September 21, 2005 11:00 ET Hopes to Take on eBay

PORTSMOUTH, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 21, 2005 --, the free and easy alternative to eBay™, reports explosive growth in the last two months -- a powerful indicator of consumer frustration with rival eBay™. Since the launch of in June, thousands of Internet users have flocked to the site to buy and sell items ranging from car parts to sporting goods to multi-million dollar properties. The New Hampshire-based company attributes the rapid growth of to its intuitive, user-friendly site design and a backlash against the mounting fees and complexities of eBay™.

" is our reaction to the complexity and rising fees of eBay™," explains co-founder Adam Hegi. "We set out to build a better marketplace where anyone could buy and sell -- not just PowerSellers and computer gurus like ourselves. We're getting fan mail from users saying they like because it's free and easy like Google™."

-- allows you to list items for Free!
--  Intuitive design  allows novice computer users to list items in a few
--  Each listing can include 3 photos and an optional link to the seller's
    Web site.
--  To purchase an item, buyers contact the seller directly.
-- takes no commissions on sales.
--  Buyers can quickly search for regional items, avoiding high shipping
--  No registration required to browse or buy items
--  No middleman fees. No missed auctions. No complicated forms.
In addition to many individual users, has been popular with small businesses, including antique dealers, auto dealers, jewelers, collectors and specialty stores that are using the site as their primary Internet storefront.

" offers local businesses and individuals who might not have an online store a way to advertise their goods on the Internet for free," explains co-founder Cheri Haley, "Many people are frustrated with how difficult and expensive it is to post an item for sale or purchase on eBay™. It's just too complex for the average individual or small business."

About is a free online marketplace that makes it easy for everyone to buy and sell online. Launched in June 2005, is a fast-growing alternative to eBay™, empowering businesses and individuals to buy and sell goods and services without paying expensive transaction fees.

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