Dropbox buys startup Sold, shuts down easy-sales service

The cloud storage company acquired the company, which aimed to make it easier for people to sell their products online.

Dropbox bought the startup Sold.
Dropbox bought the startup Sold.

Sold itself is sold.

Dropbox has acquired the startup that aimed to make it easier for people to sell their stuff online. It automated the process of setting a price and handled selling, shipping, and payment, but that service now will be shut down, the company said on its Web site.

What's next under Dropbox's ownership is unclear.

"We decided that the move to Dropbox couldn't be better -- their road map includes exciting new experiences which align perfectly with our ethos of creating products that positively affect people," the Sold team said on its Web site. "Going forward, the Sold team will continue working together to build these experiences, shaping the future of Dropbox for their 200M strong user base. It's an opportunity too good to pass up."

Sold tried to take the hassles out of selling things like used phones online, but its service is now shut down to new users.
Sold tried to take the hassles out of selling things like used phones online, but its service is now shut down to new users. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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