Sep 212014

The eBay Sell For Me service sells items items for you. Instead of having to write a listing  and then ship your item you can simply have and “eBay Valet” do it for a small fee. It does cost more than listing it yourself, but you don’t have to do any of the work and you can still make a profit.  The service even has its own Iphone app. Sounds good right? Well lets review the details and see how well this consignment program really works.

The first thing you’re probably wondering is how much do you get charged for the service? It’s 30% of the sale price if your item sells.  If you listed it yourself instead you’d pay roughly 10% in fees. So on a $100 item the eBay valet would keep $30 and send you $70 whereas you’d get $90 for selling it yourself. That’s a $20 difference!

If that’s a fee you can live with, the next thing you’ll want to know is how you get your item to the Valet. According to eBay’s website you can either drop off your item or mail it in. They have a handy website for looking up drop off locations here which claims “We’ll help you find a convenient eBay Drop Off Center near your home”.

I tried it and I  wasn’t  able to find a location near me.  Which made me wonder how many there were. I spent some time researching the locations and I could not find a list anywhere online. So I used their look-up tool to see if there were any in major cities. I found out that there don’t seem to be any even though they claim that there are. I looked up the 10 largest cities in the US including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, and eBay’s own headquarters location, San Jose. Nothing within a 50 mile radius of any of them.

ebay sell for me drop center off map

Maybe they plan on adding more drop off centers the future. For now, looks like you’ll have mail your item to a Valet. Fortunately, eBay will send you a convenient 12 x 12 x 12 prepaid box. All you have to do is request it. If your item doesn’t fit in a box that small you can still use the pre-paid postage label and your own box (up to 25 lbs).

The prepaid part is convenient, but I think half the point of using the eBay Sell for Me Service was so people could avoid packaging and shipping things themselves. eBay will have to get to work on a large network of drop off centers if this service is really going to take off.

If you’re OK with the fees and having to package things up yourself, the next thing you’ll need to be aware of is the list of items they do not accept. The list includes: items valued less than $40, items heavier than 25lbs, items in poor condition, fragile items, clothing, autographs, books, software, DVDs and CDS, used toys, things made from animals, cosmetics, currency, coins, stamps, vehicles, child car seats, coupons, tickets, weapons, artifacts, plants, seeds, and adult items.

That’s a pretty big list. So what are do they want? Some of the things they encourage you to send in include: electronics, antiques and collectibles, musical instruments, new designer shoes and handbags, sporting goods, and high end kitchen appliances.

If you’re still interested, then here’s the last thing to consider. Who sets the asking price? Well to quote their site: “valets determine how to best list your items, including how to price them”. So there’s no guarantee you’ll make the amount you expect. You just have to accept whatever starting price they think is best and whatever amount your listing is bid up to.

If your item does sell you will receive your payment about 3 -4 weeks after the sale. In the event that your item is rejected or does not sell it will be returned to you so at least you’re guaranteed not to be out any money for trying the service.

For more personal reviews and comments directly from people who have tried the Sell for Me service check out its eBay community forum. There’s a whopping 115 pages of posts at the moment.

  5 Responses to “eBay Sell for Me Valet Service Review”

  1. i send items to ebay valet but it was returned after a month and i understand that maybe the items are cheap for them to sell. the problem that i have is they didn’t return all the items that i send them. i send two small coach bags but they just returned one and one black small clock timer.

  2. I used the service once and will never do so again. I submitted the items in late January. Out of nine items submitted, three sold, three are beings”reevaluated” and three refused “finalizing return.”

    It’s be nearly two months and I haven’t received the returns or payment. I had to make a spectacle to finally be connected to someone that would help me. I’m
    Awaiting a return call from a “valet manager” to address this. I’ve told them I will call every day until it’s resolved.

  3. I tried the service. It was terrible. It took three weeks to list after I sent the item. They didn’t communicate with me, and finally listed. When they listed, the listed the wrong device; a device that was a year old. The price delta between what they listed it and what they should have was 40%.

    I will never use again, and I would not recommend to anyone. Terrible service, terrible communication, their listings are crap, and they don’t know the products they list.

  4. does eBay sell bicycles? Also, if I sent a item that weighs 30 lbs. will they sell it anyway? Will fedex pick up items at my house for free? Thanks

  5. Maybe you just need to think of this as more of a fulfillment service than consignment sales. You wouldn’t use a fulfillment service for cheap, low quality, or used items either because your profit margin wouldn’t cover the costs.

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