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Amazon.co.uk Adds Auctions and zShops

Having already added a music store last week, Amazon.co.uk this week added two new services on Thursday -- Auctions and zShops.

With the new services, customers will have access to an additional half million items, together with the oppportunity of selling their own goods via either channel to a user base of 13 million shoppers worldwide.

The sites have already proved successful in the United States.

"Amazon.co.uk is no longer just the best place on the Internet for U.K. shoppers to discover books and music but it's now the ultimate destination for whatever they need," claimed Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.

"This is a key development for our European business as U.K. and overseas customers will now find whatever they want to buy -- whether they're looking for new or rare books, music and memorabilia and collectible classics -- Amazon.co.uk is the store of choice."

Among the items on offer on the Auctions channel is a 100-year-old letter written and signed by Winston Churchill during the Boer War. Another is a receipt dated 1675 and signed by Colonel Thomas Blood, who once stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London. (Note: the receipt is not for the crown jewels).

zShops lets individuals or companies sell items such as first edition and signed books, car parts or golf clubs via Amazon. The service says it welcomes everyone, "whether they are selling for a hobby or as an inventor or entrepreneur with their own small business."

Among the items in zShops are a 1902 original edition of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories," and the latest Psion 7 handheld computer that is not yet available in the shops.