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Having launched a same-day home delivery trial, eBay (EBAY -2.3%) is now experimenting with home...

Having launched a same-day home delivery trial, eBay (EBAY -2.3%) is now experimenting with home pick-up for Marketplaces sales. Vendors using the service have sale items picked up by an eBay employee who takes them to a "selling assistant." The assistant, in turn, sells the items on eBay's site for a 25% cut. eBay is also trialing a service where users drop off a bag of clothing and electronics at a mall, and are offered a set price for the bag by a seller following evaluation.
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  • movies555
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    I get the mall thing, but the home pick-up is ridiculous and unnecessary.
    3 Jan 2013, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • Modernist
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    i like this, they are experimenting with something
    3 Jan 2013, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    What they are doing is trying to find a way to make up for all the smaller sellers they've chased off their site over the past 5 years.

     

    Their one size fits all approach has almost always been geared to large sellers. This has led to the site being less interesting and while international traffic to the US site has helped to hide the lost interest - at a certain point there won't be new buyers to make up for folks that get bored.

     

    They either need to waive listing fees for small sellers with some sort of ebay history or introduce policy differences between categories. Trying to get merchandise to their "favored" ie - large, sellers isn't going to work.
    3 Jan 2013, 03:49 PM Reply Like
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