eBay is running a promotion to entice users to try its eBay Valet consignment service. For the month of June, customers can send an item to eBay Valet to sell for them and pay no fees if it sells. Customers must use a special code, and the promotion is limited to one item per person.
The eBay Valet service normally charges between 20-40% of the selling price.
Last week, eBay issued a press releasetrumpeting that the eBay Valet service includes high end clothing, in addition to shoes, handbags, electronics and other popular household items.
The new promotion landing page says, “Try the new and easy way to sell on eBay. Just send in your items, and a pro will sell them for you. Try it for free and pay no fees. You keep 100% of the selling price. Use promo code JUNEFREE when you request your free shipping label by June 30.”
We’ve been following eBay’s efforts to ramp up a more controlled consignment service after it ended support for individual Trading Assistants and drop-off stores (called eBay Trading Posts). The current service, which eBay says is still a pilot (test) program, is powered by ModusLink and Ingram Micro Logistics.
Warning: eBay tweeted a link to the promotion landing page, but the terms at the bottom say it’s by invitation only. The promotion is limited to eBay Valet-eligible items.
eBay links to a page where it lists which fashion brands are eBay Valet-eligible. For instance, you can send eBay Valet a Christian Dior handbag with a value of between $50 – $100, but eBay Valet does not accept Christian Dior clothing or shoes.
eBay also advises, “If you have a certificate of authenticity, receipt, or other documentation, please include it with your items.”