December 14, 2004 – Posted at 5:10 p.m. CST
JONESBORO – Most everyone has heard about it, but not everyone has tried it...Ebay. It's a website on the Internet that allows you to buy or sell practically anything.
Ebay.com is a virtual worldwide yard sale. You can buy or sell anything from a 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon to an Irish Knit baby sweater from Baby Gap, and with this kind of variety its no wonder the site generates $28 million dollars a day in sales.
"Ebay registers three to four thousand new users every hour. So you are talking about a lot of people looking at your stuff," said Justin Smith of U-Drop-We-Sell.
But first you have to put your stuff on Ebay. And most people don't like the hassle of posting items on the web. Owners of PakMail in Jonesboro saw that hassle as a business opportunity. They say U-Drop-We-Sell is the easy way to Ebay.
"They can turn the stuff they have laying around into cash and they don't have to mess with anything, except bringing it to us," said Smith.
And from that point on they'll put your item on the Ebay auction block for seven days.
"Once the items sells, we turn around and we take care of all the shipping and packaging the item and then we send it off," said Smith.
And what if it doesn't sell?
"You come back and pick up your item in seven day and all you are out is a $3.50 processing fee for us taking pictures and posting them on Ebay for you," said Smith.
Of course U-Drop-We Sale will get their cut if the item sales, but that's the trade off for convenience. And don't forget that Ebay charges a small commission as well. But, it's still not a bad deal if the item was just lying around the house anyway.