile retailer in the U.S., say analysts.To read this BusinessWeek report in full, see:
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