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How does the valet selling service work?

The valet selling service is a new and simple way to sell your stuff on eBay. Valets sell your items on your behalf, and you receive 70% of the proceeds of the sales for items that sell.

There are 2 ways to sell:

  • Mail in your things—shipping is prepaid:
    • Request a free postage-paid shipping label, and it’s emailed to you. Print it out and use it with any box.

    • or
    • Request a free 12" x 12" x 12" box and a postage-paid shipping label. It’s sent straight to your house.
  • Drop off your things: In select locations, you can bring your items to an eBay drop-off center. Find a drop-off center near you.
How big is the box used in the mail-in program?
The box is similar in size to six cereal boxes stacked together. The dimensions are 12”x12”x12”. If your items don’t fit in this box, please feel free to use the shipping label that comes with the box on any other box of your choice. The shipping label will be valid for any box, as long as the total weight is less than 25 lbs.
How do valets determine how to price items?
Valets research listings for items like yours on eBay. They look at items that have sold within the last 90 days. Based on this research, valets determine how to best list your items, including how to price them. Items are given multiple chances to sell on eBay for up to 2 weeks. When items are relisted, Valets reduce the price to increase the chances of selling.
Can I track the sale of my items?
Yes. If your items are listed on eBay, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to view your item listings.
What if I want to make a change to how one of my items is listed?
Valets can’t make changes to listings after they’re active on eBay. If you’d like, you can call and cancel a listing and request that your item be returned to you.
When do I get paid?
You’re paid for items that sell about 3-4 weeks from the time the valets receive your items.

Here’s a quick timeline:
  • After you mail in or drop off your items, valets receive them in about 5 business days.
  • Your items are listed on eBay within 2 business days.
  • Your items are for sale for up to 2-3 weeks.
  • After all your items have sold or been for sale for 2 weeks, you’re paid within 4 business days.
  • Unsold items are returned to you within 4 business days, if you’ve requested their return.
While valets make every effort to meet these timeframes, situations like extreme weather or unexpected volume may cause delays. If you have questions, contact eBay Customer Support (1-855-USE-EBAY).
Is a selling fee or percentage of the sale proceeds deducted from my total sales earnings?
Yes, there will be a 30% fee deducted from the total sales value of your items.
Are shipping costs deducted from the sale proceeds?
You don't have to worry about shipping. Shipping costs will be charged to the ultimate buyer of your items and are not your responsibility.
Are there any limitations to sending items in?
Boxes are similar in size to 6 cereal boxes stacked together—they’re 12”x 12” x 12.” If your items don’t fit in the box, you can use the shipping label with another box.

Shipping labels (whether emailed to you or included with a box) work with boxes that weigh less than 25 pounds (filled and sealed.)

There is no limit to the number of items you can send in, but most orders are around 15 items.
What condition should my items be?
Your items must be in excellent, new or like-new condition and should function properly.
What sells well?
  • Electronics like cameras, smart phones, tablets and laptops
  • Antiques & collectibles like early-issue comics, rare baseball cards, vintage toys
  • Musical instruments like violins, trumpets, flutes, and clarinets
  • New and like-new designer shoes and handbags: brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Michael Kors, Coach, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Nine West, and Ralph Lauren
  • Sporting goods and accessories like golf clubs, baseball bats, tennis rackets
  • High-end kitchen appliances like blenders and mixers by brands like KitchenAid, Vitamix, and Breville (excluding dishes and glassware)
What types of items are excluded from the eBay valet program?
Generally, items that are NOT eligible are:
  1. Items valued less than $40 by the valet
  2. Items heavier than 25lbs
  3. Items in poor condition (torn, stained, broken, worn, odors, not working etc.)
  4. Fragile items (e.g., china, vases, mirrors, paintings…)
  5. Items prohibited for sale on eBay (e.g., counterfeit, weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs)

The following types of items are also excluded:
  1. Clothing (Including baby and kids' clothing)
  2. Autographed paraphernalia (except with Certificate of Authenticity)
  3. Books, including any kind of study material (except 1st editions with Certificate of Authenticity)
  4. All software and computer games that require a license code (console games are fine)
  5. All media items such as DVDs, VHS, cassettes, music records (complete box sets ok)
  6. Art, jewelry, jewelry-type accessories and wrist/pocket watches
  7. Replica, counterfeit items and unauthorized copies
  8. Used soft toys (can be accepted if they are in “like new” condition)
  9. Used underwear, lingerie or swimwear  (e.g., boxer shorts, panties, briefs, athletic supporters, bikinis, bathing suits)
  10. Large and bulky items: electronics, furniture, garden equipment (TV’s microwaves, refrigerators, couches, chairs, tables, armoires, lawn mowers, wheel barrels)
  11. Animals and wildlife products (examples include live animals, mounted specimens, fur coats & clothing and ivory)
  12. Cosmetics (opened/used)
  13. Currency and stamps (authentic, collectable coins are acceptable)
  14. Hazardous materials (paint, cleaning solvent, detergent, batteries, fireworks, and refrigerants)
  15. Vehicles (autos, boats, motorcycles, etc.)
  16. Child car seats
  17. Manufacturers' coupons & Gift cards (e.g., gift cards, prepaid phones, coupons, subscriptions)
  18. Event tickets, unless collectible
  19. Firearms, weapons, and knives/ Police and Military paraphernalia   – examples include pepper spray, replicas, and stun guns (military items), air rifles, air pistols, pellet guns, or pop guns that are greater than .25 caliber (toy guns and kitchen knives are acceptable)
  20. Alcohol, Drugs and drug paraphernalia, Slot machines (These are allowed: Beer/wine making kits; Foods with alcoholic ingredients and flavoring; Alcohol-related memorabilia, including empty wine, liquor, and beer containers)
  21. Anything in the adult-only category; Offensive material – examples include ethnically or racially offensive material and Nazi memorabilia
  22. Illegal items (stolen property and property with removed serial numbers, recalled items, embargoed goods (items made in Cuba)
  23. Artifacts, grave-related items, and Native American arts and crafts
  24. Catalytic converters and test pipes (These are allowed: New catalytic converters that meet the EPA requirements for aftermarket sale; Used catalytic converters that have been recertified; Exhaust pipes and down pipes that are listed in the Auto Racing Parts category)
  25. Contracts for mobile phones, credit cards, Lottery tickets, stocks and other securities, Real estate
  26. Electronics equipment – examples include cable TV descramblers, radar scanners, and traffic signal control devices, Surveillance equipment: wiretapping devices and telephone bugging devices
  27. Government documents, IDs, licenses, manuals, uniforms, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail bags, postage meters (collectible non-government manuals are fine, e.g., collectible equipment manuals, city maps)
  28. Human remains and body parts
  29. Goods not allowed for sale into the US – examples include CDs that were intended only for distribution in a certain country
  30. Items encouraging illegal activity – examples include an eBook describing how to create methamphetamine; Lock picking devices; Mailing lists and personal information
  31. Rx Medical devices and drugs – examples include contact lenses, pacemakers, and surgical instruments (These are allowed: Over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices)
  32. Pesticides, Plants and seeds, Tobacco
What happens to my items that do not sell?
Items that don't sell will be returned to you for free. To make sure you are increasing your chance of selling success, make sure to send items that valets have found to sell best on eBay. Click here for ideas of what sells well. Click here for ideas of what sells well.
What happens if my items are damaged or lost?

For orders mailed in:
If your items are lost or damaged during shipping, contact eBay Customer Support (1-855-USE-EBAY) to file a claim. Boxes are insured up to $300. Be sure to keep the receipt when you ship your box—you’ll need the receipt for compensation if your item is lost or damaged.  For more information, see the valet service terms of use
If your item is lost or damaged after valets have received it, you’re reimbursed based on the value of comparable items sold on eBay.com in the last 90 days.

For orders dropped off:
If your items are lost or damaged, eBay Customer Support (1-855-USE-EBAY) will contact you to file a claim. Be sure to keep the receipt when you have dropped off your items—you’ll need the receipt for compensation if your item is lost or damaged.  For more information, see the valet service terms of use.If your item is lost or damaged after valets have received it, you’re reimbursed based on the value of comparable items sold on eBay.com in the last 90 days.
What if I’ve lost the box or shipping label?
There’s a limit to the number of boxes and labels you can request. If you haven’t reached the limit, request another box.
How do I become a valet?
Valets are carefully screened for inclusion in the program.  Requirements include, but are not limited to: (1) ability to list 100,000 listings each month, (2) storage capacity sufficient to hold and manage items received for at least 21 calendar days, (3) ability to list items across all eBay categories, (4) physical presence in all major metropolitan hubs in the U.S. and (5) demonstrated ability to reach Top Rated Seller status on eBay within 90 days of starting valet services.