Mpire™ and Worldwide Brands Cooperate to Help Business Owners on eBay® Overcome Major Obstacle: Where to Find Products to Sell?

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Relationship gives dedicated eBay sellers the resources they need to locate legitimate wholesalers and drop shippers, further rounding-out Mpire’s online business management tools.

What do online auction sellers wish the year has in store for them? According to a recent survey, finding an easier way to find products to sell that will make them money is the most challenging part of running their business. Nearly half of online auction sellers see product sourcing as a major challenge. A partnership between Mpire™ and Worldwide Brands takes a big step to making sellers’ wishes come true. Mpire (http://www.mpire.com), a provider of tools and services to help anyone start, run and grow a successful business on eBay, and Worldwide Brands (http://www.worldwidebrands.com), the leading product sourcing company for online entrepreneurs, will give Mpire members direct access to high-quality, affordable products to sell on eBay.

“For small online businesses, locating and sourcing credible product is very time consuming, and often results in unnecessary middleman mark-ups, unreliable inventory resources, and even outright scams,” says Chris Malta, who founded Worldwide Brands after experiencing these difficulties himself. “Worldwide Brands does extensive research to identify legitimate, factory-authorized wholesale suppliers that are willing to work directly with online re-sellers. We then make the information available through extensive product sourcing online directories, which we’re pleased to now bring to Mpire members as a way to help them grow their business on eBay.”

Under the partnership, Mpire’s members receive free access to Worldwide Brands’s Drop Ship Source Directory or Light Bulk Wholesale Directory, which include thousands of pre-screened warehouses that will ship product directly to an eBay sellers’ customers at the time of sale, or allow the eBay business owner to purchase bulk product. The product resource guides are included with Mpire’s affordable monthly subscription service, which pulls together in one place all the tools an eBay user needs to better manage and grow their business.

The Worldwide Brands services join an already robust line-up of Mpire offerings, including the recently-launched free Mpire Researcher tool. The new tool instantly arms eBay sellers with the information they need to make the most profitable listing decisions. Users simply type in the item they wish to sell, and Researcher shows listing recommendations -- such as best starting price, listing length and key words -- based solely on the latest eBay transactions for that same item that sold for the best prices. eBay users can now visit http://www.mpire.com to sign up for Researcher.

In addition to Researcher, Mpire offers its subscription-based Mpire™ Builder end-to-end auction management service, now being offered for a free 30 day trial. The online service provides powerful business management tools that integrate with eBay, PayPal, and other resources to provide automated auction management, intuitive financial tracking and reporting, customer contact management and consignment management, inventory tracking and more. In addition, Mpire also provides its free listing tool Mpire™ Launcher. Rounding out the offerings, Mpire also offers a robust Online Business Resource Center and hosts free monthly eBay educational tele-courses, both of which Worldwide Brands will contribute to.

“It’s inspirational to see how many people are turning to online retailing to achieve the dream of running their own business.” says Mpire co-founder Dave Cotter. “Mpire’s service was developed based on feedback from more than 300 eBay community members to ensure Mpire provides solutions to their most common problems, while also offering powerful tools to better manage and grow their business. Worldwide Brands has created an incredibly valuable resource and we are excited to bring their expert product sourcing guides to our members.”

For more information visit http://www.mpire.com.

About Worldwide Brands

WorldwideBrands.Com provides information on over 3,000,000 products from over 4000 brand names that can be sold or auctioned online. A free preview of the products is available at http://www.worldwidebrands.com.

About Mpire

Mpire is committed to empowering millions of people to run their own online business. Mpire’s complete, easy-to use services dramatically simplify how online business owners manage all aspects of their business activities, making online sellers more successful. Mpire’s web-based suite of free and affordable flat-rate subscription services seamlessly integrate all the tools an online seller needs to better track, manage and successfully operate their business. Mpire’s services include Mpire™ Builder, a complete end-to-end auction management service, Mpire™ Researcher, a free tool that shows average selling prices and listing recommendations for top listed items, and Mpire™ Launcher, a free listing service. Together, Mpire’s services save business owners valuable time and provide them with powerful management insights, allowing them to make more informed decisions and concentrate on growing their business. Founded in 2005, Mpire is backed by Ignition Partners and former eBay executive Richard Rock. Visit http://www.mpire.com for more information.

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