Commercial product routing system with video vending capability

CAFC
  • US 8,059,796 B2
  • Filed: 11/26/2003
  • Issued: 11/15/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/12/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A control system for enabling communication exchanges between plural groups at widely distributed remote locations, including at least one prospective buyer at a buyer terminal including a personal computer and a plurality of vendors, wherein the prospective buyer has access to at least video data at a central site associated with the control system and managed by a third party, the central site offering to the prospective buyer services or merchandise relating to the plurality of vendors, the control system for use with a communication network accessible to the public to enable communication exchanges between the buyer terminal and the central site, wherein the communication exchanges are related to the possibility of consummating a transaction with at least one of the vendors via the central site, the control system comprising:

  • an interface associated with the central site for facilitating communications through the communication network involving the buyer terminal and the central site for the plurality of vendors and for receiving data from the prospective buyer at the buyer terminal including identification data and data relating to an area of interest, which relate to the services or merchandise;

    memory storage associated with the central site to receive and store data including data relating to areas of interest on various services or merchandise provided by the plurality of vendors, the services or merchandise classified into categories and subcategories, and the memory storage also storing pricing data for the services or merchandise; and

    a processor associated with the central site to control, manage and interconnect the buyer terminal with the central site for the plurality of vendors, and to utilize the data provided by at least one prospective buyer to selectively determine an appropriate vendor from the plurality of vendors and to provide select video data provided by the appropriate vendor via the central site for display at the buyer terminal in accordance with the area of interest as communicated via the communication network from the buyer terminal pursuant to a possible transaction for the prospective buyer as identified by said identification data and wherein the processor provides to the buyer terminal an email relating to the area of interest indicated by the prospective buyer via the buyer terminal, following the communications involving the buyer terminal and the central site with offerings of services or merchandise for the appropriate vendor.

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