The Rise Of eBay Middlemen
from the they're-everywhere... dept
A little over a year ago, we first mentioned the company AuctionDrop and their plans to set up retail stores where you could drop off the stuff you wanted to sell on eBay and let them handle it (for a 20 to 40% commission). I didn't see the point of it then, and I'm still not sure I see the point of it now, but it appears that there are a ton of identical companies out there all trying to do the same thing. The Reuters article says there are over 30 such companies around right now, and it's unclear how any of them differentiate from one another other than price - which is always a dangerous situation to be in. These new middlemen claim that they are more "experienced" at eBay selling, so they can get a higher price, but many people scoff at that idea. Besides, can they really get a price that makes up the 40% commission?