EBay has a new way for Americans to unload unwanted holiday gifts — sell them at a pop-up at a mall this weekend.
It’s a new format for eBay, which has teamed up with several Westfield shopping centers “to repurpose Boxing Day for Americans.”
“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 Whether it was a designer sweater that didn’t fit, or an older tablet that has been replaced by a new one, there is always a buyer among our global community of 159 million.”
The eBay pop-ups, which are like kiosks, will be in the following malls: Westfield San Francisco Centre; Westfield Century City, Los Angeles; Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.; Westfield shopping center, Vernon Hills, Ill. outside Chicago; Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara, Calif.; Westfield Southcenter, Seattle; Westfield Citrus Park, Tampa, Fla., and Westfield Montgomery, Bethesda, Md.
EBay said it saw a spike last year in both new sellers and new listings in the days after Christmas, peaking the first Sunday in January. That trend factored into the decision to launch kiosks in malls this year.
Those seeking to cash in on gifts they don’t want will be able to list items themselves or enlist professional sellers from the eBay “valet service” who will provide estimates on items to be listed, take pictures of the items and list it, and get the item shipped to the buyer. This weekend, eBay valet fees will be waived. Customers who print an eBay valet label will get to keep 100 percent of the profits after their items are sold.
Sellers can either receive a range of services at the pop-up kiosk, or what eBay refers to as the “selling station” or simply place their item in a drop box. EBay’s valet service is also offered online. Additionally, eBay has a pilot program in certain cities with Shyp, an on-demand shipping service that picks up sold items, packs them and mails them. Shyp is offering free pickup and packaging for eBay shipments until Jan. 31, 2016.