E-Commerce Sharing Site, The Fancy, Said to Be In Apple’s Sights

Posted by at 11:11 am on August 6, 2012

Apple is said to be considering purchasing e-commerce and sharing site The Fancy, according to reports. Business Insider reports that the iDevice maker has been in talks with executives from The Fancy, though details of the financial negotiations have yet to be revealed. Such a purchase would bring Apple into fiercer competition with Amazon, which has been using its Kindle Fire devices to drive consumers to its own e-commerce portal.

The Fancy’s most direct competition is Pinterest, though The Fancy is said to be further along in terms of its e-commerce component even though Pinterest is much more popular. Through its website, iOS app, and Android app, The Fancy allows users to tag, share, and purchase an array of specialty items online. The site takes a 10 percent cut of an purchase. The Fancy raised $10 million in funding for a reported valuation of $100 million last fall, and it raised $6 million in 2010.

It is unknown how recently Apple was engaged in talks with executives at The Fancy. Business Insider notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook has an account with the site, though the importance of that fact is uncertain as The Fancy continues to grow in popularity.

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