Ottawa Citizen

eBay Canada launches French service


MONTREAL • eBay Canada has gone bilingual after launching a French Canadian version yesterday, managing director Jordan Banks said in an interview.

It is following the lead of online companies like Amazon, which have bilingual Canadian versions of their websites. eBay Canada was initially launched in 2000.

More than 10 million words were translated to create the new site, which has more than 35,000 pages.

More than 775,000 of the five million Canadians currently registered on eBay are Quebec residents, Mr. Banks said.

eBay Canada sellers can now list their products in either, or both, official languages for the same price. While fees for listing on eBay vary by the cost of the item, the seller of a $ 100 product would pay $ 4.50.

Mr. Banks didn’t say specifical­ly how much growth the French site is expected to generate.

He said eBay now accounts for about 27 to 29 per cent of all e- commerce in Canada, excluding groceries and travel. The company’s goal is to hit 33 per cent within the next two years.

The new French site is located at: www. cafr. ebay. ca

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