eBay announces Selling Manager Apps beta, opens up platform to gadget developers

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 10:24:00 AM

My name is Farhang Kassaei, I am a platform architect at eBay.

We are very excited to announce that our Selling Manager (SM) suite of productivity tools is now offered as a gadget container - with the same extensibility technology behind OpenSocial. In other words, eBay Selling Manager is now OPEN as a beta platform to ALL developers. This is a great opportunity for developers to have direct access to professional sellers who manage their businesses on eBay.

With our beta platform launch today the SM sandbox is open to anyone with an eBay developer account. If you have not signed up for the eBay Developers Program yet, join for FREE at http://developer.ebay.com/join. If you are already a member of our developer community, visit http://developer.ebay.com/smapps for all the information you need to get started.

eBay will be opening up applications within Selling Manager to all sellers later this summer so this is the perfect time to get on board and get your application user-ready and tested. Also, don't forget to attend our annual Developer Conference in San Jose this June where we’ll be offering hands-on training for Selling Manager Applications. Visit our Developers Conference web site for more details.

Now, let me tell you a bit about the Selling Manager Apps. Although the SM apps are built on top of gadget specifications, they are not the typical OpenSocial applications (for one, eBay does not have a traditional traversable social graph). The SM Apps are productivity tools for eBay sellers, such as tools that allow sellers to manage customer questions more effectively, or to handle shipping and handling of sold items, or to identify and graph marketplace trends in pricing. Like any small business, eBay sellers value tools that make them more efficient and maximize their profitability.

What is most exciting about SM Apps is that you can make money. You choose how much you would like to charge for your applications and get paid by your subscribers. eBay handles billing your subscribers, processing their payments and distributing the funds to you thorough your PayPal account.

eBay is excited to be part of the OpenSocial/Gadget community. Our goal is to make development of commercial applications as open as developing social applications. Check out our Selling Manager beta platform hub at http://developer.ebay.com/smapps, and make sure to let us know how you think we’re doing.

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