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EBay to Add Skype Tool to Link Buyers, Sellers

June 14, 2006|From the Associated Press

EBay Inc. said it would add a "Skype Me" button to certain categories of listings, allowing prospective buyers to contact sellers directly through the Internet phone service it acquired last year.

Those who click the on-screen button will be able to contact sellers by voice, text chat or both to request information about a specific item in real time, the online auction pioneer said at a convention in Las Vegas.

The button will be added Monday on 14 categories of products for which EBay had determined that instant communication could better facilitate trade, such as automotive global positioning devices, NBA basketball cards, diamond solitaire rings and cars and trucks, it said.

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