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WorthPoint Launches Shopping Assistant Feature

by WorthPoint Staff (11/04/11).

The new WorthPoint Shopping Assistant appears on the right side of a Worthopedia search results page, showing items similar to the searched item that is currently for sale.

WorthPoint has launched another feature: the “Shopping Assistant,” a widget that helps collectors find and buy what they are looking for.

The reason we are launching the WSA is because WorthPoint has many visitors who wish to buy items for which they have been searching, as well as obtain price data and other information about them. This new service allows us to address this need, adding value for our visitors and subscribers. We have elected to do this on a partnering basis, so we will be adding ecommerce partners to the WSA network.

When you use WorthPoint’s Worthopedia to look up an item, the Shopping Assistant will search the Internet to find similar items currently for sale online. That means if you search for something like a tea table on Worthopedia, the Shopping Assistant will give you a list of several tea tables listed on eBay, GoAntiques and eventually other online stores. The Shopping Assistant will appear on the right-hand side of the search detail page.

The matching is accomplished through keyword extraction + category search from that particular detail page, and up to 20 items will be listed in the widget.

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