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eBay is going retail for Boxing Day

Every year after the holidays millions of items are returned back from whence they came, making December 26th Boxing Day not only an occasion to hunt down post-Holiday bargains, but also a time to celebrate the tedium of returning unwanted gifts.

In an attempt to capitalise on the phenomenon (and entice sellers to its platform), eBay will be setting up temporary e-commerce outposts in select Westfield Malls across the U.S. There, shoppers will be able to conveniently sell dejected items, giving them a second chance at life in the hands of new owners.

The initiative will take place on December 26 and 27 in preselected locations. eBay’s valet service will even offer price estimate, photo, list, and shipping services. Valet fees usually cost 20% to 40% of an item’s price, but for this special occasion the service will be free. Sellers participating in the pilot programme in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles will have the option to use eBay with Shyp, a service that also offers free pickup and packaging for eBay shipments.

When asked about the pilot programme, Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling at eBay stated that this will be “a unique opportunity to extend the season by helping holiday wishes come true even after Christmas”.

“We’ve made it easy to sell in-person, online, on the eBay app or with the eBay Valet service over Boxing Weekend. Whether it was a designer sweater that didn’t fit, or an older tablet that has been replaced by a new one, there is always a buyer among our global community of 159 million for whom it will be perfect”, he explained.

For more information about the initiative, including Boxing Weekend selling locations, click here.

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