EBay offers valet service for high-end apparel

EBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) announced the launch of Valet, a professional selling service that accepts high-end clothing, shoes and handbags. The service also offers electronics and household items.

Valet will include top designer fashion labels for users who want to sell their new or like-new apparel on the marketplace. EBay does the work for consumers, including estimating the price, taking photos and shipping items.

"Fashion is one of the top categories on eBay globally. In fact, a dress sells every second and a pair of shoes sells every two seconds," said Marcelle Parrish, head of fashion at eBay Marketplaces. "The expansion of eBay Valet in the fashion category delivers access to experts who will showcase clothing in the best possible light, in front of one of the largest online shopping audiences."

As part of the debut, eBay partnered with renowned fashion blogger Garance Dore, offering tips and tricks on what to sell and how to sell the items.

Selling on eBay Valet takes three steps. First, a user goes to the website and requests a free, prepaid shipping label. Then, the items for sale are placed in a box. And finally, the user applies the free label to the box and ships the item to a valet.

Once in the hands of an eBay valet, customers will receive regular updates over three to four weeks, with up to 80 percent of their sold items' selling price deposited in a PayPal account. Unsold items are returned to the customer for free.

"By making selling online accessible to more sellers, eBay Valet contributes to the wide selection of unique and hard-to-find items that are available on eBay," said Vincent Payen, head of consumer selling for eBay Marketplaces. "EBay Valet is a quick and easy way for anyone to sell everything from designer clothing and handbags to electronics and household items."

The announcement about Valet comes just days after the e-commerce marketplace introduced The SHOP, which will focus on mining original, data-driven insights and create "breakthrough design solutions."

Just last month, eBay introduced a new "cost-per-sale" ad program in which merchants only pay for ads that lead to actual sales.

For more:
-See this eBay press release

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