MSN Shopping recently integrated with eBay to bring a considerably broader selection of products onto our site, ranging from refurbished auction items to brand new, fixed-price items. This addition enables our users to enjoy a significantly expanded selection including items that are up for sale via auctions. It is now easier than ever to find the best deals on the web on MSN Shopping.

Inventory on eBay is constantly changing and in order to bring our consumers the freshest catalog of choices possible, we parse, load, classify and match the tens of millions of eBay items on a daily basis. We have invested in building out our software platform to handle such high churn workloads and have expanded our server infrastructure to efficiently and quickly ingest the inventory available on eBay, along with the catalogs of our existing merchants and aggregators. All told, we sift through hundreds of millions of items every day.

Our users will notice that the site has also been enhanced to accommodate features unique to eBay items. We expose the ability to refine using the ‘auction sort’ on the prices page and show the average selling price on the results and prices page. We also show the number of auctions available for that particular item (see screenshot below).

With the addition of eBay’s vast selection, MSN Shopping continues its march towards becoming *the* place to find what you are looking for and buy it with complete confidence.

Questions/Comments? Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line: sprakash@microsoft.com

Shailesh Prakash
Lead Program Manager
MSN Shopping