March 03, 2015 11:43
More middle-aged people are starting Internet shopping businesses as baby boomers retire and small businesses move online to access new markets.
According to online shopping mall 11st on Monday, the number of sellers in their 50s and 60s rose 40 percent last year.
The proportion of sellers aged 50 or more stood at 7.9 percent in 2012 but rose to 10.8 percent in 2014.
Many middle-aged people are also taking classes in e-commerce. At eBay Korea's seller training center, the number of people in their 50s and 60s increased 50 percent this year, and they accounted for 30 percent of all trainees.
"Applications for e-commerce training from older people who are not familiar with the computer or Internet have been doubling every year," said Park Ki-woong at eBay Korea.
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