Popular auction site eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is trying to build its customer base by making it easier to sell.
It’s rolling out new programs designed to make it simpler for potential sellers to commit to the site, allthingsd.com reports. Now, instead of being intimidated by all that’s required to sell, users can have an eBay employee come to their home, pick up the item and sell it for them. It’s eBay selling by professionals.
There’s a catch, of course. eBay takes a cut of the sales price, above the normal commission it charges for bringing buyers and sellers together.
Another pilot program being tested allows sellers to bring items to a mall or other drop-off points. The same system applies: eBay staff does the work, it takes a share of proceeds and the seller gets the rest.
All of the programs aim to make the “selling on eBay” decision easier and less scary for first-time users. Coming soon is another program, eBay Now, which allows for same-day delivery of items from some major stores.