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EBay drop-off stores could be the next big thing.

By Melissa Campanelli • May 1, 2004

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EBay's popularity is spawning a new niche: brick-and-mortarstores that help people who are too busy or confused by eBay'ssystem to sell their goods on the site. After all, selling on eBayrequires time and effort. Sellers have to take digital photographsand write descriptions of the merchandise, arrange to get paid,package their goods, and bring the packages to a shipper.

In the past year, many companies-including AuctionDrop Inc.,AuctionWagonInc., Picture It Sold, QuikDrop Inc. and SnappyAuctions-have launched eBay drop-off stores to help with thesehassles. Most of these are in California and focus on individuals,but plan to expand throughout the country and to the B2Bmarket.

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