eBay on Tuesday officially released a brand new iPhone application that should take all of the headaches and hassle out of trying to sell your stuff. Old skis collecting dust in the garage? Have an air conditioner you’ve never even used? No problem, with the eBay Valet application eBay will gather everything you need to turn your growing heap of “stuff” into cash.
eBay explained how Valet works, and it sounds pretty darn simple. All you have to do is install the app and then take a picture of what you’re trying to sell – like those old skis. Then you’ll send the photo off to a “valet” who will look at it and let you know what your product is worth. eBay says this can take as little as 30 minutes. Then all you need to do is pack the device up in a box and send it to the valet. If you don’t have a box sitting around, eBay says it will provide a free prepaid one.
The valet, meanwhile, will do all the legwork for you. He or she will take charge of taking pictures, dealing with buyers, shipping items off to buyers, sending you the payment, writing listings and more. Basically, the valet is the middleman who does all the work that can make eBay a bit of a hassle at times. eBay will, of course, keep a percentage of the profits for all of this work, but considering the headaches it will remove for most people, it should be worth it.
eBay said the end goal is to attract people who don’t use eBay or who have avoided it because of the aforementioned hassles. “It’s for people who think selling has too much friction,” eBay vice president of innovation and new ventures Steve Yankovich said. Anyone who has dealt with a cranky buyer knows exactly what kind of friction can arise from a sour sale. With eBay Valet, you won’t have to deal with any of that.