In the movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin” the protagonist, Andy, falls in love with Trish, the owner of a store which sells peoples stuff on eBay. When I first saw the movie I thought the idea of such a store was silly. Selling on eBay isn’t exactly rocket science, so why wouldn’t people just sell their stuff themselves and keep all the profit?? But now that I’ve started work in the “real world” I see that it’s not always that easy… there just aren’t enough hours in the day nor days in the week to squeeze everything in. Apparently someone else in the Birmingham area feels the same way as a new store called “isolditoneBay” opens tomorrow at number 387 on Birmingham Road (near Wylde Green). Just bring whatever you want to sell in to the store and the staff will take a photograph of your stuff, write a description and list it on eBay. If the item sells they’ll collect payment, organise postage, and send it to the customer. The minimum value of the item for sale has to be at least £40, and the store will charge 30-35% commission (decreasing as the value of the item goes up), which I’d say is fair enough for the work they have to do. But I’m not sure whether or not that includes postage price or whether you have to pay extra for that or if it’s included. Hopefully this won’t have an adverse affect on charity shops in the area…

I’ll update this post when I find out the eBay username of this new shop!

1 Comment so far

  1. Stephen Booth (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    By some wierd coincidence I’m watching that film right now.

    That store actually made sense to me from the first time I saw it, but then I’ve been working since before eBay became well known and the film was even concieved so was already well familiar with the ‘no time’ problems of going out to work.

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