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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 728 - March 30, 2004 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 2

eBay Drop-off Stores Expand Franchise Efforts

By Ina Steiner
March 30, 2004

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Two eBay drop-off store franchisers announced recent expansions. iSold It announced that franchise and development agreements have been executed for thirty eight new iSold It franchise stores in Los Angeles, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. And QuikDrop International announced it has obtained authorization by Illinois and Michigan to begin franchising its eBay drop-off store concept. QuikDrop is now approved in 41 states, and state approval for QuikDrop franchises are pending in Maryland and Virginia.

QuikDrop operates Quik Internet, a worldwide franchise of Internet Service Providers. Its competitor iSold It was started by the founders of Wetzel's Pretzels, a nationally franchised pretzel store.

eBay drop-off stores allow consumers to drop off items to be sold on eBay on a consignment basis. They generally charge a commission in the 30% range.

Last week, online auction site Bidville announced it would roll out a national chain of drop-off stores through its acquisition of Buy Sell Connect Inc. The stores will sell items for customers on Bidville's own site.




About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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