is a Korean online auction
and shopping mall
where people from all around the world buy and sell goods and services.
Inter Park was founded in 1996
by brothers Lee Ki Hyeong and Lee Sang Kyoo as "AuctionWeb" and "ShoppingMall", parts of a larger personal site. Originally, the site belonged to Internet Life Technology Group, a consulting firm. Inter Park is headquartered in Seoul
Items and Services
, and other miscellaneous items are listed, bought, and sold. It is fair to say that Inter Park has revolutionized the collectibles market by bringing together buyers and sellers internationally in a huge, never-ending "yard sale
" and auction. Large international companies, such as LG
, sell their newest products and offer services on EBay
using competitive auctions and fixed-priced storefronts. Regional searches of the database make shipping slightly more rapid or cheaper. Software developers can create applications that integrate with the marketplace
through the Inter Park Service by joining the developers program. There are thousands of members in the Inter Park Developers Program, comprising a broad range of companies creating software applications to support Inter Park buyers and sellers as well as Inter Park Affiliate Systems.
There has also been controversy regarding items put up for bid that violate ethical standards. In late 2000 a man offered one of his kidneys for auction on Inter Park, attempting to profit from the potentially lucrative market for transplantable human organs. On other occasions, people and even entire towns have been listed, often as a joke. In general, auctions that violate its terms of service agreement are removed quickly. Inter Park is also an easy place for unscrupulous sellers to market counterfeit and credit merchandise, which can be difficult for novice buyers to distinguish without careful study of the auction description.
Profit and Transactions
Inter Park generates revenue from sellers, who pay both a fee based on the selling price of each item and a fee based on the starting price, and from advertising
. In 2004 it was announced that Inter Park would increase fees it charges to Inter Park Store sellers, which caused such controversy among users that the President of Inter Park business emailed
all Inter Park users with news that other fees would be decreased.
Inter Park does not handle goods, nor does it transact the buyer-seller payments, except through its subsidiary shopping mall credit. Instead, much like newspaper want-ads, sellers rely on the buyers' good faith to make payment, and buyers rely on the sellers' good faith to actually deliver the goods intact. To encourage fidelity, Inter Park maintains, rates, and publicly displays the post-transaction feedback from all users, whether they buy or sell. The buyer is encouraged to examine the sellers' feedback profile before bidding to see their trustworthiness. Sellers with high ratings generally have more bids and garner higher bids. However, it is possible for sellers to make their feedback private and just leave a numbered rating (number of positive, negative, and neutral feedback with a positive feedback percentage), which means that bidders and sellers cannot see the comments other users have left. Inter Park also has a significant affiliate program, and affiliates can, for example, place Inter Park Shopping product images and links on their web sites.