Online Auction Consignment for 'Offline' Owners
By Ina Steiner
Two consignment services have started to help people sell on online auction sites. TIAS.com Online Auction Consigment Centers and MyEZsale.com are designed for people with hard-to-ship items, people who have no computer skills or for auction sellers who want to move more product with outside help.
Simply drop off your item at one of their locations and fill out a listing form. Both companies charge sellers listing fees and commissions. TIAS.com takes a higher commission, but does more work for you.
TIAS.com operates its online-auction consignment centers at antique malls, and uses eBay only. The listing fee is $8 per item and includes digital images taken of each item, description writing and all eBay fees, including a reserve if you wish to set one. If the item sells, TIAS.com takes 30% of the selling price. The service includes packing & shipping, which is done by the TIAS.com consignment agent.
TIAS.com currently has 14 locations, but plans a national rollout.
AAA I-76 Antique Mall - Ravenna, OH
Antiqueland at Old Town Spring - Spring, TX
Antiqueland at Spring - Spring, TX
Avonlea Antique Mall - Jacksonville, FL
Brass Armadillo - Phoenix, AZ
Carriage House Antique Mall - Jacksonville, FL
Country Meadows Antique Mall - Independence, MO
Forestwood Antique Mall - Dallas, TX
Medina Antique Mall - Medina, OH
Memory Lanes Antique Mall - Carson, CA
Mission Road Antique Mall - Prairie Village, KS
Rufe Snow Antique Mall - North Richland Hill, TX
Sherwood Antique Mall - Princeton, IL
Unlimited Ltd, Antique Mall - Addison, TX
MyEZsale.com is available through pack-and-ship stores like the Packaging Store. It charges a $6 listing fee and 6% of the final selling price (this includes all the listing fees for eBay, Amazon.com, or Yahoo). The seller also pays for packaging the item, while the buyer pays for shipping. The seller must supply all information, including the description of the item.
MyEZsale.com currently has seven locations:
PKGS -Wellesley, MA
Postal Center USA - Franklin, MA
Postal Center USA - Millis, MA
Postal Center USA - Stratham, NH
The Mail Room - Raynham, MA
Postal Center USA - Nashua, NH
The Packaging Store - Needham MA
For more information, contact:
TIAS.com: 1-888-OLD-STUF (1-888-653-7883)
NOTE: In our next issue, David tries out a consignment service and brings you a first-hand account.
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 email@example.com.
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