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eBay boosts shipping function with internet postage tool

eBay has selected Pitney Bowes to provide a browser-based postage solution which gives its customers access to US Postal Service...

eBay has selected Pitney Bowes to provide a browser-based postage solution which gives its customers access to US Postal Service (USPS) shipping services directly from the eBay and PayPal websites.

"We've integrated an online postage solution to make shipping faster and easier for both eBay and PayPal users," said eBay spokeswoman Jennifer Caukin.

"With this new tool, our users will be able to purchase postage online and pay for it using their PayPal accounts, and they'll be able to print their shipping label from their computer, all from the eBay website." 

Users previously had to go offsite or to a USPS office for such services. 

Once the label is purchased, both the buyer and the seller will be able to track the delivery status of the package online from either the eBay or PayPal site.

"Since shipping is such a crucial piece of the transactional process on eBay, it will make trading on eBay faster and easier," she said. 

"Our application represents the next generation of internet postage technology. It is designed to deliver maximum customer convenience and postal revenue security," said Neil Metviner, president of the Pitney Bowes Direct unit.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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