Click up or shut up
Just arriving in EuroTelcoblog's inbox one minute ago was confirmation of Skype integration into 14 categories on eBay, selected on the criteria of "Skype’s ability to positively impact the transaction." The categories are:
Automotive GPS devices
Camera and photo lenses and filters
Wired networking routers
VOIP / Internet telephony
Diamond solitaire rings
Real estate (residential, commercial)
Manufacturing and metalworking
NBA basketball cards
Lost in Space collectibles
Radio control toys
Cars and trucks
Apparently, eBay considered that these were categories where "instant communication can greatly facilitate trade, such as those with high average selling prices, complex products, or new technologies that can generate a high volume of questions. Additionally, eBay selected categories with a local component, such as large items requiring local delivery or pick up, and those with a highly enthusiastic community, such as collectibles."
I will be fascinated to see what sort of feedback comes out of the eBay community after launch on 19 June.