The well-known online auction and shopping website eBay has opened its representative office in Russia, eBay Marketplaces, that will be headed by Vladimir Dolgov, a former Google manager in Russia, Vedomosti daily reported.
eBay has long thought of entering the Russian market. Two years ago, the international shopping system eBay International Market (eIM) was launched. Thanks to it people living in Russia were able to search for products around the world, comparing, choosing and buying them through the Russian interface.
Website ebayrussia.ru allowed access to a global auction catalog. eBay took responsibility for the refund in the event of non-commodity or non-compliance stated on the site. The company was looking for a director of the local office for about a year.
In spring 2012, PayPal, a leading global online payment system discussed with the Russian Post, the country's state-run postal operator, the possibility of providing all its services in Russia with prepaid cards attached to the system's electronic accounts.
During their talks, PayPal and the Russian Post discussed prepaid cards, which would be issued to pay for purchases on eBay and other online stores. Card balances could be funded from PayPal electronic accounts.