Most Americans will receive a gift that was just not the right fit for them this year, making it the perfect time to sell items that are no longer needed. Instead of letting those gifts linger at home – which more than a third of us have done in the past1 – eBay has teamed up with select Westfield shopping centers across the country to repurpose Boxing Day for Americans, giving them a variety of simple selling solutions, and turning it into a time to earn money to put towards the things they really want.
Last year, eBay saw a spike in both new sellers and new listings in the days after Christmas, peaking the first Sunday in January. During the holidays, consumers who sold popular items on eBay got top dollar for their previous generation smartphones, including the iPhone 5s (16GB) in gold for $253 as compared to competitors2. On Boxing Day in 2014, the most popular listing times on eBay were 5-7 p.m. MT.
So this year, during “Boxing Weekend” from Dec. 26 (Boxing Day) to Dec. 27, pop-up selling stations in select Westfield shopping centers will be equipped with everything you need to return gifts to the North Pole, giving shoppers multiple ways to sell. They will be able to list items themselves or enlist professional sellers from the eBay Valet service. eBay Valet handles everything from estimating the price to taking pictures, listing the item and safely shipping it to a new buyer. During Boxing Weekend, eBay Valet fees will be waived. Customers who print an eBay Valet label will get to keep 100% of the profits after their items are sold.
“We have a unique opportunity to extend the season by helping holiday wishes come true even after Christmas,” said Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling at eBay. “We’ve made it easy to sell in-person, online, on the eBay app or with the eBay Valet service over Boxing Weekend. Whether it was a designer sweater that didn’t fit, or an older tablet that has been replaced by a new one, there is always a buyer among our global community of 159 million for whom it will be perfect.”
eBay worked with The Onion to capture what happens when you get too much of a good thing this holiday season, and the joy of selling them for the things you really want.
Selling Online or In-Person
To sell in-person over Boxing Weekend, visit participating Westfield shopping centers for two types of experiences: a full-service pop-up selling station or an easy eBay drop box. To sell online, you can use eBay Valet which does the selling for you and is available through the eBay app or by visiting ebay.com/valet, or easily list for yourself on eBay.com or through the eBay app. And for potential buyers who may be searching for your holiday item, the majority (63%) of items on eBay ship for free.
If you choose to list items yourself and live in select cities like New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can also take advantage of eBay's pilot program with Shyp. “Partnering with Shyp is another way eBay is making the online selling process easier; the on-demand shipping service will pick-up items you’ve sold, professionally pack them and mail them for you to the buyer,” said Payen. Shyp is offering free pickup and packaging for eBay shipments until January 31, 2016. Learn more at https://www.shyp.com/ebay.
Whether it wasn’t what you asked for, didn’t quite fit or whether you got new gadgets and are no longer using your previous generation devices, earn money to keep wishing bigger and better in the New Year.
Boxing Weekend Selling Locations
Pop-Up Selling Stations
Bring items to be boxed up and listed on eBay
eBay Drop Boxes
Drop items already boxed with eBay Valet shipping label
San Francisco, CA
|Los Angeles, CA
|Santa Clara, CA
|Washington D.C. / Baltimore, MD
For more information on Boxing Weekend:ebay.com/boxingweekend
For more information on selling promotions: pages.ebay.com/promo/2015/sell/50Coupon.html
For more information throughout the holidays: eBay.com/holidays
eBay by the Numbers
- eBay has 159 million active buyers
- The majority (63%) of items on eBay ship for free
- Virtually all of the items on eBay are backed by a Money Back Guarantee
- 79% of merchandise sold on eBay is new
- ~84% of GMV on eBay is fixed price
- 800 million listings at any given time
- There are 300 million searches each day on eBay
- eBay apps have been downloaded 291 million times across the globe
- A pair of shoes is sold every 2 seconds
- Women’s accessories are sold every 3 seconds
- An iPad is sold every 15 seconds
- Headphones are sold every 16 seconds
eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is the world’s most vibrant marketplace for discovering great value and unique selection. eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the globe, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Our vision for commerce is one that is enabled by people, powered by technology and open to everyone. We partner but never compete with our sellers and create stronger connections between buyers and sellers with product experiences that are fast, mobile and secure. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we're just as passionate today about connecting buyers and sellers as when we founded the company in 1995. For more information, visit ebayinc.com.
1TNS and eBay Holiday USA Report 2015
2Based on a comparison of GameStop, Gazelle and Amazon Trade-in for data over a 14-day period ending December 7, 2015.
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