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eBay to Set up Real-World Christmas Regifting Stations

eBay announced on Thursday that it would be setting up nine locations around the country to help people sell their unwanted gifts through eBay Valet.

eBay will be setting up three regifting stations and six drop box locations where it will accept packages – and it will waive the fees for its eBay Valet service on December 26 – 27, 2015.

eBay’s Vincent Payen, head of consumer selling at eBay, told TheStreet.com that consumer selling makes up a third of the sales on eBay and is a major focus for the company.

eBay has been promoting its Valet service after it stopped helping its own sellers who ran consignment-selling businesses. In June, eBay touted the Valet service through a Father’s Day tie-in.

During a presentation at RBC Capital Markets last month, eBay CEO Devin Wenig had revealed the company was planning a promotion for Boxing Day (a real holiday in the UK on December 26th), and he was dismissive of ecommerce companies who created branded days such as Alibaba’s Singles Day or Amazon Prime Day.

Hopefully eBay has improved its Valet service since this negative report published in Medium a year ago.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.