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EBay launching VR department store Down Under

File this under Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should: eBay has launched what it calls the world’s first virtual reality department store. According to Upload VR, the e-commerce giant has teamed with Myer, Australia’s largest department store chain, to offer VR shopping. Available only Down Under, the experience requires an iOS or Android … Continue reading “EBay launching VR department store Down Under”

File this under Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should: eBay has launched what it calls the world’s first virtual reality department store.

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According to Upload VR, the e-commerce giant has teamed with Myer, Australia’s largest department store chain, to offer VR shopping. Available only Down Under, the experience requires an iOS or Android app and a Google Cardboard. The question is: Why do we need to buy things in VR? It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t, but before it’s compelling, it must be a better experience than normal online shopping.

Amazon is also thought to be working on VR, though its interest is more likely tied to producing its own entertainment experiences. 

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Daniel Terdiman is a San Francisco-based technology journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. A veteran of CNET and VentureBeat, Daniel has also written for Wired, The New York Times, Time, and many other publications

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