eBay offers new incentives to sell items for charity – providing a positive solution for the millions of people who don't know what to do with their "unwanted" holiday gifts
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW/ -- New research reveals that nearly half of Americans received a holiday gift they did not want or will not use, and name friends (30%), co-workers (20%) and in-laws (19%) as the ones who didn't quite hit the mark.1 Since most recipients don't want to seem outwardly ungrateful by asking for a gift receipt, eBay has partnered with theSkimm to offer new ways to sell and give to charity.
In cities across the country – New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston – eBay and theSkimm will host events on January 12 to encourage people to give back by selling on eBay. With a global community of 165 million active buyers, there is always an eBay shopper in search of new designer fashion, the latest tech, home décor, and everything in between. For those who want to participate virtually to hear more about the partnership and how to use eBay's cutting edge selling platform, join theSkimm's Facebook Live at 12 noon Eastern on January 12.
"Every year, people receive gifts that aren't quite right for them and then struggle with what to do," said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay North America. "The tendency is to hold onto these new items but eBay offers a better option that allows you to simplify your life. Our selling solutions make it easy and fun to put these things back into play. It might not be the right gift for you, but it could be a perfect purchase for someone else. We partnered with theSkimm because of their expansive and highly engaged network, to reach a new audience and inspire them to start selling – either to make extra money or to benefit charity."
Selling for Good
To coincide with the local events on January 12 and National Mentoring Month, eBay will make a $10 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for every person who lists an item with at least 10% of proceeds benefitting the organization from January 12 to 16. Sellers everywhere will also have the option to participate by donating a portion of the proceeds from their listings to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through eBay for Charity.
"theSkimm has always been about making it easier for our audience to be smarter – about the world around them and the ways they spend their time. Part of our DNA as founders is being resourceful, and creating opportunities for our readers and Skimm'bassadors to actively engage in a great cause," said Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm. "As we kick off a New Year, our partnership with eBay is a great way for theSkimm community to start fresh and sell items they may not need and give back to a worthwhile organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, that enables boys and girls to reach their full potential at the same time."
"Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides life-changing programs and opportunities for millions of America's kids and teens, and we're incredibly grateful for the support of both eBay and theSkimm to enable more great futures for youth around the country," said Chad Royal-Pascoe, National Vice President, Corporate & Cause Partnerships for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "eBay makes it easy to give back and make a difference, by donating all or part of your sale with their Charity platform."
Selling with Ease
eBay lets you sell the way you want with simple and stress-free options:
- Sell it yourself. List an item on eBay yourself using a tablet, computer or any mobile device. Simply snap and upload a few pictures and choose the selling format that's right for you. eBay will suggest a selling price to help you get the most for your item. Once your item has sold, you can print a shipping label on eBay and drop it in the mail.
- Use eBay Valet. Let professionals handle everything from estimating the price of products to capturing images, and the quick and safe shipment of items to buyers. These experts will showcase items in the best light and in front of the largest shopping audience. Send your items for free to eBay Valet or drop them off at a participating FedEx Office location.
eBay By the Numbers
- eBay, Inc. has 165 million active buyers worldwide
- 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
- ~87% of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now - no bidding necessary
- Approximately 1 billion listings at any given time
- 100% free shipping on all items in Daily Deals
- A watch is purchased every 3 seconds
- A smartphone is purchased every 4 seconds
- A video game is purchased every 9 seconds
- A women's handbag is purchased every 10 seconds
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. At the end of 2015, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.
1 The eBay Survey was conducted by Survey Monkey among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18-55, between December 25th and December 26th, 2016.
SOURCE eBay Inc.