As you may already know, marketplaces are shopping websites where online buyers choose among thousands of third-party e-tailers in a secure and optimized interface for business. eBay and Amazon are the most famous marketplaces of them all.

Here are the 5 pillars of marketplaces that you should understand and remember at all time when selling through online marketplaces.


1°) Traffic :

Traffic is key for marketplaces, it determines their attractivness from an online merchant point-of-view. Marketplaces are able to generate millions of unique visitors each month because they aggregate products from thousands of sellers. As a counter-part, it becomes a very efficient tool for merchants to gain visibility and acquire targeted audience, with high buying intention.

e.g. : Just a year ago, Amazon declared 19.5 million unique visitors in June 2012, 17.5 for eBay, 6.6 for Pixmania and more than 4.6 for Play.

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