Curious Trends - Shopping

19/11/2011

Virtual shops using QR codes and smartphone technology


Ebay are set to open their first pop-up store in the UK, where purchasers can use smart phones to select QR coded items and pay online via Ebay’s website. This sounds a little like the tried and tested Argos model, except you don’t get to take the goods home with you – they’re delivered a few days later. It sounds horribly convoluted, but is probably a prelude to something far more sophisticated...

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16/10/2010

Upmarket markets


London’s edgy East End first coined the term when it opened its Sunday Upmarket at the Truman Brewery, in 2004. The revival of market style trading has gone hand in hand with the growing interest in unique, hand crafted produce. Now luxury brands and major high street names are trying to muscle in to this area. What's more, mainstream etailer Asos has recently announced plans for a new Marketplace website. The basic idea, enabling independent retailers and individuals to sell current stock, second-hand unwanted clothes and their own designs, sounds very much like an Ebay or Etsy shop, but could this be a signal that major retailers are about to start cashing in on 'wholesale' marketplace concept online as well as offline. And will this eventually make markets less posh once again?

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