- TechCrunch observes eBayHire (EBAY -0.3%), a local services marketplace that has been in testing in the U.K. the last few months, appears set to launch in the U.S. Angie's List (ANGI -5.1%), which sold off in July following a report about the U.K. test, is diving again.
- For the time being, only service providers are able to sign up. It looks as if eBay wants to do a gradual launch in an attempt to address the chicken-and-egg problem eBayHire is bound to initially face. Like Angie's List, eBay plans to let service providers establish profile pages were they can list services and provide rates, and also plans to sell ads that will appear alongside search results.
- As eBay itself can definitely vouch, unseating an incumbent online marketplace with a large installed base of buyers and sellers is no easy task. But even moderate success could be enough to exert price pressure on Angie's List. Angie's is only six weeks removed from doing a membership price cut test.
Angie's List dips as eBay preps U.S. local services marketplace
Nov 14 2013, 15:36 ET