EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 888 - November 11, 2004     1 of 3

eBay Drop-off Business Offers Nationwide Pickup through USPS

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NuMarkets has teamed with United States Postal Service to offer nationwide pick-up for its eBay consignment service. NuMarkets is a franchisor of eBay drop-off stores and shipping centers with four locations.

With the new service, consumers and businesses can call NuMarkets' toll-free number for pickup, and in a few days, receive USPS mailing labels and order confirmation in the mail. The consignor then packs the item and the following day the postal carrier picks up at the house or business at no cost.

The consignor's items are delivered to a NuMarkets Selling and Shipping center in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas or North Carolina. Once the item arrives at NuMarkets, it is processed and put up for sale through eBay. After the item sells, a check is mailed to the consignor's house or business. NuMarkets said the process usually takes about 15 business days from start to finish.

Consignor do not pay for shipping to get their item to NuMarkets, which takes 35% of the final selling price, including eBay and credit card fees.

Another drop-off service, AuctionDrop, offers item pick-up through an agreement with UPS Stores' 3,400 locations in the U.S. (

NuMarkets is located in Etowah, Tennessee. NuMarkets locations will be sold via a franchise UFOC system.

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