A Chandler PostNet is among 11 of the national chain’s more than 850 shipping-service stores set up to help the computer-less or clueless hawk their discards via online auction site eBay.
East Valley people who have something to sell but are too busy or too intimidated to do it themselves can drop the doodad off at the 3165 S. Alma School Road PostNet and wait for the check to arrive in the mail a couple of weeks later.
PostNet franchisees Fred and Karin Zapata will photograph the item, write the description, list it on eBay, and — if it sells — pack it, ship it and collect the cash. EBay wannabees also can get some free advice, Fred Zapata said.
“We can advise the customer as to its salability,” he said. “EBay has sold millions of items and has accumulated a database of reasonable expectations.”
The rest of the service won’t come free, however. The seller has to ante up listing fees of $2.99 for an item to be sold at any price, or $14.99 for an item with a minimum acceptable bid. The seller also has to pay shipping costs, but most likely will elect to collect them from the buyer, Zapata said.
And for PostNet’s services, the company takes a percent of the proceeds — 25 percent to 40 percent depending on the type of listing. Karin Zapata said that pays the eBay fees and the PostNet administrative fees. The Chandler business owners only net 5 percent to 10 percent for their work, she said.
But Fred Zapata thinks it’s worth it for the publicity that will also highlight the many other services from printing to publishing that PostNet offers individuals and small businesses.
The service, dubbed the PostNet eBay Trading Post, made its Arizona debut Friday. Another Valley store at 4757 E. Greenway Road in northeast Phoenix also is piloting the program. By today all 11 hand-picked stores in California, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia will be ready for the online onslaught. PostNet founder Steve Greenbaum said if the Trading Post is successful at the pilot sites, the company would roll out the program to all PostNets.