New York, NY (PressExposure) January 09, 2009 -- Research by price comparison website jiffyprice.com (www.jiffyprice.com) shows that for the most popular items purchased online by shoppers, Amazon is undercutting eBay "buy-it-now" prices by an average of 22% and by as much as 60%.
The price difference between Amazon and eBay is most notable for electronic items such as the Wii or Nintendo DS gaming consoles and the games used on these machines. Jiffyprice.com found that prices for these items differed by as much as 26%, with a Nintendo DS Lite costing $175 on eBay and just $126 on Amazon, including shipping charges.
Commenting on the results, Jiffyprice.com founder, Niall Thewlis, said "This goes to show how much savvy consumers can save by a very quick bit of shopping around. However, most consumers donât have the time to compare prices with umpteen different online retailers before making a purchase. Weâve simplified matters greatly, so that shoppers can quickly compare the price of an item between only Amazon and eBay, the two giants of online retail, in just a couple of seconds. We include only these retailers because they're the ones that most people have used in the past and feel comfortable buying from."
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The results aren't all in favour of Amazon, however, since several categories of items tended to be cheaper on eBay than Amazon when searched on Jiffyprice.com. Computer users looking for a spare external hard drive will find the Lacie 250 Gb Rugged Drive for just $90.24 on eBay, compared to $107.99 on Amazon, a saving of 16% for eBay shoppers. For games enthusiasts, a Wii Charging Station was $24.99 on Amazon, compared to just $12.95 on eBay, saving a massive 48% for savvy shoppers.
Item Amazon eBay Saving
Kindle 359.00 888.00 60%
Wii Fitnes Bundle 25.95 57.99 55%
Bakugan Battle Pack 25.99 54.95 53%
Wild Planet Hyper Dash 17.47 24.00 27%
Nintendo DS Lite 129.99 175.00 26%
Crayola Glow Station 24.88 32.97 25%
Blokus Classic 20.99 26.85 22%
Garmin Nuvi 350 149.85 178.99 16%
Scene It? Seinfield Game 29.95 35.49 16%
Vtech Kidizoom digital camera 39.99 46.49 14%
Eyeclops Night Vision 68.88 79.99 14%
Sony bdp s350 Blu Ray Disk Player 222.97 255.99 13%
Apple iPod Touch 8Gb 2nd Generation 209.98 239.00 12%
Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle 299.99 337.95 11%
Garmin nuvi 760 248.97 279.80 11%
Canon Powershot a590IS 113.94 124.95 9%
Coach: The Third Season 19.99 21.50 7%
PSP Console 2000: Piano Black 169.99 179.95 6%
Ipod Classic Black 120 Gb 224.54 224.95 0%
Leapfrog Tag Reading System 49.97 49.99 0%
Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera 409.95 408.95 0%
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows 49.99 48.95 -2%
Xbox 360 Charge Kit 26.99 24.99 -7%
Lacie 250 Gb Rugged Hard Drive 107.99 90.24 -16%
WII Charge Station 24.99 12.95 -48%
Prices in USD$. Survey conducted by http://www.jiffyprice.com over 14 days from December 1st 2008 to December 15th 2008 using search results from Amazon US and eBay US local sites.
Note for editors:
Jiffyprice.com is a retail price comparison internet site that allows consumers to instantly compare prices of items between Amazon and eBay. The site was built in 2008 by a team in the US, Spain, France and Australia, led by internet entrepreneur Niall Thewlis.
The site has been localized for use in all of the countries where Amazon and eBay have a local presence. Using behind the scenes geolocation technology, the site automatically searches the local Amazon and eBay site when a customer visits the Jiffyprice.com site, automatically displaying the prices in the customerâs local currency.
Jiffyprice only compares items that are available for immediate purchase. In the case of eBay, this includes only those items that are available as a "Buy It Now" option. All relevant shopping charges are added to the search results, so that consumers are comparing like with like, as far as possible.