Car-buying sites expand with OpenAuto.com debut
Another car-buying site, OpenAuto.-com, opens for business today. Sellers compete based on the buyer's price and preferences listed with the online marketplace. Developed by two former Autoweb.com executives, OpenAuto's model lets customers anonymously research and price cars online; it's available to all dealers. The site sends offers to registered sellers and posts sellers' responses at the buyer's confidential account. OpenAuto partners include LendingTree and Intuit Insurance Service's QuickenInsurance for insurance and loans, Kelley Blue Book for used cars, and MapQuest.com for maps and directions to car dealers to pick up the vehicles.
DealTime.com service connects sellers, buyers
DealTime.com, an online comparison-shopping service, today launches DealAgent, which lets merchants respond in real time to consumers' shopping requests. DealAgent tracks click-throughs on specific products and categories. A merchant with paid access to DealAgent's database can respond immediately by submitting a price for the product, which will be available for 48 hours on the site, and sending e-mails to potential customers.
Online researcher InterSurvey embarks
InterSurvey, Palo Alto, Calif., launches today to conduct online surveys using probability sampling. The service founded by two Stanford University professors is aimed at categories including ad agencies, manufacturers, news and