eBay Your Way: Pick-Up or Drop-Off
By: Cicely Wedgeworth
eBay’s latest pilot programs to make selling on eBay even easier are getting widespread attention after a report by All Things D.
The article focused on a new pick-up service that sends employees to your door to whisk away your items for sale. A registered selling assistant then assesses them and lists them on the site. It’s like a consignment store that comes to you, notes Gizmodo.
“I can’t tell you how fabulous this is. You never know what’s going to sell, but you might as well try,” one first-time seller who tried the service told All Things D.
The 25 percent cut taken by the selling assistant amounts to “convenience in exchange for profits (like you haven’t ever paid for convenience before),” says Venture Beat, noting that it especially makes sense for hard-to-ship items like outdoor grills.
A similar pilot offered sellers the option to drop their items off at a booth in a mall. It drew thousands of people over a month during the holiday period.
Photo: eBay selling assistant vans. Courtesy of eBay Inc.