eBay have launched a new Assisted Selling Pilot to help consumers cash in and sell with an absolute minimum of effort.
eBay’s research shows that the average UK house has up to £4K worth of unwanted sellable items. But they know that many people are short of time, so are hoping to lower the barriers to selling your stuff online.
eBay are working on the pilot with a trusted seller and the pilot is expected to run for the next six weeks.
eBay’s Partner – Stuff U Sell
David told us “We’re delighted to be partnering with eBay to bring this service to everyone in the UK who has thought about selling on eBay, but not yet got round to it. With our expertise, and this fantastic offer, there really is no reason not to do a little Spring cleaning and have a go. We believe it really should be as easy to sell on eBay as it is to buy“.
eBay Assisted Selling: The details
The deal is an outstanding one for consumers, Stuff U Sell will collect a box of goods by courier from your home or work address totally free of charge and sell them for 30% commission. If you compare this with typical costs to sell yourself (~10% eBay fees + 3.4% PayPal fees) it’s pretty favourable considering that there are no shipping costs for you to worry about. It’s also worth remembering that with Stuff U Sell’s expertise and eBay reputation, they’re likely to attain a higher selling price than a casual seller might achieve.
There are few conditions to worry about, but Stuff U Sell may reject low value (sub £25) items and fake or unsellable items in which case they’ll dispose of them free of charge (typically these go to charity) or the seller can have them back for £10 a box.
Sellers can set their own first starting price if they wish and Stuff U Sell manage pricing after that. They take photos, provided descriptions and listings and deal with buyers payment, postage and returns. If the seller wants to include additional information about an item in the form or in the box then they’ll use that too, but for most items it isn’t necessary. It’s the same core service that Stuff U Sell have been offering to sellers for 12 years now, so they reckon that they’re pretty good it – They’ve put live over 1/4 million items in that time.
The service isn’t just a single listing – Stuff U Sell will keep relisting and retrying until the item sells, or if the seller wants to withdraw it then they pay £25 to cover costs and have the item returned.
Payment is made when the batch has all sold and the returns window closed on the last transaction.
Will Weightman Head of C2C at eBay told us “We’re delighted to be launching our first Assisted Selling pilot in the UK. We want to make selling as easy as possible, and for those short on time or even brand new to selling on eBay, this is a great way to sell in the most convenient way“.
Our first eBay Assisted Selling shipment
David told us that “While this is already an amazing offering, it is a pilot phase and we expect to continue to improve the offering as we go along and we’re keen for feedback about every aspect of the service”.
Here at Tamebay HQ we’re also keen to see how the service goes, so I’ve packed a box of random item laying around the house – all things I should really have listed on eBay myself and simply haven’t got around to doing so.
The items are ready to be sent off for sale and we’ll report back our personal experience with the eBay and Stuff U Sell Assisted Selling program in due course. It’s looking good though, registering, listing the items and booking a courier is the work of a couple of minutes.
To sum the service up, you list what you want to sell, box your goods and Stuff U Sell send a courier (free to you) to collect. They assess, photograph, research and list your items for sale and once sold send you 70% of the final sale price. That’s it!