Now You Can Leave the eBay Selling to Them: So you want to sell something on eBay, but you don’t want to…well, sell it on eBay. Take it to AuctionDrop or a host of imitators. They’ll photograph it, enter and maintain the listing on eBay, ship the merchandise to the buyer, and present you with the proceeeds, minus their fee.
Entrepreneurs both large and small are betting on this business model. In recent months, the companies have set up more than a dozen consignment operations, from California to Alabama, specifically to take in merchandise to sell on eBay. They offer an old-fashioned storefront approach to the global, high-tech marketplace of Internet auctions. Some have aspirations of becoming national enterprises.