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The Best Bargains at Half.com

TrianglePublishing Josh Kopelman

If you are looking for new or used textbooks, books, music, movies and video games at heavily discounted prices Half.com is the best online marketplace to check, with one of the largest inventories on the web. A subsidiary of eBay, Half.com enables everyone to find the best bargains online, quickly and easily.
Sellers offer items at fixed prices, with no fees charged to list them on the site, and the company takes a commission of every completed sale. The seller is responsible for shipping the item purchased during three business days of a sale and paying the actual shipping costs. The buyer can choose either USPS Media Mail or expedited delivery. If the reimbursement amount exceeds the actual shipping costs the seller may offer a "free upgrade" to first class shipping, the cost of which, in fact, won't differ much from media mail for small items such as CDs.
Half.com was started in 1999 by American entrepreneur Josh Kopelman whose other ventures include Infonautics, Turntide, Comcast Interactive Capital and First Round Capital, in partnership with Sunny Balijepalli who is the founder of ZoomIn.com. To advertise the company in December of the same year, Half.com paid the town of Halfway, Oregon US$100,000 and donated 20 new computers to change its name to "Half.com, Oregon" for a year.
In 2000 Half.com was purchased by eBay for about $350 million, with its user management system, buyer/seller feedback, and account information integrated into eBay. Like eBay, Half.com is not a typical retail site featuring physical stock or inventory. Instead, the site offers an online marketplace for individual sellers to list their items so that potential buyers could view them, as well as a standardized transaction and money exchange process.
What differs Half.com from eBay is that the former is not an auction site and sellers offer their merchandise at a bid price of their choosing. At Half.com sellers competitively "bid" against each other in accordance with Universal Product Code. At eBay buyers bid against one another while at Half.com the seller on seeing the average sale price for any particular item can determine the selling price desired. In their turn potential buyers can see the available inventory for any particular item and can comparison shop to choose the seller. Using the Pre-order feature buyers can set a price and quality rating of a particular item they want to buy. Sellers will see the pre-order listed when putting an item up for sale and may decide to sell it to the buyer if they like price.
Before placing an order the buyers can view the "quality rating" of an item (Brand New, Like New, Very Good, Good and Acceptable) along with a text description written by the seller. The feedback about each individual seller is also disclosed before order placement, linking the eBay feedback system, so that the buyer could choose their merchant. Finally, when the buyer is ready to buy an item it is advisable to check out Half.com Coupon Codes to see whether an extra discount can be applied with the purchase.